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August 1st, 2011

John Donald Filipovich Sr., 80

August 1, 2011

John Donald Filipovich Sr., 80, of Creekside, died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Known to everyone as "Don," he was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Adrian, the son of William J. and Pauline (Kutoloski) Filipovich Sr.

Mr. Filipovich and his family relocated to Indiana in 1941, and at the age of 10, he began delivering newspapers.

Lois L. “Sis” Shaffer, 78

August 1, 2011

Lois L. “Sis” Shaffer, 78, a guest at Jefferson Manor, Brookville, and formerly of Coolspring, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Jefferson Manor.

She was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Pine Creek Township, a daughter of the late Wilbert Byron and Twila Rebecca (Osborne) Wolfe.

Sept. 11, 1952, in Brookville, she married Lee Shaffer, who preceded her in death Jan. 28, 2009.

Mrs. Shaffer was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress at the Brookville Glove Factory for more than 15 years

July 31st

Punxsy advances to All-Star State Championship

July 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars are one win away from the state championship after defeating Schuylkill County East All-Stars, 10-6, in the winners' bracket championship game Sunday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

With the win, Punxsy advanced to the state championship game against Schuylkill East today at 11 a.m. at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field. If Punxsy wins, it will be state champs, but if Punxsy loses, another game will be necessary to decide the champion. If needed, that game will be played immediately after the first today.

Two Punxsy teams claim second place

July 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Huey Brothers of Punxsutawney (10 and under) and the Punxsy Scrappers (12 and under) won second place at the Groundhog Baseball Tournament this weekend.

Both teams went 4-1 through the tournament, losing only their final games.

The Huey Brothers were taken down by Williams Sanitation/Servco of Brookville, and the Scrappers were ousted by Clarion.

The Huey Brothers began their tournament Friday night, claiming victory over the Clymer All-Stars, 14-2 in four innings. The game was highlighted by Isaac Stouffer, who had a two-run homer in the first.

DuBois repeats with Fed League championship

July 31, 2011

DUBOIS — The Rossiter Miners defeated the DuBois Rockets Saturday night to force a fifth game in the championship series of the Federation League, but DuBois won the fifth and championship-clinching game, 6-4, Sunday in Dubois to claim the title.

Rossiter took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the second without recording a hit thanks to one walk by DuBois pitcher Ben McGary and three errors by DuBois' defense.

Miners' starting pitcher Tommy Bush faced only one batter more than the minimum through three innings, but DuBois jumped on him in the fourth.

Daryl M. Kicher

July 31, 2011

Daryl M. Kicher, 84, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Wellington Heights.

He was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Sykesville, a son of the late Joseph and Lydia (Burhenn) Kicher.

Aug. 19, 1948, he married E. Jean Hoover, who preceded him in death Nov. 19, 1980.

Mr. Kicher worked for Auto Parts in Punxsutawney and the U.S. Postal Service.

He attended the Chestnut Grove Independent Church and enjoyed playing tennis, gardening and traveling.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Nancy Kicher of Forest, Va., and Jackie Pryber of Knox; and two granddaughters.

Another fire, same house; police asking for tips on Big Run fire

July 31, 2011

BIG RUN — Early Saturday morning, firefighters fought a fire at a Caroline Street, Big Run, residence for the second time in a week.

This time, the fire – again at the James Stellabuto Sr. residence – destroyed what was left of the interior, and the house sustained heavy damage.

Firefighters from the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. It was fully involved when firefighters arrived on-scene.

Local author releases fifth book in kids’ series

July 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Author/illustrator Julie Branken's magical "Bubble" is back in a fifth book, and this time, even more members of Branken's family are along for the ride.

"Bubble's World Book 5: Frogs and Fairies," which Branken wrote under her pen-name, Jules, again features three of the stars from her previous books: Grandsons Vincent (age nine) and Ben (age seven) Gigliotti and their English cousin, Rosanna.

But this time, the children are joined by Vincent and Ben's five-year-oldsister, Isabella.

Way Back When

July 31, 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.)

Local Intelligence
(March 25, 1896)

GOOD NEWS FOR MINERS
The B., R. & P. Coal & Iron Company
Voluntarily Advance Wages

July 29th

Punxsy wins big in opening round, 19-2

July 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All- Stars scored six runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth to jump out to a 10-0 lead over Schuylkill County West All-Stars and went on to win, 19-2, in its opening game of the state tournament Friday night in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's Brycen Paulinellie led off the top of the first inning with a single, and T.J. Petro followed with an infield single.

Ruben Taylor walked to load the bases, and Paulinellie scored on an RBI single by Dakota Byers.

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