November 21st, 2011
Punxsutawney Area Middle Schooler Laney Monroe throws a pass to her dad from center stage at the Punxsutawney Area High School auditorium Monday night. Laney will take a different stage for the second time Dec. 4, when she travels to Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Steelers' team NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition. Monroe also competed last year and earned third-place in her age bracket.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Braxton Amundsonâs friends and family now know the $10,000 secret he has been keeping for more than three months.
As those who watched the PAHS graduate on âThe Price is Rightâ Monday morning now know, Amundson â son of Eric and Vickie Amundson â had a chance to win $10,000 after he had the closest bid on a set of womenâs cosmetic products â which he also won.
As a contestant this past August on the show, Amundson had to correctly guess which four of six products presented were under $2.
BELL TOWNSHIP â There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 7:15 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 119 and Rikers Road, Bell Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a 16-year-old female from Punxsutawney was stopped at the stop sign on Rikers Road facing west, waiting to make a left turn onto Route 119.
Police said she failed to see a 1999 Oldsmobile 88 driven by Rick Sherry, 50, Punxsutawney, and pulled out onto Route 119 in front Sherryâs vehicle, which was traveling north.
BIG RUN â Monday, Big Run Borough Council voted to place its 2012 budget on display for adoption at its December meeting, with no tax increase.
Council President Nick Lantz announced once again, the borough will have a surplus of $39,887, which is smaller compared to last yearâs surplus of $57,635.
He also said that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough taxpayers.
The last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.
The proposed 2012 tax millage:
The Lady Chucks volleyball team honored both its seniors and award winners at the annual banquet Sunday night at the Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney. Varsity head coach Lisa Kephart and junior varsity head coach Megan Decker each delivered awards, and the seniors were honored for their time and service to the program. Each player was given a framed photograph from this season as a keepsake.
BROOKVILLE â Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and in celebration, the Brookville YMCA held its fourth-annual Turkey Trot Saturday. The trot consisted of three races: The Wingding (one-mile run or walk); the Turkey Trot (five-kilometer race); and the Tough Turkey (10-kilometer race).
More than 70 competitors participated in the various races, and an award was given to each of the top three finishers in each race for both males and females.
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.