February 19th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When Gov. Tom Corbett said last year he was going to make some major cuts in the amount of funding that school districts received, he wasn't bluffing.
Public schools, which had to absorb about $860 million in spending cuts for the 2011-12 school year, will see their basic subsidies rise about $45 million to $5.4 billion, but could lose $100 million in grants that helped fund full-day kindergarten and other programs, such as dual enrollment.
(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.)
(April 29, 1896)
John K. Coxson
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks knew what they had in store for them when the Lady Owls of Bradford visited Friday night: An undefeated team seeking to end it's season 22-0.
And the Lady Owls came out firing on all cylinders on both ends of the court to reach their goal with a 53-26 win.
"They're very athletic, and they're very strong and that showed tonight," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "They showed us how strong and athletic they are. They took us and beat us in every phase of the game. Offensively, defensively and transitionally the beat us. We really didnt play very well."
BRADFORD â€” Entering Friday night's contest with the Bradford Owls, Punxsy had the advantage of already knowing it was the No. 1 seed entering the District IX playoffs.
But the Owls had the advantage of picking up a road win at Punxsy Jan. 20, and Friday, Bradford made it a season sweep, setting up an interesting potential D-IX Title Game Mar. 3 at Clarion University with a 53-38 win over the Chucks.
But Punxsy has a bye in the playoffs and won't play again until the championship game, and the Owls have to defeat Clearfield to earn the right for the rematch.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As was the case a majority of their matches this season, the members of the Punxsy junior high wrestling team found themselves at a disadvantage Thursday against DuBois with Punxsy forced to forfeit in five weight classes, giving the Beavers an insurmountable edge in a 54-31 victory.
Without counting forfeits in the team scores, though, Punxsy would have been victorious, 25-12, in the bouts that took place on the mats.
VALIERâ€” The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company in Valier has been a large part of Kris Grove's life since the early '90s, and she recently accepted the position of fire chief.
As far as anyone familiar with fire department history can confirm, Grove is the first female fire chief in the history of Jefferson County.
Grove said she first became interested in joining the Perry Township Fire Company after having served as one of the fire hall cleaners.
"The reason I first joined was because I have a passion to help people," she said. "I believe when someone needs help, you help them."
Arthur N. â€śShunâ€ť Pardee, 93, Rochester Mills, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Crystal Waters in Rayne Twp., Indiana County.
He was born Oct. 22, 1918, in Rochester Mills, the son of the late Norman and Mary (Smith) Pardee.
June 19, 1943, he married Goldie (Ryen) Pardee, who survives, of Rochester Mills. They shared almost 69 years of marriage.
Connie L. Roush, 64, Carlisle, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at her home.
She was born Aug. 25, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Irvin L. Grube and Edna A. Hippehen.
She married Raymond Roush Jr., who survives, of Carlisle.
Mrs. Roush was a homemaker.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Linglestown.
Eleanor â€śJuneâ€ť (Baun) Ryen, 81, Rochester Mills, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.
She was born June 10, 1930, in Juneau, a daughter of the late Earl and Edna (White) Baun.
She married Jim Ryen, who preceded her in death April 26, 1997. They raised four children together.
She was a member of the Rochester Mills United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Ryen possessed a great deal of love for her children, grandchildren and her dog, Summer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite what resembles a disappointing night on the scoreboard, Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy was well pleased with his team's performance in a 50-20 loss to the DuBois Beavers Thursday night in Punxsutawney â€” the Chucks' regular season finale.
"Overall, it was a very good match tonight," Eddy said. "The guys wrestled very well. There were some tight matches, and overall, I'm very pleased with our performance."