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October 16th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's a typical example of the battle of the sexes, with a taste of Groundhog Day to spice it up: A nodding Punxsy Phil says yes to an early spring, but Phyllis, shaking her head, says no, and wants six more weeks of winter.
But don't call an attorney just yet: It's not a case of domestic discord at Phil's Burrow. In this case, Punxsy Phil and Phyllis are salt and pepper shakers.
(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.)
(April 1, 1896)
MISS NANCY A. Y. HOOVER DEAD
She Was Stricken With Paralysis
and Passed Away a Week
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Donâ€™t blink, or youâ€™ll miss what could be the best weekend to see fall foliage in this part of western Pennsylvania.
Most trees are in full color with deep reds and bright yellows prevailing, said Eric Leister, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College.
This weekend will be better than next weekend, as thereâ€™s the possibility of more leaves dropping due to windy weather conditions today and tomorrow, Leister said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” What could be better than being the fiddle champion of your home state? Being the fiddle champion of three states: Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio.
After starting to play the fiddle at age five, Julia Voris, now 13, is a four-time champion in Pennsylvania alone. This would be an impressive feat for any musician, let alone one who is not even old enough to drive. It is hard to look around the Voris household and not see a trophy with her name on it.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Salvation Armyâ€™s Harvest Auction has a new radio home this year.
The auction, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, can be heard this year on WECZ AM 1540, said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsy Salvation Army.
Jache said the community has been very generous to the corps this year, as there is more than $10,000 in merchandise that has been donated to this yearâ€™s auction.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Borough and state police agencies are investigating a series of burglaries that have occurred within just days of each other.
In the Borough of Punxsutawney, borough police are investigating two burglaries, including one that occurred sometime overnight between Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, at Nekoâ€™s Restaurant & Lounge, Elk Run Avenue.
Police said someone forcibly entered the business and removed a cash register containing an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene undetected. The incident was reported Sunday morning, police said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The commonwealth agreed to a continuance for Thursdayâ€™s scheduled preliminary hearing for a Pittsburgh man accused of shooting two Punxsy men last month.
Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons violations stemming from the Sept. 22 incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.
Even though cancer survivor, Cheryl Myers has had to undergo major surgery and extensive treatment programs to fight seven life-threatening health problems during the past 14 years, her most difficult moments did not occur in the operating rooms.Â
Quietly recalling the incidents, she paused to say, â€śHearing the doctor say that I had breast cancer and then having to tell my family about it were the hardest things Iâ€™ve had to do.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After months of work, a favorite shortcut to Route 310 for motorists and pedestrians â€” the Graffius Avenue Bridge â€” should reopen by Monday, Oct. 31.
Workers from contractor Francis J. Palo poured the final approach slab on the Wellington Heights side of the bridge this week, along with beginning roadway reconstruction on the Route 310 side, according to Kirby Starr, PennDOT project inspector in charge.
Starr said crews are preparing to pour curbs and sidewalks near Nekos. The sidewalk leading from the bridge to Route 310 will be poured.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Torrence Street road construction project is complete, but it could have looked much different if the ATA Transit Center would have been constructed differently on its North Findley Street lot.
Ideally, the Torrence Street intersection would have lined up in a T-intersection with Pine Street, but because the ATA project wasnâ€™t able to purchase the properties further down Findley Street, it could only be constructed on the property it acquired, Borough Manager Ben White said Monday.