June 3rd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s taken years of dreaming, about a year of planning and a few weeks of delays, but Michael Cherian has finally embarked on a two-month, 2,000-mile canoe journey that will take him to New Orleans.
Cherian, who is undertaking the canoe trip to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonâ€™s Research, launched his modified canoe â€” dubbed â€śSteady Eddieâ€ť â€” into the Allegheny River from a boat landing in Harmar.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Staff members at the George C. Brown Community Pool gathered Wednesday to plan for the poolâ€™s opening today.
Lisa Switlick, of SPLASH, said sheâ€™s excited to begin a summer filled with events, parties and daily activities.
This summer, the pool will host weekly games such as watermelon races; treasure hunt diving; centipede races; and even contests to race one of the pool staffâ€™s lifeguards.
Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2010 Fall Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Kaitlyn Nestel, girls' golf; Hannah Neal, volleyball co-MVP; Tawnee Bowers, volleyball co-MVP; Lindsey Paulina, girls' tennis; Milea Schall, girls' cross country; Timi Shiock, girls' soccer; (back) Ian Miller, boys' golf; Ben Blazavich, football; Tyler Presloid, boys' soccer; Shawnna Crago, volleyball co-MVP; A.J. Meterko, boys' cross country; and Ian Weaver, honorary football captain. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the MVP awards.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police officers thought they might have a drowning victim on their hands when they were called to a drunk and disorderly incident at the dike along the Mahoning Creek behind the Thomas L. Barletta Skate Park on Elk Street at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
According to scanner transmissions, two borough officers discovered one man who appeared to be intoxicated.
After the officers subdued him, he revealed that there was second man heâ€™d been with on the dike who might have fallen into the creek not far from where a young boy drowned recently.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Perhaps it was a reference to his days on a muddy gridiron, but Thursday, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Jon Kolb had some unusual advice for the three graduating seniors from the Punxsutawney Christian School (PCS) Class of 2011.
Take the messy way.
Kolb was among those addressing PCSâ€™ three seniors â€” valedictorian Isaac J. Fugate, salutatorian Charles C. Higgs and Michael A. Neal â€” during the schoolâ€™s annual commencement, this year held at the First United Methodist Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thursday, the Route 119 Improvement Committee received an update on area highway construction projects from PennDOT District 10.
Scott Snyder, PennDOT Jefferson County assistant manager, said this will be a very busy construction season throughout the county, especially in the Punxsy area.
â€˘ Punxsutawney signals â€“ Snyder said this project is for the installation of replacement traffic signals, upgrades to pedestrian curb cuts and other related construction through downtown.
NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP â€” A one-vehicle accident sent a Punxsutawney man to the hospital after his vehicle struck a tree at 2 p.m. Monday on Route 119, North Mahoning Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2010 Lincoln Town Car driven by Charles G. Rumpf, 68, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 near Midway Stables when he fell asleep and his vehicle traveled off the roadway.
Police said Rumpf's vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway and struck a tree.
(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.)
March 4, 1896
The Adrian Hospital will accommodate, in its present condition, eighteen people. It was designed for twelve, but additional cots have been placed in every available place until it has half a more than it was intended to hold. The hospital is always crowded.
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TRIED TO KILL HIS WIFE
A Brookville Man Who
SHIPPENSBURG â€” Punxsy senior Milea Schall couldn't avoid keeping an eye on the clock during the final lap of the 3,200-meter run at the PIAA Track and Field Championships Saturday morning in Shippensburg.
Since she was near the back of the pack in the 25-girl race, Schall didn't have thoughts of a medal in her mind.
She was in search of the school record.
"The plan was not to look at the clock, but I couldn't help it," Schall said. "I knew the first mile was pretty fast, so I thought I was going to make it. I was just pushing hard."