Archive - May 2013
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, Gina Smith of Punxsy was driving this green 1995 Chevrolet truck west at 8:34 p.m. on Saturday when she lost control for unknown reasons and struck a Pleasant Avenue house owned by Joseph and Heather Bellomo.
Police said there was a 2007 GMC truck that was parked in the driveway and was damaged by Smith's vehicle when it struck the house.
There was no information available regarding any injuries suffered by Smith.
Police were assisted at the scene by the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company, Jefferson County EMS and South Side Service.
Carley Smith and Jerod White were crowned the 2013 Prom Queen and King at Saturdayâs prom held at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
View our online photo gallery for more prom pics.
(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.)
May 12, 1897
A BIG BLAZE
Wilson's Big Training and Stock Barn Burned
Last Thursday morning about 4 o' clock, a fire broke out in Wilson's big circular barn on the hill in the North end, which resulted in the complete destruction of the building.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Her kids call her "The Germ Police," but Abby Kengersky's role as the infection preventionist at Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) goes a bit beyond that description, as well.
DUBOIS â On Friday, at approximately 4:13 a.m., the DuBois City Police responded to a burglary in progress at The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy on West Park Avenue in DuBois.
Upon arrival, officers reported that they discovered the glass on the front doors broken out and the actor still inside the business.
The actor was taken into custody and identified as Justin B. Smith, 31, from Treasure Lake, DuBois.
Smith was allegedly attempting to flee with approximately 9,000 pills valued at $22,000.
Members of the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company are shown Friday knocking down the flames at a barn fire located on Beagle Road in Bell Township.
Pictured (from left) are Kevin Toven, Critter Porada and Derek Toven working to extinguish the flames in what remained of the barn owned by Alvin Knarr.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The seniors at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) who
want to keep it real received a large dose of reality in regard to the consequences you face when you drink and drive or text and drive at the Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) annual mock crash held Friday in the parking lot behind the school.
Trooper Matt Powell of the Punxsutawneyâbased Pennsylvania State Police spoke to the students once the very realistic portrayal had concluded for another year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Friday afternoon, the Punxsutawney Police Department reported the arrest of Joseph M. McQuade, 35, of Punxsutawney.
McQuade was arrested on Friday and charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault (without consent); four counts of aggravated indecent assault (less than 16 years old); four counts of indecent assault (without consent); four counts of indecent assault (less than 16); four counts of corruption of minors; and eight counts of unlawful contact with a minor.
Nancy Ruth McClure, 85, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Gaskill Township, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born Jan. 6, 1928, in Gaskill Township, a daughter of the late Otto and Kate (Kuntz) Ecelbarger.
She was a graduate of Big Run High School.
On Aug. 7, 1948, she married James Jeffrey McClure.
He preceded her in death on Sept. 26, 1983.
Ruth enjoyed being a mother and a homemaker.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Nancy J. Hoover and husband Don of DuBois.
ST. MARYS â When given an opportunity, it is important to grab it with both hands and take advantage.
Punxsy sophomore Shaina Painter took hold of her opportunity in a big way Thursday afternoon.
Leading 1-0 in the top of the sixth, Painter laced a pinch hit two-run single to triple the Lady Chucks lead to 3-0.
Punxsy would need each of those two tallies driven in by Painter as host St. Marys plated two runs in the sixth. The Lady Chucks' pitcher Ashley Bacha would give nothing more to the Lady Dutch to take Round 2 of the District IX foes, 3-2.