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June 26th, 2012

Old Home Week Carnival opens

June 26, 2012

He wasn’t fire breathing, but the spinning dragon ride on the J&J Amusements midway is big, green and friendly. Here (from left), Nicholas and Olivia Gordon; and Lauren Kent of Punxsy, take a ride on the dragon Tuesday during the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s Old Home Week Carnival, which continues from 6 to 11 p.m. every night through Saturday at the carnival grounds behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza. For more photos, check out the online photo gallery.

Punxsy alumni ready to strike up the band — again

June 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The first weekend of July will see — and hear — more music this summer, even after the conclusion of the Groundhog Festival.

This summer, former members of any instrumental group from Punxsutawney Area High School are invited to take part in the first-ever PHS Alumni Band, with a rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, July 7, and a performance Sunday, July 8.

To learn how to participate, see the bottom of this story.

PASR volunteers saved county $630,812

June 26, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a mock check to the county commissioners during the June 26 meeting.

The check, in the amount of $630,812, represented the amount of money school retirees saved the county through the 29,532 hours members volunteered last year in a wide variety of civic, non-profit and charitable organizations. 

Isabella S. Green, 95

June 26, 2012

Isabella S. Green, 95, a guest at the Jefferson Manor and formerly of Brookville, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at Brookville Hospital.

She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Vernon G. and Mertie (Ramer) Stewart.

Aug. 9, 1947, she married Joseph John Green, who preceded her in death April 21, 1988.

Mrs. Green was a homemaker and worked for the Brookville Glove Factory in her early years. During World War II, she moved to and worked in a factory in Philadelphia that made bomb making sites.

June 25th

DuBois comes from behind late to down Punxsy LLSB All-Stars

June 25, 2012

DUBOIS — With a three-day rest and the tournament's king seed on the line, Punxsy and DuBois' 11- and 12-year-old softball All-Stars faced off in the winners' bracket championship game Monday evening in DuBois.

And behind a two-run sixth inning, DuBois earned a come-from-behind win to advance to the District X final Friday.

After the game, Punxsy head coach Mike Ishman attributed the loss to a couple simple concepts: DuBois got the hits when it needed them, and Punxsy made a few too many mistakes and didn't get the hits when it needed them most.

Old Home Week kicks off tonight behind Punxy Plaza

June 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Working at the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week Celebration is a family tradition for many of the vendors for J&J Amusements.

"My family has been working in the carnival business since the late 1800s," said Fran Freeborn of Beaver Falls, operator of the dime toss game for J&J Amusements, at Old Home Week carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

Freeborn, 71, said she was about 17 years old when she first began working at Old Home Week.

TIME TO PICK THAT LUCKY DERBY DUCK

June 25, 2012

Monday, these youngsters — (clockwise from left) Elizabeth Smith, Kaitlyn Lowmaster, Anna Newman, John Mizerock, Gabriell Peles, Rachel Houser and Hannah Fetterman — were helping staff members from the Playhouse Children's Center sort plastic ducks for the upcoming Duck Derby, set for 11 a.m. Sunday, July 8, at the George C. Brown Community Pool.

Dorothy L. Shirey, 93

June 25, 2012

Dorothy L. Shirey, 93, Tanyard (Mayport), died Monday, June 25, 2012, at Clarion Hospital.

She was born June 19, 1919, in New Salem, a daughter of Boyd O. and A. Maude (Doverspike) Kunselman.

Nov. 25, 1937, she married J. Russell Shirey, who preceded her in death Nov. 16, 1988.

Mrs. Shirey will be remembered by her family and friends as a loving, giving, talented woman. She always had a welcoming smile and enjoyed visits from hundreds of folks to her home over the years.

She first attended the two-room schoolhouse in New Salem and then graduated from Hawthorn.

Mildred Louise (Priester) Shaffer, 87

June 25, 2012

Mildred Louise (Priester) Shaffer, 87, Valier, died Monday, June 25, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 27, 1924, in McCalmont Township.

Oct. 10, 1942, she married Clinton Eugene Shaffer, who preceded her in death Jan. 13, 1993.

She previously worked at Sportswear and the Adrian Hospital. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and a former member of the Eastern Star.

Her enjoyments were being at home with her family, cooking and cleaning.

History of Old Home Week stretches back decades

June 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Welcome to Old Home Week, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department will present the annual celebration beginning Tuesday at the carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

According to “McKnight's History of Jefferson County” and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, the celebration was first held Aug. 23-28, 1909.

"During this eventful week, nearly everyone who had ever lived in Punxsy returned to visit, and an elaborate program was carried out each day for their entertainment," William J. McKnight wrote, adding

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