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February 19th

Way Back When

February 19, 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
(April 29, 1896)

John K. Coxson

February 17th

Bradford beats Punxsy, finishes perfect

February 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks knew what they had in store for them when the Lady Owls of Bradford visited Friday night: An undefeated team seeking to end it's season 22-0.

And the Lady Owls came out firing on all cylinders on both ends of the court to reach their goal with a 53-26 win.

"They're very athletic, and they're very strong and that showed tonight," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "They showed us how strong and athletic they are. They took us and beat us in every phase of the game. Offensively, defensively and transitionally the beat us. We really didnt play very well."

Chucks are No. 1 seed, but Owls claim sweep, mental edge for playoffs

February 17, 2012

BRADFORD — Entering Friday night's contest with the Bradford Owls, Punxsy had the advantage of already knowing it was the No. 1 seed entering the District IX playoffs.

But the Owls had the advantage of picking up a road win at Punxsy Jan. 20, and Friday, Bradford made it a season sweep, setting up an interesting potential D-IX Title Game Mar. 3 at Clarion University with a 53-38 win over the Chucks.

But Punxsy has a bye in the playoffs and won't play again until the championship game, and the Owls have to defeat Clearfield to earn the right for the rematch.

JH wins on mat, finishes season with team loss to DuBois

February 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As was the case a majority of their matches this season, the members of the Punxsy junior high wrestling team found themselves at a disadvantage Thursday against DuBois with Punxsy forced to forfeit in five weight classes, giving the Beavers an insurmountable edge in a 54-31 victory.

Without counting forfeits in the team scores, though, Punxsy would have been victorious, 25-12, in the bouts that took place on the mats.

County’s first female fire chief leads Perry Township department

February 17, 2012

VALIER— The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company in Valier has been a large part of Kris Grove's life since the early '90s, and she recently accepted the position of fire chief.

As far as anyone familiar with fire department history can confirm, Grove is the first female fire chief in the history of Jefferson County.
Grove said she first became interested in joining the Perry Township Fire Company after having served as one of the fire hall cleaners.

"The reason I first joined was because I have a passion to help people," she said. "I believe when someone needs help, you help them."

Arthur N. “Shun” Pardee, 93

February 17, 2012

Arthur N. “Shun” Pardee, 93, Rochester Mills, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Crystal Waters in Rayne Twp., Indiana County.

He was born Oct. 22, 1918, in Rochester Mills, the son of the late Norman and Mary (Smith) Pardee.

June 19, 1943, he married Goldie (Ryen) Pardee, who survives, of Rochester Mills. They shared almost 69 years of marriage.

Connie L. Roush, 64

February 17, 2012

Connie L. Roush, 64, Carlisle, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at her home.

She was born Aug. 25, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Irvin L. Grube and Edna A. Hippehen.

She married Raymond Roush Jr., who survives, of Carlisle.

Mrs. Roush was a homemaker.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Linglestown.

Eleanor “June” (Baun) Ryen, 81

February 17, 2012

Eleanor “June” (Baun) Ryen, 81, Rochester Mills, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.

She was born June 10, 1930, in Juneau, a daughter of the late Earl and Edna (White) Baun.

She married Jim Ryen, who preceded her in death April 26, 1997. They raised four children together.

She was a member of the Rochester Mills United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ryen possessed a great deal of love for her children, grandchildren and her dog, Summer.

February 16th

Punxsy impressive despite loss to Beavers

February 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite what resembles a disappointing night on the scoreboard, Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy was well pleased with his team's performance in a 50-20 loss to the DuBois Beavers Thursday night in Punxsutawney — the Chucks' regular season finale.

"Overall, it was a very good match tonight," Eddy said. "The guys wrestled very well. There were some tight matches, and overall, I'm very pleased with our performance."

Chucks' 7th-grade picks up big win over B-way

February 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Chucks' seventh-grade basketball team put up an impressive 50 points, and the defense played almost equally as impressively Monday night at Brockway helping the Chucks cruise to a 50-21 victory over the Rovers.

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