February 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Beginning Monday, PennDOT, Punxsutawney Borough Police and Pennsylvania State Police are targeting aggressive drivers in an effort that runs through March 27.
Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 safety officer, said Monday that PennDOT is supporting a statewide crackdown on aggressive driving as part of this yearâ€™s distribution of nearly $2.1 million in federal funds, which supports police efforts to reduce the number of aggressive-driving crashes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council took no action regarding a proposal former probational Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Sean Weaver made at the Jan. 10 council meeting.
According to the Jan. 10 minutes, Weaver said it was requested that he have his attorney, Jeffrey S. DuBois, draft an agreement to bring a fair, equitable and amicable end to the lawsuit that he filed against the borough relative to his release at the end of his probationary period.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company is closer to purchasing a new fire engine after Punxsutawney Borough Council passed a motion to advertise for bids at Monday's meeting.
Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense brought the final bid specs to council for its approval.
J. Karl Sutter, 80, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a long illness.
A son of the late J.B. and Lillian (Sutter) Sutter, Mr. Sutter was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Covode.
May 14, 1951, he married Doris (Engle) Sutter, of Punxsutawney, who survives.
Mr. Sutter was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Army.
He attended the CMA Church.
Marna B. Elkin, 75, Smicksburg, passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
She was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Findlay, Ohio, the daughter of the late Harry and Marie (Sterling) Altman.
Sept. 28, 1957, she married her husband of 53 years, Emory Elkin, who survives.
James K. Zents, 82, Brookville, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
He was born June 8, 1928, in Brookville, a son of the late Harry Esmond and Alva Estella (Maxwell) Zents.
He made his home with Patricia A. McKinney, who survives.
Mr. Zents was a veteran of the Military Police, having served in the Korean conflict.
Carolyn F. Confer, 71, Sigel, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at home.
She was born June 25, 1939, in Sigel, a daughter of the late Chester and Francis (Smith) Fiscus.
She was married to Richard R. â€śDickâ€ť Confer, who preceded her in death Nov. 10, 2001.
Mrs. Confer was a homemaker and previously worked at the Farmerâ€™s Inn in Sigel.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There were no injuries in a fire that began at 7:20 p.m. Sunday and took four fire departments over an hour-and-a-half to extinguish.
Four college students who rented the apartment at 1001 West Mahoning Street were displaced.
Numerous vehicles stored in the first- floor garage of the building were not damaged.
The alarm was called in by the residents of an apartment that occupied the second floor in the rear of the building.
Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense said firefighters got a good hit on the blaze when they first arrived on scene.
John & Anna Kostick â€” 60 years
Aug. 5, 1950, the young couple tied the knot, becoming not just John and Anna, but jointly emerging as Mr. and Mrs. Kostick.
But about a year-and-a-half before that date, it was a dance where this Cinderella and Prince Charming danced the night away.
As one dance turned into another, the two were soon finding themselves entranced with countless late nights.
Despite the late night that John put in at A&P, the duo still made time, finding themselves dancing again, stopping only to eat.
(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 5, 1896)
A SUDDEN DEATH
Mrs. John Hill, of Stanton, is Taken Away by Apoplexy