March 19th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â During a special meeting Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted in favor of changing an ordinance designating the south side of Union Street to be town center commercial.
Prior to the vote, council conducted a public hearing to address the suggested rezoning of the south side of Union Street to allow for a beauty shop to open in a house on the Shumaker property.
Punxsy's sixth-grade girls' tournament team participated in a weekend basketball tournament in Derry Feb. 24-27. The sixth-grade team won the championship. Individual trophies were awarded. The sixth-graders were also runners up in the Marion Center annual Donnie McGinnis Tournament. Pictured here with their trophies are team members (front, from left) Kylee Lingenfelter, Kate Horner, Mia Lingenfelter, Kally Graham; (back) coach Julie Horner, Leah Miller, Toya Jones, Kaitlin Doverspike and Elyse White. Missing from the photo are coach Steve White, Jordyn Powell and Alyse Whitman.
BIG RUN â Despite rumors to the contrary, a Big Run Citizen of The Year was chosen during Sundayâs 19th annual Spring Peepers Banquet at the War Memorial.
Robin A. McKee was named as the recipient of the âRobert L. âBoBoâ Davis Awardâ by the banquet committee according to Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh, who also served as the emcee for Sundayâs festivities.
McKee is not a Big Run native, Buterbaugh said, but has been a active person in the community since she arrived, having served as a Sunday School teacher and actively helping with the Big Run Food Bank.
BIG RUN â Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Spring Peeper Banquet Sunday.
âI was told by Big Run Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh that my talk should not be political,â he said, adding that he believes that both Republicans and Democrats alike would agree on the ending of the story he was about to tell.
âWhen Iâm at a county commission meeting, Iâm bound by Roberts Rules of Order,â McIntyre said. âWhen Iâm at meetings at home, I go by Eileneâs (McIntyre) Rules of Order, even though Iâm the boss.â
(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 6, 1896)
JOSEPH CAREY CAPTURED
(A follow-up to âDied of His Injuriesâ from last week.)
Evelyn Marino, 85, Treasure Lake, DuBois, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Nelsonâs Golden Years in DuBois.
She was born Dec. 31, 1926, in Covode, Indiana County, a daughter of the late Jay B. and Lillian M. Sutter.
Nov. 5, 1949, she married John A. Marino Jr., who preceded her in death Oct. 6, 2007.
A graduate of the Clearfield Hospital School of Nursing, Mrs. Marino worked in the Clearfield Hospital for many years and later as a nurse-receptionist for Dr. Carmella Lugue.
Helen M. Wolfgang, 94, Brookville, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at home.
She was born Oct. 5, 1917, in Frogtown, a daughter of the late John W. and Mary Louella (Gibson) Bartley.
Jan. 15, 1949, in Kingsville, she married Clarence P. Wolfgang, who preceded her in death Jan. 21, 1975.
Mrs. Wolfgang was a homemaker and an avid reader who enjoyed crafts. She was a past volunteer at the Pennsylvania Memorial Home, and she loved horses, enjoyed family and her dog Diamond.
(Top photo) 2011 PAHS grad Kody Young (right) recently participated in the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships March 9-10 in Pueblo, Co. With a first-round pin at the championships, Young scored his 17th victory by fall, placing him in a tie with St. Cloud's Tad Merritt for the 2011-12 Division II Most Falls award. Young went 1-2 at the national tournament to complete his freshman campaign with a 33-13 overall record, setting a Mercyhurst record for single-season wins by a freshman.
BELL TOWNSHIP â Ed Skarbek knows spring is here when he can't make maple syrup any longer.
And it's just about that time, he said last Saturday morning, while showing a group of Cub Scouts how the "real stuff" is made.
"It all depends on the weather," Skarbek said. "Youâve got to have the cold nights and the warm days."
Cold nights and warm days are perfect for making maple syrup, a Skarbek past-time that can be traced through the generations.
At the turn of the 20th century, within a three-mile radius of Skarbek's current camp in Bell Township, sugar camps began to spring up.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Roger Steele, chairman of the Groundhog Festival Committee, said his members are âreal close to putting on the best event ever.â
After dedicating âthousandsâ of volunteer hours, Steele said the committee has almost finalized this yearâs festival schedule and is now looking for community sponsors.
âWeâre fortunate to have great sponsors,â Advertising Chairperson Dee Lyle said. âPeople in the community help us out that way. They make it possible for us to put this on for the community. Itâs basically what it comes down to.â