April 18th, 2011
VALIER â A coal truck apparently lost its brakes, causing it to roll onto its side around 11 a.m. Monday at the Route 210 intersection with Route 4025 (Valier Drive), Perry Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Joe Ryan, Summerhill, was traveling north on Route 210, and as he approached the 90-degree curve at the intersection with Valier Drive, his brakes locked up, which caused the truck to roll onto the driver's side and into the guardrail, spilling a portion of its load into an adjacent stream.
Thomas Edgar Davidson, 76, Midland, Va., died April 12, 2011, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.
He was born July 19, 1934, in Mahaffey, a son of the late Eugene E. and Anna Marie (Murray) Davidson.
He was married to Louise Davidson, who preceded her in death.
Mr. Davidson served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after three years of service.
He retired as a forest warden with the Virginia Department of Forestry after 30 years of service and was a charter member of the Catlett Volunteer Fire Department.
BROOKVILLE â Crime victims continue to strive for their rights, a struggle highlighted during National Victims' Rights Week.
This year's theme, "Reshaping the Future and Honoring the Past," honors and respects crime victims who have found strength to rebuild their lives one step at a time.
BUTLER â Punxsutawney junior Brody Morgan knew he could handle the muddy, slippery runaway while throwing the javelin at the Butler Invitational Friday. Since Punxsy doesn't have a runway, he was used to not having a clear path for the approaches on his throws.
Morgan was surprised with where he finished, winning the javelin (177-0) with a throw six feet further from his next closest competitor, Kyle Armagost of Moniteau (171-2).
Morgan also finished in fifth place in the shot put (45-7 3/4).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Featured speaker Les Shoop, a former Punxsutawney Area High School basketball coach, couldn't disagree more with the opinion of those who believe that sports aren't important.
After all, he said, if sports weren't important, Saturday's event at the PAHS cafeteria wouldn't have received such a welcome turnout.
Saturday, at the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 induction ceremony, more than 100 family members and friends reaffirmed the featured speaker's belief by showing their support for six men who were added to the town's elite athletic group.
(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.)
February 19, 1896
BALLOT FRAUDS CHANGED
The North Side Municipal Election Claimed to be Corrupt
There were charges of corrupt and illegal practices at the North Side Municipal election yesterday and preparations were being made to contest the election for borough constable.
Helen Snyder, 86, Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 15, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Juneau, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Tretzler) Lezak.
She was married to Arnold M. Snyder, who preceded her in death in 1992.
Mrs. Snyder was a secretary. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include two nieces, Stacey Love of Punxsutawney, and Heather Serian Kunselman of Smyerstown; four nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and several great-great nieces and nephews.
HOLLIDAYSBURG â Four errors, 10 strikeouts and 10 men left on base dropped the Punxsy baseball team to its first loss of the season Friday, 6-1, at Hollidaysburg.
The Chucks (4-1) fell behind 6-0 after four innings before they scored their only run in the fifth. While the Golden Tigers (5-1) were building their lead with two runs in the first and third innings and one run in the second and fourth innings, Punxsy was leaving multiple runners on base nearly every inning.
Of the 10 runners Punxsy stranded, five occurred during the first two innings.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The first phase of the VFW Teener League's $250,000 improvements of Rich Kuntz Memorial Field have been completed.
The first step was the installation of new bleachers that were recently built down both lines between the concession stand and the home and away dugouts.
Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco had one of the best opening weeks of his minor league career with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .320 with three home runs and eight RBIs through eight games.
Mesoraco, who plays for the Class AAA Louisville Bats, hit solo home runs during his first, fourth and sixth games before registering a five-RBI performance during his seventh game Wednesday.