April 14th, 2013
(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 28, 1897
FIRE AT MCGEES
Six Buildings Were Destroyed Invoicing a Loss of $12,000
A disastrous fire occurred at McGees, Clearfield county, last Saturday night, causing a destruction of property amounting to near $12,000.
âThat's a wrap,â as the 2013 Punxsutawney Area High School Variety Show will wind down tonight with one last performance at 7 p.m. at the PAHS Auditorium.
Pictured here performing a Geico Calculus commercial parody are (from left) Garrett Neal, Alexa Shaffer and Erin Long.
Tickets for the show are available at the door, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Margaret C. Boles Foundation.
CRAWFORDTOWN â There is still no determined cause as to what started the fire that destroyed a camp at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at 44 Crawfordtown Rd. in Crawfordtown, Young Township.
"The structure was fully involved and was a huge fireball when firefighters arrived on scene," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire
Smith said firefighters got a good hit on the fire and were able to knock the flames down in quick succession.
The Punxsutawney Area Hospital will proudly welcome four new health providers to its team with a Chamber of Commerce Mixer, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, in the front lobby of the hospital.
The event will give the public a chance not only to meet the new providers but also to talk with members of the Senior Administrative Team and Medical Staff.
From 5 to 6 p.m., the Medical Outpatient Clinic will be giving demonstrations on the Teleburn Service.
James Earl Bennett, 78, of Ridgway, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
He was born Aug. 7, 1934, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James Robert and Ella Grace (McQuown) Bennett.
On June 15, 1957, he married the former Diane Dunmire. She survives.
He served in the United States Army after the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Bennett worked at Airco Carbon in St. Marys and Punxsutawney.
He loved the outdoors, fishing and camping.
He was fondly known as âPapaâ by his grandchildren and great
grandchildren, whom he dearly loved.
Chamnian L. Sharp, 65, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at home.
She was born July 27, 1947, in Bangkok, Thailand.
She was married to John B. Sharp, who survives.
She loved playing bingo, fishing and spending time with her family.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Mike Burkes of Pittsburgh and
Mark Burkes of Worthville; three grandchildren, Ali Brooks of Rossiter, Kiel Brooks of Big Run and Devon Brooks of Pittsburgh; and Mike and Markâs father, Mark Lowman and wife Paula.
She was preceded in death by Mike and Markâs grandparents, Hugh and Isabelle Lowman.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As a coaching staff, it is always rewarding to see your players take your instruction and produce results on the field with them.
On Thursday afternoon, the Punxsy softball team put the instructions into motion.
The Lady Chucksâ bats came alive in the third inning to power past and tame the Lady Lions of Altoona, 10-5, in Punxsutawney.
BELL TOWNSHIP â Anglers from across the state are gearing up to fish their favorite spots at 8 a.m. on Saturday, which marks the traditional statewide opening day of trout season.
Rick Vlazek, Jefferson County Waterways Conser-vation Officer said that since mid-February, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has been busy replenishing waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown and rainbow trout.
The Variety Show continues tonight at 7 p.m. â the show's second of three performances âÂ at the PAHS Auditorium.
Pictured is Corey Good performing an original piece on the piano entitled "Tara" at the 2013 Variety Show.
Tickets are available at the door for $5. The show's finale will be held Saturday at 7 p.m.
Lorraine D. "Scott" Fetterman, 80, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his home with his loving wife by his side.
Mr. Fetterman was born Aug. 30, 1932, in DeLancey, a son of the late James C. and Linnie (Black) Fetterman.
He is survived by his wife, Marian (Goulish) Fetterman of Punxsutawney.
He was a member of St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church.
Mr. Fetterman worked for Symmco 10 years before retirement.
He enjoyed hunting, gardening, yard work, horseshoes and, most of all, time with his family.