Archive - Apr 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It may have been sunny outside on Tuesday afternoon, but Phil forgot to turn up the thermostat.
But after a slow opening two frames to start, Punxsy suddenly hit its stride.
Following a pair of scores in the third to tie the game at two, the Chucks changed to hot setting with a 10-run fourth to overtake the Wildcats of Kittanning for a 12-2 five-inning 10-run-rule victory on a cold opener in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The dirt was flying when ground was broken for the new Primary Health Network (PHN) medical facility that is being constructed on Prushnok Drive in the east end of Punxsutawney.
The weather was cold, but dry, and the sun was out for the ceremonial turning of earth at the seven-acre location.
Jack Laeng, CEO of PHN, welcomed the guests and dignitaries to the festivities, which were held on the construction site located behind the old Career Link building that is also owned by PHN.
Ruth Edith (Reed) Trayer, 86, of North Freedom, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Ruth was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Brookville, a daughter of Charles Elias Reed and Mary Dora Haines Reed.
On Nov. 28, 1944, in Brookville, she married Clyde E. Trayer, who survives.
Ruth worked as a tester at Sylvania in Brookville and as a homemaker and farmed with her husband on the family farm.
She was a member of the North Freedom United Methodist Church and the Freedom Grange No. 2073 in Ringgold.
Wendy Renea Robbins, 46, of State College, Pa., died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at home.
She was born May 29, 1966, in Brookville, the daughter of Arthur F. Robbins and Dixie (Sherry) Thomas.
She worked as an electronic technician.
She was an avid Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
She is survived by her mother, Dixie Thomas of Punxsutawney; one brother, David Robbins and fiance Penny Erickson of Clymer; and one sister, Mrs. Jay (Laurie) Salada of DuBois.
BIG RUN â It has now been over two weeks since spring officially arrived on the calendar, and still, there's been nary a peep from the peeper frogs in Big Run, which is how most locals decide whether or not spring has officially arrived.
"It's hard to believe that we still haven't heard the tiny frogs announce the arrival of spring," said Jeff London, owner of Big Run Carpet and now resident Peeper watcher.
London said the average first day of peeping has been on March 20, the date for the official arrival of spring as far as the calendar is concerned.
SUMMERVILLE â Author and Summerville native Kendra Woodring â who writes under the name K.R. Woodring â returned to her roots on Saturday with a book signing held in her original hometown at the Summerville Public Library.
In fact, Woodring said she grew up "literally in the backyard" of the library, so close by that her mother's property touches corners with the library's.
The votes have been tallied, and the winners of The Spirit's third annual Outstanding Player Awards have been named.
To see who came out on top, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
William J. Bridge, 86, of Cloe, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Bridge was born Jan. 14, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Thomas L. Bridge and Hazel (Fetterman) Bridge.
On Aug. 18, 2005, Mr. Bridge was preceded in death by his wife Vera C. (Smith) Bridge.
He was the owner of Bills Chassis Alignment in Cloe.
He attended the Cloe United Methodist Church and was the former Post Commander of the Punxsutawney VFW.
His hobbies were woodworking, hunting and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dorothy M. "Dollie" Lauer, 89, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.
Mrs. Lauer was preceded in death by her first husband, John Lauer, and her second husband, Alfred L. Lauer.
She was a member of St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church.
Dollie worked many years for Jerko's Confectionary and the Carroll House Dress Shop in Williamsport before retiring.
She loved watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State football. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and the Lawrence Welk Show.
Wilda N. Reitz, 95, formerly of Timblin, died on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
She was born on Jan. 14, 1918, in New Salem, a daughter of John L. and Mabel M. (Wise) Reitz.
Wilda was a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church, and when she moved to Timblin, she attended the Life Fellowship Church. She worked for Rola Jensen.
She is survived by two sisters, Ruth Klingensmith of New Castle and Joan Yeager of Indianapolis, Indiana; a brother, Paul Reitz and his wife Joyce of Timblin; and numerous nieces and nephews.