Archive - 2012
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 âDrumbeat to War,â an exhibit that was previously housed at the Jefferson County History Center (JCHC) in Brookville.
Stanley âStushâ 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 âAnnâ (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. Womenâs 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.)
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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.
Jeanette W. Craft, 93, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born June 30, 1918, in Mahaffey, a daughter of the late Stanley and Antonia (Sokolowski) Visnesky.
June 19, 1955, she married Paul W. Craft, who preceded her in death April 26, 1981.
She was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Sykesville.
She was a private practice nurse, a farm wife and a personal investor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After picking up its first District IX sweep of the sea- son Tuesday at St. Marys, the Lady Chucks basketball team hoped to make it two consecutive sweeps when the DuBois Lady Beavers came to town Friday, and the Lady Chucks pulled the feat off with a thrilling 34-31 victory that came down to the last second.
Punxsy seemed to be in control after outscoring the Lady Beavers 21-12 in the first half, but DuBois stormed back in the second half. DuBois outscored Punxsy, 10-7, in the third quarter to narrow the lead to six points.