Archive - Feb 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” When he became a magisterial district judge in 1999, the soon-to-be-retired Richard Beck knew the job would be a challenge, perhaps all the more so because of his experience as a police officer.
Prior to election to district judge, Beck served as a Brookville Borough Police officer for more than 30 years. He was told from the start that the transition could be tough.
â€śThe school told me that could be a problem,â€ť he said. â€śI would have to say, no, it wasnâ€™t, because they clued me in on that.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Does Punxsutawney have the land space to construct a second industrial park?
Last Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said the borough hopes to once again partner with the Punxsutawney Regional Development Corporation (PRDC) in the interest of industrial development.
Glessner recently spoke with PRDC President Frank Roberts, who said the group wants everyone to know that it has money available for industrial development. However, there are limits to $50,000, in addition to the boroughâ€™s economic development loan fund.
(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 (February 5, 1896)
The Store and Postoffice at Oliveburg Ransacked by a Gang of Thieves
Punxsy's Logan Weaver (right) is congratulated by teammate Alex Fedigan after hitting a three-pointer and being fouled early in the third quarter Friday night. Weaver provided this week's Play of the Week when he nailed a shot at the third-quarter buzzer from six feet behind the half-court line. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Juniors Logan Weaver and Daniel Triponey played like the best guard combo in the district, and the Chucks handled Bradford in a District IX Class AAA Semifinals preview Friday night, 61-42.
Weaver and Triponey combined for 48 points, as the Chucks evened the season series with Bradford by winning Friday. The two teams will meet Thursday in Punxsutawney in the rubber match for the first round of district playoffs with a trip to the title game on the line.
BRADFORD â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team may not be going to the playoffs, but it finished the 2010-2011 season strong.
Punxsy completed the season with a three-win week once it defeated Bradford Friday night, 48-30.
The Lady Chucks (7-15) won't enter the playoffs this year, but they swept the Lady Owls (12-10), who will meet St. Marys in the District IX Class AAA title game. St. Marys and Kayla Hoohuli are in search of a fourth-straight crown.
George Edwin Jordan, 85, State College, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
He was born Dec. 14, 1925, in Cloe, a son of the late C. Jenks and Bertha Mae (Jacobs) Jordan.
He was the youngest of seven children and was the last of his immediate family.
Mr. Jordan attended Punxsutawney High School and married Esther Almeda Bowers June 1, 1947, with whom he celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in 2010.
Dorothy Irene Manley, 91, formerly of New Bethlehem, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the Otterbein Retirement Home in Lebanon, Ohio.
She was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Timblin, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Osmer and Twila Brocious.
Aug. 14, 1959, she married Jack A. Manley, who preceded her in death Sept. 13, 2004.
Mrs. Manley was a graduate of Brookville High School and Clarion State Teachersâ€™ College. She taught for 34 years in the Bradford and Punxsutawney schools, retiring in 1980.
John R. "Dick" Phillips Sr., 84, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at UPMC-Shadyside, Pittsburgh.
He was born Feb. 12, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth (Williams) Phillips.
Aug. 22, 1953, he married Irene (Gresock) Phillips of Punxsutawney, who survives.
BIG RUN â€” The former Little Canada Bar & Grill was completely destroyed by a fire early Friday morning along Filtering Plant Road in Big Run.
The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Friday and was fully involved with heavy fire and smoke showing from the windows as firefighters arrived on the scene.
The vacant structure, which years ago had housed the Little Canada Bar & Grill along with numerous other bars and restaurants, was converted into a residence several years ago.