March 28th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A descendent from a long line of family hunters and former Punxsutawney resident, Richard "Dick" Lingenfelter of Haines City, Fla., has found coyotes to be an unending public annoyance.
For Lingenfelter, hunting was a lifestyle as well as a family tradition.
His late grandfather, Hillis Lingenfelter, was a former fur buyer. However, after his grandfather passed away, the family business of fur trade was conveyed to his uncle, Frank Lingenfelter, who continued buying furs, as well as becoming a bounty hunter.
Larry A. Kuntz, 63, Orlando, Fla., died Thursday, March 24, 2011, of heart failure.
He was born Aug. 18, 1947, at the Adrian Hospital, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Chester T. and Erna (Snyder) Kuntz.
A 1965 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, Mr. Kuntz earned his bachelor's degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1969.
He worked as a art teacher in the Fox Chapel School District in Pittsburgh. Later, his many talents led him to various occupations, where he worked in Williamsburg, Va., and Orlando.
Cleve D. Oliver, 78, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, in The Villages, Florida.
He was born April 25, 1932, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Charles (Ted) and Elva (Dixon) Oliver.
In 1964, he married Bonnie McCloud Oliver, who preceded him in death in 1999.
In 2005, Mr. Oliver married Mary Alice (Padgett) Oliver.
After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1950, Mr. Oliver attended Slippery Rock State Teachers College and graduated in 1954 with a degree in physical education.
Following graduation, he became the director of the Punxsutawney YMCA.
Nancy A. "Little Bit" Siverling, 63, Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
She was born Aug. 19, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Surviving relatives include her longtime companion, Samuel C. Joseph of Punxsutawney.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; Danita; and a brother who was killed in Vietnam.
There will be a private memorial service for immediate family at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The many public service announcements on television featuring the sad faces of abused and neglected animals that bring people to tears are heartbreaking and hard to miss.
In an effort to end animal abuse, a newly formed group, Amend Pa. Humane Enforcement (APHE), has begun to hold workshops throughout Pennsylvania in order to educate the public on why amendments are neededÂ to the way current animal anti-cruelty laws are enforced.Â
The proposed amendments would turn anti-cruelty laws into first-class laws in the state.
(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.)
(February 12, 1896)
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School Boys Use a Live Wire For a Shocking Machine
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Borough Council dismissed its code enforcement officer and hired a new one during its monthly meeting.
Council President Nick Lantz called for an executive session near the close of last Monday's meeting to discuss the status of code enforcement officer David Rouch.
Following an executive discussion by council members, the meeting reconvened, and Lantz announced that council would replace Rouch due to his unavailability. Council then approved a motion to relieve Rouch of his duties and send him a certified letter informing him of his dismissal.
Robert L. "Gup" Grube, 54, Plumville, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born July 19, 1956, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Harry Fredrick Grube and Ruth O. (Campbell) Grube.
He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.
June 25, 1983, he married Ann (Swarm) Grube, who survives, of Plumville.
Richard "Dick" Lithgow, 82, Lakeland, Fla., died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, of respiratory failure.
He was born June 26, 1928, in Derry, a son of the late John and Carolyn Lithgow.
He was married to his wife of 46 years, Jeanne Anne (Ferguson) Lithgow, who preceded him in death. He then married Trudi (Robinson) Lithgow, who survives, of Lakeland.
Mr. Lithgow was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army as chief pharmacist for the 2nd Division while serving in the Korean War.
WILKES-BARRE â€” Two of Punxsutawney's three wrestlers are still competing after Day One of the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
Kaleb Young, a state runner-up the past two years, has once again advanced to the championship semifinals after a 2-0 day Friday.
Troy Peace won his first two bouts before a loss dropped him to the consolation bracket, while Josh Schuckers lost both of his matches Friday and has been eliminated.
All three of Punxsy's wrestlers are competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division.