March 26th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Leading just 3-2 entering the bottom half of the sixth inning, Punxsy's baseball team scored four insurance runs to push its lead to 7-2, and the Chucks went on to beat the Bradford Owls by that score Monday in the season opener at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
"The first one's always good," Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey said. "It certainly wasn't pretty, but we don't give back wins, that's for sure."
Dickey said that despite a few mistakes on the base paths and defensively, one area stood out as a glaring strength for the Chucks: Pitching.
Monday evening, members of the 2011-12 Punxsy girls' basketball team gathered one last time as a team for their annual banquet. The team enjoyed a dinner at Neko's Restaurant & Lounge, and letter winners were presented their pins. Pictured here are the letter winners (from left) Emily Horner, Nicole DiPietro, Ashley Reitz, Taylor Newcome, Alyssa Reitz, Jensen Constantino and Ally Fye. Missing from the photo are Alex Magill and Lauren Giavedoni.
Keith Mervin Winters, 55, Rossiter, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Hillsdale Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born July 31, 1956, a son of Mervin Winters, who survives, and the late Dolly (Miller) Winters.
He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Rossiter.
Mr. Winters enjoyed drawing and listening to country music, and he worked at the Indiana County Workshop.
After several idle weeks, the PAHS athletes will resume regular season contests as the spring sports season begins today. The baseball and softball teams will host Bradford today to open their seasons, with varsity and junior varsity contests scheduled for both. Boys' tennis and track will begin their schedules tomorrow with home meets against DCC and Hollidaysburg, respectively.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Almost everyone has enjoyed the abnormally warm weather throughout the winter season. But along with such weather comes an onslaught of deer ticks, or black-legged ticks, throughout the area.
Unseasonably warm weather has extended the season of activity for the ticks, said Dr. Tom Simmons, IUP professor of Biology and Public Environmental Health.
"With this unseasonably warm winter, it may not result in a population explosion of ticks this coming year," he said. "The tick populations were high last year, and they will remain high this year."
(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.)
(May 13, 1896)
AN EXCITING RUNAWAY
James T. Lockard, 85, Brookville, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
He was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Montgomery Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Thomas Nelson and Alice (Sturgeon) Lockard.
Aug. 26, 1950, he married Marion "Mimi" Smith, who preceded him in death Feb. 6, 2012.
Mr. Lockard worked as a roofer and a carpenter.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a paratrooper for the 472nd Glider BN in the Pacific Theater.
Ruby Tyger, 80, Rochester Mills, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born April 20, 1931, in Leechburg, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Leroy and Frances (Boyer) Wagner.
Dec. 27, 1952, she married Harold C. Tyger, who preceded her in death.
The East Side Ballers, a sixth-grade boys' tournament team that competed in the Punxsy tournament, in addition to the Penns Manor sixth-grade tournament, has completed its season. The highlight of the tournament team's season was a thrilling, come-from-behind 36-35 victory over a tough Derry team in the Penns Manor tourney. Members of the team included (front, from left) Chase Lorelli, Willie Hoover, Ethan Blose; (back) coach Ryan Sloniger, Brandon Matthews, Isaac Stouffer, Zach Pape and Lucas Deet.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Rain may be in the forecast for the immediate future, but organizers of the annual Run/Walk for Someone Special hope that Mother Nature will pour the rain this weekend, not next weekend.
â€śI think last year, we had a cloud looming over us, and it started to rain as the last runner crossed the line,â€ť said Stacy Hanzely, executive director of the Arc of Jefferson-Clearfield Counties. â€śWeâ€™ve just been so fortunate with the weather.â€ť
The Run/Walk for Someone Special, now in its 33rd year, will be held Sunday, April 1, starting at Town Hall in Sykesville (see box for details).