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July 29th, 2012

Punxsy woman, 43, dies in wreck

July 29, 2012

RINGGOLD TWP. — A 43-year-old Punxsutawney woman died following a crash that occurred at 5:26 a.m. along Route 536 near Reed Road, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Linda Marie Godo died as a result of blunt force trauma, according to Jefferson County Coroner Bernard P. Snyder.

Police said two juveniles also suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The crash occurred as Godo was traveling east on Route 536 and failed to negotiate a left-hand curve on the wet road, police reported.

Water Street fire

July 29, 2012

Punxsutawney firefighters were called to a basement fire at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at 102 Water St.

The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters and caused mostly smoke damage in the basement.

Joe Defelice, Punxsutawney Fire Department assistant chief, said the fire was due to a sump pump that had overheated.

There were no injuries and the family was able to return to their home once the basement was ventilated.

Above,firefighters Austin Pate (from left) and Mark Powell, of the Central Fire Dept., and Steven Kostok, of the Lindsey Fire Company, assist at the scene.

Crowd gathers for Church in the Park

July 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The weather was stormy throughout the week in Punxsutawney, so much so that the canopy that covers the bandstand in Barclay Square was nearly destroyed in 60 mph winds.

Apparently, someone had other plans, as the canopy was put back in place thanks to the help of many community volunteers — including the Groundhog Festival Committee; Punxsy Lions Club; Smith Hauling, which brought in a crane; and volunteers from Church in the Park — so the program could continue.

Way Back When

July 29, 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
(August 12, 1896)

AN IMPUDENT HAWK
Yesterday morning, Prof. E. H. McHenry, of East End, heard a commotion on the front porch, and went out to see what was the matter.

Maxine W. Demko, 87

July 29, 2012

Maxine W. Demko, 87, of Punxsutawney and Cortland, Ohio, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Nov. 13, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Clarence and Edna (Shovestall) Mowrey.

More than 70 years ago, she became the wife of John Demko, who survives.

Maxine and her husband returned to the Punxsutawney area in 1985 and built a summer home, which they enjoyed very much.

Maxine also enjoyed working outside with her flowers and playing Bingo.

Linda M. Godo, 43

July 29, 2012

Linda M. Godo, 43, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Ringgold Township.

She was born Aug. 26, 1968, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Joseph Godo and Lenora (Beatty) Godo, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Sharon Smith, 49

July 29, 2012

Sharon Smith, 49, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012, in Punxsutawney.

She was born Sept. 3, 1962, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Thomas M. Pearce, who survives, of Mahaffey, and the late Velma R. (Shields) Pearce.

Sharon loved flowers, gardening, animals and her dog, Raven.

She was a woman who was devoted to her children and will be missed by many.

July 27th

The Zak Zone

July 27, 2012

Sports fans, you may have noticed that Thursday's edition of Spirit Sports was lacking the weekly column, The Zak Zone. That's because I was trying to fabricate the best manner to say, "So long," to pages 6&7 as I prepared for a journey toward the rest of the pages in The Spirit.

As of, well, today, as you're reading this, I'm now officially the editor of the paper, and while you'll still be able to read my musings — at times sports related and at other times completely unrelated — on Viewpoints on Page 4 on Mondays, I'm a bit saddened that The Zak Zone is being put to rest.

10- & 11-YEAR-OLD SB'S RUN AT STATES STARTS TODAY

July 27, 2012

Chelsea Snyder blasts off to first after recording an RBI-single in Punxsy's 9-7 win over Corry on July 20 for the Section 1 10- and 11-year-old softball title. Today, Punxsy faces Friday's winner between Jersey Shore and Mifflin Co. in the second round of the state tournament.

Punxsy Spirit turns the page, names new editor

July 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sports reporter Zak Lantz is vacating his spot in the bleachers to fill another seat — editor-in-chief of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

"As a Punxsy native, I grew up reading The Spirit, especially the sports pages, and I really do consider it quite an honor to be named editor," Lantz said. "It's still a little bit surreal, actually. I've told my family members who have asked me if I'm excited that I really am, but I still feel a bit shocked it's happened and fallen together as it has. Now that we're getting things rolling, though, I'm confident it'll be a smooth transition."

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