February 23rd, 2014
Eugene â€śGeneâ€ť Ermond Stear, 64, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 27, 1949, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ermond and Ellen Bair Stear.
He married Peg L. Hinderliter Stear in 1972. She preceded him in death in 1997.
Eugene is survived by a brother, Gary Stear and wife Donna of Ringgold; a nephew, Kevin Brestovich of Punxsutawney; and two nieces, Kim Stello of DuBois and Crystal Heckman of Punxsutawney.
Punxsy wrestlers took to the mat Friday and Saturday at the District IV-IX Class AAA Individual championships at Clarion University.
They each placed within the top three of their respective weight classes.
Next up is the regional competition.
Pictured are (from left): Keegan Fischer (3rd place), Kaleb Young (1st place), Josh Schuckers (1st place), Eli Lambiotte (2nd place), Luke Shiock (3rd place), Joel Bowers (1st place); and Perry Arrington (1st place).
See Monday's edition of The Spirit for the full story.
The Annual SS.C.D. Home & School Auction will be held tonight, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. in Wienker Hall.
Pictured are some of the children who made items for the kids' craft table (from left): Emily Dobbins, Ella Newcome and Morgan Riggie holding Julia Riggie.
For auction details, pick up today's edition of The Spirit.
Ferringerâ€™s Flowersâ€™ annual pet food drive will be taking place from March 1-15.
Visitors to the Brookville store will, as usual, be greeted by Ferringerâ€™s resident golden retriever, Flossie.
For details about the drive, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Galen Kilmer, local trout fisherman and a member of the DuBois Area Historical Society, uses stuffed trophy trout to explain the differences between brook and rainbow trout at the DuBois Area Historical Society E.D. Reitz Museum on Wednesday.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Diane M. Williams, 54, of Shenandoah, Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., after a lengthy illness.
Diane was born April 18, 1959, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Dorothy (Weaver) Elbel and the late Glenn Elbel.
On Aug. 16, 1981, she married David Williams of Penfield. He preceded her in death.
Diane was a 1977 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
In 1999, she graduated from Triangle Tech, where she studied mechanical design.
She relocated to Hampton, Va., where she was a design engineer at Jerry Pittman and Associates.
Punxsutawney Philâ€™s co-handler Ron Ploucha explained how groundhogs actually live in the wild and gave behind-the-scenes insights of Groundhog Day at February's National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) meeting.
Pictured (front, from left) are Mary Stuby, Laura Ross and Santana Olp, NSDAR members; (second row) Augusta Geer and Martha Jo Rupert, NSDAR members; Joan Olp, regent, Punxsutawney Chapter, NSDAR; Ann Lott, NSDAR member; (back) Ploucha and Punxsutawney Phil in his portable Plexiglass home.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Paul Thompson.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
CLOE â€” Paul Thompson is a recognizable face. You may recognize him as the now-retired pastor of Steffy Chapel United Methodist Church, or perhaps you have seen him throughout the community.
CLEARFIELD â€” PennDOT is advising motorists that crews are finished with work on a section of Interstate 80 westbound.
Work required a lane restriction for much of Thursday, between mile marker 128 and mile marker 127.
The lane restriction is now lifted, and traffic is using both lanes of I-80 westbound in this area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Perhaps youâ€™ve heard the sounds of children playing in the snow outside your windows on school days this year. But that sound means something else, too â€” the school calendar is getting longer and longer.
Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent, said that the last student day was scheduled to be Wednesday, May 28, but that schedule has been off the table for a long time due to school cancellations caused by the weather.