July 16th, 2012
Elizabeth Erin McAndrew (from left), first runner-up; Mariah Kay Lemelle, Jefferson County Fair Queen 2012; and Brandy Shreckengost, second runner-up. Lemelle was chosen as queen Sunday during the fair, which runs through Saturday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Construction is expected to begin this week on the H2O grant projects beginning with the West Mahoning Street sewer project.
Punxsutawney Borough Engineer Brian Sekula, EADS Group, said work will be done first on West Mahoning because of the paving work needed following construction of storm sewers, which should help with the high water in the area of the Punxy Plaza when a heavy thunderstorm occurs.
Sekula said the Horatio Street sewer project will be second, and South Main Street will be third.
In other business:
BROOKVILLE â€” Numerous officials and local community groups are working together to bring a piece of history to Brookville next summer.
But itâ€™s not an easy feat.
American Legion Post 102, county officials and interested agencies and individuals would like to bring a moving Vietnam War memorial wall to Brookville for a five-day stay from Aug. 21-25, 2013.
At a cost of almost $80,000 however, itâ€™s going to take a lot of work and community support to see the goal through, Brookville American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Secretary Valerie Zents said.
Betty Louise Reesman, 75, Dayton, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
She was born July 9, 1937, in Kittanning, Armstrong County, the daughter of the late Walter and Anna Mae (Zellefrow) Anthony.
Mrs. Reesman lived in the area most of her life and devoted her life to caring for her family.
She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed dirt track racing and watching NASCAR.
In her spare time Mrs. Reesman liked talking on her CB radio, bowling and playing bingo with her friends.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Rossiter Miners came off a 6-0 victory against the Bigler Buccos into the first game of their best of seven series against the Brookville Grays. The Miners were not able to keep the momentum going, as they struggled against the Grays in Game 1, going down 5-1 Sunday due to a strong pitching performance by Glenn Stewart.
"We've been having bad innings; we've been having that the last few games; we ended up having a bad inning, and that cost us the game. They hit the ball, and we just didn't make the plays," said Jim Dunlap, Rossiter Miners manager.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” What is it that helps Punxsy's Relay for Life achieve its goals, despite the economy and the weather?
It's an easy answer: The community and the Relay for Life teams.
This past Saturday, 27 registered teams in Punxsy's Relay for Life raised $87,383 for the American Cancer Society during its eighth-annual event, surpassing its goal of $86,000 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening.
Teams have until July 31 to submit their earnings, which will only push the overall total even higher.
(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.)
(August 5, 1896)
Mahoning Street to be Paved With Brick this Fall
Max E. Pifer Sr., 90, Big Run, died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 15, 1922, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County, a son of the late Harry Franklin and Cora Marie (Davis) Pifer.
Sept. 20, 1946, he married the former Avanell Clouser, who survives.
Mr. Pifer was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a Tec 4, during World War II in the 84th Infantry Division. He received a Bronze Star and was in the Battle of the Bulge and various other campaigns in the European Theater.
He was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ.
PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP â€” The Jefferson County Fair will kick off for yet another year of food, events, exhibits and fun this weekend at the fairgrounds.
While the animals and exhibits will arrive today, the festivities will get underway Sunday.
â€śIâ€™m excited about all kinds of stuff,â€ť said Jim Grant, the fair secretary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As discussions as to the future of Punxsyâ€™s two brick streets â€” Dinsmore Avenue and Grace Way â€” continue, 120 years ago, a brick street was considered quite an upgrade over the dirt-and-plank roads that existed at that time.
â€śIn the 1890s, laying brick was considered to be a permanent street improvement,â€ť said S. Thomas Curry, former director and current member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.