November 20th, 2011
The Lady Chucks volleyball team honored both its seniors and award winners at the annual banquet Sunday night at the Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney. Varsity head coach Lisa Kephart and junior varsity head coach Megan Decker each delivered awards, and the seniors were honored for their time and service to the program. Each player was given a framed photograph from this season as a keepsake.
BROOKVILLE â Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and in celebration, the Brookville YMCA held its fourth-annual Turkey Trot Saturday. The trot consisted of three races: The Wingding (one-mile run or walk); the Turkey Trot (five-kilometer race); and the Tough Turkey (10-kilometer race).
More than 70 competitors participated in the various races, and an award was given to each of the top three finishers in each race for both males and females.
REYNOLDSVILLE â A Saturday afternoon blaze burned a barn to the ground, damaged an accompanying silo and killed two horses.
Area firefighters from eight different stations battled the fire that broke out around 2:40 p.m. Saturday, just outside of Big Run.
Estimated damages to the barn â owned by Melvin Troyer â and contents were approximately $200,000 and exterior damage to the house was figured at roughly $20,000, according to Big Run Fire Chief Todd Peace.
(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 15, 1896)
CAPTURED A HORSE-THIEF
David Trainor Steals a Horse from
Henry Brown's Stable
Jon A. Barletta, 62, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in Latrobe.
He was born April 7, 1949, in Clearfield, a son of the late Felix A. and Mary (Rezzolla) Barletta.
Mr. Barletta was a member of S.S. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
He attended Boston University and graduated from Gannon University in Erie.
Surviving relatives include two brothers, Robert T. Barletta and wife Victoria of New Castle, and Donald J. Barletta and wife Laura of State College.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
William C. Firment, 81, Altoona, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 19, 2011.
He was born January 22, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Michael and Veronica (Lellock) Firment.
July 25, 1994, he married Dorothy A. "Dottie" Iorio, who survives, of Altoona.
Mr. Firment attended Punxsutawney Area High School.
He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Church, Altoona, and the Bavarian Aid Society.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean conflict.
In 1992, he retired as a branch manager of Lance Cracker Co., where he worked for 32 years.
Joan Hulin, 82, Northville, Mich., died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.
Mrs. Hulin was the loving wife of the late Frank J. Hulin.
Surviving relatives include two sons, William and Frank and wife Linda; two daughters-in-law, Anita and Joann; three grandchildren, Camilie, Derek and Samantha; a great-granddaughter, Haylie; and a niece, Diane Clark and husband Pat.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert.
Friends will be received at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Our Lady of Victory Church, 770 Thayer Blvd., Northville, MI, 48167.
Norman R. Pearce, 72, Luthersburg, died Saturday, November 19, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 22, 1939, in Cherry Tree, the son of the late Edward L. & Alice E. (Downey) Pearce.
Jan. 26, 1963, he married Ruth (Haag) Pearce, who survives.
Mr. Pearce retired from Penelec as a chief lineman. He also owned and operated the Curwensville Tastee Freez.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and he enjoyed camping.
LOS ANGELES â How did Punxsy native Braxton Amundson appear as a contestant on âThe Price is Right,â and did he win one of the major showcases on the show?
Well, Amundson believes his vast amounts of swag definitely helped, but due to stipulations by the program, he cannot say yes or no about winning any major showcases, but Punxsy viewers can find out when his episode airs at 11 a.m. Monday on WTAJ-TV (Comcast Channel 18).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Pizza & Prevention, sponsored by Foxâs Pizza Den, once again set another record for single-day fund-raisers this year.
Oct. 1, Foxâs sold âBig Daddy Pizzasâ for $9.11 in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and first responders. Coupons were also sold for customers to purchase pizzas in the future at the $9.11 price.
Thursday, Foxâs Manager Bob Long presented a check for $33,128.13 to members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department at their department meeting.