May 6th, 2012
ALTOONA â€” Several members of both the Chucks and Lady Chucks track and field teams earned their personal bests during Friday's 63rd-annual West Central Coaches Invitational in Altoona.
"Every event had many top performers, which made placing extremely difficult," boys' head coach John Smith said. "What we were looking for was each individual just doing their best."
For the Chucks, Brody Morgan had a personal best in the shot put, throwing 46-9.5 for third place overall. Morgan also placed seventh in the javelin, one of his strongest events, with a throw of 158-11.
Saturday evening, Devin Mesoraco â€” an athlete who many remember watching play baseball in Punxsutawney as he grew up â€” was playing for the Cincinnati Reds in a game played in Pittsburgh. Throughout the day leading up to Saturday's night cap, though, some of Punxsy's youngest Major League hopefuls took to the field to begin their Machine Pitch League season. One of many athletes playing in the eight-team league this year, Easton Gula dons his catcher's gear and makes a throw to first after fielding a ball hit in front of the plate.
At the 2012 PAHS prom, â€śA Starry Night,â€ť Landon Kauffman (left) and Sara Jane Depp-Hutchinson were named the Prom King and Queen, an annual tradition for Punxsy's senior class.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked, as several vehicles were unlawfully entered within the past week.
Purses, wallets and cell phones, among other items, were removed, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief.
"The thefts have been happening throughout the borough," Fedigan said, adding that the most recent thefts occurred along 500 and 600 blocks of West Mahoning and Pine streets.
Fedigan is urging residents to lock their vehicles and store valuables, especially guns, in a secure location.
(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.)
(June 24, 1896)
A BROAD GRIN
John Andrew â€śSimonâ€ť Meterko, 77, Delancey, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 6, 1934, in Delancey, a son of the late John Andrew and Susie (Pluchinskey) Meterko.
In August 1962, he married the former Adda Louise Biggie, who survives.
He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church.
A man of strong faith, with a dedication to his daily prayers, he prayed for many people and causes.
Mr. Meterko was a self-employed carpet installer and a hardworking man who worked tirelessly to provide for his family.
Members of the Groundhog Little League's junior league team, Jefferson Grocery, look on from the dugout during a rain delay in what was scheduled to be a 6 p.m. contest with DuBois' Buriak Painting. Unfortunately, looming storm clouds and lightning in the distance forced the game to be postponed to a later date, and the only game the teams were able to play was the waiting game.
Father and son did it again, as Ray (left) and Ryan Flick each nabbed opening-day turkeys â€” last Saturday â€” at 7:30 a.m. while hunting in Gaskill Township. Ray's gobbler weighed in at 18 pounds with an 11-inch beard, while Ryan's was a 20-pounder with an eight-inch beard.
Karen Arrington poses with her 21-pound gobbler, shot on Filtering Plant Road in the game lands. Arrington's bird had a 9 1/2-inch beard with one-inch spurs.
BROOKVILLE â€” The count of write-in votes from Jefferson Countyâ€™s April 24 general election has concluded, with a Republican challenger for the 66th Legislative District claiming 239 write-in votes.
Friday, Cris Dush, of Pine Creek Township, carried Jefferson County over incumbent Republican Sam Smith, but the 239 write-ins are not enough for him to challenge Smith in the fall election on the Democratic ballot.