March 14th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In keeping with the tradition that has now become a second-annual occurrence with each respective PAHS sports season, and after overwhelmingly successful responses in the past The Spirit would like to announce the candidates for this year's Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Player Awards.
Many athletic teams choose MVP candidates as a group, but in this election, readers of The Spirit have the opportunity to cast their ballots.
Over the past week, I've been sitting at the office searching for the perfect idea for the spring sports preview, which will appear in The Spirit exactly one week from today.
But with the thoughts surrounding the upcoming seasons â€” including track and field, baseball, softball and boys' tennis â€” I also found myself reflecting back on the sports season just recently concluded.
As glad as I am to see 70-degree days and bright sunshine, I've also come to realize just how much I enjoyed and will miss the winter sports season.
Martha MacMillan, 86, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at home.
She was born April 6, 1925, in Meadville, a daughter of the late Margaret and Frank Waelde.
She graduated from Meadville High School in January 1943.
She worked for Talon Zipper during the war and was a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol.
James Stanley Vrobel, 50, Stump Creek, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at home.
He was born Sept. 27, 1961, in DuBois, a son of the late Jerome & Mary (Horzempa) Vrobel.
Mr. Vrobel was a graduate of Jefferson Technical School of Reynoldsville and earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State University.
He worked as an electrical engineer and a certified IR inspector.
Mr. Vrobel was born and raised in DuBois, and for several years, lived in North Carolina, and he had been back in the area the past two years.
WALSTON â€” Young Township sewage customers who become late on their sewer bills could find themselves knee-deep in something else.
Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors displayed its new sewage shut-off device to be used with late-paying sewage customers.
These devices will be used at the discretion of the township supervisors for the most delinquent sewage customers, Chairman Andrew Meterko said.
He said these devices will be installed after a 48-hour shut-off notice is given to the customer, and is in accordance with the townshipâ€™s sewage rules and regulations.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Goodwill has opened a new donation center in the Groundhog Plaza, near Burger King. The building was provided by Bob Johnson, of Johnson Motors in DuBois, and the space was provided by Joe Varacallo, of Developac Realty.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the right bid, you could have the luck of the Irish this Saturday.
The Punxsutawney Rotary Club is going green for its annual Rotary Radio Auction, but thatâ€™s only because this year, the annual event lands on St. Patrickâ€™s Day, again broadcast live from BFG Electroplating on WPXZ-FM 104.1.
â€śItâ€™s on St. Patrickâ€™s Day, and everyone has to wear green when theyâ€™re calling in to bid, or we just have to paint everything green before it goes out,â€ť said Rotarian Tom Chelgren.
TROUTVILLE â€” A dryer fire caused $100,000 in damage to a Troutville familyâ€™s home located along Walnut Street Monday.
â€śIt was a working fire when the alarm was first reported by a neighbor at 8:53 p.m.,â€ť Brady Township Fire Chief Russ Perks said.
Perks said flames were coming from the back of the residence â€” which is owned by Joan DuBeck â€” when firefighters arrived.
Perks said the tankers were refilled at Weisâ€™ pond.
BIG RUN â€” Itâ€™s no surprise, when one thinks of it.
John London, Big Runâ€™s official â€śFrog Man,â€ť said Tuesday, â€śIf you take all those dates, add them up and divide and look at the average ... the average date is March 19, which is very close to the first day of spring.â€ť
Tuesday morning, London reported that his friend, Bob Fisher, heard the peepers in the Big Run swamp peeping around 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 â€” just eight days before the official first day of spring, March 20.
â€śHe said they peeped last night, but didnâ€™t croak,â€ť London said.
CLARION â€” Shortly after the good news for former Punxsy graduate Kody Young came â€” that he'd be wrestling at the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships â€” another Punxsy grad earned another spectacular accolade: Former Chuck Steven Cressley, who wrestles for Division I Clarion University, qualified at 184 pounds for the D-I Wrestling National Championships.