May 23rd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For 36 years, Patti Spinelli has been a teacher â€” a goal she first recognized at age 16.
Monday, Spinelli, a fourth-grade standard language and reading teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, was awarded for her hard work, being named The Punxsutawney Spirit's â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť at PAMS.
Spinelli said she was surprised when she received her award Monday morning during the fourth-grade track and field day that was held at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If the size of a smile on the face of a student indicates the type of impression a teacher has made upon his or her life, then the sheer happiness expressed by the boys and girls gathered around Michele Basile-Long Monday morning as she was presented with The Punxsutawney Spirit's elementary â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť award told of a positive one.
BRADFORD â€” A strong finish helped the Punxsy softball team defeat Bradford, 10-3, Saturday and attain the top seed in the District IX Class AAA playoffs.
The Lady Chucks (12-4) won their final three games of the season to edge St. Marys for the No. 1 seed. Also helping Punxsy's achievement of the king seeding was its season sweep of the Lady Dutch.
BRADFORD â€” The Punxsy baseball team completed a six-game, regular season-ending winning streak Saturday when it won 16-5 at Bradford. The Chucks wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the District IX Class AAA playoffs due to their successful finish to the regular season.
All four District IX Class AAA teams will enter the postseason, which begins Wednesday. Punxsy (12-7) will host Bradford (5-12) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field, and No. 2 St. Marys (10-9) will host No. 3 Clearfield (9-10) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite the valiant efforts of emergency responders, a three-year-old boy from Clearfield County lost his life Saturday after he fell into the Mahoning Creek near Elk Run.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, it was reported that the victim, Joshua T. Parkinson, Irvona, was playing with other children around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at a home along Lane Avenue. A short time later, he was seen in the Mahoning Creek, at which point, police, fire and EMS were contacted, police said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Beginning Thursday, motorists who travel along Mahoning Street should be alert for PennDOT employees installing new traffic signals.
PennDOT District 10 public information officer Deborah L. Casadei said both motorists and pedestrians should expect some delays between Hampton Avenue and Gilpin Street, where the replacements will take place over the next several months.
(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.)
March 4, 1896
Grasshoppers in February
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The family of Stephen Obbish will receive $250,000 through the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Borough of Punxsutawney, the mayor and two employees, according to the mediation settlement with Obbishâ€™s family.
The mediation agreement between the borough and the family members of Obbish, who died Aug. 15, 2009, in the back seat of a borough police cruiser, was released this week by Punxsutawney Borough Council and the familyâ€™s counsel, Chad A. Wissinger, Esq.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A little piece of downtown Punxsy nostalgia is back, as Caterinaâ€™s Dolce Cucina owner Katie Laska has installed a few of the single-seat booths from the former Ruth & Harryâ€™s Restaurant in her coffee shop.
The left-hand wall inside Caterinaâ€™s was once shared with Ruth & Harryâ€™s, which closed in 1994 and was razed in the late 1990s. Hair Trends now occupies the space.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As the first â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť for the summer of 2011, the recipient â€” the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts â€” probably has the most functional use of all gardens in town.
Some of the plants in the garden â€” cited for the month of May by the Punxsutawney Garden Club â€” are edible herbs, such as mint, sage, oregano, chives, thyme, peppers and others, that may be used in dishes prepared by culinary students.
â€śI want to know if the peppers are extremely hot,â€ť said Richard Manslow, project director for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. â€śIâ€™m dying to know.â€ť