Archive - Jul 2012
Sharon Smith, 49, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012, in Punxsutawney.
She was born Sept. 3, 1962, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Thomas M. Pearce, who survives, of Mahaffey, and the late Velma R. (Shields) Pearce.
Sharon loved flowers, gardening, animals and her dog, Raven.
She was a woman who was devoted to her children and will be missed by many.
Sports fans, you may have noticed that Thursday's edition of Spirit Sports was lacking the weekly column, The Zak Zone. That's because I was trying to fabricate the best manner to say, "So long," to pages 6&7 as I prepared for a journey toward the rest of the pages in The Spirit.
As of, well, today, as you're reading this, I'm now officially the editor of the paper, and while you'll still be able to read my musings â€”Â at times sports related and at other times completely unrelated â€”Â on Viewpoints on Page 4 on Mondays, I'm a bit saddened that The Zak Zone is being put to rest.
Chelsea Snyder blasts off to first after recording an RBI-single in Punxsy's 9-7 win over Corry on July 20 for the Section 1 10- and 11-year-old softball title. Today, Punxsy faces Friday's winner between Jersey Shore and Mifflin Co. in the second round of the state tournament.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Sports reporter Zak Lantz is vacating his spot in the bleachers to fill another seat â€” editor-in-chief of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
"As a Punxsy native, I grew up reading The Spirit, especially the sports pages, and I really do consider it quite an honor to be named editor," Lantz said. "It's still a little bit surreal, actually. I've told my family members who have asked me if I'm excited that I really am, but I still feel a bit shocked it's happened and fallen together as it has. Now that we're getting things rolling, though, I'm confident it'll be a smooth transition."
BROOKVILLE â€” The huge band of thunderstorms that moved through Jefferson County caused a large number of trees to be knocked down, taking power and other utility lines with it Thursday and Friday.
As of Friday evening, there were still 1,300 residents without power in Jefferson County, said Chris Clark, deputy director of Jefferson County Emergency Services.
Clark said that despite the warnings, once again there were no tornado touchdowns that he is aware of.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ Punxsutawney Phil has his co-handlers, John Griffiths and Ron Ploucha, but who handles the Groundhog Club itself?
In the club's case, it's Katie Donald, who has served as eventsâ€™ coordinator since April 2011, but earlier this month, was named the Groundhog Club's executive director â€” a pretty important title, considering that as the 127th anniversary of Groundhog Day approaches, the Inner Circle itself remains an all-male group.
Marjorie C. Latta, 83, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born September 23, 1928, in Hazen, a daughter of the late Reverend Ralph and Viona (Bushley) Brooks.
Jan. 24, 1955, she married Norman Latta who preceded her in death on Oct. 12, 1991.
She was a member of St. Peterâ€™s United Church of Christ and was also a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary of Big Run.
She was a cook at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital and retired from there after 18 years of service.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A huge storm that came roaring through Jefferson County Thursday afternoon caused tremendous amounts of damage throughout the area and rumors that a tornado may have touched down in Brookville.
A tornado warning was issued for northern portions of the county at 2:24 p.m. and expired at 3:15 p.m.
According to scanner transmissions: There were reports that a twister had touched down in the Brookville area and that high winds had caused major damage knocking power lines and trees onto area roadways throughout the county.
A scary storm brought the Barclay Square canopy tumbling down, but that didnâ€™t stop Music in the Park from taking place â€” at the emergency location of the Punxsutawney Community Center. McKeesportâ€™s The Mikey Dee Band â€” a polka band â€” wasnâ€™t bothered by the weather, though, as it performed its show before the waiting audience.
BROOKVILLE â€” Veolia, the French-owned waste hauling company contracted by the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority, will be sold to Atlantic Waste Holdings pending an antitrust approval, the authorityâ€™s board announced at a meeting Wednesday.
If the purchase goes through, it will continue operations under a new name â€” Advanced Disposal Services. Board Chairman Russel Whelpley raised some concerns about the transition, namely whether or not the authorityâ€™s current contracts will be honored and if the new owners might change operation costs for better or worse in the future.