Archive - Feb 2, 2014 - News Article
Local WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) and Congressional Gold Medal Recipient, Mary Alice Putnam Vandeventer, passed away Tuesday, January 28, at the age of 90.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lueders Methodist Church, followed by graveside services and color guard in Throckmorton Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Her family requests donations to the WASP Museum in Sweetwater in lieu of flowers. Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford coordinated her final arrangements.
As predicted, snow fell early Sunday morning in Nolan County, covering the town in white on Groundhog Day. A few residents and former residents had some input on Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of six more weeks of winter and the snowfall in town.
Adrian Mendez said, "I'm ready for spring!"
"There is a old wives tale that if it thunders in February, there will be a frost in April on that same day! Think this is as predictable as the groundhog, but either way I'm waiting to plant my spring flowers until April 4!" said Laura Gilbert.
Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney , and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. This morning, I looked down and noticed something I was wearing -- a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often at least not in these parts that I actually need one.