March 27th, 2012
E. Eugene "Gene" Kauffman, 80, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, at his home.
He was born June 21, 1931, in Mahaffey, a son of the late H. Clayton and Catherine Mae (Lee) Kauffman.
He was married to Eleanor May (Smith) Kauffman, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Kauffman was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War and 31 years in the National Guard.
He was retired from Season-All Industries and later worked part-time for CRW Home Supply, where he had many friends.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Jeff Techâ€™s preliminary budget for the 2012-13 school year was approved by the members of the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) 6-2, with Punxsyâ€™s two representatives voting no at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
The committee approved the budget of $7,485,723 to be advertised and forwarded to the sending school boards for its review and put on public display in preparation for the JCDAVT Board adoption by mail ballot April 23.
The budget was approved by Patty Battitori, Shelly Caine, Dr. Fred Park, Michael Smith, Lloyd McCreight and Melissa Mowrey.
Friday, before the temperatures dropped, Trisha Reesman (left), age 10, and Jezabel Frantz (right), age nine, did their neighborly duty and helped decorate Bertha Dubenskyâ€™s yard for Easter, which is Sunday, April 8, this year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy starting pitcher Johnna Depp was sharp, striking out four in three innings work, and the Lady Chucks' offense was equally as sharp, putting up 18 runs to defeat Bradford 18-2 in three innings in the season opener Monday night in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy used three quick first-inning runs to jump out to a lead, but head coach Alan Pifer said it wasn't until the second inning, during which the Lady Chucks batted around and scored nine runs, that the offense started firing on all cylinders.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Leading just 3-2 entering the bottom half of the sixth inning, Punxsy's baseball team scored four insurance runs to push its lead to 7-2, and the Chucks went on to beat the Bradford Owls by that score Monday in the season opener at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
"The first one's always good," Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey said. "It certainly wasn't pretty, but we don't give back wins, that's for sure."
Dickey said that despite a few mistakes on the base paths and defensively, one area stood out as a glaring strength for the Chucks: Pitching.
Monday evening, members of the 2011-12 Punxsy girls' basketball team gathered one last time as a team for their annual banquet. The team enjoyed a dinner at Neko's Restaurant & Lounge, and letter winners were presented their pins. Pictured here are the letter winners (from left) Emily Horner, Nicole DiPietro, Ashley Reitz, Taylor Newcome, Alyssa Reitz, Jensen Constantino and Ally Fye. Missing from the photo are Alex Magill and Lauren Giavedoni.
Keith Mervin Winters, 55, Rossiter, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Hillsdale Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born July 31, 1956, a son of Mervin Winters, who survives, and the late Dolly (Miller) Winters.
He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Rossiter.
Mr. Winters enjoyed drawing and listening to country music, and he worked at the Indiana County Workshop.
After several idle weeks, the PAHS athletes will resume regular season contests as the spring sports season begins today. The baseball and softball teams will host Bradford today to open their seasons, with varsity and junior varsity contests scheduled for both. Boys' tennis and track will begin their schedules tomorrow with home meets against DCC and Hollidaysburg, respectively.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Almost everyone has enjoyed the abnormally warm weather throughout the winter season. But along with such weather comes an onslaught of deer ticks, or black-legged ticks, throughout the area.
Unseasonably warm weather has extended the season of activity for the ticks, said Dr. Tom Simmons, IUP professor of Biology and Public Environmental Health.
"With this unseasonably warm winter, it may not result in a population explosion of ticks this coming year," he said. "The tick populations were high last year, and they will remain high this year."
(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.)
(May 13, 1896)
AN EXCITING RUNAWAY