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August 14th, 2011

New club invites guests to display their vehicular pride and joy

August 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – It's not quite the parking lot at Mel's Diner in the George Lucas film “American Graffiti,” but it’s close enough.

Friday, the Vintage Steel Car Club of Punxsy hosted its third drive-in of the summer at Advance Auto Parts, which drew 56 different classic, vintage and otherwise sweet vehicles from around the region.
The gathering – and the open membership club – is a work in progress,said club founder Doug Hollenbaugh.

“We just like to keep it open to everyone and have a good time,” he said.

Way Back When

August 15, 2011

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(March 25, 1896)

DEADLY AFTER DAMP
It Causes Horrible Disaster
at Adrian Mines.
TWO MEN PERISH FROM
SUFFOCATION
And Half a Dozen Others Resuscitated
After Life Seemed Extinct

Fall sports practices begin in Punxsy

August 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the temperatures cooling a bit over the past several days, and the NFL preseason kicking off this past weekend, thoughts of fall are beginning to feel a bit more realistic.

With autumn comes the busiest of sports seasons for the Punxsutawney Area High School's athletic department.

Seven different sports are represented on the fall sports calendar, keeping everyone in the athletic department on their toes.

The activity is welcomed after a full summer of preparations went into planning the schedules for Punxsutawney Athletic Director Bill Vassallo and his staff.

Walter M. "John" Bouch, 94

August 15, 2011

Walter M. "John"  Bouch, 94, Mahaffey, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mr. Bouch was born Jan. 3, 1917, in Sydney, a son of the late Miles O. Bouch and Elizabeth A. (Snyder) Bouch.

He was married to B. Margaret (Clark) Bouch, who preceded him in death May 17, 2009. They were married 67 years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during WWII.

Mr. Bouch loved hunting, fishing and practical jokes.

Kadence “Kadie” Louise Stonebraker, 4

August 15, 2011

Kadence “Kadie” Louise Stonebraker, 4, Decker’s Point, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family.

The daughter of Jacob P. and Sarah L. (Yeomans) Stonebraker, she was born March 14, 2007, in Indiana.

Kadie greatly enjoyed attending Junior Church at the Bible Baptist Church located near Clymer.

She loved playing with little puppies and her kitty, Fluffy. Kadie liked spending time outside taking Ranger rides; swimming in the pool; jumping on the trampoline; having family cookouts; and watching fireworks.

James S. "Jim" Trunzo, 70

August 14, 2011

James S. "Jim" Trunzo, 70, died peacefully at home surrounded by family July 2, 2011. 

He was born July 22, 1940, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Francis J. Trunzo, MD, and Catherine (Kernan) Trunzo of Punxsutawney.

He was married to Jerry Frances (Carter) Trunzo, who survives.

Mr. Trunzo was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. 

He served his country with the U.S.N. Mobile Construction Battalion, MCB-7 (the Seabees), from 1962 to 1967. 

August 12th

Taylor Swift reaches out to a little girl fighting a big battle

August 13, 2011

Editor's Note: Sources close to Kadie Stonebraker's family reported that Kadie passed away earlier this morning, Saturday, Aug. 13.

MARION CENTER — She has a guitar pick and a bracelet from her idol — not to mention a dress just like the one in the music video, but this week, some of the pieces of the puzzle finally came together for four-year-old Kadie Stonebraker.

EMA, county: Don’t give up on Big Run fire department

August 13, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The following is a statement issued by the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services, following the arrest of now-former Big Run firefighter Anthony Overbeck, 18, Big Run, on arson and related charges pertaining to an Aug. 9 fire along Pennsylvania Avenue in Big Run:

While most people in the Big Run area feel relieved with the recent arrest in the string of arsons, one group of individuals struggles to figure out why this happened.

This group, charged with saving lives and property, is the Big Run Area Volunteeer Fire Company.

MESORACO WATCH

August 13, 2011

Baseball is a game of slumps and streaks, and unfortunately for hometown catcher and Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco, the past week has been of the slump variety.

Mesoraco played in six games this week and managed just two hits in 19 at-bats.

Both the hits were home runs, though, including one against the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA-affiliate Indianapolis Indians Friday. The other came in Wednesday's game against the Toledo Mudhens.

But even with his instant offense, Mesoraco's Bats fell short in both games.

William Alvin Motter, 80

August 13, 2011

William Alvin Motter, 80, passed away, Saturday, July 30, 2011, at his residence in Tifton, Ga., after a lengthy illness.

He was born March 21, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Beulah Claire Fireman and Fredrick Charles Motter.

Mr. Motter was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he learned his electronics trade. He later joined IBM machines and was one of the technicians who worked on electronics for the early Apollo missions.

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