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June 11th, 2012

Cameron's perfect game propels Rotary Reds

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Some nights, a pitcher just has wicked, nasty, unhittable "stuff," but even when that is the case, the hurler rarely pulls off the elusive perfect game. Monday night in Punxsutawney, the Rotary Reds' Senior League softball team's pitcher — Monica Cameron — did just that, though, retiring 15 straight hitters, as the offense poured on 11 runs in just four innings to lead the team to an 11-0, five-inning victory over Brockway Drug.

Adding to the evidence that Cameron possessed the "wicked, nasty stuff" that is so rare was her line: Five innings with 12 strikeouts.

Theodore Meko, 92

June 11, 2012

Theodore Meko, 92, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Oct. 22, 1919, in DeLancey, a son of the late Michael and Catherine (Sivanich) Meko.

He was a veteran of the National Guard since 1940 and the U.S. Army, having served during World War II with the 190 Field Artillery, Battery B.

He was a member of the St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church and the Punxsutawney Eagles.

May 11, 1946, he married Elizabeth E. "Eileen" (Beggs) Meko, who survives, originally of Larne, United Kingdom.

June 10th

Punxsy splits a pair in 15/16 VFW action

June 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sunday afternoon, the Punxsy VFW 15- and 16-year-old team hosted Cumming Motors of Altoona for a morning-afternoon double header, and after picking up a thrilling win in the first game, Punxsy fell in the second to earn a split.

Despite trailing 4-3 entering the final inning of the first game, Punxsy's squad bounced back to manufacture a pair of seventh-inning runs to earn a 5-4, walk-off victory.

The come-from-behind inning started with a pair of back-to-back walks by Punxsy's Scott Thompson and Ruben Taylor.

Fire destroys barn, Jeep

June 10, 2012

MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP — A barn and a vehicle parked next to it were destroyed in a quickly-spreading fire that was reported at 3:51 p.m. Sunday on Airport Road, McCalmont Township.

"When I arrived on scene the barn was fully involved, along with a Jeep Cherokee that was parked next to the structure at the Greg Skarbek residence at 3618 Airport Road," said Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Fire Department chief.

Manners said at this time, he's not sure as to how the fire started.

Way Back When

June 10, 2012

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(July 22, 1896)

ROBERT CLARKE DEAD

Law enforcement members learn important crisis training

June 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police, corrections and probation officers from Jefferson and Clearfield counties recently graduated from The Right Turn Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training that was held at the IUP Punxsutawney campus.

The Right Turn Program is a joint effort of the Clearfield and Jefferson County Criminal Justice Advisory boards, said John Brown, instructor and police officer for Clearfield and Punxsutawney.

Brown said the purpose of the program is to teach officers how to handle people who are in crisis situations or have behavioral problems. 

Bertha Froese Enns Anthony, 97

June 10, 2012

Bertha Froese Enns Anthony, 97, died June 10, 2012, at home.

She was born Oct. 2, 1914, in Rosenort, East Manitoba, Canada, but grew up near Brownsville, Texas, after moving to the United States as a child.

She graduated from Brownsville High School, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen her senior year.

June 15, 1933, she married Mark Alexander Anthony, who preceded her in death in 1983.

Shortly after her marriage, Mrs. Anthony moved to Pennsylvania and lived the rest of her life in the Rochester Mills area.

Mona Mae Pearce, 79

June 10, 2012

Mona Mae Pearce, 79, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney.

She was born June 13, 1932, in Juneau, a daughter of the late Howard and Margaret (Palmer) Hartzfeld.

She was married to Francis W. Pearce and Norman H. Pearce, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Pearce was a member of the Chestnut Grove Independent Church of Punxsutawney.

June 8th

From foes to allies: It's that time of year again

June 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Although it seems to many as if the season was just beginning yesterday, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League's regular season schedule is starting to wind down for the 2012 campaign.

One group in particular — the 11- and 12-year-old girls' softball division — actually concludes its regular season a bit earlier than the rest, with the regular schedule ending this coming week.

With the end of each regular season comes an exciting time: The selection of the respective division's All-Star team.

Former owner of closed KFC stores alleges harassment, discrimination

June 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — When the doors to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Punxsutawney closed in March, it signified only the beginning of numerous closings for a local franchise.

KFC restaurants in Brookville, DuBois and Clarion recently followed suit after several disputes between the stores’ franchisee and KFC Corporate.

Ganesh Rao and his wife, Gita Rao, of Rao’s Hospitality felt forced to close the stores, which number 14, after experiencing what he feels was “harassment and discrimination” from KFC Corporate.

Because of the closings, 239 jobs were lost.

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