Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There are bonds that cannot be broken no matter the distance that separates you.
For the mothers and daughters of one family, that bond has strengthened with time.
Kay DeLuca, of New Orleans, and her sister, Karen Verdill-Gratz, of
Indianapolis, Ind., were born and raised in Punxsutawney.
Though DeLuca comes back once a year to visit their mother, Barbara Verdill, her sister hadnât been home in three years.
It was the perfect day to enjoy some free swimming and some entertainment, as the official Duck Derby benefitting SPLASH began at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
More than 500 plastic ducks were dumped into the George C. Brown Pool and had to make their way across the water to the finish line.
Helping them along were a couple of lifeguards and volunteers, as many onlookers crowded around the pool and waited in anticipation to learn the winners.
Sixteen prizes were awarded, with the top prize being $500.
REYNOLDSVILLE â A 35-year-old DuBois man has been charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and driving while suspended following an argument with a 36-year-old DuBois woman, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police said David V. August and the alleged victim were involved in a verbal argument at 6:45 p.m. Saturday that began in Reynoldsville and continued while they drove along Route 322 and Route 830 in Pine Creek Township.
When August stopped the car on Route 830, police said the woman got out and fled south on the road.
(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 7, 1897
Mr. James Smith, of this place, and Miss Janet Patterson, of Eleanora, were united in wedlock at high noon at the home of the bride on Monday July 5 by Rev. Harry Teagarden.
The members of the Mahoning Hills Social Center, located at 19298 Route 119 Highway North beside Longview Elementary School, are inviting you to come jam with them!
Mahoning Hills holds open acoustic jam sessions at least once a month on a Monday morning from 10 a.m. until noon, and they are open to the public.
There is no admission charge to come and enjoy the music.
This might be just the gig for anyone who likes to sing, enjoys music or just wants to get out of the house.
When it comes to the artistic creativity of gardening, Tom Dunkel is ahead of the game.
Recently chosen as Garden of the Month recipient for July by the Punxsutawney Garden Club, Dunkel has not only a vast variety of flowers, but also a great deal of buildersâ design invested in his garden.
He has built an entire deck, put in an inground pool and built a pool house and a shade deck to accent the plant life, as well.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
BROOKVILLE â Brookville Borough Police are filing charges of arson, criminal mischief, recklessly endangering another person and criminal trespass against Scott E. Bennett, 46, Brookville, following an investigation into a July 18 fire at an apartment building at 182 Jefferson St. in the borough.
The Brookville Volunteer Fire Co., along with other departments, was called to the scene at 1:42 a.m. July 18 for a reported working structure fire at the building owned by a Walston man.
The fire was extinguished with minor smoke and water damage.
For children who love to camp or dream of camping, there is a new opportunity, as they are welcome to come out to a different type of camp.
This Sunday, the First Assembly of God in Walston will begin the Son Rock Kids Camp Vacation Bible School.
The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 21 through 26 at the church in Walston.
Kids in pre-school through sixth grade will not only learn Bible teachings, but also get the chance to make birdhouses, design backpacks and make binoculars, as well as other camping-type crafts and activities.
These pups and their handlers have been busy doing their service to the public as volunteers at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, where the Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program recently started.
Pictured here are (from left) Barbara McCullough with Lucas; Cindy Treese, RN, AAT liaison; Peggy Spack with Harley; Dr. Pat Lambiotte, PAH hospitalist, holding Jazzi (owned by Spack); and Donna and Gary Fye with Murphy. Pictured below are Sara and Sadie, owned by Peggy Brown, with Treese.
Find out more in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Beating the storm cloud that was looming over Punxsy on Thursday evening, members of the band Denny and the Gang are pictured here serenading those who gathered for the second installment of Music in the Park in Barclay Square.