Archive - 2013
Punxsutawney firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the wall at Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburgers on Hampton Avenue at 6:48 p.m. Monday.
Firefighters from Central, Elk Run and Lindsey responded to the scene and verified there was smoke coming from the wall in the northeast corner of the building.
Following an interior investigation with thermal imaging cameras, it was discovered that the smoke originated from the building's exterior,
Did you miss Saturday's Relay for Life in Barclay Square?
If so, click here www.punxsutawneyspirit.com/gallery to check out some inspiring photos of survivors walking down the "yellow brick road."
This year's Relay for Life theme is Wizard of Oz: "There's No Place Like HOPE: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a Cure."
(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.)
July 7, 1897
The International Convention of the Epworth League
Will be held at Toronto, Can., July 15 to 18.
Delegates from all quarters of the world will be present. It is the second largest convention of the world and the famous hospitality of the beautiful city of Toronto will be taxed to its utmost to provide for those in attendance.
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” A 12-year-old Punxsutawney male accidentally shot himself in the right shoulder while unknowingly playing with his fatherâ€™s 22 long gun, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police said the gun, which was located in the fatherâ€™s bedroom, had a round in the chamber, and the boy accidentally bumped the trigger, causing the gun to go off and shoot a round into his shoulder.
The incident occurred on July 9 along Elbel Road in Bell Township.
Police said the boy was treated at Punxsutawney Area Hospital and released.
The 2013 Jefferson County Fair Queen was crowned Sunday, the opening day of the fair, which runs through Saturday in Brookville.
Pictured (from left) are Queen Katie Steele, runner-up Gabrielle Bart, second runner-up Elizabeth McAndrew and Miss Congeniality Melinda Hutchins.
Ernest Eugene Certo, 88, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, July 14, 2013,
at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
He was born May 5, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph and Grace (Spader) Certo.
He was a Navy Seaman 1st Class, serving during World War II on the USS Saratoga, which sailed the Pacific and Northwest Pacific.
The ship was bombed by Japanese Kamikaze pilots off the shores of Iwo Jima; many men perished that day, and Seaman Certo was one of the wounded.
He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and other medals during his service in the United States Navy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The day started off a bit cloudy and grey, but by evening the sun rose high in the sky and began shining down at just the right moment â€” the Survivor Ceremony.
The Relay for Life of Punxsutawney event was held Saturday, with 13 teams participating in this yearâ€™s event, which raised over $39,000, according to Jessica Carbaugh, Relay for Life representative.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
â€˘ Sunday, July 14
â€” 10 a.m. Deadline for arrival of 4-H and voc. market animals
â€” 12 p.m. Deadline for sheep and swine entries
â€” 12 to 3:30 p.m. Rabbit entries
â€” 1 to 5 p.m. Poultry judging and cooping
â€” 1 to 6 p.m. General exhibit entries received (including 4-H general entries and Project Books)
â€” 1:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies with emcee Karen Uplinger, speaker Pastor Leon Blose from Pleasant Valley Methodist and music arranged by Lee Grace Foulkrod of Sykesville
â€” 2:30 p.m. Queen and Junior Queen competitions (no princess or junior princess competitions this year)
Following some renovations, Miller Brothers Furniture in downtown Punxsutawney reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning. Some of the changes include new products and a â€śpottery barnâ€ť look.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Donald K. Schrock, Jr., 53, of Jay, Maine, passed away on Feb. 11, 2013, following complications from a life-long illness of primary immune deficiency disease.
He was born on July 27, 1957, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., the son of Donald (Kerm) and Janet (Kiehl) Schrock, Sr. of Winthrop, Maine, and both formerly of Punxsutawney.
He was the grandson of Gene and Hazel (Stahlman) Kiehl and Ezra and Jeanette (Snyder) Schrock, all life-long residents of the Punsxy area until their passings.