April 1st, 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 13, 1896)
PLENTY OF POTATOES
HERSHEY â€” Last Saturday, seven Punxsutawney area wrestlers traveled to Hershey to compete on Pennsylvania's largest stage for grapplers their age â€”Â the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship Tournament â€” and one grappler attained a long-awaited, highly-coveted prize when Kaleb Young was crowned state champion at 117 pounds in the 13- and 14-year-old class.
"We can't be happy enough for Kaleb," Punxsy coach Bill Burke said upon returning from Hershey. "I guess we can say 'the third time is a charm,' as he was a state runner-up twice previously."
CLARION â€” With lots of former PAHS athletes reaching successful accomplishments at the collegiate level of late, one former Lady Chuck has been quietly running away at Clarion Universityâ€” quite literally.
Milea Schall, a 2011 PAHS grad and long-distance event specialist, is described as a pretty quiet sort of athlete, who goes about her business by her former coach George Wehrle. But Schall has been making some noise as a freshman at Clarion, having made the transition to college athletics â€” and academics â€”Â seem quite seamless.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ Just as the seasons are changing, and the landscape of Punxsutawney continues to undergo significant transformations with the construction of several new large buildings, The Punxsutawney Spirit and Jefferson County Neighbors are also undergoing major changes with the departure of publisher Mary Jude Troupe, who is retiring from the newspaper business to pursue other career opportunities.
Tracy L. Smith, a Spirit advertising representative for the past eight years, will take on the role of publisher.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The process of recording music can, at times, become tedious, especially when the producer wants a performer to sing or play a certain part â€” a vocal or a drum part, for example â€” over and over again in order to catch the right take.
That wasn't the case for the duo known as Randy Paul â€” Randy Thompson and his father, Paul Thompson, a popular vocalist in this area who is also the pastor of the Cloe, Covode and Steffy United Methodist Churches.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Christian and Missionary Alliance Church is offering a free showing of the movie â€śCourageousâ€ť at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church's Family Life Center.
"Our purpose for showing the â€śCourageousâ€ť movie started out as an in-church fund-raiser for our youth group and its trip to LIFE 2013 in St. Louis, Mo.," said Melanie McBee, one of the event organizers, along with Mary Hoover and Connie Neal.
Ralph E. Miller, 69, Smicksburg, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
He was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Charles H. and Vera (Neal) Miller.
He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Trade City.
Mr. Miller was employedÂ for 30 years by PennDOT, where he worked as an inspector before retiring.
HeÂ loved playing Bingo and maintained his home on the farm where he was born.
Mr. Miller made his home at Mahoning Riverside Manor in Punxsutawney for the past four years.
Charles "Spark" Seger, 77, Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born July 26, 1934, in Rossiter, a son of the late Sherman and Robina (Johnson) Seger.
July 14, 1956, he married, Virginia L. (Stiteler) Seger, of Punxsutawney, who survives.
Mr. Seger was a member of the Rossiter Sportsmans' Club. He was also an avid gardner and, most of all, a loving husband, father and grandfather.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Two Republican candidates seeking the 66th Legislative District seat in the state House of Representatives said Thursday night that Harrisburg regulates its constituents too much and is not pushing a conservative agenda, despite the Republican majority.
Meanwhile, the man they hope to unseat â€” incumbent House Speaker Sam Smith â€” stood on his record and as a leading voice for rural Pennsylvania.
It was a â€śCartoon Catastropheâ€ť at the 2012 Variety Show Thursday night, as Spongebob Squarepants (Kevin Byars, left) and Patrick Star (James Doverspike) took center stage amongst their cartoon friends. The Variety Show continues tonight at 7 p.m. at PAHS.