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New club invites guests to display their vehicular pride and joy

August 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – It's not quite the parking lot at Mel's Diner in the George Lucas film “American Graffiti,” but it’s close enough.

Friday, the Vintage Steel Car Club of Punxsy hosted its third drive-in of the summer at Advance Auto Parts, which drew 56 different classic, vintage and otherwise sweet vehicles from around the region.
The gathering – and the open membership club – is a work in progress,said club founder Doug Hollenbaugh.

“We just like to keep it open to everyone and have a good time,” he said.

Way Back When

August 14, 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 newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(March 25, 1896)

DEADLY AFTER DAMP
It Causes Horrible Disaster
at Adrian Mines.
TWO MEN PERISH FROM
SUFFOCATION
And Half a Dozen Others Resuscitated
After Life Seemed Extinct

Fall sports practices begin in Punxsy

August 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the temperatures cooling a bit over the past several days, and the NFL preseason kicking off this past weekend, thoughts of fall are beginning to feel a bit more realistic.

With autumn comes the busiest of sports seasons for the Punxsutawney Area High School's athletic department.

Seven different sports are represented on the fall sports calendar, keeping everyone in the athletic department on their toes.

The activity is welcomed after a full summer of preparations went into planning the schedules for Punxsutawney Athletic Director Bill Vassallo and his staff.

Walter M. "John" Bouch, 94

August 14, 2011

Walter M. "John"  Bouch, 94, Mahaffey, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mr. Bouch was born Jan. 3, 1917, in Sydney, a son of the late Miles O. Bouch and Elizabeth A. (Snyder) Bouch.

He was married to B. Margaret (Clark) Bouch, who preceded him in death May 17, 2009. They were married 67 years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during WWII.

Mr. Bouch loved hunting, fishing and practical jokes.

Kadence “Kadie” Louise Stonebraker, 4

August 14, 2011

Kadence “Kadie” Louise Stonebraker, 4, Decker’s Point, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family.

The daughter of Jacob P. and Sarah L. (Yeomans) Stonebraker, she was born March 14, 2007, in Indiana.

Kadie greatly enjoyed attending Junior Church at the Bible Baptist Church located near Clymer.

She loved playing with little puppies and her kitty, Fluffy. Kadie liked spending time outside taking Ranger rides; swimming in the pool; jumping on the trampoline; having family cookouts; and watching fireworks.

James S. "Jim" Trunzo, 70

August 14, 2011

James S. "Jim" Trunzo, 70, died peacefully at home surrounded by family July 2, 2011. 

He was born July 22, 1940, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Francis J. Trunzo, MD, and Catherine (Kernan) Trunzo of Punxsutawney.

He was married to Jerry Frances (Carter) Trunzo, who survives.

Mr. Trunzo was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. 

He served his country with the U.S.N. Mobile Construction Battalion, MCB-7 (the Seabees), from 1962 to 1967. 

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