April 3rd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When one of his close friends dropped out of Boy Scouts of America a few years ago, Christopher Mitchell didn't know if he would reach his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony.
Through perseverance and honor, Mitchell, a Punxsutawney Area High School senior, became one of more than two million young men to achieve the highest rank attainable in the boy scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America Sunday afternoon amongst family, friends, fellow scouts and local dignitaries at the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church.
(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.)
(February 12, 1896)
A New Gearing for Bicycles
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
PASSAGES, an organization supporting sexual assault victims in Jefferson, Clarion and Clearfield counties, placed the theme, â€śItâ€™s Time To Get Involved.â€ť
Diane Kuntz, executive director of PASSAGES, said the monthâ€™s theme is designed to educate the public about sexual assault prevention.
â€śWeâ€™re going to try to inundate the community during the month to heighten awareness regarding the issues with sexual violence and sexual assault. Itâ€™s all about primary prevention.â€ť
HARRISBURG â€” As the state legislature considers the 2010-11 operating budget, state Sen. Joe Scarnati said a bill targeting Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration is progressing.
The bill could include what Scarnati called an â€śimpact fee,â€ť which would be used to help counties and municipalities repair damaged roads and allow for increased environmental security.
BROOKVILLE â€” A group of Brookville residents met with the Laurel Festival Board Monday evening to discuss concerns regarding the festival.
The meeting was at times tense, but both sides agreed on one thing: The Laurel Festival is in a state of decline.
â€śItâ€™s frustrating,â€ť resident Jen Radel said. â€śI love the Laurel Festival, and I want my kids to love it. Itâ€™s something that we get excited for. Then weâ€™re disappointed year after year, and it leads to frustration.â€ť
James Edward Armstrong, 60, Loveland, Colo., died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at his home.
He was born Sept. 20, 1950, in Punxsutawney, the son of Evelyn Dolores (Armstrong) Fye, who survives, of Punxsutawney, and the late William Earl Armstrong.
After completion of high school, Mr. Armstrong enlisted in the U.S. Navy, in which he was stationed in Australia and served in the Vietnam War as a communications officer aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.
Daniel B. Grube, 77, Punxsutawney, formerly of Rossiter, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born May 26, 1933, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Charles and Vada (Greene) Grube.
In January 1952, he married Mary Belle McCullough, who preceded him in death June 17, 2008.
Mr. Grube loved traveling with his motor home. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage and spending time with his animals. He was always there for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a proud graduate of Vale Tech.
Lindy C. Lydic, 33, Kane, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, due to injuries received in an automobile accident.
She was born Jan. 26, 1978, in Rochester, N.Y.,Â a daughter of John and Beth (Pearce) Cooper, who survive.
Ms. Lydic performed her master's degree work online and her undergraduate workÂ at NiagaraÂ University.Â She was employed as a business education teacher at the Sheffield Area Middle School.
She was an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. â€” When Punxsy native Devin Mesoraco hit an eighth-inning home run during the first week of spring training with the Cincinnati Reds March 2, manager Dusty Baker said that the slugger hit the ball a mile, a mile-and-a-half.
The home run broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Reds a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.
The lengthy blast was the first of many impressive spring training cuts from Mesoraco, who is primed to make the jump to the majors for the first time this season.