September 10th, 2012
Monday evening, a sure sign of summer fading into the fall took place in Barclay Square, where volunteers gathered to take down the bandstand canopy that is property of the Groundhog Festival Committee.
The canopy served many summer events, from the Groundhog Festival to Music in the Park, over the summer months.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Borough council is planning ahead for community events, from next month's Pizza and Prevention Day to next summer's Groundhog Festival.
At Monday's meeting, council approved a request from the Punxsutawney Fire Department for a street closing and meter bagging for the display of fire apparatus on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The request pertains to the 11th-annual Pizza and Prevention event, which is sponsored by Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsutawney and benefits the fire department.
REDBANK â€” One week after the tough loss to rival Punxsy, the Brookville Raiders (1-1) bounced back to claim a 22-13 victory over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs (0-2) Friday night.
After an early first quarter touchdown, the Raiders' defense held strong and allowed only one more touchdown the rest of the contest.
"They really adjusted on the fly. Their short passing game was dangerous, but we had a little bit of pressure and we flew to the ball; and we did a lot better job after the first series or two," said Raiders head coach Chris Dworek.
Punxsy Phil indulges in a treat on the shoulder of his co-handler John Griffiths prior to receiving his annual dose of the elixir of life â€” giving him seven more years of life, according to legend â€” at Phil Phest held Saturday at Gobblerâ€™s Knob.
The 403rd CONUS (contiguous United States) Replacement Company was inactivated â€” removed from active military status â€” at the Maj. Charles D. Stoops United States Army Reserve Center in Punxsutawney on Sunday at 1400 hours, otherwise known as 2 p.m.
A member of the Punxsutawney community for 59 years, the 403rd Replacement Co. has supported Groundhog Day festivities for the past 10 years.
(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.)
(September 9, 1896)
SUPPOSED MURDERERS CAUGHT
Frank and William Dodson Arrested for the Murder of Louis Helman
William and Frank Dodson, the supposed murderers of Louis Helman, were arrested last Saturday morning by S.R. Van Horn, of Brockwayville, Deputy Sherriff McMakin and Chief of Police Robert McFarland, of Ridgeway.
Ora S. White, 87, of Punxsutawney, went to be with her Lord, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. White was born April 10, 1925, in East Run, a daughter of the late Glen Mountain and Alice (Mumau) Mountain.
She was married to Foster White, who preceded her in death in 1970. They spent most of their lives in Juneau and the Canoe Ridge area.
She was a member of the Canoe Ridge Church of God and an active member of the women's Missionary Society.
Edward C. Geist, 51, Punxsutawney, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.
He was born in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Clair and Elsie (Burkett) Geist.
In October of 1985, he married Laurie J. DeFoor, who survives.
He was a member of the First Church of God of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Geist enjoyed hunting and working, and he loved spending time with his family.
He was a well tender for J.R. Resources and worked for the company for 27 years.
RIMERSBURG â€“ Even with an hour-long lightning strike delay, the Union Knightsâ€™ momentum could not be stopped Friday night.
Brody Shick snatched three interceptions, and Kaden McGregor found the endzone on two runs to sack Punxsy on the gridiron, 21-6.
On the first play after a 14-play, 72-yard Chucks' scoring drive to tie the game 6-6, McGregor took a reverse from his slot position and burst through the defense for a 72-yard touchdown.
BROCKWAY â€” The AJ Parise senior football team evened its record at 1-1 on the season with a convincing 30-6 win over Brockway last Saturday night at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway.
â€śThis was a nice team effort in all phases of the games,â€ť said senior head coach Joel Martin. â€śThe offense put points on the board and had no turnovers; the defense caused some turnovers; and special teams scored a touchdown. There were a lot of positives all around.â€ť