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June 19th, 2011

Big Run Carpet owner vows to keep business going after fire

June 20, 2011

BIG RUN – A massive fire may have devastated the business that has been in his family more than 30 years, but Big Run Carpet owner Jeff London said he'll sell carpet from his barn, his garage or a tent if he must.

“I have already been on the phone with three sales representatives,” he said Sunday afternoon, just hours after the major fire all but destroyed the business. “They'd better be bringing me samples tomorrow. I'll be selling out of a tent if I have to.

Fire destroys Oliveburg home

June 20, 2011

OLIVEBURG — A truck in the driveway of a burning house caused responders to fear the worst during a fire early Saturday in Oliveburg.

Luckily, their fears of someone trapped inside the home along Route 36 were unfounded.

"We knew the owner drove a car, and she wasn't in there, but (we initially thought) maybe someone else was in there, " Bruce Baughman, Oliver Township Fire chief, said.

But once firefighters were able to enter the home, he said, they were able to determine that no one was inside the residence at the time the fire broke out.

Way Back When

June 20, 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 4, 1896

IN SEARCH OF GOLD
Two Prospectors from Punxsutawney Go to Alaska

Anna Marie Fairman, 77

June 19, 2011

Anna Marie Fairman, 77, Walston, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a short illness.

She was born Nov. 27, 1933, in Petrolia, a daughter of the late John “Jack” and Anna Marie (Senott) Sitosky.

Jan. 23, 1960, she married Robert Mark “Bob” Fairman, who survives, of Walston.

Mrs. Fairman worked for Sylvania in Reynoldsville and Rollo-Jenson in Punxsutawney. She was a retired cafeteria worker from the Punxsutawney Area School District.

A graduate of Sykesville High, Mrs. Fairman lived most of her life in Walston.

John Paul Felix, 88

June 19, 2011

John Paul Felix, 88, DuBois, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at his residence.

He was born Oct 22, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Peter and Anastasia (Kristoick) Felix.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II in the European Theater.

Mr. Felix worked for Consolidated Natural Gas Company for 26 years, until his retirement in 1984. Prior to that, he worked in the Kramer Mines and for Rockwell International Manufacturing.

Doris J. Meneely, 92

June 19, 2011

Doris J. Meneely, 92, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Meneely was born May 25, 1919, in Loop, a daughter of the late H. Merle and Edna (Domb) Hoover.

June 19, 1947, she married Clair L. Meneely, who preceded her in death in 1976.

Mrs. Meneely worked for Farmers & Miners Bank and the Punxsutawney Area School District. She was a faithful and active member of the First United Methodist Church and was a volunteer for the Punxsutawney Genealogical Society.

William E. Pounds, 90

June 19, 2011

William E. Pounds, 90, Punxsutawney, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 8, 1921, in Kent, a son of the late Ray Engle and Helen M. (Berquist) Pounds.

July 5, 1988, he married Magdalene E. Lucas, who survives.

He was a U.S. Army Tech 4 from 1942 to 1945, and he worked as a truck driver for Cook Moving Systems Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y.

Mr. Pounds was a member of the Rossiter American Legion and the Teamster Union of Buffalo.

William I. "Bill" Reitz Sr., 75

June 19, 2011

William I. "Bill" Reitz Sr., 75, Brookville, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at his home.

He was born July 7, 1935, in Ringgold, a son of the late Ervin Joyle and Ruth (Buck Pierce) Reitz.

He was married to Sandra L. Depp, who preceded him in death Oct. 21, 1995.

Mr. Reitz was the former owner/operator of Emery's Tin Ship in Brookville.

He was a U.S. Army sergeant in the mortar platoon serving during the Korean Conflict.

June 17th

When Paul Hense isn’t battling fires here, he’s guiding efforts to tame extreme wildfires

June 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For anyone who thinks there’s no a difference between fighting wildfires and structure fires, just ask Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense, who will conclude his tenure as chief at the end of the year.

Hense, who works full-time for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Bureau of Forestry, recently returned from battling wildfires in Texas.

He said he was never scared while battling the blazes, but he was concerned.

Borough earns grant for S. Main Street project

June 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council has been approved to receive a $400,000 H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the South Main Street sewer project.

Monday, borough engineer Brian Sekula, of The the EADS Group, said the total cost for the project is $795,500.

Sekula said in discussions with DCED, the $400,000 could be switched to the West Mahoning Street project, and the borough could receive money for a reduced project for South Main Street.

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