Archive - 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just months after a presentation by Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald and his K-9 unit, Bret, the Punxsutawney Area School Board met yet another four-legged officer during its meeting Monday.
St. Marys City Police Officer Mike Shaffer introduced his K-9 unit, Copper, to the board Monday and said having the K-9 unit in St. Marys and the surrounding area has proven to deter people from bringing drugs into the area.
St. Marys is not a huge area, Shaffer said, but noted that he makes dozens of drug arrests per year, but mostly outside the city.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved holding a public hearing to address the suggested rezoning of the south side of Union Street to allow for a beauty shop to open in a house on the Shumaker property.
Members of the boroughâ€™s Planning & Zoning Commission passed a motion at their Jan. 25 meeting, which recommended to council permitting the temporary occupancy for the Shumaker property to allow a temporary variance beauty shop in the traditional neighborhood district, pending approval by Solicitor Jay Lundy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In a collaborative effort, two local historical societies are taking the history of the American Civil War and shrinking it down to a local, Jefferson County perspective.
From now through October, the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society will provide local residents with â€śDrumbeat to War,â€ť an exhibit that was previously housed at the Jefferson County History Center (JCHC) in Brookville.
Stanley â€śStushâ€ť P. Dudek, 78, Arcadia, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at his home.
He was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Arcadia, a son of Michael P. and Julia (Stoyak) Dudek.
April 29, 1994, he married Elizabeth â€śAnnâ€ť (Patchin) Wetzel, who survives.
Mr. Dudek was a member of the Burnside United Methodist Church and served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a major. His service spanned tour of duties during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Following his retirement from the military, he was employed as a bus driver for the Purchase Line School District.
Karen E. Ishman, 61, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born April 4, 1950, a daughter of the late Harold Stuck and Hilda (Shields) Stuck-Lunger.
She was married to Jacob Ishman, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mrs. Ishman fought a lengthy battle with breast cancer but found solace in the love and strength of the Lord Jesus Christ.
She was a member of the Salvation Army and leader of the S.A. Womenâ€™s Group. She was also an avid plastic canvas and cross stitcher.
BROOKVILLE â€” Saturday night's match-up against Elk County Catholic (12-9, 6-3 D-IX League) was a big test for the Raiders heading into the final week of the regular season.
Brookville (16-4, 6-3 D-IX League) stormed out to an early lead, but the Crusaders turned the tables and pushed the game to overtime.
But only one shot mattered â€” the game-winning shot by Elk County's Brock McCullough with seven seconds remaining in overtime for the 34-32 victory over Brookville.
WALSTON â€” Recently, the Young Township Board of Supervisors discussed what to do about replacing 12-year-old grinder pumps throughout the township that continue to break down.
Chairman Andrew Meterko said there is a grinder pump that goes down every time there's a function at one of the churches in the township. The sewer department/township is obligated to repair or replace the grinder pump due to an incentive to encourage residents to sign up for sewage in the township.
He said the reason that many of the pumps burn up is because people throw prohibited items into the sewage system.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Talk about irony at its best.
This year's most popular souvenir item â€” a T-shirt depicting a snow-covered Punxsy Phil, with the advice to "Chill Out" â€” is a little ironic considering the mild winter weather tourists experienced Feb. 1 and Groundhog Day.
"The nicest thing about this year was no rain, no snow, no ice," Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marlene Lellock said. "That is one of the best things about Groundhog Day 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.)
(April 29, 1896)
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John Robert Bazella Sr., 66, Rossiter, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1945, in New Kensington, a son of the late John Casmier and Olive Bertha (Daugherty) Bazella.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having faithfully served his country in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, where he was also exposed to Agent Orange that caused years of health issues that he refused to let keep him down.
Oct. 18, 1968, he married Judith Anne Heinsen, who survives.
In 1997, he and his wife moved to the 250-acre family farm in Rossiter.