May 20th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police officers are hoping to stop cross parking in the borough.
Police have received numerous complaints as of late throughout the borough regarding cross parking, or parking facing oncoming traffic, with the driver's side of a vehicle facing the curb, Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said.
(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 8, 1896)
DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS LOADED
A Hen Swallows a Fire Cracker Which Explodes and Kills Her.
William R. Colgan, 84, Dayton, died Friday, May 18, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Lucerne, Indiana County, a son of the late James and Elda (Jeffries) Colgan.
He was married to Elizabeth Colgan, who preceded him in death in 1987.
Mr. Colgan was a resident of Dayton for more than 50 years. He was most recently employed by the Doverspike Brothers Coal Company until his retirement in 1987.
He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and caring for his Pomeranian, Digger.
Thursday at Class Night, the PAHS Varsity Club presented Punxsy seniors Luke Janocha (left) and Alex Magill with the Jack F. LaMarca Outstanding Senior Athlete award for the 2011-12 school year. Friday, Janocha and Magill, seen here with their respective sports MVP awards (Janocha â€” Football, Magill â€” Girlsâ€™ Basketball) were presented with trophies to commemorate their achievements. The PAHS Booster Club also named MVPs in each sport.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy juniors Garrett Zimmerman and Ty Zimmerman each had home runs, and the Chucks' offense scored early and often en route to an 11-3 victory over Hollidaysburg Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
Making the win even more special was the fact that it came on a day when Punxsy honored its seniors â€”Â players Dane Baker, Luke Janocha and Hayden Muth, as well as statisticians Gabby Kaufman and Sierra Milton.
Friday, the PAHS Booster Club's 2011-12 Sports MVPs were presented with their plaques by Punxsy athletic director Bill Vassallo. Pictured here with their plaques are the fall and spring MVPs. Fall Sports MVPs (Top photo, front, from left): Sydney Weaver, volleyball; Sierra Milton, girls' soccer; Marisa Stockdale, girls' golf; Alexis Young, girls' cross country; (back) Tyler Presloid, boys' soccer; Luke Janocha, football; and Dane Baker, boys' cross country. Missing from the photo are girls' tennis MVP Anna Monyak and boys' golf MVP Ian Miller.
BIG RUN â€” The 14-year-old driver and nine passengers in an Amish buggy escaped serious injury when the buggy was struck by a vehicle attempting to pass it at 10:54 a.m. Friday in Big Run.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a horse drawn buggy driven by a 14-year-old female juvenile was traveling north on Route 119 when Barbara A. Keller, Big Run, operating a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, tried to pass the buggy when the right front of her vehicle struck the left rear wheel of the buggy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thereâ€™s a lot going on within the Groundhog Clubâ€™s Inner Circle: A new member, a promotion, a retirement and a new take on a long-time, late-summer event.
Tom Dunkel is the Inner Circleâ€™s newest member, succeeding now-former Vice-President Mike Johnston, who has accepted emeritus status after 20 years with the club. Taking on the role of vice-president is â€śFair Weathermanâ€ť Jeff Lundy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to table a vote overriding Mayor Jim Wehrleâ€™s veto of the change in Ordinance 1120.
The change would permit apartments in first-floor commercial establishments in the town center commercial district.
Council member Eric Story said a change to Ordinance 1120 has been
brought up three times, and there were some comments made at the last meeting that people who would live in first-floor apartments would sit on the sidewalk in lawn chairs, which wouldnâ€™t be attractive downtown.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It had all the ingredients of yet another Lady Chucks' come-from-behind, thrilling victory. But unfortunately, not every story has a happy ending, and the Lady Lions of Altoona eked out an 11-10, eight-inning victory over Punxsy Thursday afternoon in its home finale.
"That was a tough loss today," Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said. "We had a lot of chances and left too many girls on base. We battled back, and that was encouraging. But it is definitely disappointing that we had our chances and just couldn't seem to score when we really needed to."