July 4th, 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.)
March 18, 1896
A Smart Parrot
Senator Mitchell has a parrot of which he is very proud. It is a great talker, and something of a singer, and the Senator tells of its smartness with as much enthusiasm as a fond father relates the cute things said by his two-year-old offspring. The parrot calls the Senator "Jim," and his wife "Cal."
HARRISBURG â€” Punxsy rising senior Neko Cappella has been part of the Chucks' Big Three of wrestlers alongside 2011 graduate Kody Young and soon-to-be senior Seth Spack the past few years, but he never experienced the glory of winning a district or regional title like his accomplished grappling counterparts.
Cappella won a national title at the National High School Coaches Association Open Nationals Wrestling Tournament during the weekend of May 7 in Harrisburg. Finally, the monkey was off Cappella's back.
DUBOIS â€” It only took DuBois five innings to take down the Punxsutawney Little League baseball All-Stars Sunday, 11-1.
DuBois' eight-run third inning put the game out of reach, and it walked away the victor as Nick Labrasca hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
Although Punxsy recorded only three hits on the night, manager Joe DiPietro still had positive things to say about his team's effort.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite a 7-2 lead at the end of the three innings, the Punxsutawney Minor League baseball All-Stars were eliminated from the tournament Sunday after a 15-14 loss to Brookville. A late push by Brookville led the team to victory, as it scored thirteen runs in the final two innings.
"They were hitting the ball, finding the gaps and putting the ball in play," Punxsy manager Eric Britton said. "It just snowballed on us."
Helen B. (Hamilton) Baun, 96, Rochester Mills, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born Feb. 26, 1915, in Rochester Mills, a daughter of the late John Wilson and Annie Jane (Simpson) Hamilton.
She was married to John Olen Baun, who preceded her in death Feb. 25, 2000.
Mrs. Baun formerly attended the United Presbyterian Church of Rochester Mills. She was a former member of the Electra Rebecca Lodge of Rochester Mills.
She was a lifelong resident of the Rochester Mills area.
Edna Ruth (Smith) St. John, 94, found eternal peace May 1, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold (Sonny); brother, Paul Smith; sister, Marie Murray; sister-in-law, Margaret Cox; and parents James Boyd and Nannie Smith.
She was the dearest mother of Richard, Robert, Michael and Thomas. She is further survived by 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Linda Jean Sims Taylor, 64, recently a resident of Brookside Assisted Living, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Brookville Hospital.
She was born April 26, 1947, in Coshocton, Ohio, a daughter of the late Cecil Lee and Mary Lorena (Hackenbracht) Sims.
Aug. 16, 1973, she married David L. Taylor. The couple divorced in 1993.
Ms. Taylor was a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a master's in education. She later received a master's degree in English from Clarion University.
Kate Horner pitched three no-hit innings, and Grace Aikens relieved her with two perfect innings, helping Punxsy cruise to an 12-0 victory in five innings Friday over Ridgway in the losers' bracket of the Minor League softball All-Star tournament in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy manager Steve White was very pleased with the way his girls pitched.
"They pitched with a lot more confidence tonight," he said. "I felt that they found the strike zone early and were able to build off that."
Horner, Punxsy's starting pitcher, struggled a bit with her control, walking one batter and hitting four.
ST. MARYS â€” The game seemed to be slipping away from Punxsy in the bottom of the third inning Friday night when St. Marys scored four runs on three hits and three errors. But Punxsy fought back to send the game to extra innings and won 6-4 in nine in Minor League baseball All-Star action in St. Marys.
"That was a fun one," Punxsy manager Eric Britton said. "It was pretty nerve-wracking. I've coached and managed a lot of games, and that was probably one of the best I've ever been involved with."
When I exited The Punxsutawney Spirit building following an interview for the vacant sports writer job in October 2006, I climbed into my car and flipped on my iPod as I began my 2 1/2-hour drive back to my hometown of Erie.
The iPod, which was set on shuffle at that particular moment, began to play "Dawn of a New Day," a song by my favorite band, In Flames.
Already feeling good about how well the interview went, the random appearance of this song made it clear to me: I got the job.
Fast-forward to nearly five years later, and the next step of my life is a week away from starting.