April 14th, 2014
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
BROOKVILLE â€” When it comes to helping those in need, there is no minimum age requirement â€” just a big, kind heart with lots of room for love.
For 15-year-old Ginger Verdill, those who are in need of help happen to be adult cats and kittens.
After her grandfather, William O. Uncapher, passed away more than a year ago, Verdill found herself looking at a barn full of cats.
With her grandfather no longer there to take care of them, she knew that the best thing she could do for them was to get them spayed or neutered, then find them new homes.
Soon enough, school will be out and the local hangout in town will once again be the public library.
The library just finished complete renovations, including a meeting room, a media room, an improved children's library and a spiced-up teenagersâ€™ room.
Pictured at Saturdayâ€™s open house event are (front, from left) Debbie Sherry, Kathy Smith, Amanda Hornack, Judy Hampton; (back) Coral Ellshoff, Lara Little, Cassandra Bellerillo, Cindy Depp-Hutchinson, Roz Pete and Peggy Johnston.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have arrested a Punxsutawney man on theft charges following an incident that occurred at FEMCO Machine Co. between Aug. 7, 2013, and April 10.
For details, see Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
You donâ€™t need the ocean for a beautiful sunset, as Spirit reporter Larry McGuire proves with this photo recently taken at Cloe Lake in Bell Township.
Many have hoped that the sun was setting on the cold weather we faced this winter, but todayâ€™s forecast isnâ€™t as promising. At least we saw a glimmer of hope this weekend, though, right?
Elsie DePassio Goss, 102, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Iselin, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at Mulberry Square Elder Care &
Mrs. Goss was born April 6, 1912, in Aultman, the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Direnzo) DePassio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Blair C. Goss, Sr.
Elsie resided in Iselin, Pa., for 68 years.
Bethany Bright (right) got to meet the Easter Bunny at Sunday's Easter
Egg Hunt sponsored by the First Church of God in Punxsutawney's Youth Group at Harmon Field.
More than 500 people attended the first-time event. Ian Leseman guessed how many Cadbury chocolate eggs were contained in a jar and won a $10 gift certificate to the Punxsy Dairy Queen.
(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.)
April 28, 1888
The Board of Pardons, which met in Harrisburg on Tuesday of last week, recommended a pardon in the case of Augustus Bothyne, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for feloneous assault on the person of Jeremiah Greeley.
May 2, 1888
Saw Mill Burned
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police responded to an incident of theft Thursday at FEMCO Machine Co. in Young Township.
It was reported to police that a male FEMCO employee, 32, of Punxsutawney, had been stealing products from the workplace and selling them for scrap.
Police said the employee, whose name was not listed in the report, reportedly deprived FEMCO of an estimated $60,000 worth of material since November of 2013.
The investigation continues.
The Rev. Gary D. Keith, 44, of Hawthorn, Pa., died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Punsxutawney Area Hospital.
Born July 22, 1969, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Elmer D. Keith and Patrica E. Choate, who survives, of Olathe, Kan.
He graduated from Moravia High School in Moravia, Iowa.
He received a degree in religion from Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. He also attended Nazarene Bible College.
He was married to Amanda Hetrick on August 7, 1993, in Brookville.
Students from the First Church of God Youth group are pictured preparing the bags of candy to be given out at this Sundayâ€™s Easter egg hunt to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Harmon Filed in Punxsutawney.
Pictured (from left) are Samantha Dyson, Sterling Grisso, Heather Bair, Janell Burkett and Kimmy Belisky.
For more information regarding the Easter egg hunt or the church in general, call the church at 814-938-6670 or check out its website at www.fcoglife.org