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June 17th, 2014

Mother Nature cooperates just enough for canopy to appear in Barclay Square

June 17, 2014

Volunteers assist with the construction of the famous canopy that will take center stage in Barclay Square for the remainder of the summer.

For the full story - including the schedule of performers for the Groundhog Festival - pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Louise Oberlin, 99

June 17, 2014

Helen “Louise” Oberlin, 99, formerly of Rochester Mills, Pa., died on Monday, June 16, 2014, at St. Andrews Village in Indiana.

The daughter of Clair and Ethel (Sebring) Burkett, she was born on Nov. 25, 1914, in Grant Township, Indiana County.

She graduated from Indiana High School in Indiana, in the Class of 1931.

Louise was a member of the Rockbridge Presbyterian Church in Rochester Mills, Pa., where she sang in the choir for many years.

During her younger years, she played the piano, the organ and the violin.

Police warn of scams

June 17, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, issued the following reminder to the public Tuesday:

“Always be aware of criminals who are in a perpetual quest to defraud you of your hard-earned money and assets.

“Troopers are continually gathering intelligence in an attempt to identify current scams so, in turn, the public can be made award of those crimes.

June 16th

Rotary Club contributes to new inflatable boat for Punxsutawney Fire Department

June 16, 2014

The Punxsutawney Fire Department Dive Team launched its new inflatable boat that was purchased by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club.

Pictured here is the new boat and the new dive trailer.

Pictured (from left) are Tom Chelgren, George Powers, Bob Fischer and Erin Cameron, Punxsy Rotary Club; Joshua Wachob, Punxsy Fire Department chief; Doug McAfoos, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Department Chief; and Cody Craft, Josh McAfoos, Patrick Meckley and John Joseph of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company and Punxsutawney Fire Department Dive and Boat teams.

Voss sworn in by Big Run Mayor; lawn waste ordinance agreed upon

June 16, 2014

Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh (right) is pictured swearing in Cliff Voss, the new Big Run Council member, at Monday's meeting.

Council also discussed a potential ordinance that would fine residents who blow their lawn waste into the streets, which clogs the storm drains.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Lois C. Huffman, 80

June 16, 2014

Lois C. Huffman, 80, of Juneau, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Huffman was born June 15, 1934, in Falls Creek, a daughter of the late Albert B. and Margaret (Jones) Chittester.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ben Lee Huffman, of Juneau.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.

Lois worked as an operator for Bell Telephone before retirement, where she was a member of the Pioneers Club.

She was a member of the Pine Street Senior Center and Brockwayville Depot.

June 15th

Ruth Organ, 98

June 15, 2014

Ruth Organ, 98, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at
Laurelbrooke Landing in Brookville.

She was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Sugarhill, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Jay Merton and Florence Eleanor (Blight) Steele.

On April 22, 1938, she married James Alexander Organ III, who preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1992.

Ruth was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ for 70 years.

Mrs. Organ and her husband, Jim, founded Bells Mills Trading Post, Inc., which pioneered propane gas business in Jefferson County.

Jack Robert Kromer, 84

June 15, 2014

Jack Robert Kromer, 84, of Covode, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at home.

He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Daniel and Isabella (Nichols) Kromer.

Mr. Kromer was a United States Army veteran, having served during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam prior to his retirement.

On Oct. 12, 1950, he married the former Anna Isabelle Engle. She survives.

After retirement, he started an auto repair garage, where he enjoyed working on cars, tractors and mowers.

He enjoyed watching and feeding wildlife around his home.

Robert Lee Coulter, 62

June 15, 2014

Robert Lee Coulter, 62, of Coolspring, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at home.

He was born Aug. 6, 1951, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William Wayne and Frances Lucille (Burkett) Coulter.

Mr. Coulter served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

On Oct. 15, 1983, he married Robin Dianne Ishman. She survives.

Bob worked as a foreman for Penn Line Service, Inc.

He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting.

His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Gobbler’s Knob Trail open to public

June 15, 2014

A crowd gathered Saturday for the official ribbon cutting of the Gobbler’s Knob Trail located at — where else — Gobbler’s Knob.

Pictured at the Day at the Knob event are (from left) The Big Windmaker Tom Uberti, Jean Roberts, Bill Roberts, Groundhog Club Executive Director Katie Donald, Katie Roberts, Mary Roberts, Kerrin Roberts, Groundhog Club President Bill Deeley with Phil, Maria Lanza, Tessa Roberts, Jennifer Roberts, Jim Roberts, His Protector Bob Roberts, Punxsy biology teacher Louise Maine holding one of Phil’s friends and Big Chill Jason Grusky.

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