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Lady Chucks prepared for Vikings

June 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy Lady Chucks did not start to sweat when they lost an early lead and fell behind 3-2 in the third inning Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Softball Championship.

"Go up there with confidence at the plate," senior and one of the team's leaders Shawnna Crago said she told her teammates.

The entire team stayed calm and collected, allowing the Lady Chucks to make a comeback and win it 6-4 against the St. Marys Lady Dutch. With the win, Punxsutawney (13-4) earned its fourth consecutive district title.

Gertrude McCauley, 79

June 6, 2011

Gertrude McCauley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 11, 1931, in Vienna, Austria, a daughter of the late Karl and Theresia Geborene (Schreiner) Unmuth.

She had recollections of very hard times in Germany, which included bread rations and being made to salute Hitler in her early years of life.
July 14, 1956, she married her beloved Albert Merle McCauley Jr., who preceded her in death Dec. 31, 2002.

Ruby E. Powell, 68

June 6, 2011

Ruby E. Powell, 68, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Nov. 12, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Martin Vasbinder and Edna (Minich) Vasbinder-Burkett.

July 30, 1960, she married Clair J. Powell, Sr., of Punxsutawney, who survives.

Toaster the cause of Mahoning Towers fire

June 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was no false alarm at Mahoning Towers Sunday morning when an appliance fire damaged an apartment around 7:30 a.m.

Punxsutawney Assistant Fire Chief Scott Depp said a toaster caught fire in apartment 402 and caused some fire damage in the kitchen area, especially the cupboards.

Depp said Punxsutawney Borough Police were first on the scene and knocked down the fire with an extinguisher.

Just Splashin' Around

June 6, 2011

Opening weekend at the George C. Brown Community Pool, located on Cypress Street, was a big success as the warm temperatures brought a large crowd to the local swimming hole Saturday and Sunday. Shown are some young swimming enthusiasts enjoying their summer vacation at the pool (front, from left): Hayden Terres, Carter Newcome, Makayla Smith and Ella Newcome, (back) Austin Troutman, Lexi Dunlap and Ryan Ransom.

Way Back When

June 6, 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

Perry Brink Dead
Perry Brink, well-known all over Jefferson county, died at his home near Horatio last Thursday of dropsy, aged seventy-four years, and was buried in the Clayville cemetery on Sunday.

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