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September 5th, 2011
(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.)
(April 1, 1896)
Let Us Have a High School
What this town needs, as we have heretofore remarked on divers and sundry occasions, is a good high school, where our boys and girls can fit themselves to enter college. It is important beyond anything else.
BALTIMORE â€” It may be unfathomable to fans in western Pennsylvania, but according to local native Todd Clontz, it is possible: Transitioning from a Pitts-burgh Steelers fan to â€” get this â€” a Baltimore Ravens fan.
â€śI grew up in the 1970s and watched Terry Bradshaw and the boys,â€ť he said Friday. â€śI remember the Super Bowls back then â€” definitely the third and fourth ones.
CINCINNATI â€” Devin Mesoracoâ€™s journey to the Major Leagues started June 1, 2007, when he was drafted in the first round with the 15th pick of the Major League Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
That journey ended Thursday, when Mesoraco was called up from the AAA Louisville Bats and placed on the Redsâ€™ 40-man roster.
Now, a new journey has begun.
Since he was a young man, right here in Punxsutawney, Mesoraco has been a standout athlete, but at every new level comes a new question: Can he stand out at this level with the elevated competition?
BROOKVILLE â€” An evidence suppression hearing was held Thursday in the case of an Emporium man facing charges for the double murder of a Snyder Township couple in 2010.
Thursday, attorneys for defendant Steven Patrick Rebert filed several motions in the Court of Common Pleas to have Judge John H. Foradora suppress certain pieces of evidence that were introduced by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett through cross examination of Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. David Ray, the criminal investigation assessment officer.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed September 2011 as National Senior Community Center Month and Sept. 25-Oct. 1 2011 as Senior Community Center Week.
The commissioners are encouraging all Jefferson County residents to recognize the important role senior community centers play in the lives of older persons in Jefferson County.
â€śI would like to thank the commissioners and our volunteers for their continuing support of the senior centers,â€ť Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging, said.
LOUISVILLE â€” Punxsutawney Area High School graduate Devin Mesoraco received the call every Little League baseball player dreams of Wednesday afternoon: Heâ€™s been called up to the Major Leagues.
According to family sources, Mesoraco was in Louisville preparing for the Cincinnati Redsâ€™ AAA-affiliate Batsâ€™ game Wednesday when he received news that he wouldnâ€™t be playing Wednesday night, and heâ€™d be officially called up for Cincinnatiâ€™s 12:30 p.m. contest against the Philadelphia Phillies today in Cincinnati.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you think that the last year went by quickly, ask Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe: He says his first year as chief administrator of a large rural school district flew right by him.
Wolfe said his first year was smooth, and it helped that the district was left in good financial shape by his predecessor, Dr. J. Thomas Frantz, who retired at the end of 2009-10 school year.
â€śThis was my first year as a superintendent, but quite honestly, it was one of the best years that Iâ€™ve had as an administrator,â€ť Wolfe said.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Todayâ€™s the day you can see what type of improvements Young Township made to Cunningham Road this summer, as the road has reopened to traffic.
Young Township Supervisor Andrew R. Meterko said the road was completely relocated, thanks to Robert and Barb Hanley, who approved a right-of-way with the township which allowed it to be moved from its former location.
Meterko said the road construction project eliminated two 90-degree turns that were part of the old dirt road, with much of the work performed by township workers and several contractors.
CINCINNATI â€” According members of his family, Devin Mesoraco has been called up by the Cincinnati Reds after spending this season with the AAA-affiliate Louisville Bats.
The Bats are scheduled to play this evening, but according to his dad, Doug, Devin will not play.
Mesoraco is scheduled to appear at the Reds' game against the Phillies at 12:35 p.m. Thursday.
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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The sun was shining, and most of the students were smiling for the first day of classes in the Punxsutawney Area School District Tuesday.
Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said as far as the bus routes were concerned, there werenâ€™t any problems at any of the levels.
Wolfe said he visited three elementary schools, the middle school and the high school for the first student day and found teachers and students alike happy to be back to work, and students happy to be back with their friends.