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September 16th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” State Rep. Sam Smith, the local National Guard, members of the community and the staff of Joe's Drive-In gathered at the restaurant/ice cream shop on Saturday to commemorate the unveiling of the famous giant wooden groundhog.
The groundhog had been taken down for repairs and renovations after it was struck by a vehicle back in April.
However, it's back now and more or less "exactly the way it was," said Joe Sikora Jr., the owner of Joe's Drive-In.
Senior cheerleader Kelsey Snyder presents Head Cheerleading Coach Julie Baun with a check before Friday nightâ€™s game against DuBois.
Kelseyâ€™s senior project was a chicken BBQ to raise money so the Varsity Cheerleaders could purchase "Spirit" buses for the cheerleaders and students to go to away games this season.
The project netted $1,500.
Pictured are (front, from left) Hailyn Fye, Afton McAfee, Holly Waltman, Baun, Snyder, Tessa Spearing, Brittnee Tenon, Morgan Smith; (back) Haley Hartman, Tiana Smith, Kaelee Wyant and Janell Burkett.
(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.)
(September 16, 1896)
SUDDEN DEATH OF JACKSON PIFER
Jackson Pifer, a well known citizen of Clayville, died very suddenly last Monday evening. He was in his usual health, and had brought a load of coal to G.W. Porter's machine shops.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Growing up, you may have seen roller derby on the television, but most probably think of it as a professional-wrestling-like act, set mostly for entertainment.
But a group of women from across the county have started gathering at the Reynoldsville Rollerdrome for a very different style than has become television folklore.
Chucks fans flocked to the student section of the stands Friday night at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney to cheer on their squad as it faced a rival in the DuBois Beavers.
Unfortunately for Punxsy and its fans, the Beavers overpowered Punxsy en route to a 50-6 victory.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Last Saturday, the Big Run VFW Post 9044 hosted 85 runners from nine different states for the 14th-annual Groundhog Fall 50K Trail Race, held throughout the Punxsutawney area.
50 kilometers, which is equivalent to 31 miles, is a long haul, but race organizer Bob Lott said that "Saturday's race went well, even with the rain we had for a large portion of the day. Runners seemed to like the rain. It was the aid station and finish-line workers that suffered through it."
BANKS TOWNSHIP â€”Â The Indiana County Coronerâ€™s office confirmed the death of a local man Thursday morning as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Coroner Mike Baker said 22-year-old Stephen Robert Yamrick of Glen Campbell was killed when the Dodge Ram pickup truck he was driving reportedly crossed the center line of Route 36 in Banks Township and collided head-on with an oncoming coal truck as the victim was en route to work Thursday morning.
Baker said the collision resulted in the ignition of diesel fuel from the coal truck, causing both vehicles to become engulfed in flames.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Thursday morning, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle â€” accompanied by members of the Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) â€” signed a proclamation announcing that the week of Sept. 17-22 is to be held as Constitution Week in Punxsutawney.
Wehrle cited both local and national ties to the declaration, announcing that DAR is a very special organization nationally; that Constitution Week is a very special week in American history; and that the people of Punxsutawney are very proud of DAR.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” The Young Township Board of Supervisors held its monthly voting meeting Wednesday.
At the meeting, supervisors decided to take action to help the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority.
Board Chairman Andrew R. Meterko spoke of the committee's efforts.
"We hate to see the recycling bins leave; ourâ€™s is used frequently by the borough, so we want to do our part," he said.
To prevent recycling centers from closing and to help defray costs in the area, Young Township will give $1,200 twice at year.
At their latest meeting, the Jefferson County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring September to be Brookville Area United Fund Awareness Month in Jefferson County. Pictured are (from left:) Commissioner Paul Corbin, Brookville Area United Fund Treasurer Karen Allgeier and Commissioner James McIntyre. Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik was not present for the signing. (Photo by Matthew Triponey of The Punxsutawney Spirit)