October 23rd, 2011
Richard C. Perry, 82, Punxsutawney, passed away, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born April 28, 1929, in Frostburg, a son of the late Antonio and Anna Rose (Bianco) Perry.
March 3, 1948, he married Agnes (Smouse) Perry, who survives, of Frostburg.
Mr. Perry was the owner and founder of Perry Drilling. He was also a life-long farmer. He was a former Boy Scout leader and the former director for Patrons Mutual Fire Insurance Company.
Dorothy M. Reitz, 84, Reynoldsville, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in DuBois, at the home of her granddaughter.
She was born Aug. 8, 1927, in Sagamore, the daughter of the late Robert and Fannie (Knarr) Long.
July 23, 1949, she married Charles E. Reitz, who preceded her in death Feb. 13, 1968.
Mrs. Reitz was a retired employee from Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
She was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in DuBois.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” On the heels of a rash of burglaries in the Punxsutawney area, the Punxsutawney Moose Club, located along Route 436, was burglarized around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police reported that actor(s) entered a rear door of the club by force and removed approximately $1,000 in cash.
In the past few weeks, similiar incidents have occurred at Punxy Phil's Family Restaurant; Neko's Restaurant; Cookie's Caboose; Mary's Place; and Union Drilling.
PERRY TOWNSHIP â€” A Punxsutawney man suffered major injuries in a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 1:10 a.m. Saturday on Route 536, Perry Township, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police said a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Huston K. Yeaney, 25, Punxsutawney, was traveling west on Route 536 when the crash occurred.
Police said Yeaney was driving too fast on the wet roads while negotiating a left curve when he drove onto the shoulder of the road.
(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.)
(April 8, 1896)
Few people have imagination enough to laugh when alone. But why not? If you can think of a good thing when alone, laugh. It is a sign of genius. We once knew a gentleman named James Kyle. He was old when we were a boy, and has long since gone to join the great majority.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As it approaches its 50th year of its presence in southern Jefferson County, Indiana University of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s campus in Punxsutawney is broadening its approach to a special group of students: Those in the Punxsutawney Area School District and surrounding districts.
OLIVEBURG â€” The old-time hoedown style music is not completely absent from todayâ€™s youth, as evidenced by Ryan Sutter, 18, who is already an accomplished fiddle player.
A resident of Oliveburg, Ryan has been playing the fiddle for the past four years and has already shown vast improvement, such as taking third place in the teen division during Clarionâ€™s annual Autumn Leaf Festival.
BROOKVILLE â€” With the school year well underway, school and county officials are stressing the importance of going to school, and going to school on time.
But compared to last year, officials have more reason to be hopeful that truancy will not be as much of an issue.
In September, an addition to the countyâ€™s truancy protocol was finalized, which will, according to Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey, attempt to address the problem of truancy before it spirals out of control.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Redbank Valley scored six first-half touchdowns and held the Chucks scoreless in the first half en route to a 42-12 victory on Punxsy's Senior Night Friday in Punxsy.
"The thing is, we knew Redbank Valley had a lot of speed, but knowing it and containing it are two different things," Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol said. "The past two weeks have been a bit disjointed for us with injuries and moving guys around. You have to be improving this time of year, and we haven't been able to do that."
The Punxsy varsity cheerleading squad honored its seniors in a ceremony prior to the Chucks' football game against Redbank Valley Friday night in Punxsutawney. Pictured are seniors (from left): Erin Butler with parents Cindy and Dick and boyfriend Pvt. James Neal; Mariah Hicks with parents Marquittee and Brian; Lindsay Huey with father Gale; and Kristen Mack with parents Greg and Deanna.