May 16th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” State Sen. Joe Scarnati recalled Monday how when he was first elected president pro tem of the state Senate, his colleague, state Rep. Sam Smith was also elected House minority leader.
Scarnati recalled saying to Smith how great it would be one day if he were president pro tem, and Smith was elected Speaker of the House.
Scarnati recalled Smith saying, â€śI just hope thereâ€™s enough time.â€ť
BIG RUN â€” The Big Run Arch Bridge replacement is nearly complete, as the new span was open to traffic once again Monday evening.
The project, which began last summer, is almost finished, as work on the tie-ins to the bridge need to be completed and the temporary road needs removed.
Deborah L. Casadei, M.B.A., District Press officer for PennDOT Engineering District 10, said the traffic pattern change occurred Monday evening.
The bridge over Big Run Creek is located between Smyers and Caroline streets in Big Run.
Norma Grace Altman, 83, Rochester Mills, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital.
She was born Jan. 24, 1928, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late John and Iva Mae (Uber) Charlton.
June 1, 1946, she married Harold W. (Jock) Altman Jr., who preceded her in death May 19, 2001.
Mrs. Altman was a member of the Covode United Methodist Church and the Mahoning Hills Senior Center.
James â€śJimâ€ť Howard Elkin, 76, Shelocta, (Plumcreek Township), died Monday, May 16, 2011, at home with his loving family and friends.
He was born July 23, 1934, on a farm close to Smicksburg, the son of the late James Elmer and Ruth (Alcorn) Elkin.
He was married to Mary C. (Thomey) Elkin, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Elkin was a retired staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force and a member and past commander of VFW Post 6555 in Sagamore.
Lisa (Noerr) Rivera, 33, Kearneysville, W. Va., formerly of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va.
She was born Aug. 10, 1977, a daughter of Harry E. and Carol (Stahlman) Noerr, who survive, of Punxsutawney.
May 5, 2006, she married Daniel R. Rivera, who survives.
She was an elementary school teacher at the Prince William County School District in Virginia.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's junior varsity softball used a strong pitching performance from Monica Cameron to beat Ligonier Valley 8-2 in a rain shortened, five-inning affair.
Cameron pitched all five innings, striking out two and allowing six hits.
The Lady Chucks (17-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed.
Cameron doubled for one of Punxsy's two extra base hits. Sydney Phillips also tripled. Punxsy scored its eight runs on six hits.
DUBOISâ€” Mitch Blose and Tim Pearce will try to become the first Punxsy tennis doubles' team to win a District IX Class AAA championship in two years Wednesday in DuBois.
The last Punxsy doubles team to win the crown was Jordan Walker and Jesse Branken.
Blose and Pearce were 8-0 together in the regular season and will open the tournament at 9:30 a.m. as the No. 1 overall seed. The duo will face Corey Maines and Jordan McAllister of Clearfield in the first round.Chucks' coach Todd Heigley has high hopes for Blose and Pearce.
FRANKLIN â€” Welcome to all-day turkey hunting, which begins today for the first time in Pennsylvania hunting history.
Terry Wills, supervisor at the Northwest Pennsylvania Game Commission office in Franklin, said today is a historic day, now that turkey hunting is allowed throughout the day â€“ from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
The full-day spring gobbler hours were approved by the Board of Game Commissioners last year, as part of the 2010-11 season and bag limits package.Â
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 26, 1896
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A home run by Ligonier Valley's Kristen Gabelt stood as the only run during her team's 1-0 victory over the Punxsy softball team during a rain-shortened five-inning game Friday at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.
Ligonier (18-1) scored seven times in the top of the sixth inning, but with two outs, two runners on base and a 2-2 count on Lizzie Newhouse during that inning, lightning paused the game.