July 7th, 2014
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Ready, aim, fire! Those are the words that rang out recently at the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department's firing range in Young Township.
As required by code, the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC), police officers in the state are required to pass a firearms training course every year.
Carl Gotwald, Jefferson County Sheriff and firearms training officer, said officers are required to qualify on handgun, rifle and shotgun each year to stay up-to-date.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
ROSE TOWNSHIP â€” DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a missing 37-year-old woman from Julian, Pa., who jumped out of a moving vehicle at 8:19 a.m. July 4 along Interstate 80 at mile marker 77.6.
Susan L. Bachman of Eagle Valley Road, Julian, is described at 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighing 120 pounds, with red hair and green eyes.
She was last seen wearing a blue flannel shirt and blue jeans.
Police are classifying the incident as a "missing person â€” endangered," and a mental health warrant has been issued for Bachman to have her evaluated.
Donald â€śTomâ€ť Q. Bowers, 85, of Rossiter, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Bowers was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Hillman, the son of the late Harvey B. and Dora Maye (Niel) Bowers.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine R. (Humble) Bowers, on May 12, 2002.
Mr. Bowers was a member of the Operating Engineers Local No. 66.
Regina Dawn Pearce, 45, of Rural Valley, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, at her residence.
She was born on Nov. 19, 1968, to Hilton and Rose (Sciarrini) Hollenbaugh in Punxsutawney.
Regina worked as a LPN for Nurse Finders and American Staffing.
She enjoyed reading, gardening, crocheting, â€śNCIS,â€ť â€śGame of Thronesâ€ť and watching â€śCops,â€ť but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Rick Larrimore croons to the crowd Saturday during his Tribute to Rod Stewart, which helped close out another successful year of the Groundhog Festival in Barclay Square.
(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.)
July 27, 1888
It is not pleasant for us to raise the hopes of our people by vain promises of coming railroads, of air lines and through lines, and then being forced in the end to admit that it was all gush.
CINCINNATI â€” Punxsutawney's own Devin Mesoraco â€” the current starting catcher for the Cincinnati Reds â€” has been having a spectacular season, and as is the case with Major League Baseball players who are having such seasons, Mesoraco was named to his first All-Star Game as a representative of the National League when the rosters were announced Sunday.
Mesoraco's baseball career started right here in Punxsy, and his accolades to this point included being named a Baseball America Triple-A All-Star and a Futures Game participant while playing with the Louisville Bats in 2011.
The great music acts in Barclay Square for the 2014 Groundhog Festival continued Thursday and Friday with Steve Augeri (left photo) â€” former lead vocalist for Journey â€” putting on a show for the crowds Friday and Sapphire (right photo) playing a pair of shows with an eclectic feel on Thursday evening. The festival concludes today (see schedule below). The annual fireworks show also took place on Friday night. For more from that event, see Page 16.
This week was a busy one with lots going on in Barclay Square, and one of the many things happening to keep the children entertained was the rides, provided by Bartlebaugh Amusements. (Left photo) Youngsters (front to back) Jaden, Jonas, Alec and Isaac Greenblatt enjoy a ride on the flying swings.
Arch Serian, 89, of Rossiter, died Thursday, July 3, 2014,
He was born April 23, 1925, a son of the late Arch and Jennie (Senott) Serian.
Mr. Serian was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served during World War II.
In May of 1951, he married the former Phyllis G. Altman. She survives and resides in Rossiter.
He worked as a foreman at Loree Footwear until it closed.
Arch was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, and he devoted many years of service to maintaining the church, the grounds and the cemetery.