June 10th, 2012
MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP â€” A barn and a vehicle parked next to it were destroyed in a quickly-spreading fire that was reported at 3:51 p.m. Sunday on Airport Road, McCalmont Township.
"When I arrived on scene the barn was fully involved, along with a Jeep Cherokee that was parked next to the structure at the Greg Skarbek residence at 3618 Airport Road," said Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Fire Department chief.
Manners said at this time, he's not sure as to how the fire started.
(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 22, 1896)
ROBERT CLARKE DEAD
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Police, corrections and probation officers from Jefferson and Clearfield counties recently graduated from The Right Turn Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training that was held at the IUP Punxsutawney campus.
The Right Turn Program is a joint effort of the Clearfield and Jefferson County Criminal Justice Advisory boards, said John Brown, instructor and police officer for Clearfield and Punxsutawney.
Brown said the purpose of the program is to teach officers how to handle people who are in crisis situations or have behavioral problems.Â
Bertha Froese Enns Anthony, 97, died June 10, 2012, at home.
She was born Oct. 2, 1914, in Rosenort, East Manitoba, Canada, but grew up near Brownsville, Texas, after moving to the United States as a child.
She graduated from Brownsville High School, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen her senior year.
June 15, 1933, she married Mark Alexander Anthony, who preceded her in death in 1983.
Shortly after her marriage, Mrs. Anthony moved to Pennsylvania and lived the rest of her life in the Rochester Mills area.
Mona Mae Pearce, 79, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney.
She was born June 13, 1932, in Juneau, a daughter of the late Howard and Margaret (Palmer) Hartzfeld.
She was married to Francis W. Pearce and Norman H. Pearce, both of whom preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Pearce was a member of the Chestnut Grove Independent Church of Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Although it seems to many as if the season was just beginning yesterday, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League's regular season schedule is starting to wind down for the 2012 campaign.
One group in particular â€” the 11- and 12-year-old girls' softball division â€” actually concludes its regular season a bit earlier than the rest, with the regular schedule ending this coming week.
With the end of each regular season comes an exciting time: The selection of the respective division's All-Star team.
BROOKVILLE â€” When the doors to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Punxsutawney closed in March, it signified only the beginning of numerous closings for a local franchise.
KFC restaurants in Brookville, DuBois and Clarion recently followed suit after several disputes between the storesâ€™ franchisee and KFC Corporate.
Ganesh Rao and his wife, Gita Rao, of Raoâ€™s Hospitality felt forced to close the stores, which number 14, after experiencing what he feels was â€śharassment and discriminationâ€ť from KFC Corporate.
Because of the closings, 239 jobs were lost.
BIG RUN â€” Alvin Kendall doesnâ€™t spend the fall and winter planning what will go into his garden during the spring and summer.
â€śI start early when the weather fits,â€ť he said at his home along Main Street in Big Run. â€śI have no schedules.â€ť
Kendallâ€™s schedule-less work plan has paid off, as it has been cited as the Punxsutawney Garden Clubâ€™s â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť for May, and the first of 2012.
Born, raised and still living in Big Run, Kendall has lived in his house since 1964, where the backyard was previously a vegetable garden, â€śbut I donâ€™t play with vegetables,â€ť he said.
Parnell Grant Reed, 89, Punxsutawney, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at DRMC, DuBois.
He was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Timblin, a son of the late Robert and Leona (Wonderling) Reed.
Dec. 24, 1941, he married Iona Grace (Hawk) Reed, who preceded him in death Dec. 25, 2007. They were married for 66 years.
Mr. Reed worked in the coal mines in the early part of their marriage, and was then employed by the B&O and the C&O railroads as a brakeman until his retirement after 38 years of service.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just a few weeks after 17 dogs â€” 12 Pomeranians, two Shih Tzus and a Pinscher,Â among others â€” were found abandoned in the woods in Stump Creek, police have cited a woman they believe committed the act.
According to WJAC-TV, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police issued a non-traffic citation to Tiffany Eggleston, 37, of Columbus,Â Ohio.