February 13th, 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 newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.
(February 5, 1896)
A SUDDEN DEATH
Mrs. John Hill, of Stanton, is Taken Away by Apoplexy
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Defense helped the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team top DuBois last Friday, 33-30.
Punxsy (13-4) allowed just 12 points by halftime, taking a 16-12 lead at the break before holding on for the five-point win.
"DuBois really came out and was ready to go. They played us hard the whole game," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "Our offense has been struggling lately, but taking pride in our defense has given us the chance to win the past few games."
Brandon Mancuso scored a team-best 11 points, and Mike Klingensmith added eight points.
Elizabeth I. States, 85, Berlin Center, Ohio, formerly of Rossiter, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Salem Community Hospital in Ohio.
A daughter of the late Albert G. and Iva (Stiver) Auden, Mrs. States was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Glen Campbell.
She was married to Quay States of Berlin Center, Ohio, who survives. They were married for 64 years.
Donald Joseph Giovanetti, 70, Brookville, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at home.
A son of the late Joseph J. And Anna Catherine (Lominski) Giovanetti, Mr. Giovanetti was born Oct. 17, 1940, in Braddock.
A retired newspaper printer in the Pittsburgh area, Mr. Giovanetti formerly resided in the Turtle Creek-Monroeville area. For the past two years, he has resided with his sister Marie E. Smith in the Coolspring area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Home-court advantage didn't mean much between the Chucks and Beavers this season.
Punxsy's lights-out shooting performance Jan. 28 in DuBois led to a 65-49 win. Friday night in Punxsutawney during Senior Night, DuBois had the hot hand, and that led to the Beavers earning a 61-50 victory.
DUBOIS â€” For the first time in Randy Reitz's 10-year tenure as Punxsy girls' basketball head coach, the Lady Chucks will not enter the postseason.
Punxsy â€” which won five-straight District IX Class AAA titles from 2001-2006 and was the district runner-up three of the next four seasons â€” decided to not join the playoff crowd this year prior to a 43-37 loss to DuBois Friday night.
The Lady Chucks slumped to 4-15 on the season with the defeat.
Just in time for Valentineâ€™s Day, Mayor James Wehrle â€” who recently obtained a new library card as part of his commitment to read more books and spend more time at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library â€” has proclaimed February as â€śLibrary Loversâ€™ Month.â€ť
Coral Ellshoff, director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, said Punxsutawney has a rich history of libraries, such as the Tibby Library at the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Societyâ€™s Lattimer House.
Jeanne Curtis, the librarian at the Tibby Library, said it is primarily used for research, especially genealogy.
It's not your father's Punxsutawney Memorial Library anymore.
"Unless you're bothering someone else, we won't shush someone," Library Director Coral Ellshoff said. "We hope that if someone hasn't visited the library in quite some time, they come visit and check out all of the changes that have taken place."
While there are many changes going on at the library, located at the Mahoning East Civic Complex, another thing that has changed is the public's perceptions of a library in the modern world.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man facing drug charges.
PSP-Punxsutawney said between Jan. 6 and Feb. 3, the Troop C Vice Unit made multiple purchases of heroin from Timothy R. Shepler, 28, DeLancey.
Feb. 4, troopers executed a search warrant at a Liberty Street residence, where two of the purchases were conducted.
Police said they seized numerous items of drugs and drug paraphernalia from the residence, but Shepler was not there.