July 1st, 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.)
(July 29, 1896)
David Gillespie, Rossiter, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Punxsutawney.
Paul Edward Montgomery, 84, Punxsutawney, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, June 30, 2012.
He was born Oct. 16, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late William H. and Edith (Ely) Montgomery.
Mr. Montgomery was employed for numerous years by Currys Supply Depot, located near Pittsburgh.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Montgomery resided in Pittsburgh for most of his life and was an avid sports fan of the Pirates and Penguins.
He enjoyed volunteering at food banks, gardening and meeting new people.
Ethel P. Smith White, 86, Indiana, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Maple Valley Personal Care Home.
She was born Oct. 8, 1925, in Indiana, a daughter of the late Homer C. and Vera V. (States) Smith.
Mrs. White was a graduate of Laurel Lamar High School.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, cooking and baby-sitting her grandchildren.
Mrs. White was a member of the Alliance Church in Indiana and its Senior Citizenâ€™s Ladies of the Church.
DUBOIS â€” After earning home field advantage as the king seed in a thrilling, 3-2 victory Monday, DuBois' Little League softball All-Stars knew they'd be getting everything Punxsy had to throw at them Friday night in the first of what the visiting squad hoped would be a two-game weekend.
Punxsy got its wish, defeating DuBois 11-3 and earning a rubber match on Punxsy's turf Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. for the title of District X champion â€” even though the victory didn't guarantee a home game.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was an action-packed evening at the Groundhog Little League complex, with Punxsy hosting a pair of All-Star games Friday evening. And in the Minor League baseball game â€” the nine- and 10-year-old division â€”Â Punxsy gave the home fans something to cheer about, earning an 12-8 victory over Johnsonburg to advance in the losers' bracket and stay alive.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Leading 11-9 after four-and-a-half innings, the Punxsy Minor League softball squad knew it had to minimize the offensive output of DuBois to earn a second-consecutive win in the All-Star tournament, but a three-run fifth inning by DuBois gave it just enough to squeak by the host Friday night with a 12-11 win in Punxsutawney.
Despite the outcome, Punxsy head coach Rob Gemmell was very pleased with his girls' performance on the field.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan reminds residents about the traffic and parking restriction for todayâ€™s Old Home Week Parade.Â
The parade will begin at 4 p.m., and parking restrictions will begin at noon.
The streets affected by the parking restrictions will include East and West Mahoning streets, Union Street and Chestnut Street.Â
The parking restrictions will be lifted at the conclusion of the parade.Â
Traffic will be restricted along Mahoning Street around 3:30 p.m. until the conclusion of the parade.Â
Sunday through Saturday, July 7
â€˘ Food vendors in Barclay Square.
â€˘ Arts and crafts vendors.
â€˘ Sponsor vendors.
â€˘ Bring lawn chairs â€“ No seating available.
â€˘ Rides and games provided by Fun Zone.
Sunday through Saturday 1 to 4 and 5 to 9 p.m.
â€˘ Bake sales â€“ Various churches and organizations.
â€˘ REACT First Aid booth.
â€˘ Proud member of the Pennsylvania State Association of Country Fairs.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. â€” Free registration for Punxsutawney Festival custom car show at Powell & Associates lot.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The 46th-annual Groundhog Festival will get underway Sunday morning in Barclay Square.
â€śI can always remember which anniversary it is, because itâ€™s the same number as the Super Bowl,â€ť said Roger Steele, Groundhog Festival Committee chairperson. â€śWeâ€™re the summer Super Bowl festival, because weâ€™re the same age.â€ť
This summer, however, committee members prepared for the week-long event with heavy hearts, following the passing of long-time committee member Ursula Albino.