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July 9th, 2012

Conrad: Board, PAEA getting back on track

July 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Contract negotiations between groups representing the Punxsutawney Area School District and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) continue, although the two committees will not meet again with a state mediator until Tuesday, Aug. 7.

That’s simply because that date was the one that best suited representatives for both groups and the mediator, according to Gary Conrad, president of the Punxsutawney Area School Board.

“We’re back on track,” he said after Monday’s voting meeting.

Joseph Peter Pascuzzo, 90

July 9, 2012

Joseph Peter Pascuzzo, 90, Flint, Mich., died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at his home.

He was born March 29, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Philip and Margaret (Marzonie) Pascuzzo.

June 21, 1947, he married Joan L. Rohner, who survives, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flint.

Mr. Pascuzzo retired from the Flint School Board in 1985, where he was also known as “Mr. Joe."

He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and was a veteran of the AAA Fast Pitch Softball League of Flint for many years.

He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.

July 8th

LLBB rebounds after loss to DuBois, wins D-X South

July 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a 4-0 loss to DuBois under the lights Saturday night in Punxsutawney, Punxsy's 11- and 12-year-old baseball All-Star team bounced back in a big way, downing DuBois 12-6 to earn the District X South title and a shot at the outright championship against Warren.

Because Warren is currently undefeated and Punxsy's loss carries over, Punxsy will have to win a pair to be named the champions, while Warren must win just once. The first game of the series will take place in Warren Tuesday.

Microburst downs trees, damages homes, leaves 1,200 without power Saturday

July 8, 2012

SYKESVILLE — Emergency officials said the quick — but violent — storm that ripped through the southern part of Jefferson County Saturday evening leaving hundreds without power and damaging several homes was probably a microburst, not a tornado.

Strong thunderstorms hit the Sykesville and Henderson Township area around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh had issued a severe thunderstorm warning just prior to the microburst, said Tracy W. Zents, director of Emergency Services for Jefferson County.

Groundhog Festival Farewell; see you in 2013

July 8, 2012

Kaden Bergstedt (left) and Cameron Lambert take a fun ride on the merry-go-round at the Groundhog Festival, which concluded Saturday.

Way Back When

July 8, 2012

(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
(August 5, 1896)

BOROUGH INDEBTEDNESS
Good Streets Cheaper to Tax-Payers Than
Poor Ones

July 6th

District X? Check. Section I? Check. Up next? States for LLSB

July 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Entering as the king seed and having dominated its competition in the first two games of the Section I tournament, Punxsy knew it had the edge entering Friday's championship game against Corry.

But Punxsy had its hands full, needing every run it scored to eke out a 7-6 victory over the visiting team and earn the Section 1 title and a berth to states next week.

JLBB knocked out by late Fox rally

July 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 13- and 14-year-old Junior League baseball team was eliminated from contention in the All-Star tournament with Fox Township rallying with a four-run seventh inning to pick up an 11-10 victory in losers' bracket action.

After the game, coach Jim Sloniger discussed how proud he and his fellow coaches were of the team.

Saturday's Groundhog Festival Schedule

July 6, 2012

9 to 10 a.m. – Registration for third-annual Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull in park, sponsored by London Farm Supplies.

10 to 11 a.m. — Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull. The tractors are supplied by the sponsor. Prizes for winners in age groups four and five; six and seven; eight and nine.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. – Michelle’s Magical Poodles.
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. – Dennie Huber, magic.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Dennie Huber, balloons.

4 to 5:30 p.m. – Mike Short Jr. & Statewide Band (country, sponsored by PNC Bank).

FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC

July 6, 2012

Former members of the Punxsutawney Area High School band are gathering from points far and near this weekend to present the first of what is hoped to become an annual concert by PAHS alumni.

This special event is being held in honor of James A. Colonna (retired), the long-time director of the high school band. The public is invited to enjoy the free concert consisting of familiar selections ranging from marches to pop tunes to show music and more. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of the Senior High School on North Findley Street.

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