April 25th, 2011
1. Thursday is going to be a monumental day for 32 players and their families once they receive the call from an NFL representative to confirm that they are a first-round draft pick. Then, once they wake up Friday, a sad reality will set in that they aren't getting paid and won't be able to do what they were drafted to do â play football â indefinitely.
OLIVER TOWNSHIP â A huge windstorm that caused damage to property, trees and electric lines in Oliver and Ringgold townships was determined to not be a tornado, according to Jefferson County Emergency Services.
A severe storm passed through Jefferson County at 2:57 p.m. Monday, causing minor home damage, and downing numerous trees and power lines in Oliver and Ringgold townships.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the county around 2:15 p.m., which was upgraded to a tornado warning about 25 minutes later.
ROSEVILLE and WASHINGTON â The Jefferson-Clarion-Clearfield County Farmers Union met recently at the Roseville Grange. Members primarily discussed high costs of production and the pending farm bill.
Larry Breech, president of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union, and Shannon Schaffer, director of membership for the National Farmers Union, encouraged union members to get involved as Congress begins to construct the farm bill that will take effect in 2012.
âHe who cries out the loudest is the one who gets heard,â Breech said. âEverybody needs to stay active. Now is the time to get involved.â
COOLSPRING â Jefferson County 911 dispatched the Oliver Township Fire Company to its station around 3:05 p.m. Monday for possible tornado activity in the area.
The 911 center said lines and trees were down in the area of St. John's Road. Reports said a tornado did indeed touch down, although there were no reports from the 911 center confirming it.
Other reports said a tornado had also touched down near New Bethlehem prior to the call in Oliver Township. Those reports were also unconfirmed.
INDIANA â Punxsy's Alexis Young, Santana Smith, Karah Hollis took advantage of nice weather last Thursday at the Indiana Area girls' 9th and 10th grade track meet to win individual championships.
Young finished first in the 1,600-meter run (5:43), while Hollis earned wins in the 100-meter (13.0) and 200-meter dash (28.00) and Smith won the shot put (30-2).
Barry Young, head coach of the Lady Chucks, said this was a breakthrough performance for Hollis.
INDIANA â Punxsy's boys' track and field head coach John Smith expected a tough meet for his 9th and 10th graders last Thursday at Indiana.
Faced with some of the top competition from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and District VI, the Chucks had three athletes place second.
The top three competitors in each event medaled, while anyone who finished fourth, fifth or sixth earned a ribbon.Nathan Ward (800-meter run 1,600-meter run), Dylan Lettie (300 hurdles) and Jesse Reichard (long jump and triple jump) were the Chucks' top finishers.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area Community Center and Fox's Pizza teamed up to hold their second annual fund-raiser, "Eat a Pizza, Make a Difference," during the week of April 10-16.
Rob McCoy director of the community center, aimed for financial fitness with the Fox's Pizza fox.
The goal for the fund-raiser was to sell 1,000 pizzas, allowing Fox's to donate a dollar a pizza to the community center; however, if 2,000 pizzas were sold, $4,000 would be donated.
BELL TOWNSHIP â A Punxsutawney man was injured in a one-vehicle accident when he struck a tree at approximately 5:45 p.m. Sunday along Route 119 in Bell Township, across from Jefferson Machine.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Steven Test, 35, was traveling southbound on Route 119 when, for unknown reasons, he struck a tree head on.
Route 119 was closed for nearly an hour while debris and fluids from the accident were removed from the road way.
(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 19, 1896
Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 baseball state champion at Punxsutawney Area High School, struggled during the second week of his Class AAA season with the Louisville Bats, managing three hits in 18 at-bats.
The Bats didn't do much better, going 2-4 during that span before witnessing a rainout Friday against the Columbus Clippers.
Mesoraco's average dipped to .256 in this young season after a 3-for-18 (.167) week. He still reached base in four of the five games he played this week.