March 25th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Almost everyone has enjoyed the abnormally warm weather throughout the winter season. But along with such weather comes an onslaught of deer ticks, or black-legged ticks, throughout the area.
Unseasonably warm weather has extended the season of activity for the ticks, said Dr. Tom Simmons, IUP professor of Biology and Public Environmental Health.
"With this unseasonably warm winter, it may not result in a population explosion of ticks this coming year," he said. "The tick populations were high last year, and they will remain high this year."
(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.)
(May 13, 1896)
AN EXCITING RUNAWAY
James T. Lockard, 85, Brookville, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
He was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Montgomery Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Thomas Nelson and Alice (Sturgeon) Lockard.
Aug. 26, 1950, he married Marion "Mimi" Smith, who preceded him in death Feb. 6, 2012.
Mr. Lockard worked as a roofer and a carpenter.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a paratrooper for the 472nd Glider BN in the Pacific Theater.
Ruby Tyger, 80, Rochester Mills, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born April 20, 1931, in Leechburg, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Leroy and Frances (Boyer) Wagner.
Dec. 27, 1952, she married Harold C. Tyger, who preceded her in death.
The East Side Ballers, a sixth-grade boys' tournament team that competed in the Punxsy tournament, in addition to the Penns Manor sixth-grade tournament, has completed its season. The highlight of the tournament team's season was a thrilling, come-from-behind 36-35 victory over a tough Derry team in the Penns Manor tourney. Members of the team included (front, from left) Chase Lorelli, Willie Hoover, Ethan Blose; (back) coach Ryan Sloniger, Brandon Matthews, Isaac Stouffer, Zach Pape and Lucas Deet.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Rain may be in the forecast for the immediate future, but organizers of the annual Run/Walk for Someone Special hope that Mother Nature will pour the rain this weekend, not next weekend.
â€śI think last year, we had a cloud looming over us, and it started to rain as the last runner crossed the line,â€ť said Stacy Hanzely, executive director of the Arc of Jefferson-Clearfield Counties. â€śWeâ€™ve just been so fortunate with the weather.â€ť
The Run/Walk for Someone Special, now in its 33rd year, will be held Sunday, April 1, starting at Town Hall in Sykesville (see box for details).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A proposed cut in Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s budget appears to affect funding of recreational activities in the area. But on closer inspection, many of those funds were used for special projects and not for operations of the program or the project itself.
The Keystone Parks, Recreation and Conservation Fund was approved by Pennsylvania voters to help pay for parks, trails and open space in 1993, when it passed a referendum by a ratio of 65 percent to 35 percent, said state House Speaker Sam Smith (R-66) of Punxsy.
Agness Maxine Schaper moved on from this life Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the age of 90.Â
She was a resident of Hilmar, Calif., when she passed away, but had lived in many places in California after being discharged from the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II.Â
She was born in February 1922 and raised in Punxsutawney by her parents, Zelda Rae and Thomas Otto Enterline.
Maxine, as she was affectionately known to all, spent her life as a nurse; first as a Navy nurse, then working in different doctors' offices and later specializing in obstetrics.
ST. MARYS â€” March 10, the Punxsy eighth-grade girls' volleyball team traveled to Elk County for the ECC Tournament, and the Lady Chucks finished with an impressive 9-1 record on the day.
"This was a great day of volleyball for the eighth-grade girls," Punxsy coach Megan Decker said. "They finished the day with an impressive record, and they really pulled together and worked on their individual weaknesses, as well as the teams'."
The tournament's format saw each team playing five others in two-game sets.
Several local fourth-grade girls from Punxsutawney area recently participated in the Derry Tournament Feb. 24-27. The fourth graders won the championship, defeating many solid teams, including some from the Pittsburgh area. Individual trophies and a team trophy were awarded to the girls. Pictured here with their trophies are (front, from left) Ryley Casaday, Elizabeth Stello, Allison Doverspike, Murphy White, Katelyn Griebel, Abby Gigliotti, Sarah Weaver; (back) coach Brad Gigliotti, Taegan Ludwig, Laney Monroe and coach Robb Nesbitt. Missing from the photo is Makena Nesbitt.