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July 14th, 2014

Council continues talks around five points light

July 14, 2014

PUNXSY — Despite much discussion at Monday night’s meeting, Punxsutawney Borough Council did not vote on the proposed resolution to place a traffic light at the five points intersection, as proposed by PennDOT District 10.0 as a part of the Margiotti Bridge reconstruction project.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

William W. Schlemmer, 67

July 14, 2014

William W. Schlemmer, 67, North Huntingdon, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at his home.

He was born March 20, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Carl and Olwen James Schlemmer.

Prior to his retirement, Bill was employed by Penn State Tool & Die with more than 40 years of service.

He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Italian Miners and the American Legion.

His most favorite pastime was time he spent with his family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Julie, in 1999.

July 13th

Two charged with burglary after weekend crime spree at churches, homes

July 13, 2014

BANKS TOWNSHIP — A Rossiter woman and an Arcadia man were arrested and charged with multiple counts of burglary and criminal tresspass following a weekend crime spree that took place at several locations — including churches — in Banks Township, Indiana County, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

A RAINBOW AFTER THE RAIN

July 13, 2014

Sunday evening's weather included pounding rain, thunderstorms and even a brief tornado warning for Jefferson County.

But at the end of it all, Spirit reporter Larry McGuire managed to find a rainbow in the sky above Mahoning Street.

Way Back When

July 13, 2014

(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.)

Local Intelligence
July 18, 1888

Grand Musical Concert

A grand concert by a company of students from the Pennsylvania Institution for the instruction of the blind, at Philadelphia, will be given in the Baptist Church, at Punxsutawney, on Saturday evening, July 21, 1888.

July 11th

Get ready for a Groundhog-themed Relay for Life

July 11, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you have driven around town recently, you may have noticed that many storefronts are decked out in purple.

Purple is a color that represents every form of cancer in terms of raising awareness, and while some of us may not realize it, there are many in our community who have either fought or are currently fighting a form of cancer.

To honor those people, the 10th Annual Relay For Life of Punxsutawney will be held from noon on Saturday, July 19, to 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, at Barclay Square.

For event details and times, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

STAT MedEvac flies from Rossiter ballfield

July 11, 2014

An accident that reportedly took place near the intersection of Union Hill and Central Street led to one patient being airlifted from Shaffer Field in Rossiter on Friday.

Members of the Rossiter Volunteer Fire Company, Jefferson County EMS, STAT MedEvac and Pennsylvania State Police were on scene.

No further details were available at Spirit press time.

Minor League Softball All-Stars earn trip to Sectionals, chance to shave coaches’ heads

July 11, 2014

After fighting their way back through the bracket to the championships, Punxsy’s Minor League Softball All-Stars earned a 5-1 victory on Friday to win the District 10 championship.

In addition to earning the title of District 10 champs, though, the girls also earned the chance to shave their coaches’ heads after the game (see THAT photo in Saturday's print edition of The Spirit).

Punxsy will now advance to Sectionals, which will be played right here in Punxsutawney and will begin on Monday.

A banner year for Punxsy’s 11/12 All-Stars

July 11, 2014

On Tuesday, the Punxsy Major League Baseball All-Stars traveled to Brookville for the second consecutive night, where they battled both Mother Nature and the Brookville squad for the District 10 championship. Punxsy came out on top in the game, which got off to a late start, defeating Brookville 14-10.

Members of the team are pictured here with their championship banner.

The banner was the first Punxsy has earned in the 2014 All-Star campaign.

EuGene “Gene” Ferra, 94

July 11, 2014

EuGene Donald Ferra, 94, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 21, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Carmen and Carmella (Cappella) Ferra.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Josephine E. (Longo) Ferra.

On July 9, 1955, he married the former Marjorie Anderson, who survives.

Mr. Ferra was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, being in Co. K – 76th Infantry Division.

He fought in France, Luxembourg and Germany, where he was wounded.

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