July 12th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Now that the festival season has concluded in Punxsutawney for another year, itâ€™s time for borough residents and motorists to prepare for the return of construction season.
Police Chief Tom Fedigan said at Mondayâ€™s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting that motorists should prepare themselves for significant delays beginning today.
Contractor Power Contracting will shut down the intersection of Jefferson Street and Mahoning Street today, Fedigan said, and there will be delays in the downtown area, along with parking restrictions and tagged meters.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There are festivals for mountain laurel, Punxsutawney Phil and even fall leaves, but this weekend, there will be a festival in Barclay Square that celebrates life: The American Cancer Societyâ€™s Relay For Life.
Not only does the relay celebrate many cancer survivors, it also promotes research to find a cure.
As of last week, teams have raised $45,000. The ultimate goal is $78,000.
This yearâ€™s theme is â€śDisco â€” Stayinâ€™ Alive.â€ť
C. Richard (Skipper) Reed, 91, Ringgold, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born April 3, 1920, in Ringgold, a son of the late Daniel and Elizabeth Landola (Perry) Reed.
Sept. 19, 1941, he married Mary M. Anderson, who preceded him in death Nov. 8, 2010.
Mr. Reed was a member of the Ringgold United Methodist Church and the Ringgold Sportsmenâ€™s Association. He was also an original member of the Ringgold Area Volunteer Fire Company.
He was retired from Hanley Brick of Summerville.
Beverly A. Jesse, 86, Punxsutawney, formerly of Killeen, Texas, passed away Monday, July 11, 2011, at her home.
She was born June 20, 1925, in Westminster, Mass., a daughter of the late Lewis R. and Effedelia (Harrington) Berry.
She was married to John W. Jesse Sr., who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Jesse was a seamstress and was extremely talented at making afghans, crocheting and making doilies. She also enjoyed gardening.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Brookville Area Little League Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament began Monday. The tournament features nine 9-and-10 year old teams and seven 11-and-12 year old teams from around the district.
In the first round, Punxsutawney 9-and-10 year olds faced Williams/Servco (Brookville) and were ousted. They fell 16-3 in four innings.
Brookville acted as the away team during Monday night's game and gained an early lead, scoring five runs in the top of the first.
ST. MARYS â€” "I've never seen anything like it," Punxsy manager Brad Gigliotti said after his team scored 21 runs in the first two innings of its game against king-seed St. Marys, rolling to a 21-3 victory in four innings in 10-&11-year old baseball All-Star action Monday night in St. Marys.
Punxsy, which was the home team, jumped out to a quick start defensively, forcing a groundout by the leadoff hitter and turning a double play after allowing the second runner to reach base safely.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite notching only three hits in six trips to the plate, Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old sPunxsy VFW All-Star team took advantage of six walks by Clearfield pitchers to score six runs and win 6-2 in the opening game of its round-robin tournament Monday night in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board will waive a fee for the local police departmentâ€™s Civil Service testing, but some board members wonder if that will mean other groups looking for waivers on facility fees as well.
Monday, the agenda item â€” moved by board member Jack White, seconded by Penny Pifer â€” was already defeated with a 3-3 vote at a previous meeting. Because of the tie vote, the motion did not pass, but Monday, it passed with a 5-3 vote.
BROOKVILLE â€” For the second time, the Jefferson County Historical Society is receiving national recognition.
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently announced that the Jefferson County Historical Society is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the exhibit, â€śLiving on the Land.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s a real honor for a small organization to be able to win this national award,â€ť said Kenneth Burkett, executive director of the Jefferson County History Center.
In 2008, JCHC was also recognized by the AASLH.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
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