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June 5th, 2011

Gertrude McCauley, 79

June 6, 2011

Gertrude McCauley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 11, 1931, in Vienna, Austria, a daughter of the late Karl and Theresia Geborene (Schreiner) Unmuth.

She had recollections of very hard times in Germany, which included bread rations and being made to salute Hitler in her early years of life.
July 14, 1956, she married her beloved Albert Merle McCauley Jr., who preceded her in death Dec. 31, 2002.

Ruby E. Powell, 68

June 6, 2011

Ruby E. Powell, 68, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Nov. 12, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Martin Vasbinder and Edna (Minich) Vasbinder-Burkett.

July 30, 1960, she married Clair J. Powell, Sr., of Punxsutawney, who survives.

Toaster the cause of Mahoning Towers fire

June 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was no false alarm at Mahoning Towers Sunday morning when an appliance fire damaged an apartment around 7:30 a.m.

Punxsutawney Assistant Fire Chief Scott Depp said a toaster caught fire in apartment 402 and caused some fire damage in the kitchen area, especially the cupboards.

Depp said Punxsutawney Borough Police were first on the scene and knocked down the fire with an extinguisher.

Just Splashin' Around

June 6, 2011

Opening weekend at the George C. Brown Community Pool, located on Cypress Street, was a big success as the warm temperatures brought a large crowd to the local swimming hole Saturday and Sunday. Shown are some young swimming enthusiasts enjoying their summer vacation at the pool (front, from left): Hayden Terres, Carter Newcome, Makayla Smith and Ella Newcome, (back) Austin Troutman, Lexi Dunlap and Ryan Ransom.

Way Back When

June 6, 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.)

Local Intelligence
March 4, 1896

Perry Brink Dead
Perry Brink, well-known all over Jefferson county, died at his home near Horatio last Thursday of dropsy, aged seventy-four years, and was buried in the Clayville cemetery on Sunday.

June 3rd

Chucks ready for another state title run

June 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When the Punxsy baseball team fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning and left the bases loaded in the bottom of that inning Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Championship, no member of the Chucks panicked.

The Chucks knew they were going to hit, and by the time the team's eight-run fourth inning concluded, Punxsy was on its way to its eighth consecutive district crown thanks to a 10-5 victory over St. Marys.

MESORACO WATCH

June 4, 2011

Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native and current member of the Class AAA Louisville Bats, became best friends with doubles this week.

Mesoraco had one of his best weeks this season, as he raised his batting average to .315 with an 8-for-16 week that included five doubles and two three-hit games.

The Cincinnati Reds prospect capped the week Friday with a 3-for-3 performance that included three clutch extra-base hits and a career-tying five RBIs. He also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

June 4, 2011

In a move that teammate Zak Dickey said was "so Brodi-esque," Punxsy senior Brodi Lowmaster tripped over first base as he attempted to head to second after he hit a three-run home run during the District IX Class AAA Baseball Championship Wednesday in Brockway. The homer, and subsequent slip and fall at first base, are this week's Play of the Week. Lowmaster is pictured laughing toward the Punxsy bench as he dusts himself off and trots around the bases. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Alice Jean Burkett, 85

June 4, 2011

Alice Jean Burkett, 85, Summerville, died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

She was born June 27, 1925, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Harry B. and Florence (Galbraith) Hetrick.

She was married to Thomas F. Stahlman, who preceded her in death Jan. 26, 1950. She then married Albert W. “Groundy” Burkett, who preceded her in death June 23, 1997.

Mrs. Burkett worked for Sylvania in Brookville and was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Brookville.

Grandfather’s battle with Parkinson’s inspires Punxsy man to row for Fox Foundation

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s taken years of dreaming, about a year of planning and a few weeks of delays, but Michael Cherian has finally embarked on a two-month, 2,000-mile canoe journey that will take him to New Orleans.

Cherian, who is undertaking the canoe trip to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, launched his modified canoe — dubbed “Steady Eddie” — into the Allegheny River from a boat landing in Harmar.

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