July 8th, 2012
Kaden Bergstedt (left) and Cameron Lambert take a fun ride on the merry-go-round at the Groundhog Festival, which concluded Saturday.
(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)
Good Streets Cheaper to Tax-Payers Than
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Entering as the king seed and having dominated its competition in the first two games of the Section I tournament, Punxsy knew it had the edge entering Friday's championship game against Corry.
But Punxsy had its hands full, needing every run it scored to eke out a 7-6 victory over the visiting team and earn the Section 1 title and a berth to states next week.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's 13- and 14-year-old Junior League baseball team was eliminated from contention in the All-Star tournament with Fox Township rallying with a four-run seventh inning to pick up an 11-10 victory in losers' bracket action.
After the game, coach Jim Sloniger discussed how proud he and his fellow coaches were of the team.
9 to 10 a.m. â€“ Registration for third-annual Childrenâ€™s Pedal Tractor Pull in park, sponsored by London Farm Supplies.
10 to 11 a.m. â€” Childrenâ€™s Pedal Tractor Pull. The tractors are supplied by the sponsor. Prizes for winners in age groups four and five; six and seven; eight and nine.
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. â€“ Michelleâ€™s Magical Poodles.
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. â€“ Dennie Huber, magic.
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. â€“ Dennie Huber, balloons.
4 to 5:30 p.m. â€“ Mike Short Jr. & Statewide Band (country, sponsored by PNC Bank).
Former members of the Punxsutawney Area High School band are gathering from points far and near this weekend to present the first of what is hoped to become an annual concert by PAHS alumni.
This special event is being held in honor of James A. Colonna (retired), the long-time director of the high school band. The public is invited to enjoy the free concert consisting of familiar selections ranging from marches to pop tunes to show music and more. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of the Senior High School on North Findley Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The morning that the world was reveling in a noteworthy Groundhog Day â€” Feb. 2, 2002, or 02.02.02 â€” Jodi North and her husband, Scott, were pulling up carpet, and, as she said, â€śWe were not sure what we would find underneath.â€ť
What they found were hardwood floors and the foundation of what today is the North Country Homestead, which celebrated its 10th anniversary Friday.
Joseph Anthony Bianco, 75, Heilwood, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at home.
He was born Feb. 25, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph and Anna (Gigliotti) Bianco.
July 4, 1964, he married his beloved wife, Rosemary (Conway) Bianco, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Bianco obtained a bachelorâ€™s degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1963; a masterâ€™s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973; and a doctorate degree from Nova University in 1986.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1956 until 1962.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the Little League All-Stars format having teams in age brackets nine- and 10-year olds, 10- and 11- and 11- and 12-year-olds, many of the same teams see each other from year to year.
That was the case Thursday night when Punxsy's 10- and 11-year-old baseball squad met DuBois' â€” the defending District X and Section I Champion from last year's nine- and 10-year-old tournament, and Punxsy knew exactly what it was in for.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On top of Punxsy's team accolades with both the baseball and softball teams earning the Northern Allegany League Large School divisional championships, six Punxsy players were named to the Large School Division All-Stars â€” with three coming from PAHS's baseball team and three from the softball team.
One player in particular â€” juniorÂ Ty Zimmerman â€”Â was even named the division's Player of the Year. St. Marys' Rachel Ginther was named the softball Player of the Year.