April 9th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â€” This week, Americaâ€™s libraries are taking a proactive approach to promoting literacy.
From April 8 to 14, libraries across the country â€” including the Jefferson County Library System â€” will celebrate National Library Week.
â€śWe want to let our community residents know libraries are not just recreation,â€ť Mengle Memorial Library Director Darlene Marshall said.
â€śWeâ€™ve got education, and our schools depend on our libraries. When the cuts in the school funding happen, they turn more to libraries.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” So, do you have an overdue library book somewhere in your house?
This is your week to return it to the Punxsutawney Memorial Library â€” no fines, no questions asked.
Fine-Free Week is part of the Punxsy libraryâ€™s recognition of National Library Week, which runs from Monday through Sunday across the United States.
Recently, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners declared this week National Library Week in the county.
Esther E. Gray, 87, DuBois, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Paradise, a daughter of the late John and Iva (Green) Reed.
During World War II, she was an airplane riveter in Buffalo, N.Y.
Jan. 12, 1946, she married William Gray, who preceded her in death in 1998.
During her marriage, Mrs. Gray worked at Brockway Glass, BF Goodrich, Jefferson Electronics, Sears and Riverside.
She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 30 years, as well as the P.T.A. and Meals on Wheels.
Alan R. Rowland, 57, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at his home.
He was born March 15, 1955, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Dalvin R. and B. Jane (Shirley) Rowland.
He was married to Denise (Budihas) Rowland, who survives.
Mr. Rowland was a graduate of Williamsport Community College and was a machinist and welder by trade.
He was an avid outdoorsman and a talented gunsmith.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.
In 1975, Mr. Rowland was a recipient of the Carnegie Hero Award.
Janice Marlene Wagner, 54, Stroudsburg, and formerly of Smicksburg, passed away Friday, April 6, 2012, at St. Lukeâ€™s Hospital in Easton after a courageous year-long battle with cancer.
She was born Sept. 13, 1957, in Kittanning, a daughter of Vernon K. and Betty Jean (Barrett) Lightner.
May 15, 1998, she married Jeff Wagner of Stroudsburg, who survives.
Mrs. Wagner graduated from Dayton High School, Dayton, and Lenape Vocational Technical School in Ford City.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy boys' middle school track team opened its season last Wednesday with its first win over the St. Marys Flying Dutch â€” 78-72 â€” in St. Marys.
The meet opened with the 3200-meter relay, which St. Marys claimed for an early 5-0 lead.
The Chucks rebounded with a sweep at 110-meter hurdles, though, to take a 9-5 lead, and while the meet grew close, Punxsy never trailed again.
Ryan Jones took first in the hurdles event with a time of 21.39 seconds.
Derek Cameron (22.30 seconds) and Brendon Stinson (22.9 seconds) completed the Punxsy sweep.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Spring traditionally is regarded as the season of hope, so that is why members of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) are once again sponsoring a drive to Support the Troops.
From now through April 30, the organization, in cooperation with five donation sites throughout the area, will be collecting hygiene and snack items to send to members of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan.
(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 27, 1896)
A STRANGE ACCIDENT
Maxine C. Weaver, 100, Home, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Crystal Waters Personal Care Home.
She was born in 1911, in West Mahoning Township, a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Clara "Dolly" (Brink) Cornman.
Mrs. Weaver was a member of the Sagamore Community Bible Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years and most recently attended the Old Mahoning Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Fox and Coon Hunters' Club and the Dayton Valley Campers' Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Friday, April 6, Elsie Goss reached a milestone that few people ever see: Living to see the age of 100.
For this occasion, Friday, Mrs. Goss celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends â€” as well as cake, decorations and all the traditional birthday favors â€” at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
The Mulberry Square staff also took the time to gather 100 balloons for the special occasion.