May 9th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During its meeting Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a settlement in a lawsuit brought against the borough and other co-defendants in the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, Aug. 15, 2009.
Borough Solicitor Jay Lundy said the settlement involved the case of Edward Stanley Obbish Jr. individually and as the administrator of The Estate of Stephen Obbish vs. Punxsutawney Borough, Mayor James Wehrle, Dispatcher Jan Scott and Det. Brian Andrekovich.
Lundy said council approved a settlement agreement and a general release of claims.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The new two-way traffic Torrence Street opened for business Monday afternoon.
Monday, Borough Manager Ben White said the project was completed by the contractor Palo Construction to enough of a degree to open it for travel. He said there are some parts of the project that canâ€™t be completed at this time before the road widening will be considered finished.
A new traffic signal system for the Pine Street and North Findley Street intersection is on hold due to an unforeseen delay in the arrival of the new signal posts.
BROOKVILLE â€” The grandmother of a U.S. Marine and graduate of Brookville Junior-Senior High School said Monday that he is undergoing treatment after being wounded in Afghanistan.
Ryan Blochberger, 20, of Brookville, was wounded while serving in Afghanistan, according to his grandmother, Nancy Blochberger, also of Brookville.
She said following the incident, her grandson was transported to Germany, where he underwent two surgeries. He is scheduled to be transported to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
STATE COLLEGE â€” State College scored five runs in the first inning, and the Punxsy baseball team's record dropped to 6-6 following a 10-4 defeat Monday in State College.
The Chucks â€” who scored eight runs in their final at-bat to beat the Little Lions, 12-11, April 7 in Punxsutawney â€” were unable to rally for the victory Monday. They cut the lead to 5-2 and 7-4 Monday, but never crept any closer.
DUBOIS â€” Punxsutawney was denied an individual title for the fourth consecutive year, as seniors Dave Roberts and Adam Murdock fell short in the District IX Class AAA Boys' Tennis Singles Tournament Monday in DuBois.
Both Roberts and Murdock were eliminated by a DuBois player, as the Beavers' duo of Palmer Casteel and Trey Gilmore advanced to the final. Casteel, DuBois' No. 2 player, ultimately won the championship by the scores of 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.
1. How come there aren't more fans at the Punxsy baseball and softball games? I know April was uncharacteristically wet, but for a free game, much more than a couple dozen people should be in attendance every night. The Chucks have won seven-straight district titles, and the Lady Chucks are in search of their fourth straight. Combined, the two teams have lost just once at home and play on the nicest fields in the district. Come on people, show some support.
Georgieann Gaston, 64, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011, at her home.
Mrs. Gaston was born Feb. 19, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late George and Eleanor (Barnoff) Stamler.
She was married to Shawn B. Gaston, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
(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
Jesse Foltz has returned from the Pacific coast. He says this country is good enough for him. The only town between here and San Francisco, he declares, that is livelier than Punxsutawney, is Cripple Creek, Colorado.
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WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â€” The Jeff Tech Operating Committee at a recent meeting approved the proposed $7.3 million budget for the 2011-12 school year, which includes some major reductions or the freezing of certain categories of spending.
Sherry Hassleman, Jeff Tech business manager, presented the budget and said that 81 percent of the budget is salaries and benefits, while 94 percent of the costs are fixed and can't be changed, since they are needed to run the school.
ERIE â€” When Punxsutawney native Katie Monoskey arrived at Penn State-Behrend three years ago, the Lions' track and field team didn't have a hammer thrower.
Head coach Greg Cooper, who recruited Monoskey, approached her to see if she would be interested in competing in the event.
Monoskey had experience in the three high school throwing events â€” discus, shot put and javelin â€” and wasn't against trying new things. She also wanted to focus on something more than the discus, which was her favorite event at the time.