Archive - Nov 8, 2010
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Firefighters from all three Punxsy stations and surrounding areas were called to battle a tenacious fire at the New Anchor Inn late Sunday evening.
Initial reports suggest there were no injuries. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire.
Punxsy firefighters were assisted at the scene by the McCalmont and Big Run departments, with a number of other local departments on stand-by.
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CLARION â€” Entering the 2010 Punxsy volleyball season, much was made of the Lady Chucks' talent and experience with 11 seniors returning after 10 of them had been part of the program since they were seventh graders.
But the one thing they may have been lacking was a belief in just how good they were.
Ruth B. Reitz, 85, Knox Dale, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at home.
She was born May 23, 1925, in Big Run, a daughter of the late Clarence R. and Wilda G. Kerr.
Aug. 11, 1956, in Brookville, she married James â€śJimâ€ť William Reitz, who survives.
Mrs. Reitz was employed at Standard Pennant Company in Big Run and The Cameron (Sylvania) in Reynoldsville.
She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church of Knox Dale, where she played piano, taught Sunday School and was the treasurer.
Mrs. Reitz enjoyed her family and grandchildren.
Nellie Elizabeth Postlewait, 98, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, at her home.
She was born Dec. 28, 1911, in Corsica, a daughter of the late John M. and Della (McKinley) Love.
She was married to William M. Postlewait, who preceded her in death in April of 1987. Mrs. Postlewait was a homemaker and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Punxsutawney.
Avonell Marie Bowser, 88, formerly of Big Run, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born June 27, 1922, in Bell Township, a daughter of the late William H. and Emma (Sankey) Bargerstock Buck.
She married Clarence â€śPatâ€ť Bowser, who preceded her in death Aug. 12, 1996.
Mrs. Bowser was a long- time active member of the St. Phillips United Methodist Church of Big Run. She had been attending the Apostolic Gospel Church, Brookville.
She worked for many years as a waitress at Ruth & Harryâ€™s and later at Bucks restaurant.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” B.P.O. Elks No. 1231 and the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club observed Veteransâ€™ Day a bit early Sunday by unveiling a refurbished flag pole and new stone at Groundhog Park.
The new stone â€” donated by Philip States and designed and crafted by R.D. Brown Memorials â€” is dedicated to all local veterans, said Ron Ploucha, exalted ruler of the Elks and the Inner Circleâ€™s Stump Warden.
â€śOrdinary people doing extraordinary things â€” simply put, thatâ€™s who veterans are,â€ť said Gene Roberts, leading knight at the Elks.
Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club for Career Womenâ€™s Week, which this year runs through Nov. 13. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.
(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.)
Local Intelligence (January 15, 1896)
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