Archive - Aug 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” That special week that everyone who loves hot dogs looks forward to for the whole year has finally arrived. Hot Dog Days, which benefits the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, will start today at Fezellâ€™s County Market.
This is the libraryâ€™s largest fundraiser of the year, with a goal of $6,000 for the event, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
today through Friday in front of County Market, said Kathy Smith, secretary for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Board of Trustees, which sponsors the event.
The winner of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox or $18,000 in cash Sunday night at the annual SS.C.D. Lawn Festival was Tara Covert of Big Run, (second from left).
Shown is Festival Committee Chairman Frank Hetrick (far left) and Covertâ€™s husband, Patrick Covert (right).
The Coverts decided they would rather have the cash than the car.
(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 19, 1896)
ASSAULTED WITH A COKE FORK
Yesterday evening Andrew Nichol, coal and iron police at Adrian, was called to a Hungarian boarding house to suppress a row.
William S. Gomola, 89, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Steve and Mary (Sivanich) Gomola.
Sept. 20, 1947, he married Anna (Roman) Gomola, who survives.
He was a member of Saint Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Gomola served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1941 to 1945, where he was an intercept operator.
He loved watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and the Penguins.
Harold Fredrick Hartzfeld Jr., 80, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 24, 1932, in Gaskill Township, a son of the late Harold Fredrick and Phyllis Evelyn (Limerick) Hartzfeld.
He was veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.
March 19,1955, he married the former Mary Louise Irvine, who survives.
Harold worked as a coal miner and a heavy equipment operator for mining coal.
He loved being with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dean HeLal, 80, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at home.
He was born June 3, 1932, in Northfork, W.Va., the son of the late Hussein and Badia HeLal.
He was married to Diane (Cameron) HeLal, who survives.
He was the owner of Punxy Phil's Family Restaurant in Punxsutawney. He previously owned Mr. Dean's Richman Brothers Men's Store and Perkin's Family Restaurant at the Punxy Plaza.
He was a 50-year member of John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534, Free and Accepted Masons and Jaffa Shrine in Altoona, and he was also a member of the Punxsutawney Country Club.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€“ "Before I left Brookville I could see that wind whipping and I could see those leaves turning up. That's a storm brewing and the Grays are coming to Reynoldsville," said Bob McCullough to his players before the game.
That storm proved to be too much for the Sykesville Senators as the Grays thundered their way to a 12-hit 9-6 victory in Reynoldsville Friday night.
"We did a good job getting ready for that game, I had guys hitting this afternoon at the cages at home," said McCullough.
By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Saints Cosmas and Damian (SS.C.D.) Lawn Festival continues today and Sunday with a variety of events scheduled including the Alumni Social.
Frank Hetrick, chairman of the festival, said the annual Alumni Social is tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in Wienker Auditorium.
All graduates of SS.C.D. High School, including those who finished at Punxsutawney High School; SS.C.D. Grade School ; 8th grade graduates and Saint Adrian graduates are welcome, he said, adding that one must be 21 to attend.
Other events for today:
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” A Big Run teenager suffered only minor injuries when his vehicle drove off of the roadway at 4:35 a.m. Friday Aug. 3 on Cloe Lake Road.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police a 1996 Ford Mustang driven by Justin L. Hasty, 19, Big Run, was traveling north on Cloe Lake Road when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway while traveling at a high rate of speed.
Police said Hasty lost control, which caused his vehicle to travel off the east side of the road and strike a large tree with the left side.
The history of Groundhog Day runs rich in one concept: Fellowship. The origin of the tradition is rooted in a group of men spending a day together on a hunt, and in many ways, the Groundhog Picnic has always been a similar event: Rooted in fellowship and a stag event.
Similar to any tradition, though, evaluation and change are always a good thing, and change is coming to this year's Phil Phest, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 9 p.m. at Gobblers Knob.