Archive - Sep 2012
Jack H. Dodson, 75, of Greensburg, formerly of Marion Center, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Westmoreland Manor.
He was born July 26, 1937, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Richard and Alta (Henry) Dodson.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Dodson had been employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
He was an Army member and a life member of the AMVETS Post 88 and South Greensburg Hunt club.
He was also a member of the VFW Post 33, the Loyal Order of the Moose 1151, both of Greensburg, and the American Legion Post 981 of South Greensburg.
Robert E. Vallies, 74, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Vallies was born Jan. 18, 1938, in DuBois, a son of the late Leon Vallies and Nellie (Brocious) Vallies.
He worked for Ames Lumber Company, Bullers Coal Mines & Doverspike Brothers Coal Company before retiring.
Robert is survived by his wife, Alice (Beck) Vallies of Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After being tied at a goal apiece at intermission, DuBois blistered the Punxsy net for four goals in the first 13 minutes and six during the second period to rout the Punxsy girls' soccer team, 7-1.
The Lady Chucks (1-3) received their lone score of the day in the first half. Emily Horner chipped a shot over the Lady Beavers goalie into the net off a Kara Hollis assist. Punxsy net minder Allison Fye posted 13 saves in goal for the game.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board continued to mull over the possibility of some combination of scenarios involving closing Jenks Hill Elementary, moving the third grade into the middle school and moving seventh grade into the high school at its meeting on Monday.
Superintendent Keith Wolfe furthered the discussion by bringing along a compiled list of pros and cons of the specific act of moving the seventh grade into the high school.
"There are some definite pros to moving seventh grade to the high school schedule," he said.
Monday evening, a sure sign of summer fading into the fall took place in Barclay Square, where volunteers gathered to take down the bandstand canopy that is property of the Groundhog Festival Committee.
The canopy served many summer events, from the Groundhog Festival to Music in the Park, over the summer months.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Borough council is planning ahead for community events, from next month's Pizza and Prevention Day to next summer's Groundhog Festival.
At Monday's meeting, council approved a request from the Punxsutawney Fire Department for a street closing and meter bagging for the display of fire apparatus on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The request pertains to the 11th-annual Pizza and Prevention event, which is sponsored by Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsutawney and benefits the fire department.
REDBANK â€” One week after the tough loss to rival Punxsy, the Brookville Raiders (1-1) bounced back to claim a 22-13 victory over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs (0-2) Friday night.
After an early first quarter touchdown, the Raiders' defense held strong and allowed only one more touchdown the rest of the contest.
"They really adjusted on the fly. Their short passing game was dangerous, but we had a little bit of pressure and we flew to the ball; and we did a lot better job after the first series or two," said Raiders head coach Chris Dworek.
Punxsy Phil indulges in a treat on the shoulder of his co-handler John Griffiths prior to receiving his annual dose of the elixir of life â€” giving him seven more years of life, according to legend â€” at Phil Phest held Saturday at Gobblerâ€™s Knob.
The 403rd CONUS (contiguous United States) Replacement Company was inactivated â€” removed from active military status â€” at the Maj. Charles D. Stoops United States Army Reserve Center in Punxsutawney on Sunday at 1400 hours, otherwise known as 2 p.m.
A member of the Punxsutawney community for 59 years, the 403rd Replacement Co. has supported Groundhog Day festivities for the past 10 years.
(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.)
(September 9, 1896)
SUPPOSED MURDERERS CAUGHT
Frank and William Dodson Arrested for the Murder of Louis Helman
William and Frank Dodson, the supposed murderers of Louis Helman, were arrested last Saturday morning by S.R. Van Horn, of Brockwayville, Deputy Sherriff McMakin and Chief of Police Robert McFarland, of Ridgeway.