November 20th, 2011
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” A Saturday afternoon blaze burned a barn to the ground, damaged an accompanying silo and killed two horses.
Area firefighters from eight different stations battled the fire that broke out around 2:40 p.m. Saturday, just outside of Big Run.
Estimated damages to the barn â€” owned by Melvin Troyer â€” and contents were approximately $200,000 and exterior damage to the house was figured at roughly $20,000, according to Big Run Fire Chief Todd Peace.
(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 15, 1896)
CAPTURED A HORSE-THIEF
David Trainor Steals a Horse from
Henry Brown's Stable
Jon A. Barletta, 62, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in Latrobe.
He was born April 7, 1949, in Clearfield, a son of the late Felix A. and Mary (Rezzolla) Barletta.
Mr. Barletta was a member of S.S. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
He attended Boston University and graduated from Gannon University in Erie.
Surviving relatives include two brothers, Robert T. Barletta and wife Victoria of New Castle, and Donald J. Barletta and wife Laura of State College.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
William C. Firment, 81, Altoona, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 19, 2011.
He was born January 22, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Michael and Veronica (Lellock) Firment.
July 25, 1994, he married Dorothy A. "Dottie" Iorio, who survives, of Altoona.
Mr. Firment attended Punxsutawney Area High School.
He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Church, Altoona, and the Bavarian Aid Society.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean conflict.
In 1992, he retired as a branch manager of Lance Cracker Co., where he worked for 32 years.
Joan Hulin, 82, Northville, Mich., died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.
Mrs. Hulin was the loving wife of the late Frank J. Hulin.
Surviving relatives include two sons, William and Frank and wife Linda; two daughters-in-law, Anita and Joann; three grandchildren, Camilie, Derek and Samantha; a great-granddaughter, Haylie; and a niece, Diane Clark and husband Pat.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert.
Friends will be received at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Our Lady of Victory Church, 770 Thayer Blvd., Northville, MI, 48167.
Norman R. Pearce, 72, Luthersburg, died Saturday, November 19, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 22, 1939, in Cherry Tree, the son of the late Edward L. & Alice E. (Downey) Pearce.
Jan. 26, 1963, he married Ruth (Haag) Pearce, who survives.
Mr. Pearce retired from Penelec as a chief lineman. He also owned and operated the Curwensville Tastee Freez.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and he enjoyed camping.
LOS ANGELES â€” How did Punxsy native Braxton Amundson appear as a contestant on â€śThe Price is Right,â€ť and did he win one of the major showcases on the show?
Well, Amundson believes his vast amounts of swag definitely helped, but due to stipulations by the program, he cannot say yes or no about winning any major showcases, but Punxsy viewers can find out when his episode airs at 11 a.m. Monday on WTAJ-TV (Comcast Channel 18).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Pizza & Prevention, sponsored by Foxâ€™s Pizza Den, once again set another record for single-day fund-raisers this year.
Oct. 1, Foxâ€™s sold â€śBig Daddy Pizzasâ€ť for $9.11 in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and first responders. Coupons were also sold for customers to purchase pizzas in the future at the $9.11 price.
Thursday, Foxâ€™s Manager Bob Long presented a check for $33,128.13 to members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department at their department meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It is a common practice for sports teams, from the high school level to the professional level, to select a Most Valuable Player.
The title of team MVP is the ulitmate honor, as it carries with it the assumed characteristics of leadership, talent and heart all embodied in one award.
Last year, The Punxsutawney Spirit launched its inaugural Fall Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Player awards, and after an overwhelming response, Punxsutawney Area High School athletes were selected as winter and spring sports MVPs, as well.
Melvin Q. â€śBartâ€ť McFarland, 99, Sykesville and Laurelbrooke since 1986, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born May 19, 1912, in Rochester Mills, Indiana County, a son of the late John and Bessie (Gaston) McFarland.
Dec. 11, 1944, he married Margaret â€śPegâ€ť (Cooper) McFarland, who survives.
Â Mr. McFarland was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and he was employed as a punch press operator with H-H Robertson Steel Fabricating Company.