Archive - Jul 2012 - News Article
PITTSBURGH â Many Little Leaguers and other baseball players in western Pa. have had the dream to one day pitch in the Major Leagues at PNC Park.
Lesa Walker, owner of Walker's Auto Parts, didn't get to play a game at the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates; however, she was the winner of a contest that allowed her to throw out the first pitch of a game July 23 between the Pirates and Chicago Cubs as the winner of a promotion with Uni-Select â an auto parts warehouse with which she deals.
The Eagle Riders of Punxsutawney raised $2,000 on its annual motorcycle ride that was held recently, along with $1,000 donated by the FOE Eagles No. 1231, for Special Olympics. Jim Burton, WJAC TV meteorologist, member of the Special Olympics board of directors and a member of the Eagles Riders in Johnstown, said he was grateful for the money that was raised, which is used year round and not just during the Special Olympics games.
Burton said it is more than just providing athletics and exercise for special needs people; it is also used for medical screenings.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Thanks to the quick thinking of a passerby and a quick response from the Punxsutawney Fire Department, a garage fire on Rockland Avenue failed to spread to the owners' nearby house.
Central, Elk Run and Lindsey fire companies responded to a working garage fire at 1:56 p.m. Monday at 401 Rockland Ave. The property is owned by Jim and Janice Blose.
There were smoke and flames seen inside the garage when firefighters arrived on scene, said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.
OLIVER TOWNSHIP â If you have an organization that relies on your small games of chance license to raise funds, then be prepared for some major changes that occurred as the result of Act 2 of 2012 â changes that were revealed in a presentation last Wednesday by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement at the Oliver Township Firehall.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Stipends for faculty members who are involved with special student projects and the amount they should be paid were discussed at a recent Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting.
Punxsutawney Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said following the meeting that the stipend, which is a fixed sum paid periodically for services or to defray expenses, came about years ago when there was a play that was put on at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS), and then for multiple years it wasnât put on.
RINGGOLD TWP. â A 43-year-old Punxsutawney woman died following a crash that occurred at 5:26 a.m. along Route 536 near Reed Road, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Linda Marie Godo died as a result of blunt force trauma, according to Jefferson County Coroner Bernard P. Snyder.
Police said two juveniles also suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The crash occurred as Godo was traveling east on Route 536 and failed to negotiate a left-hand curve on the wet road, police reported.
Punxsutawney firefighters were called to a basement fire at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at 102 Water St.
The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters and caused mostly smoke damage in the basement.
Joe Defelice, Punxsutawney Fire Department assistant chief, said the fire was due to a sump pump that had overheated.
There were no injuries and the family was able to return to their home once the basement was ventilated.
Above,firefighters Austin Pate (from left) and Mark Powell, of the Central Fire Dept., and Steven Kostok, of the Lindsey Fire Company, assist at the scene.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The weather was stormy throughout the week in Punxsutawney, so much so that the canopy that covers the bandstand in Barclay Square was nearly destroyed in 60 mph winds.
Apparently, someone had other plans, as the canopy was put back in place thanks to the help of many community volunteers â including the Groundhog Festival Committee; Punxsy Lions Club; Smith Hauling, which brought in a crane; and volunteers from Church in the Park â so the program could continue.
(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.)
(August 12, 1896)
AN IMPUDENT HAWK
Yesterday morning, Prof. E. H. McHenry, of East End, heard a commotion on the front porch, and went out to see what was the matter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Sports reporter Zak Lantz is vacating his spot in the bleachers to fill another seat â editor-in-chief of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
"As a Punxsy native, I grew up reading The Spirit, especially the sports pages, and I really do consider it quite an honor to be named editor," Lantz said. "It's still a little bit surreal, actually. I've told my family members who have asked me if I'm excited that I really am, but I still feel a bit shocked it's happened and fallen together as it has. Now that we're getting things rolling, though, I'm confident it'll be a smooth transition."