March 20th, 2012
Members of the American Cancer Society are shown preparing for Daffodil Days in Jefferson County at the Stello Foods building in Punxsutawney. The Society will be selling daffodils Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Punxsy at Fezell's County Market, Comet Market and PNC Bank; in Brookville at Mike's Supermarket; and in Reynoldsville at Mike's Bi Lo, S&T Bank and Community First Bank. The Society sells daffodils because they are the "flower of hope." Shar N. Hope, the BoydsÂź by EnescoÂź bear, is also available at the various locations throughout Jefferson County.
Helen Shaffer Freeman, 83, of Savannah, Ga., died Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2012, at Shadowmoss Plantation under the care of Odyssey Hospice in Savannah.
She was born in Akron, Ohio, a daughter of the late Haven and Gladys (Kougher) Shaffer.
Ms. Freeman was a former member of Epworth United Methodist Church and was a retired beautician.
She was an accomplished artist who taught painting at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Lucy R. Stefanelli, 87, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe.
She was born in 1924, in Punxsutawney, to Felice and Giovanna (Manacchio) Ciccone.
Mrs. Stefanelli was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux R.C. Church, Indiana, and the Catholic Daughters of America.
During World War II, she worked for Federal Lab making shells and flares, while awaiting the return of her soldier fiancĂ©, Angelo Stefanelli.
Following the war, they were married January 24, 1946, and shared 61 years together until his death in 2007.
CLARION â A young, energetic Golden Eagles softball team â one that includes a pair of former Lady Chucks players in freshmen Taylor Powell and Shawnna Crago â took the field last Monday in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to kick off the 2012 Clarion University softball season.
FALLS CREEK â Residents in rural Jefferson and Clearfield counties may be a two-hour drive from casinos in Pittsburgh and Salamanca, N.Y., but gambling is just as accessible with an Internet connection.
More than four years after casinos began operating in western Pennsylvania, the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug & Alcohol Commission is trying to address the needs of people in the two-county region, calling attention to potential gambling-addiction problems.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â During a special meeting Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted in favor of changing an ordinance designating the south side of Union Street to be town center commercial.
Prior to the vote, council conducted a public hearing to address the suggested rezoning of the south side of Union Street to allow for a beauty shop to open in a house on the Shumaker property.
Punxsy's sixth-grade girls' tournament team participated in a weekend basketball tournament in Derry Feb. 24-27. The sixth-grade team won the championship. Individual trophies were awarded. The sixth-graders were also runners up in the Marion Center annual Donnie McGinnis Tournament. Pictured here with their trophies are team members (front, from left) Kylee Lingenfelter, Kate Horner, Mia Lingenfelter, Kally Graham; (back) coach Julie Horner, Leah Miller, Toya Jones, Kaitlin Doverspike and Elyse White. Missing from the photo are coach Steve White, Jordyn Powell and Alyse Whitman.
BIG RUN â Despite rumors to the contrary, a Big Run Citizen of The Year was chosen during Sundayâs 19th annual Spring Peepers Banquet at the War Memorial.
Robin A. McKee was named as the recipient of the âRobert L. âBoBoâ Davis Awardâ by the banquet committee according to Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh, who also served as the emcee for Sundayâs festivities.
McKee is not a Big Run native, Buterbaugh said, but has been a active person in the community since she arrived, having served as a Sunday School teacher and actively helping with the Big Run Food Bank.
BIG RUN â Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Spring Peeper Banquet Sunday.
âI was told by Big Run Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh that my talk should not be political,â he said, adding that he believes that both Republicans and Democrats alike would agree on the ending of the story he was about to tell.
âWhen Iâm at a county commission meeting, Iâm bound by Roberts Rules of Order,â McIntyre said. âWhen Iâm at meetings at home, I go by Eileneâs (McIntyre) Rules of Order, even though Iâm the boss.â
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(May 6, 1896)
JOSEPH CAREY CAPTURED
(A follow-up to âDied of His Injuriesâ from last week.)