Archive - Jul 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â After a 4-0 loss to DuBois under the lights Saturday night in Punxsutawney, Punxsy's 11- and 12-year-old baseball All-Star team bounced back in a big way, downing DuBois 12-6 to earn the District X South title and a shot at the outright championship against Warren.
Because Warren is currently undefeated and Punxsy's loss carries over, Punxsy will have to win a pair to be named the champions, while Warren must win just once. The first game of the series will take place in Warren Tuesday.
SYKESVILLE â€” Emergency officials said the quick â€” but violent â€” storm that ripped through the southern part of Jefferson County Saturday evening leaving hundreds without power and damaging several homes was probably a microburst, not a tornado.
Strong thunderstorms hit the Sykesville and Henderson Township area around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh had issued a severe thunderstorm warning just prior to the microburst, said Tracy W. Zents, director of Emergency Services for Jefferson County.
Kaden Bergstedt (left) and Cameron Lambert take a fun ride on the merry-go-round at the Groundhog Festival, which concluded Saturday.
(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.)
(August 5, 1896)
Good Streets Cheaper to Tax-Payers Than
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Entering as the king seed and having dominated its competition in the first two games of the Section I tournament, Punxsy knew it had the edge entering Friday's championship game against Corry.
But Punxsy had its hands full, needing every run it scored to eke out a 7-6 victory over the visiting team and earn the Section 1 title and a berth to states next week.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's 13- and 14-year-old Junior League baseball team was eliminated from contention in the All-Star tournament with Fox Township rallying with a four-run seventh inning to pick up an 11-10 victory in losers' bracket action.
After the game, coach Jim Sloniger discussed how proud he and his fellow coaches were of the team.
9 to 10 a.m. â€“ Registration for third-annual Childrenâ€™s Pedal Tractor Pull in park, sponsored by London Farm Supplies.
10 to 11 a.m. â€” Childrenâ€™s Pedal Tractor Pull. The tractors are supplied by the sponsor. Prizes for winners in age groups four and five; six and seven; eight and nine.
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. â€“ Michelleâ€™s Magical Poodles.
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. â€“ Dennie Huber, magic.
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. â€“ Dennie Huber, balloons.
4 to 5:30 p.m. â€“ Mike Short Jr. & Statewide Band (country, sponsored by PNC Bank).
Former members of the Punxsutawney Area High School band are gathering from points far and near this weekend to present the first of what is hoped to become an annual concert by PAHS alumni.
This special event is being held in honor of James A. Colonna (retired), the long-time director of the high school band. The public is invited to enjoy the free concert consisting of familiar selections ranging from marches to pop tunes to show music and more. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of the Senior High School on North Findley Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The morning that the world was reveling in a noteworthy Groundhog Day â€” Feb. 2, 2002, or 02.02.02 â€” Jodi North and her husband, Scott, were pulling up carpet, and, as she said, â€śWe were not sure what we would find underneath.â€ť
What they found were hardwood floors and the foundation of what today is the North Country Homestead, which celebrated its 10th anniversary Friday.
Joseph Anthony Bianco, 75, Heilwood, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at home.
He was born Feb. 25, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph and Anna (Gigliotti) Bianco.
July 4, 1964, he married his beloved wife, Rosemary (Conway) Bianco, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Bianco obtained a bachelorâ€™s degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1963; a masterâ€™s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973; and a doctorate degree from Nova University in 1986.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1956 until 1962.