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Archive - Aug 2011

August 15th

Big Run trying to recover after rash of arsons

August 15, 2011

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council, at Monday's meeting, congratulated members of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company on a job well done, despite the adverse circumstances of dealing with the many arson fires that occurred throughout the area over the past year.

Big Run Borough Council President Nick Lantz congratulated the members of the fire company for continuing to do a great job even though Anthony Overbeck — who police charged last week with arson and other offenses — had belonged to the Big Run Fire Company at the time of his alleged crimes.

What a royal night in Reynoldsville

August 15, 2011

Emily Krivak (second from left), 16, was crowned the 2011 Reynoldsville Homecoming Queen during the opening ceremonies Monday night downtown. Also on hand for the crowning were (from left) 2010 Queen Mindy Hutchins, 16; Krivak; Brooke Godwin, 16, first runner-up; Miranda Meholick, 14, second runner-up; and Dakota Knarr, 16, third runner-up. The queen was chosen based on her essay, "What Reynoldsville Means to Me." All the girls attend DuBois Area High School.

Grace Davis Chelgren, 91

August 15, 2011

Grace Davis Chelgren, 91, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born May 26, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William Henry and Anna M. (Black) Davis.

Sept. 19, 1940, she married Harry Chelgren, who preceded her in death July 27, 1996.

Mrs. Chelgren was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, where she belonged to the Altar Guild.

She was also a member of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild and the Community Concert Association. She was active in the aerobics program in Punxsutawney.

August 14th

New club invites guests to display their vehicular pride and joy

August 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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. 

August 12th

Taylor Swift reaches out to a little girl fighting a big battle

August 13, 2011

Editor's Note: Sources close to Kadie Stonebraker's family reported that Kadie passed away earlier this morning, Saturday, Aug. 13.

MARION CENTER — She has a guitar pick and a bracelet from her idol — not to mention a dress just like the one in the music video, but this week, some of the pieces of the puzzle finally came together for four-year-old Kadie Stonebraker.

Courtney Cole, president of the Punxsutawney Rotary Club, is pictured presenting the IUP Rotaract Club with its charter...
The students at Mapleview Elementary School made the most of the sunny weather and the approaching holiday this week by...
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW Post No. 2076) presented the top three winners of the SS.C.D. School essay contest...
While it may be spring, the winter weather isn't ready to leave. Because of a mix of snow, cold...
The Chucks will take on the Uniontown Red Raiders tonight at DuBois Area Middle School for its...
After having its Senior Night delayed multiple times, the Punxsy wrestling team will hit the mat...

 

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