James L. Jones, 69, Reynoldsville, died at 7:02 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at DuBois Regional Medical Center in DuBois.
James, the son of the late Orland D. and Dorothy L. (Martin) Jones of Reynoldsville, was born on Dec. 9, 1944.
He married his wife, Judy C. (Burkett) Jones of Reynoldsville, on Feb. 17, 1968. She survives.
James served in the United States Army (SP4) during Vietnam.
He was a retired truck driver for W&W Equipment and Jefferson Paving.
Pictured is one of the Punxsy snowflake lights which adorn the utility poles and light standards throughout the borough during the Christmas and Groundhog Day seasons.
The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a fundraiser to replace the bulbs with new, brighter LED lights and purchase additional lights in time for next Christmas.
For more information, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to unanimously override Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle's veto of the tobacco-free ordinance at November's meeting.
To find how the ordinance will affect tobacco use on borough-owned property â€”Â as well as the fines assessed with the ordinance â€” pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Comic book and graphic novel lovers visited the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Monday evening for a presentation on how to make their own comic or graphic novel.
The presentation was done by Thom and Kambrea Pratt, artist and author, respectively, of the graphic novel "ShadowBinders."
Pictured is Thom Pratt (left) sketching a picture of Spiderman on a drawing template that transports the design to a computer, while Kambrea (right) explains the process.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
The winners of a recent shuffleboard tournament held at Mulberry Square are John DiBello (left), Mulberry resident, and Tammy Hawk, member of the Mulberry staff in medical records.
DiBello and Hawk teamed up to win the title out of an 18-team field.
Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director, said it was a double-elimination tournament, and snacks and pizza were provided.
She said these activities are a bonding time between the employees and residents and are a lot of fun.
The winners received T-shirts.
Helen Louise Caylor, 101, a longtime resident of Punxsutawney, passed away at the Golden Living Center in Shippenville on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Born April 8, 1912, in Grange, Pa., she was a daughter of the late David (Bert) Brosius and Martha Elizabeth Fleming.
On June 24, 1932, she married Claude C. Caylor, and they shared 69 years of laughter and love together, working, gardening, fishing, hunting and visiting with friends and family. He preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 2002.
Big Run VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary announced the winners of the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests at their Pearl Harbor Day commemoration on Saturday.
Pictured (from left) are Ladies Auxiliary Secretary Ruth Soliday, Patriot's Pen winner Garrett Fairman, Voice of Democracy winner Merica Pallone, and VFW Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
It was a fun and eventful morning for many local youngsters who attended Punxsy Phil's Holiday Bash, held at Gobblerâ€™s Knob. The event was held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for children 12 and under and their parents.
A free lunch was provided for everyone, and children were able to make tons of crafts, play games and show off their cookie-decorating skills.
Children also were able to write a letter to Santa, with members of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle making sure those letters reach Santa.
Some children also made cards for elderly members in the community.
(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.)
November 24, 1897
The Fire Department
It is of vital interest to the people of this town that our fire department be kept up to the highest possible standard of efficiency. A successor to the late chief of the company, W C. Torrence, who resigned
Thomas Quentin "Tucker" Craft, 93, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, peacefully, surrounded by his family and his close friend, Irene Grube, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Craft was born in Punxsutawney on Jan. 22, 1920.
He was a descendant of Abraham Craft, a pioneer settler of the Punxsutawney area.
He was married 65 years to his sweetheart, Doris Marcella (Heeter) Craft, who preceded him in death.
Together they raised three daughters who gave them six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.