April 15th, 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.)
(May 27, 1896)
They Persecute a Cat That Destroyed Their Nest
Dalza Z. (Bortz) Petroff, 90, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Dec. 23, 1921, a daughter of the late B. Alex and Alma Zae (Means) Bortz.
Jan. 13, 1952, she married George A. Petroff, who preceded her in death Oct. 11, 2001.
She was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
She was a homemaker, and her interests included visiting with people over the phone and praying for their needs.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Richard David Good, 67, Punxsutawney, died Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, in Okeechobee, Fla., his winter home, surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born July 29, 1944, in Punxsutawney, a son of Betty J. (Reese) Good, who survives, of Kittanning, and the late Eincel M. Good.
He was a 1962 graduate of Dayton High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War.
Mr. Good worked as field service technician for Femco Machine Co. for several years and retired from the South Bend Lime Stone Quarry, near Shelocta, as a mechanic.
Paul E. Kennis, 85, Sykesville, died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at DRMC after a short illness.
He was born June 29, 1926, in Sykesville, a son of the late Peter and Mary (Gilga) Kennis.
He was married to Ruth (Zimmerman) Kennis, who preceded him in death in 2007.
Mr. Kennis attended Sykesville School and was self-employed as a farmer.
He attended the Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church in Sykesville and was a member of Knights of Columbus of DuBois, the Sykesville Fire Department and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
Mr. Kennis lived in the area all of his life.
Wayne Lee Harp, 87, Summerville, died Friday, April 13, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 18, 1924, in Clarion, a son of the late Oscar Jonathan and Edna (Lyle) Harp.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, in which he earned the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal with five bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.
Jan. 27, 1948, he married the former Sara Olive Kiehl, who survives. The couple just celebrated their 64th anniversary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' tennis team hosted Elk County Catholic on a windy afternoon Thursday in Punxsutawney, and despite battling through several close matches, the Crusaders came out on top, 6-3.
After the match, head coach Todd Heigley's review of the action was simple: "Overall, we competed."
Punxsy was without one of its singles players in the match â€” Eddie Serafin â€” and because of their small numbers this season, the Chucks were forced to forfeit No. 4 doubles.
Heigley said he would like to think with Serafin in the lineup, the match would have been a different story.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It can be said that the groundhog â€” and a soldier â€” saved the day.
A potential tragedy was averted Thursday when one of the National Guardâ€™s IAV Stryker all-terrain vehicles lost its brakes while traveling down Indiana Hill.
But instead of crashing through the ramp toward a restaurant full of people at Joeâ€™s Drive-In, a steel girder supporting the huge wooden groundhog located at the edge of the parking lot stopped the vehicleâ€™s forward progress.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” American Legionnaire Lance Robinson believes Sept. 10, 2001, was â€śthe last day of freedomâ€ť in the United States, but now, heâ€™s looking to see that date recognized as something else.
Robinson, a U.S. Marine veteran and resident of Export, Westmoreland County, stopped in Punxsutawney Thursday as part of a 300-mile bicycle trek that he calls the â€śHonor Ride Across America.â€ť
MILWAUKEE, Wis. â€” Kirk Fergusonâ€™s music career began at a young age, until one day, he made a realization about what he wanted to do with his life.
â€śWhat kind of happened was, I knew I wanted to go into performance, and my goal was to be the best trombonist in the world,â€ť said Ferguson, a 1999 PAHS graduate visiting family in Punxsy this week. â€śAnd the best players play in orchestras.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The votes are in and counted, and it's official: Seth Spack and Jensen Constantino are The Spirit's 2011-12 Winter Sports Most Valuable Players.
Just over 760 ballots were cast in all, and The Spirit's readers selected Spack and Constantino for the awards.
Spack, a senior wrestler for the Chucks during the winter season, surpassed the 100-win mark, passed PAHS grad Matt Means for second all-time in Punxsy history for wins and won the District-IX championship at 152 pounds this year.