June 25th, 2012
Mildred Louise (Priester) Shaffer, 87, Valier, died Monday, June 25, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born July 27, 1924, in McCalmont Township.
Oct. 10, 1942, she married Clinton Eugene Shaffer, who preceded her in death Jan. 13, 1993.
She previously worked at Sportswear and the Adrian Hospital. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and a former member of the Eastern Star.
Her enjoyments were being at home with her family, cooking and cleaning.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Welcome to Old Home Week, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department will present the annual celebration beginning Tuesday at the carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.
According to â€śMcKnight's History of Jefferson Countyâ€ť and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, the celebration was first held Aug. 23-28, 1909.
"During this eventful week, nearly everyone who had ever lived in Punxsy returned to visit, and an elaborate program was carried out each day for their entertainment," William J. McKnight wrote, adding
ROSSITER â€” A catastrophe was averted early Sunday morning when an oven fire filled the West Side Manor Personal Care Home in Rossiter with smoke.
The fire alarm was called in at 6:11 a.m. Sunday when the oven malfunctioned, said Joe Pisano, Rossiter Volunteer Fire Company chief.
Pisano said he was able to arrive on scene quickly and contain the fire to the oven itself.
Residents of the home were evacuated, and there were no injuries, as firefighters ventilated the structure with an exhaust fan.
(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 29, 1896)
A TERRIFIC STORM
Western Pennsslvania Swept by Flood and Wind
ROSSITER â€”Â With a 2 p.m. contest against the Bigler Buccos Saturday, the Rossiter Miners opened their third-annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament with a bang â€” picking up a 9-1 victory behind a complete-game three-hitter by Dylan Kachmar and some lively hitting up and down the lineup.
Kachmar took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and over the final 5.2 innings, he was nearly unhittable, as he faced the minimum number of opposing hitters before Andy Turner picked up Bigler's third hit one out before the end of the game.
BROOKVILLEâ€” Brookville's big fourth inning was too much for the Punxsy Minors All-Star team to overcome Saturday at Zufall Field.
The Punxsy squad fell 10-5 to Brookville.
Despite the final outcome, Punxsy led during the first three innings.
Brookville batted to open the game. Seth Dunkle stepped up to the plate first.
He hit a shot to lefty pitcher Darren Byers, who threw to first baseman Zack Reitz, but the throw was mishandled, allowing Dunkle to reach second on the first error of the game.
Kyle Macbeth batted next, and flew out to right field for the first out.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Sometimes, it's just not your night. Friday evening, that was the case for Fezell Enterprise's junior Legion team, which fell 17-0 in five innings at the hands of Young Township.
Young Township jumped on Fezell early by batting around and putting up a four-spot in the top of the first on four hits with the help of two errors by the home squad.
Florence Rosalind Greenblatt, 91, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Laurelbrooke Landing.
She was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Abraham and Jennifer (Brody) Pete.
March 28, 1942, she married Albert Greenblatt, who preceded her in death Oct. 30, 2006.
She was an avid Bridge player and also liked to read.
John Charles Himes, 74, Brookville, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at home.
He was born May 5, 1938, in Brookville, a son of the late Charles and Ida (Sisco) Himes.
May 14, 1988, he married Millie Knisley, who survives.
Mr. Himes was a retired truck driver for Ti-Brook.
He was a member of the Centerhill Church and the U.S. Army Reserves.
In addition to spending time with his family, Mr. Himes enjoyed farming, tractors, gardening, working with his hands, hunting, playing pinochle and helping people.
He was also a member of the Knox Dale Rod and Gun Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thursday, the injury was simulated, but the lifeguards at the George C. Brown Community Pool treated it as if it was real.
For the first time in about three years, staff at the pool staged a mock rescue in order to maintain the skills for when a real emergency occurs.
And with weather that has been seen this week, multiple swimmers at the pool make it all the more important to be prepared.
During the mock rescue, pool co-manager Adrienne Goss posed as a swimmer who dived into the middle-depth of the pool and suffered a neck injury.