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August 11th

Way Back When

August 11, 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.)

Local Intelligence
July 28, 1897

P.P. Long's Store Burned
P.P. Long, of the Punxsutawney Bargain Store, who also owned a store at Potters Mills, Centre County, received a telegram last Saturday informing him that his store had been destroyed by fire.

Marjorie L. (Edwards) Wheeler Pugh, 90

August 11, 2013

Marjorie L. (Edwards) Wheeler Pugh, 90, of Dixonville, Pa., took flight into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, from the AM/PM Personal Care Home in Adrian.

The daughter of Harvey O. and Elda (Allison) Edwards, she was born on March 27, 1923, in Idamar, Pa.

Marjorie was a graduate of the Green Twp. High School Class of 1941.

In May of 1943, she graduated from Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y., with an associate degree in Child Evangelism.

Todd Michael Brisson, 41

August 11, 2013

Todd Michael Brisson, 41, of Brookville, passed away on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Born Nov. 8, 1971, in Kane, Pa., he is survived by his wife, Jane (Fricker), and children Joseph, Whitney and Alex.

Todd was the son of Barbara (Ackley) and Lloyd Page, also of Brookville,
and the late Ronald J. Brisson, Sr.

August 9th

School board hears summer school presentation

August 9, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board received an update on the elementary summer school program that was put on by AmeriCorps.

Shari Weber, elementary principal, said the program was run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which included a free lunch for the children.

"This summer school experience benefited the students to enrich their experience with math and reading,"

Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

Drat! Hot dog days are done!

August 9, 2013

Friday was the last day to enjoy a great hot dog lunch, all while supporting a great cause, as the Library Hot Dog Days came to an end.

Though the day may have started out with rain and dark clouds, by noontime, the sun finally came out and shined in time for the celebrity volunteers.

Pictured are members of the PRIDE Team (from left) Tom Chelgren, Duane Miller, Kathy Smith, Linda Shaffer and Laura Chelgren.

Miracle League Field to let special youngsters live out baseball dreams

August 9, 2013

INDIANA — Growing up, young children dream of playing baseball on the big stage, with bright lights, cheering fans and enthusiastic announcers.

Unfortunately for youngsters with disabilities, the idea of playing a game of baseball seems like a daunting task. But in April of 2000, that all changed when the first Miracle League Field was completed in Rockdale County, Georgia, and it allowed children with disabilities to enjoy America's favorite pastime.

August 8th

Ridin' Shotgun rocks in the rain

August 8, 2013

Members of the local country/rock-n-roll band Ridin’ Shotgun performed for fans at Music in the Park on Thursday evening. Despite a rainshower that moved through the area right around 6:30 p.m., the band played by the mantra that “the show must go on.” And it did.

Familiar Faces Friday: Bob Long

August 8, 2013

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” 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. Today’s familiar face is Bob Long.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you’re familiar with the town of Punxsutawney, Bob Long may be a familiar face.

You may recognize him as one of the pizza delivery drivers from Fox’s Pizza, or perhaps as one of the managers.

He always greets the customers with a smile and is kind to everyone he meets.

PACC Flag Football League returns with new name, but same focus

August 8, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Monday morning, the Punxsutawney Chucks get back to practice for the 2013 season. Each Friday, fans of all ages make the trip to Jack F. LaMarca Stadium to cheer on their team. Some of the younger fans dream of the day they can put on the uniform and officially call themselves a "Chuck."

While there are tackle football youth league programs in the area, another league offers an alternative style of play, while still teaching the fundamentals of the game.

August 7th

Dig, Dug: Reading Program closes out for summer

August 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There are certain signs that summer is beginning to wind down — cooler nights, back-to-school sales and, last but not least, the conclusion of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library's summer reading program.

"The theme for this summer's program was 'Dig Into Reading,’" said Coral Ellshoff, Punxsutawney Memorial Library director.

"It's been all about underground adventures, moving dirt, gardening, underground animals and mining," she said. "The musician we have here today, Jay Smar, specifically sings coal mining songs."

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