Archive - Jun 25, 2012 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Working at the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week Celebration is a family tradition for many of the vendors for J&J Amusements.
"My family has been working in the carnival business since the late 1800s," said Fran Freeborn of Beaver Falls, operator of the dime toss game for J&J Amusements, at Old Home Week carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.
Freeborn, 71, said she was about 17 years old when she first began working at Old Home Week.
Monday, these youngsters â (clockwise from left) Elizabeth Smith, Kaitlyn Lowmaster, Anna Newman, John Mizerock, Gabriell Peles, Rachel Houser and Hannah Fetterman â were helping staff members from the Playhouse Children's Center sort plastic ducks for the upcoming Duck Derby, set for 11 a.m. Sunday, July 8, at the George C. Brown Community Pool.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Welcome to Old Home Week, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department will present the annual celebration beginning Tuesday at the carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.
According to âMcKnight's History of Jefferson Countyâ and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, the celebration was first held Aug. 23-28, 1909.
"During this eventful week, nearly everyone who had ever lived in Punxsy returned to visit, and an elaborate program was carried out each day for their entertainment," William J. McKnight wrote, adding
ROSSITER â A catastrophe was averted early Sunday morning when an oven fire filled the West Side Manor Personal Care Home in Rossiter with smoke.
The fire alarm was called in at 6:11 a.m. Sunday when the oven malfunctioned, said Joe Pisano, Rossiter Volunteer Fire Company chief.
Pisano said he was able to arrive on scene quickly and contain the fire to the oven itself.
Residents of the home were evacuated, and there were no injuries, as firefighters ventilated the structure with an exhaust fan.
(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.)
(July 29, 1896)
A TERRIFIC STORM
Western Pennsslvania Swept by Flood and Wind