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July 24th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â John Seitter couldn't believe the conversation â or argument, as he thought it was â he heard at the Jefferson County Fair late last week.
The young girl was adamant â adamant enough that he could hear her sentiments â that Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart cost Gen. Robert E. Lee â and the Confederacy, in its first and only invasion of the North â the Battle of Gettysburg over those first warm three days of July 1863 in Adams County.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
March 18, 1896)
THOSE GOOD OLD TIMES
Everybody Was Honest, and Even the Saw-Mills Were Upright
BANKS TOWNSHIP â A two-vehicle accident involving an Amish buggy and a pick-up truck caused injuries to two Amish boys, one of whom was flown to a hospital in Altoona for treatment of his injuries Friday morning.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, the accident occurred around 8 a.m., when an Amish buggy driven by a 14-year-old Amish boy was traveling south on Johnsonburg Road, Banks Township, when a pick-up truck driven by Charles Pennington, 63, Glen Campbell, also traveling south, came upon the crest of a hill behind the buggy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Farmers taking part in Thursdayâs Farmersâ Market downtown have dealt with the hot weather in varying degrees, but agree on one thing: They need rain ... and more than the area received Friday night.
âItâs kind of hard to grow this stuff without rain,â said Royce Sprague, who was selling produce with help from his wife, Charlotte, and grandchildren Nico McDonald, 10, and Tiffany Hand, 14. âWe got a little rain Monday, but it was only about 15 minutes.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you think a global positioning systemâs (GPS) only purpose is to point a motorist to an intended destination, youâd be surprised to learn that many people use the device for a high-tech scavenger hunt called geocaching.
Francis and Jeanne Burkett of Punxsutawney presented a program on geocaching at the Lattimer House for the public and members of the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society Tuesday.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.
FALLS CREEK â The person who police said struck a jogging Falls Creek woman and fled the scene Tuesday evening has been apprehended and placed in jail.
Wednesday, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported the arrest of Felicia Marie Steele, 48, Reynoldsville, after the incident occurred around 8:04 p.m. Tuesday on Route 950, about a mile south of Falls Creek, Washington Township.
Police said the jogger, Cindi A. Lingenfelter, 32, Falls Creek, was jogging south on Route 950 and was struck by Steeleâs southbound 2003 GMC Sierra pick-up. Police said Steele then fled the scene.
Despite the good attendance â amid the terribly warm temperatures â Thursday night at Music in the Park in Barclay Square, not too many of the attendees were wearing sport coats. But thatâs just what The Moore Brothers show band did for their renditions of classic rock and country songs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Caring for four small children and managing a home on a daily basis does not let Carla Gigliotti of Punxsutawney turn away from her English-inspired flower garden, nor neglect the fact sheâs the recipient of the Punxsutawney Garden Clubâs âGarden of the Monthâ award for July.
âI did not feel worthy of the award because itâs not done yet,â she said. âI have a picture in my mind of what it is supposed to look like. Thereâs so much more that needs to be done with it.â
BIG RUN â Big Run Borough Council passed a motion Monday to have the fire-ravaged Big Run Carpet building torn down within the next 60 days.
Council member John Niver said council needed a time frame, and that he consulted with Mary McHenry, the code enforcement officer for the Borough of Punxsutawney, as to how much time a property owner has to remove a fire-damaged structure in Punxsy.
Punxsutawney gives a property owner 90 days to either remove or repair a fire-damaged structure, Niver said.
BROOKVILLE â Wednesday afternoon, the Penn State Cooperative Extension welcomed state Representatives Sam Smith and Dave Reed to the Jefferson County Fair.
The lawmakers received an up-close and personal look into what the Jefferson County 4-H program is all about.