August 22nd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There were many unique styles of bicycles on the road in Punxsutawney Monday, operated by a group of cyclists from Europe who are pedaling their way across the U.S. from Portland, Ore.. to Washington, D.C.. as part of "RollOver America (ROAM)".
The ROAM riders have been pedaling their way across the U.S. on velomobiles since July 28, and are scheduled to arrive Friday in Washington.
A velomobile, or tricycle car, is a human-powered vehicle, enclosed for aerodynamic advantage and protection from weather and collisions.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â This summer has been one of the warmest in some time, and many people might seek relief by going into an air-conditioned indoor space or taking a dip in a swimming pool.
But when one is on a time schedule, construction workers have no choice but to work through the heat.
Workers from Mistick Construction of Pittsburgh and area subcontractors are working daily to keep on schedule for the opening of Grace Place, a senior apartment complex at the corner of Pine and Gilpin streets â even if it means working in the heat.
BROOKVILLE â The U.S. Amateur Golf Championship begins at 7 a.m. today, and Brookvilleâs own C.G. Mercatoris will be playing it a second time.
âIt feels great,â Mercatoris said. âAnytime you can get into the U.S. Amateur, itâs probably the best amateur tournament in the country. Iâm very excited.â
Mercatoris, who competed in the U.S. Amateur in 2009, is looking to build upon his successes at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.
As a member of the Class of 2011, Mercatoris received the Northeast Conference Menâs Golfer of the Year award.
Connor Jay Gerg, 16, Brookville, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.
He was born Feb. 14, 1995, in Brookville, and was the much beloved son of Beth (Ammerman) and Thomas Gerg, and brother of Christian Gerg.
He played linebacker and fullback on the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School football team, and was a member of the Gold All-State All-Academic team for scholastic excellence.
He was also a member of the BAHS and American Legion baseball teams, as well as the Brookville Ski Club.
He worked as a lifeguard at the Brookville YMCA.
Pete Harvath, 76, Ellenboro, N.C., died Thursday, August 18, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born May 1, 1935, in Indiana County, a son of the late Adam and Mary (Vascovich) Horvath.
He graduated from Clymer High School in 1955, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Harvath worked in manufacturing many years for Greensteel-Korok in Dixonville, and in the coal mining industry for Pennsylvania Power and Light/Greenwich Collieries of Ebensburg.
He was a member of St. Michaelâs Greek Orthodox Catholic Church of Clymer.
BIG RUN â Last Monday, Big Run Borough Council members said residents are again wanting them to hire a part-time police officer to patrol borough streets.
Council president Nick Lantz said one of the reasons residents have approached him is the constant speeding along Route 119 and on borough streets.
Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said there has been discussion with municipalities such as Falls Creek and Sykesville about sharing a part-time officer with Big Run.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(March 25, 1896)
DEADLY AFTER DAMP
It Causes Horrible Disaster
at Adrian Mines.
TWO MEN PERISH FROM
And Half a Dozen Others Resuscitated
After Life Seemed Extinct
PUNXSUTAWNEY â At least one member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board is not buying into the idea that a student who damages one of the high schoolâs take-home laptop computers should be responsible for financial costs â especially considering the age of the machines.
Last Monday, board member Bob Pascuzzo was the sole board member who voted against approving the 21st Century Learning handbook for the 2011-12 school year with a 7-1 vote.
Board member Penny Pierce was excused from the meeting.
BUTLER â He wasnât there in person, but Punxsutawney Phil was well-represented during last weekendâs first-ever Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the worldâs first Jeep.
Chris Phillips, a Punxsy native now living in Chicora, about nine miles east of Butler, was among the more than 1,100 Jeep owners and drivers seeking to break the Guinness record for the longest Jeep parade.
Amid the souped-up, tricked-out Jeeps in the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival parade, Phillips said he wanted his Jeep â a 2007 Wrangler â to be different from the rest.
The PAHS Marching Band wrapped up its annual band camp this week after working hard on its new show, âFunk 2011,â featuring songs from the film âShaft,â as well as âTell Me Somethingâ and âBrick House.â Director Kurt Cessna and Assistant Director Kyle Plansinis said upcoming events include a parade Monday at Kennywood Park; the Indiana County Band Night Aug. 30; and Band Fest 2011 Sept. 17. The band will debut its new show for the home crowd during the first home football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.