July 13th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Spirit editorial staff is happy to announce that the Spring Sports Outstanding Players have received their honorary plaques, and they can now be announced to the public.
Recent graduate Brody Morgan â€” a track and field star at Punxsy throughout his time at Punxsutawney Area High School â€” and soon-to-be senior Chelsea Engeholm â€” a member of the District IX champion Lady Chucks softball team â€” were this year's winners, as selected by The Spirit's readers.
Ruby I. Ryen, 91, formerly of Rossiter (Canoe Township), died awaiting the second coming of Jesus Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Springfield Regional Medical Center, Springfield, Ohio.
She was born May 25, 1921, in Canoe Township, a daughter of the late Winfield and Twila Stiver.Â
While she lived most of her life on the same property where she was born, she spent the last four years of her life in Springfield, Ohio, living near her family.Â After moving to Springfield, she always missed the hills and countryside of Pennsylvania.
WALSTON â€” The investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds in Young Township has been turned over to Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett to investigate.
During the Board of Supervisorsâ€™ meeting Wednesday, Chairman Andrew Meterko said there was nothing new to report regarding the audit, except that all the findings and the audit from the Cantanese Group has been given to Burkettâ€™s office.
As it did last year, Midlife Crisis â€” (from left) John Keeley on keyboards, Jesse DeChurch on vocals, Mike Kurtz on bass and Dave Buzard on guitar â€” opened the first show of the 2012 Music in the Park series Thursday night in Barclay Square.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â After splitting a pair of games with the S.W. Jack Black Sox in the championship series of the Indiana County Junior Legion League, Punxsy's I-Medical won a thrilling slugfest over the Sox Thursday night in Punxsutawney to close out the series and be crowned champions.
After the game, I-Medical head coach Doug Pennington spoke about how happy he was for his squad, which has seen most of its players play together over the past three years in Legion ball.
STATE COLLEGE â€” Every thrilling, come-from-behind victory story has another tale on the other side â€”Â a tale of heart-breaking loss. And unfortunately for the Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old All-Star softball team, its run at a state title came to an end Thursday afternoon in State College in disappointing fashion.
Punxsy led fellow western foe Minersville 1-0 and was just one out away from a berth into the final four teams and the semi-finals, but a late rally by Minersville allowed it to tie the game, send it to extra innings and go on to win by a 4-2 final score.
Melvin James Neal, 77, Erie, formerly of Rossiter, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home.
He was born June 27, 1935, in Rossiter, a son of the late Carl and Helen Neal.
He was married to his wife of 42 years, Henrietta â€śHedyâ€ť Neal, who survives.
Mr. Neal was a member of the New Apostolic Church and was employed with Benjamin Coal Co., and then self-employed in excavating prior to retirement.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War, and was past president and life member of the American Legion in Rossiter.
John T. Williams, 93, formerly of Corry, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at the Compassionate Home Care.
He was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Orrin and May (Glass) Williams.
July 3, 1939, in Winchester, Va., he married Marian A. Crawford Williams, who survives.
Mr. Williams was raised and educated in Punxsutawney and graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1936.
He moved to Corry in 1941. He worked for Aero Supply and later worked in the finishing department at Associated Springs-Barnes Group for 34-and-a-half years until his retirement in 1981.
STATE COLLEGE â€” Punxsy starter Alli Ishman and reliever Kylee Lingenfelter combined to throw a one-hitter, and Punxsy downed Mifflin County 2-0 under the lights Wednesday evening to stay in the hunt to advance to the semi-finals of the Little League Softball State Championship Tournament.
Ishman pitched the first two innings before being lifted with the pitching rules stating that once she threw a pitch in the third inning, she would require a full day's rest.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Some nights, the breaks just don't go a team's way, and Wednesday night seemed to be one of those nights for Punxsy's Senior Legion team, which fell at the hands of Marion Center, 7-1, in the opening game of the first round of its best-of-three playoff series.
Despite several solid, deep line drives, the Punxsy squad struggled to get a hit to fall in, managing just three hits off Marion Center starter Jared Selkirk, who pitched a complete game to earn the win.