Archive - Oct 2010
Over a month of hard work paid off for this group of 18 as they earned first place in the Best Group category for their detailed costumes from â€śThe Wizard of Ozâ€ť Saturday at Barclay Square. Winning the award were (front, from left) Lisa Collins-Rising, Brianna Stitt, Annabelle Wooster; (second row) Kayla Ackerson, Sydney Sikora, Tonya Patterson, James Collins, Jeremey Rising; (third row) Cindy Jobe, Bob Lydic, Miranda Powell, holding Buddy the dog, Katrina Mumau, Maryann Mumau, Jackie Sikora; (back) Kyle Jobe, Caleb Jobe, Kelsy Mumau and Jack Mumau.
(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.)
(January 15, 1896)
SOMETHING OF A SNAKE
A Clarion Man Tells Rather
a Peculiar Story
The Clarion Jacksonian says: â€śWe were fearful lest Scott McLaughlin would not be able to furnish us with a first-class snake story this year, but late last night he wakened the snake editor and gave him this:
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Students at Punxsutawney Area High School passed a very important test Friday, and it had nothing to do with their future plans, as a seat belt safety check was held by Punxsutawney Borough Police while students began head home.
Shawn Houck, safety officer for PennDOT District 10, assisted with planning the safety check with Punxsutawney Police Chief Tom Fedigan.
Houck said that it is very important to remind young drivers to to always buckle up.
RIDGWAY â€” The Chucks may not have taken first place at this year's PIAA District IX Cross Country Championships in Ridgway Saturday afternoon, but the performances of A.J. Meterko and Dane Baker certainly qualify as a successful trip to districts.
Meterko was strong, finishing second overall while Baker took fourth to qualify for the state championships next weekend in Hershey.
Meterko's time of 17:27 made him district runner-up, while Baker clocked in with a time of 17:56.
RIDGWAY â€” To say that the Punxsutawney girls' varsity cross country team just missed out on winning its third-straight PIAA District IX Cross Country Championship would be a vast understatement.
The Lady Chucks finished in a tie with Bradford with 30 points, but the championship went the way of the Lady Owls as Bradford's sixth runner finished four places ahead of Punxsy's sixth runner, giving Bradford the edge.
BROCKWAY â€“ Two boysâ€™ soccer squads that were destined to meet again will face off with a District IX Class AA Final berth on the line for the second-straight season at 7 p.m. tonight in Brockway.
The Punxsy Chucks (14-3-1), who were eliminated by St. Marys in last yearâ€™s playoffs in a shootout, enter tonightâ€™s game coming off their best regular season in school history. The St. Marys Flying Dutchmen (13-3-2) have just as impressive of a 2010 resume, and theyâ€™re in search of advancing to yet another district championship game.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you can't stop the pass and turn the ball over three times in the second half, you won't win many games.
The Raiders found that out the hard way Friday night, as Punxsutawney turned a 9-6 halftime lead into a 37-6 drubbing of Brookville to not only win the Route 36 Gridiron Cup, but also claim the first-ever KSAC Large School Division championship.
Stylists at Aliciaâ€™s Hair Cottage, dressed in costume, were feeling festive Friday. Pictured are (from left) Toni Blystone, Alicia Burkett and Mya Hickok. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Friday at Gobblerâ€™s Knob, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson and state Rep. Sam Smith previewed new national and state flags to be presented at a dedication to local veterans Nov. 7.
â€śI certainly wanted to support the local organizations as they prepare to do an outreach program for our veterans,â€ť Smith said. â€śAny time we can support those efforts and recognize people who have served our country, itâ€™s a worthwhile cause.â€ť
Jack-oâ€™-lanterns are the face of Halloween, and that face is very conspicuous in the Timblin area where a local farming family lines hundreds of them along the road. David and Mary Dunkle grow several acres of pumpkins each year, and the unsold pumpkins are carved by area residents. (Photo submitted)