April 6th, 2014
SYKESVILLE â€” After days of rain and miserable weather, the sun finally came out and brought with it warmer temperatures Sunday.
It was the perfect day for a momentous occasion that touches the lives of many â€” the 35th Annual Run/Walk for Someone Special.
This yearâ€™s event raised $55,336 and kicked off Saturday at Sykesvilleâ€™s Town Hall with a Zumbathon that raised $765.
Sunday, 559 runners â€” the most ever â€” showed up to run/walk for a good cause.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
(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
Believed in Witchcraft
Lincoln Wadding, a resident of Indiana was arrested on Tuesday last, on a warrant is sued by Sidney Marlin, Esq., on information of Reuben Black a resident of East Mahoning township, for fraud.
David E. McMasters, 66, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born May 5, 1947, in Spangler, Pa., the son of Earl R. and Shirley (Hollen) McMasters.
He was married to the former Beverly Peace, who survives.
He was a project manager in the construction industry.
He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
He attended the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.
The students at SS.C.D. Elementary School held their annual Run/Walk for Someone Special, through which they raised $1,214 to be donated to the Run/Walk event scheduled for Sunday in Sykesville.
Patricia Murdock, SS.C.D. second-grade teacher, said the entire school earned a pizza party by raising more than $1,000.
Murdock said over the past several years, SS.C.D. has raised more than $10,000.
Pictured are a few of the students running and walking around the gymnasium, where the event was held because of the weather.
The Punxsy McDonald's donated money to help the students at West End Elementary School in Punxsutawney from a night when school staff members worked at the local restaurant.
Pictured (from left) are Karen Love, McDonald's general manager; Karen Young, kindergarten teacher at West End; Gene Puskash, local McDonaldâ€™s owner; Diann Monoskey, third-grade teacher at West End; and Julie Vassallo, second-grade teacher at West End.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
The 2014 edition of the PAHS Variety Show will come to a close tonight with one final performance at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the high school.
The members of the Class of 2014 are pictured here rehearsing earlier this week for the final number, â€śHereâ€™s To Us,â€ť which is also the theme of the show.
Gladys Evelyn Gaston, 72, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at home with her loving family.
She was born July 8, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Forrest Clinton and Leatha Luella (Vasbinder) Milliron.
On May 16, 1959, she married Lawrence Ray "Amos" Gaston. He survives.
Gladys worked as a housekeeper at Mulberry Square for 20 years.
Her pride and joys were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her two favorite cats, Toby and Jasper.
(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 Bobbie States.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bobbie States is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the youth pastor at the First Assembly of God. Or perhaps, you have seen her helping and volunteering in the community.
Pictured are John Jacob Fisher Unit No. 62 American Legion Auxiliary essay winners (front, from left) Faith Himes, Nina Test, Ivy Phillips, Andrew Wehrle, Ryley Casaday (back); Maggie Prutznal, Blake Bizousky, Luke Fugate, Emily Griebel, Ala Small and Jacob Howard, along with Pat Rougeux.
Missing from the photo is Kaitlyn Lowmaster.
INDIANA â€” The Lively Arts of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's College of Fine Arts continued its annual lecture series Ideas and Issues with an appearance from former professional tennis player Billie Jean King, who has been credited with helping to tear down gender barriers in professional sports and elsewhere.
As a tennis player, King won a record 20 Wimbledon titles and took 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles across the course of her career.