Archive - Jul 2012
(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)
Mahoning Street to be Paved With Brick this Fall
Max E. Pifer Sr., 90, Big Run, died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 15, 1922, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County, a son of the late Harry Franklin and Cora Marie (Davis) Pifer.
Sept. 20, 1946, he married the former Avanell Clouser, who survives.
Mr. Pifer was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a Tec 4, during World War II in the 84th Infantry Division. He received a Bronze Star and was in the Battle of the Bulge and various other campaigns in the European Theater.
He was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ.
PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP â€” The Jefferson County Fair will kick off for yet another year of food, events, exhibits and fun this weekend at the fairgrounds.
While the animals and exhibits will arrive today, the festivities will get underway Sunday.
â€śIâ€™m excited about all kinds of stuff,â€ť said Jim Grant, the fair secretary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As discussions as to the future of Punxsyâ€™s two brick streets â€” Dinsmore Avenue and Grace Way â€” continue, 120 years ago, a brick street was considered quite an upgrade over the dirt-and-plank roads that existed at that time.
â€śIn the 1890s, laying brick was considered to be a permanent street improvement,â€ť said S. Thomas Curry, former director and current member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Spirit editorial staff is happy to announce that the Spring Sports Outstanding Players have received their honorary plaques, and they can now be announced to the public.
Recent graduate Brody Morgan â€” a track and field star at Punxsy throughout his time at Punxsutawney Area High School â€” and soon-to-be senior Chelsea Engeholm â€” a member of the District IX champion Lady Chucks softball team â€” were this year's winners, as selected by The Spirit's readers.
Ruby I. Ryen, 91, formerly of Rossiter (Canoe Township), died awaiting the second coming of Jesus Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Springfield Regional Medical Center, Springfield, Ohio.
She was born May 25, 1921, in Canoe Township, a daughter of the late Winfield and Twila Stiver.Â
While she lived most of her life on the same property where she was born, she spent the last four years of her life in Springfield, Ohio, living near her family.Â After moving to Springfield, she always missed the hills and countryside of Pennsylvania.
WALSTON â€” The investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds in Young Township has been turned over to Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett to investigate.
During the Board of Supervisorsâ€™ meeting Wednesday, Chairman Andrew Meterko said there was nothing new to report regarding the audit, except that all the findings and the audit from the Cantanese Group has been given to Burkettâ€™s office.
As it did last year, Midlife Crisis â€” (from left) John Keeley on keyboards, Jesse DeChurch on vocals, Mike Kurtz on bass and Dave Buzard on guitar â€” opened the first show of the 2012 Music in the Park series Thursday night in Barclay Square.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â After splitting a pair of games with the S.W. Jack Black Sox in the championship series of the Indiana County Junior Legion League, Punxsy's I-Medical won a thrilling slugfest over the Sox Thursday night in Punxsutawney to close out the series and be crowned champions.
After the game, I-Medical head coach Doug Pennington spoke about how happy he was for his squad, which has seen most of its players play together over the past three years in Legion ball.
STATE COLLEGE â€” Every thrilling, come-from-behind victory story has another tale on the other side â€”Â a tale of heart-breaking loss. And unfortunately for the Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old All-Star softball team, its run at a state title came to an end Thursday afternoon in State College in disappointing fashion.
Punxsy led fellow western foe Minersville 1-0 and was just one out away from a berth into the final four teams and the semi-finals, but a late rally by Minersville allowed it to tie the game, send it to extra innings and go on to win by a 4-2 final score.