Archive - 2013
(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.)
October 20, 1897
EAST END FIRE
The Fine Residence of H. B. Ford Almost Destroyed
About six o'clock this morning fire was discovered in the attic of the handsome residence of H. B. Ford in the East End.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you are a patron of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library wondering why the librarians aren't shushing you lately, its probably because they can't hear due to the renovations that are taking place at Punxsy's hot spot for reading and technology.
Coral Ellshoff, library director, said that the renovations are a bit out of sight for the public because they are taking place behind the wall of the circulation desk, which isn't seen by the public.
For the full story on the renovation project, see Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
BROCKWAY â€” Thirty-four degress with a brisk breeze is the perfect football weather.
But when it comes to a good, old-fashioned futbol game, it's less than ideal.
Regardless of the conditions in Brockway, the boys' soccer team walked away from its first-round playoff match against Clearfield as the 4-1 winner.
"This was cold, but I'll take it," head coach Phil Shenkle said. "I was afraid it was going to be wet and gross. This was perfect."
Hereâ€™s a list of local trick-or-treat/Halloween events:
â€˘ Big Run Borough â€” Big Run Borough will hold trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Trick-or-treaters are to go only to homes with the porch light on.
â€˘ Brookville â€” Halloween will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 31. The parade will be held at 5 p.m., starting at the Y.M.C.A. and ending at the Brookville Fire Dept. on Madison Avenue. Trick-or-treating will begin at 5:30 p.m., immediately after the parade, and will continue until 8 p.m.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Bill Vassallo.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bill Vassallo is a recognizable face.
You may recognize him as the athletic director at Punxsutawney Area High School who often oversees the games, or perhaps he is most recognizable as the 9th-grade American history and world cultures teacher at PAHS.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On Friday, Nov. 1, Punxsutawney Christian School will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive in the school gym from noon to 6 p.m.
Julia Martino, a PCS senior, is organizing the drive through the Red Cross Educational Scholarship Program. The program allows students to help others in their community and around the region while raising college scholarship funds.
Appointments for donating can be scheduled in advance by logging on to www.redcrossblood.org and using this sponsor code: PunxsyChristian.
Lee â€śEagleâ€ť Anderson, 74, of Overland Park, Kan., formerly of Punxsutawney and Kersey, Pa., passed on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.
He was born Aug. 16, 1939, in Rochester, a son of the late Lee O. and Virginia (Bailey) Anderson.
Lee served a brief time with the U.S. Air Force.
He was a former employee of IBM Metals, Ridgway, and also worked construction for most of his adult life.
He loved the outdoors, and after earning the Eagle Scout Award at an early age, his heart was devoted to scouting.
Lee served in scouting for more than 40 years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the changes in the weather of late, it is only fitting that the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center gave a presentation about its program at the Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting on Wednesday.
Jim Cassidy, chairman of the board for the Weather Discovery Center, thanked the school board for the opportunity to talk to their board from his.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The IUP Culinary students are cooking up a fundraiser this weekend that will benefit the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) digital projector fund.
Martha Jo Rupert, chef instructor at IUP Culinary School, said the school encourages its students to be active in the community by raising funds for a specific cause.
"That gives them the opportunity to understand that itâ€™s not just about what you're doing; it's about everyone around you," she said.
For the rest of the story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On Monday night, the Punxsy boys' soccer team traveled to Clearfield to battle the Bison in its regular season finale.
The Bison left the game with a 2-1 victory, which had no significance when it came to the standings.
If the same thing happens tonight, well, the Chucks go home without a rematch.
Yup, that's right, Punxsy fans.
It's officially playoff time for fall sports, and the boys' soccer team kicks it off with its District IX first-round game against Clearfield.