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Archive - May 2011

May 22nd

Way Back When

May 22, 2011

(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
March 4, 1896
Grasshoppers in February

Borough releases details of Obbish settlement

May 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The family of Stephen Obbish will receive $250,000 through the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Borough of Punxsutawney, the mayor and two employees, according to the mediation settlement with Obbish’s family.

The mediation agreement between the borough and the family members of Obbish, who died Aug. 15, 2009, in the back seat of a borough police cruiser, was released this week by Punxsutawney Borough Council and the family’s counsel, Chad A. Wissinger, Esq.

May 20th

Booths from Ruth & Harry’s find new home at Caterina’s

May 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A little piece of downtown Punxsy nostalgia is back, as Caterina’s Dolce Cucina owner Katie Laska has installed a few of the single-seat booths from the former Ruth & Harry’s Restaurant in her coffee shop.

The left-hand wall inside Caterina’s was once shared with Ruth & Harry’s, which closed in 1994 and was razed in the late 1990s. Hair Trends now occupies the space.

IUP has 2011 first Garden of the Month

May 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the first “Garden of the Month” for the summer of 2011, the recipient — the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts — probably has the most functional use of all gardens in town.

Some of the plants in the garden — cited for the month of May by the Punxsutawney Garden Club — are edible herbs, such as mint, sage, oregano, chives, thyme, peppers and others, that may be used in dishes prepared by culinary students.

“I want to know if the peppers are extremely hot,” said Richard Manslow, project director for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “I’m dying to know.”

Meterko: 'I'm living the dream'

May 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Punxsy senior A.J. Meterko is living his dream.

Ever since he was a freshman, the Chucks' long-distance runner had the goal of running in the 1,600-meter run at states.

After his performance Thursday in Brookville during the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships, he'll have more to look forward to than just the 1,600.

Undefeated Blose, Pearce win doubles title

May 21, 2011

DUBOIS — No matter who they played, Punxsy junior Tim Pearce and sophomore Mike Blose weren't going to be stopped in district play this season.

The duo completed an 11-0 season with a 3-0 day Friday in DuBois to claim the 2011 District IX Class AAA Boys' Tennis Doubles Championship.

As underclassmen with six seniors on the roster, it was unclear how Pearce and Blose would fit into the 2011 Chucks' plans. But a chance doubles practice early in the season started a bond on the court between the two players.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

May 21, 2011

Martz, Schall relieved by state berths

May 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Punxsy seniors Nickita Martz and Milea Schall felt pressure to perform for different reasons at the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships Thursday in Brookville.

Martz, a three-time champion in the javelin, was in search of a four-peat. Schall, who was seeded first in the 3,200-meter run, was trying to reach the state track meet for the first time ever.

Both girls accomplished their goals, and they did it by blowing away the competition.

Rose S. Zimmerman, 88

May 20, 2011

Rose S. Zimmerman, 88, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born March 8, 1923, in Pansy, a daughter of the late William Carlton and Ida (Young) Hetrick.

Mrs. Zimmerman grew up on a farm and graduated from a one-room school after eighth grade.

May 9, 1954, at the Lutheran Church at Ohl, she married W. Wilson Zimmerman, who preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2003.

Mrs. Zimmerman was a homemaker and worked at Sylvania. She also enjoyed sewing and made many beautiful quilts.

May 19th

Meterko, Martz, Schall, 4x800 team win district championships

May 19, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Six Punxsy athletes are headed to next Friday and Saturday's state championships in Shippensburg after they won at the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships Thursday in Brookville.

A.J. Meterko followed through on his multiple No.1 seedings by winning both the 800- and 1,600-meter dashes.

Meterko, a senior, edged DuBois junior J.J. Clinchoc — 2:02.04 to 2:02.84 — in the 800 run and held off St. Marys junior Gideon Woelfel — 4:30.04 to 4:33.64 — in the 1,600 run.

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