April 4th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Although Easter is the holiday that is approaching, it may seem more like Christmas to the American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who receive any of the care packages or â€śgoodie boxesâ€ť being prepared and shipped abroad thanks to the generous response of area residents to a Â campaign sponsored by the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).Â
Etta L. Kramer, 78, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Feb. 23, 1933, in Troutville, the daughter of the late William and Virginia (Frantz) Kramer.
In September 1950, she married Charles Kramer, who preceded her in death June 16, 1987.
Mrs. Kramer was a dental assistant and a member of the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church in Juneau.
Mary Leotta Reiter, 79, Big Run, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Bell Township, a daughter of the late Russell Vern and Ethlyn Ruth (Nupp) Timblin.
March 5, 1954, she married Kenneth Olan Reiter, who preceded her in death Aug. 15, 2007.
Mrs. Reiter was a member of St. Phillips United Methodist Church, where she had also been a Sunday School teacher.
She had previously worked in the chenille department at Standard Pennant.
James Ronald "Papa Ron" Stiver, 67, Anita, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Stiver was born May 29, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James H. and Dolores (Noerr) Stiver.
April 17, 1963, he married Andrea C. (Zeedick) Stiver, who survives, of Anita. They were married for nearly 48 years.
Mr. Stiver was a lifetime member of the McCalmont Township Fire Company and was a truck driver for Regent Trucking Company. He was known for his great sense of humor. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.
WEST MIFFLIN â€” Led by one medal winner, nine members of the Punxsy girls' track and field team competed in snowy and cold conditions at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Outdoor Championship Meet Saturday at West Mifflin High School.
Sophomore Alexis Young earned a seventh-place medal in the 1,600-meter run, as she finished with a time of 5:45.1.
"Alex ran very well considering the weather conditions," Punxsy first-year head coach Barry Young said. "She ran well during the indoor season and has carried that into the outdoor season."
WEST MIFFLIN â€” Saturday's cold, snowy, wet and windy weather conditions may not have been very conducive for a track and field meet, but the Punxsy boys' team peformed well at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Outdoor Championship Meet Saturday at West Mifflin High School.
Three Chucks placed during the meet, consisting of a runner (senior A.J. Meterko), a runner (junior Kevin Byars) and a thrower (junior Brody Morgan).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When one of his close friends dropped out of Boy Scouts of America a few years ago, Christopher Mitchell didn't know if he would reach his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony.
Through perseverance and honor, Mitchell, a Punxsutawney Area High School senior, became one of more than two million young men to achieve the highest rank attainable in the boy scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America Sunday afternoon amongst family, friends, fellow scouts and local dignitaries at the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church.
(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)
A New Gearing for Bicycles
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
PASSAGES, an organization supporting sexual assault victims in Jefferson, Clarion and Clearfield counties, placed the theme, â€śItâ€™s Time To Get Involved.â€ť
Diane Kuntz, executive director of PASSAGES, said the monthâ€™s theme is designed to educate the public about sexual assault prevention.
â€śWeâ€™re going to try to inundate the community during the month to heighten awareness regarding the issues with sexual violence and sexual assault. Itâ€™s all about primary prevention.â€ť
HARRISBURG â€” As the state legislature considers the 2010-11 operating budget, state Sen. Joe Scarnati said a bill targeting Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration is progressing.
The bill could include what Scarnati called an â€śimpact fee,â€ť which would be used to help counties and municipalities repair damaged roads and allow for increased environmental security.