Archive - News Article
May 15th, 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 newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
February 26, 1896
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Although they have not sponsored billboards or painted their automobiles with scripture verses or distributed tracts, a number of area ministers realize that there are people in the United States and around the globe, who earnestly believe that May 21 will be Judgment Day, when Christ returns to gather the faithful before the end of the physical world occurs in October.
SYKESVILLE â€” A fire in Sykesville caused heavy damage to a house owned by Jeremy Sedor, 400 Maryâ€™s Alley, Wednesday evening.
Sykesville Fire Chief Kevin Yamrick said the fire began around 11 p.m. in a shed adjacent to the house and quickly spread to the house, causing heavy damage to the interior.
Sedor, who is the Sykesville Fire Department assistant chief, said he, his son Jordan and dog Dozer were asleep in the house when his neighbor, Brian Sharpe, noticed smoke coming from the shed when he let his dog out around 11 p.m. Sharpe then banged on Sedorâ€™s door to alert him.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As written on the family chalk board in the den, â€śDream Bigâ€ť has always been the motto for Kerri Presloid.
After winning Penn State-DuBoisâ€™ B.I.G. (Business Ideas Gone Wild) competition in 2009, Presloid has been able to begin her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. The idea she submitted to the competition was a childrenâ€™s game entitled â€śTreasure!â€ť which is intended to help each player learn letter recognition while collecting the treasure of gold coins.
The game â€śTreasure!â€ť has several ways to play for different age levels, from advanced toddler to kindergarten.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Because National Hospital Week is a celebration of people, Punxsutawney Area Hospital is honoring its employees by recognizing the role each of them plays in extending a sense of trust to their patients and members of their community.
â€śA hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope,â€ť hospital CEO Dan Blough said. â€śFrom providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and vibrant community.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In the highly-competitive grocery world, Ben Levy said his family, which owns the Jefferson Wholesale Grocery Company, has found that a certain story from the Bible plays out only in the Bible.
â€śDavid beat Goliath only in the Bible,â€ť he said, citing his company as the small David, competing against larger, Goliath-sized â€śbig-box retailersâ€ť of the grocery industry.
Members of the U.S. Postal Service in Punxsutawney â€” (from left) John Woods, Judy Kemmerer, Patty Dean, Dave Reynolds, Steve White and Gary Krawzyk â€” will be among those taking part in their annual food drive Saturday at the Punxsutawney Post Office. Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off all day or during normal time of delivery. Anyone who has a rural route may also place foods item in his or her mailbox for the postal carrier to pick up. All food donated will be given to local food pantries. (Photo by Jennifer Barr)
WASHINGTON â€” In accepting the Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award, Punxsy native and former Peace Corps volunteer Jessica Smochek said a world of heroes in which she once believed was destroyed after she was brutally attacked and raped while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh.
â€śIn the real world, no one goes around looking for people to save,â€ť she said, saying that these days, people are taught to â€śmind their own business.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A passerby walking along Mahoning Creek saw a car submerged in the water early Tuesday morning.
Punxsutawney Borough Police recovered the late 1990s Cadillac from Mahoning Creek around 1 p.m. Tuesday behind the carnival grounds near the Punxy Plaza.
According to Police Chief Tom Fedigan, the vehicle was discovered by a passerby who was walking on the dike along the creek. The person then notified police.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Children and Youth Services (CYS) Advisory Board saluted foster parents from across the county during its annual Resource Parents Appreciation dinner Monday, and named a Punxsy woman as its Foster Parent of the Year.
â€śI think Iâ€™ve gotten a lot more out of helping them than they got from me,â€ť this yearâ€™s award-winner, Cathy Riggie of Punxsy, said, referencing the pride and joy that she has when working with the youth for whom she has cared.