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August 27th

Punxsy impressive in second defeat of DuBois

August 27, 2012

DUBOIS — For the second time in the early fall season, the Punxsy boys' golfers took care of rival DuBois in impressive fashion, 159-200, on Monday at DuBois Country Club.

The trio of Mike Blose, Brandon Mancuso and Logan Reed continued to pace the Chucks finishers by posting rounds of 38, 39 and 40 on the par 35 front nine holes. Along with the top three finishers, Eli Thompson (42) and Austin Couser (44) gave Punxsy the top five golfers of the day, all hitting under 45.

Getting a head start

August 27, 2012

Friend’s fine flowers earn Garden of the Month honors

August 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the damage caused to area gardens by the many severe storms experienced this summer, Shawnee Friend's garden on Freas Lane continues to shine and was chosen as the August “Garden of the Month" by the Punxsutawney Garden Club this past week.

"I've been planting flowers pretty much since we moved in here 29 years ago," Friend said, adding that her home was built by former owners Dan and Diane Anderson.

"This property was all woods when we moved in; there was no lawn to speak of," she said.

Fidella Annaledd (Pifer) Bishop, 69

August 27, 2012

Fidella Annaledd (Pifer) Bishop, 69, of Rossiter, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at the DuBois Nursing Home in DuBois.

She was born May 6,1943, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Leslie and Ruby (Shepler) Pifer.

She was married to Clair Bishop, who survives.

Mrs. Bishop was a member of the Countryside Baptist Church in Punxsutawney.

She was a homemaker.

Betty Kathryn (Hoffman) Philliber, 97

August 27, 2012

Betty Kathryn (Hoffman) Philliber, 97, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Jan. 30, 1915, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Orvis C. and Nancy Bell (McAnulty) Hoffman.

Nov. 15, 1941, she married Robert Spencer Philliber, who preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1973.

Mrs. Philliber was a retired school teacher from the Punxsutawney Area School District. She also served for many years on the Board of Directors of Hoffman Diamond Products, her father’s business.

August 26th

Woman airlifted Sunday following motorcycle accident involving deer

August 26, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A passenger on a motorcycle was flown to an area trauma center by a STAT MedEvac helicopter following an accident involving a deer at 7:11 p.m. Sunday on Route 436 near Femco Machine.

According to fire and police scanner reports, the motorcycle struck the deer, causing an injury to a female passenger, while the male operator suffered minor injuries.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police were assisted at the scene by Punxsutawney Borough Police, Jefferson County EMS and members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Comcast looking to offer low-cost Internet access, computers to qualifying students

August 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A cable and Internet provider hopes to bridge the digital divide for students in the Punxsutawney Area School District by offering low-cost Internet access to parents.

Comcast, the nation’s largest Internet service provider, launched the newly redesigned online “Learning Center” on its Internet Essentials website, www.InternetEssentials.com/Learning, said Robert Grove, Comcast public relations director for the Keystone region.

Way Back When

August 26, 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.)

Local Intelligence
(September 2, 1896)

AN INDIANA COUNTY FARMER SUICIDE

August 24th

Drivers beware: School safety not just important for kids

August 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In case you haven't noticed, between all of the "Back to School" ads and commercials, it's time for the kids to head back to school this coming week, which means motorists need to keep their eyes open for students walking to school or to bus stops.

"I think it's a good idea to review the proper entrance and exit on school buses," said Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent.

Wolfe said everyone thinks that they are familiar with the many safety issues, but sometimes there are changes.

Blending in

August 24, 2012

Natural camouflage can be a great defense system for animals to hide themselves from potential danger.

But this toad’s camo almost came back to bite him, as he had a too-close-for-comfort run-in with a weed eater Thursday afternoon.

Despite the close call, he was still trying his hardest to blend in when this photo was taken moments later.

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