July 11th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board will waive a fee for the local police departmentâ€™s Civil Service testing, but some board members wonder if that will mean other groups looking for waivers on facility fees as well.
Monday, the agenda item â€” moved by board member Jack White, seconded by Penny Pifer â€” was already defeated with a 3-3 vote at a previous meeting. Because of the tie vote, the motion did not pass, but Monday, it passed with a 5-3 vote.
BROOKVILLE â€” For the second time, the Jefferson County Historical Society is receiving national recognition.
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently announced that the Jefferson County Historical Society is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the exhibit, â€śLiving on the Land.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s a real honor for a small organization to be able to win this national award,â€ť said Kenneth Burkett, executive director of the Jefferson County History Center.
In 2008, JCHC was also recognized by the AASLH.
(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 18, 1896
The Golden Sands of Alaskan Lakes
Paul Albrecht, 85, of Trumbull, Conn., passed on to the Lord Friday, July 8, 2011, at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Conn.
He born Jan. 10, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Hillard and Marie (Behn) Albrecht.
Mr. Albrecht was raised in the New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan areas.
He was first married to Mary Bejou, who preceded him in death in 1971, for 23 years. He then married Frances Knopick, who survives, for 38 years.
Earl "Sandy" Cameron, 92, Plum Boro, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 8, 2011.
He was the son of the late Merle and Bertha (Seger) Cameron, who preceded him in death, of Rossiter.
He was married to his wife of 66 years, Doreen "Vicky" Cameron, who survives and is formerly of Bristol, England.
Mr. Cameron was a veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Bronze Star. He was also a member of the Teamsters for more than 60 years.
Betty Jane Craft, 71, Punxsutawney, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Aug. 17, 1939, a daughter of the late Ida Mae Miller and Arnold Fetterman.
June 8, 1957, she married Terry T. â€śTedâ€ť Craft, who survives.
Mrs. Craft had previously worked as an inspector at Sportswear and Ideal Products.
She loved spending time with her family and her dog, Timmy.Â She liked to fish, going to flea markets, Cook Forest and collecting porcelain dolls.Â She was also a Steelers fan.
Bertha A. Henery, 94, Sykesville, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at East Park Care Center, Ohio, following a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 2, 1917, in Curwensville, a daughter of the late George and Maria (Wellgus) Mayersky.
Dec. 31, 1945, she married Raymond "Jim" Henery, who preceded her in death in 2007. They were married for more than 60 years.
Mrs. Henery was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Sykesville. She was a volunteer at the DuBois Red Cross for 16 years.
DUBOIS â€” The DuBois Post 17 American Legion baseball team scored five runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings of Sunday afternoon's game against Punxsy Post 62,.
The final score was 15-3, and the game ended in five innings via the 12-run rule at Showers Field in DuBois.
"We didn't bring the same intensity as we did the other day, that's for sure," Punxsy manager Mike Dickey said. "Maybe it was a let down. I don't know, I really can't explain it. They hit the ball well, and we didn't. We just didn't show up."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Already leading 9-5, Punxsy's 10-&11-year old All-Stars brought 14 hitters to the plate in the top of the fifth inning and doubled its run total on the way to an 18-5 victory over DuBois Saturday in Punxsutawney.
"Everything carried over from up in Warren like I had hoped it would, especially at the plate," Punxsy manager Brad Gigliotti said.
Nine of the first 10 batters that Punxsy brought to the plate in the fifth inning reached base via base hits.
Carl Medsger led off the inning with a double off of DuBois relief pitcher Doran Walker.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's Junior League softball All-Stars batted around in three of the four innings that it came to the plate en route to a 14-0 victory in five innings over Ridgway in Punxsutawney on Saturday.
Punxsy was the home team, so it did not have to bat in the fifth inning because of the ten-run rule.
With the win, Punxsy advances in the losers' bracket and will play St. Marys today at 6 p.m. Ridgway was eliminated from the tournament with the loss.