July 13th, 2014
(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.)
July 18, 1888
Grand Musical Concert
A grand concert by a company of students from the Pennsylvania Institution for the instruction of the blind, at Philadelphia, will be given in the Baptist Church, at Punxsutawney, on Saturday evening, July 21, 1888.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you have driven around town recently, you may have noticed that many storefronts are decked out in purple.
Purple is a color that represents every form of cancer in terms of raising awareness, and while some of us may not realize it, there are many in our community who have either fought or are currently fighting a form of cancer.
To honor those people, the 10th Annual Relay For Life of Punxsutawney will be held from noon on Saturday, July 19, to 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, at Barclay Square.
For event details and times, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
An accident that reportedly took place near the intersection of Union Hill and Central Street led to one patient being airlifted from Shaffer Field in Rossiter on Friday.
Members of the Rossiter Volunteer Fire Company, Jefferson County EMS, STAT MedEvac and Pennsylvania State Police were on scene.
No further details were available at Spirit press time.
After fighting their way back through the bracket to the championships, Punxsyâs Minor League Softball All-Stars earned a 5-1 victory on Friday to win the District 10 championship.
In addition to earning the title of District 10 champs, though, the girls also earned the chance to shave their coachesâ heads after the game (see THAT photo in Saturday's print edition of The Spirit).
Punxsy will now advance to Sectionals, which will be played right here in Punxsutawney and will begin on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Punxsy Major League Baseball All-Stars traveled to Brookville for the second consecutive night, where they battled both Mother Nature and the Brookville squad for the District 10 championship. Punxsy came out on top in the game, which got off to a late start, defeating Brookville 14-10.
Members of the team are pictured here with their championship banner.
The banner was the first Punxsy has earned in the 2014 All-Star campaign.
EuGene Donald Ferra, 94, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Dec. 21, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Carmen and Carmella (Cappella) Ferra.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Josephine E. (Longo) Ferra.
On July 9, 1955, he married the former Marjorie Anderson, who survives.
Mr. Ferra was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, being in Co. K â 76th Infantry Division.
He fought in France, Luxembourg and Germany, where he was wounded.
DUBOIS â At approximately 11:24 p.m. July 10, the DuBois City Police were contacted in reference to a missing female.
Family members advised police that Heather Marie Irwin, a 20-year-old female, left her residence at 10 a.m. July 10.
They advised police that it was not normal for her to leave the residence and not come home or at least contact them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the DuBois City Police at 814-765-1533
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâs familiar face is Tom Berryhill.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
After a bit of a break for the festivities associated with the Groundhog Festival, Punxsyâs Music in the Park program returned to Barclay Square on Thursday evening.
The weather was perfect, and those in attendance were serenaded by The Avenue, a band that played all sorts of rock classics from the â70s, â80s and â90s.
CANOE TOWNSHIP â Punxsutawney-based Pa. State Police are searching for information regarding a cruelty to animals case that led to a missing cat being put to sleep.
Sometime between June 28 and July 2, the cat went missing from Central Street in Canoe Township, Indiana County.
July 2, the cat returned to its owner with a noticeable limp, and a hole was discovered near the cat's limb.
Upon further investigation by a veterinarian, it was determined that the cat was shot with a small-caliber firearm.
Due to extensive internal injuries, the cat had to be put to sleep, police said.