July 5th, 2011
The Groundhog Day Festival held its annual â€śTeddy Bear Picnic, sponsored by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club, Tuesday at Barclay Square.(From left) winners in â€śMy Bear and Iâ€ť â€” Emily Dobbins, first place; Mary Sue Kimmerle, second; and Lauren Kennedy, third. The festival continues today.
Dorothy M. Neal, 96, Punxsutawney (Frostburg), passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Neal was born March 8, 1915, in Coolspring, a daughter of the late Jesse and Cora (Huffman) Smith.
She was married to Harvey Neal, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Neal was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed quilting, gardening and time with her family.
Richard C. â€śWoodyâ€ť Good, 68, Punxsutawney, formerly of Dayton, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 20, 1942, in Dayton, a son of the late Laird Doyle and Audradee (Sloniger) Good.
May 12, 1973, he married Doris (Minnick) Good, who survives, his loving wife of 38 years.
For many years, Mr. Good was a log truck driver for Barrett Lumber, but most recently, before he retired, he worked for Aidin Contracting.
Blaine E. Dinger, 81, of Fulshear, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, June 12, 2011.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” A Scottdale man was flown to an area trauma center following a two-motorcycle accident that occurred at 1:45 p.m. Monday on Route 36, Young Township, in front of Ken McFarland Selective Cars.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle operated by Robert Bushmyer of Scottdale was traveling north on Route 36 when he struck a Polaris Victory motorcycle traveling in front of him driven by his son Eric T. Bushmyer, who had slowed to make a right turn into Ken McFarland
Monday night was all about ambiance at the 45th Annual Groundhog Festival as Savannah Jack performed in Barclay Square. The festival continues today.
Schedule of Events for the
45th Annual Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival
9:30 a.m. â€“ Registration for Teddy Bear Picnic
Categories for Teddy Bears:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
1. My Bear and I (Dressed Alike)
2. Bedtime Bear
3. Sports Bear
4. Tea Time Bear
5. Sun Loving Bear
10 a.m. â€“ Teddy Bear Picnic-Sponsored By Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club. In case of rain, it will be held on the second floor of Eagles across from Barclay Square.
(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."