March 27th, 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 12, 1896)
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School Boys Use a Live Wire For a Shocking Machine
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Borough Council dismissed its code enforcement officer and hired a new one during its monthly meeting.
Council President Nick Lantz called for an executive session near the close of last Monday's meeting to discuss the status of code enforcement officer David Rouch.
Following an executive discussion by council members, the meeting reconvened, and Lantz announced that council would replace Rouch due to his unavailability. Council then approved a motion to relieve Rouch of his duties and send him a certified letter informing him of his dismissal.
Robert L. "Gup" Grube, 54, Plumville, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born July 19, 1956, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Harry Fredrick Grube and Ruth O. (Campbell) Grube.
He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.
June 25, 1983, he married Ann (Swarm) Grube, who survives, of Plumville.
Richard "Dick" Lithgow, 82, Lakeland, Fla., died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, of respiratory failure.
He was born June 26, 1928, in Derry, a son of the late John and Carolyn Lithgow.
He was married to his wife of 46 years, Jeanne Anne (Ferguson) Lithgow, who preceded him in death. He then married Trudi (Robinson) Lithgow, who survives, of Lakeland.
Mr. Lithgow was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army as chief pharmacist for the 2nd Division while serving in the Korean War.
WILKES-BARRE â€” Two of Punxsutawney's three wrestlers are still competing after Day One of the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
Kaleb Young, a state runner-up the past two years, has once again advanced to the championship semifinals after a 2-0 day Friday.
Troy Peace won his first two bouts before a loss dropped him to the consolation bracket, while Josh Schuckers lost both of his matches Friday and has been eliminated.
All three of Punxsy's wrestlers are competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division.
The Play of the Week will be put on hold until next Saturday due to the lack of Punxsutawney varsity events.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Richard Peirce wonâ€™t take credit for the idea to use his 1991 Cadillac DeVille to bring a message from God to people everywhere.
â€śGod put this idea in my mind,â€ť he said.
And if you havenâ€™t seen the vehicle, youâ€™re not looking hard enough.
With yellow lettering emblazoned against the carâ€™s maroon body color, the message is clear and startling: Judgment Day is Saturday, May 21, 2011 â€” eight weeks from today.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The fences are up, funding has been approved, and the demolition of the existing buildings is set to make way for the construction of Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors.
Tim Spence, a member of the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry (JALSM), said the $6.5 million project will be constructed at the corner of Pine and Gilpin streets on the site of the former Parenteâ€™s Pool Hall, directly across from First English Lutheran Church.
JALSM is constructing the apartment complex in partnership with TREK Development of Pittsburgh.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy cross country and track and field coach George Wehrle doesn't envision seniors Milea Schall or Shannon Byerly using treadmills to stay in shape.
Both girls enjoy running outside way too much.
After successful Punxsutawney Area High School cross country and track careers, both Schall and Byerly will be taking their enjoyment of competitive running to the next level next fall.
BROOKVILLE â€” A former Punxsutawney man was sentenced to a maximum of nine years in a state correctional facility after pleading guilty to a variety of charges, including identity theft, with a total of $99,000 owed in restitution.
Michael J. Lainey, c/o the Jefferson County jail, pleaded guilty to numerous counts of identity theft, access device fraud and various other charges mostly involving Gilman Lainey of Punxsy, the defendantâ€™s father, from whom he stole $90,771.