June 17th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â€” The trial of a Pittsburgh man who allegedly shot two Punxsutawney men last September has been set for the middle of July in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court.
Jury selection for the trial of Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, is scheduled for Monday, July 9, with the trial scheduled to begin Thursday, July 19, at the Jefferson County courthouse, said Amanda Marley, Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora's law clerk.
Area first responders participated in a mass casualty drill Saturday behind Smith Hauling in Oliveberg. In the mock crash, a school bus, car and sprayer truck were involved in a three-vehicle accident that involved toxic chemicals. Central, Lindsey, Oliver, Perry, Summerville, Knox and McCalmont fire companies, along with Jefferson County EMS, Summerville Ambulance and StatMedeVac participated in the drill, which was hosted by Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company and Jefferson County Emergency Services.
(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 22, 1896)
An Aged Man Ends His Life Through Sickness and Despondency
James Buckley, a coal miner at Shawmut, committed suicide by hanging on Sunday morning. He had been in poor health for a year or more, and it is thought became despondent over his condition and while in that frame of mind ended his life.
Amy Jo Hyde, 43, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at home.
She was born June 1, 1969, in Alexander Bay, New York, a daughter of Elmer Leslie Hyde Sr., who survives, of New York, and Mary Ellen (Manson) Hyde, who survives, of Sykesville.
She was a very thoughtful person who always managed to have small gifts for the little children in her family.
Mary Georganne Riccardo, 92, Rossiter, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Jefferson Manor.
She was born Dec. 6, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Archibald and Jenny (Senott) Serian.
She married James Theodore Riccardo, who preceded her in death in 1998.
Mrs. Riccardo was a member of the Church of The Resurrection in Rossiter.
She worked as a nurse at the Adrian Hospital and later retired from the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She enjoyed cooking and cleaning.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In a game that saw a pair of ties and three different lead changes, Jefferson Grocery came out on the short end of the stick against GKN of Fox Township 11-8 Friday evening in Punxsutawney.
It was GKN which jumped out to an early lead before Jefferson even had a chance to pull out its bats with a two-spot in the top of the first.
Hunter Fantechi started things with a one-out single in front of the left fielder, and he came all the way around to score on a two-out double that short hopped the fence in right.
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” With license sales up 11 percent from last year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) expects the stateâ€™s most popular bass fishing spots to see a surge in use as the season kicks off today.
According to Rick Vlazak, Jefferson County waterways conservation officer, as of midnight Friday, it became legal to catch and keep largemouth and smallmouth bass in Pennsylvania, as long as they are 12 inches long, unlike trout season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two of the most popular figures in childrenâ€™s literature, Mr. Frog and Mr. Toad, will come to life with all of their woodland friends when the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild presents â€śA Year with Frog and Toad.â€ťÂ Â
The Tony-nominated musical will be staged at the Punxustawney Area Middle School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. A special family matinee has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24.
BROOKVILLE â€” When the Rossiter Miners and the Brookville Grays met in Federation League action May 31, Brookville starter Craig Hibell allowed four runs and was charged with a loss in Rossiter's 4-1 victory. Thurs- day evening in Brookville, Hibell earned his revenge, holding the Miners scoreless through five and earning the win with help from closer Ryan Barrett, as the Grays eked out a 3-2 victory over Rossiter.
After the game, Rossiter head coach Jim Dunlap said he knew from the beginning what the team's problem was: They came out flat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite looking for ways to chip away at expenses in its budget, Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board defeated a motion on a recommendation from its Athletic Committee to raise admission fees for sporting events.
The board approved Penny Piferâ€™s recommendation to award bids for fall/winter sports, but defeated a motion to increase ticket prices for admission to athletic events with a 5-4 vote.