November 28th, 2011
One of the highlights of this past weekendâ€™s Home for the Holidays kickoff was the official lighting of the community Christmas tree in Barclay Square by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club. Guest are invited to check out the tree in person, as well as the entries in the clubâ€™s annual Circle of Trees event, which are situated around Memorial Bandstand.
The Punxsutawney girls' cross country team held its annual banquet Tuesday night to honor the hard work and effort put forth by the team's members this season. The team also handed out awards to some of ITS players. Pictured are (front, from left) Logan Brooks, Kaston Mohney, Kirsten Dean, Elissa Hill, Ala Small (All-District Second Team), Juliann Boddorf (All-District First Team); (back) Alexis Young (Most points and All-District First Team), Hannah Rummel (Most Improved), Marissa Greenblatt, Kayla Carpenter (Most Seasonal Bests), Jenna Knox, Tamara Anthony and Heidi Rodgers.
The Punxsutawney boys' cross country team held its annual banquet Tuesday night to honor the hard work and effort put forth by the team's members this season. The team also handed out awards to some of its players. Pictured are (front, from left) Bo Dinger, Dane Baker (Team leader in points); (middle) Jerad Meterko, Nathan Ward, Derik Kelly; (back) William Boddorf, Seth Burkett, Zachary Moore, Eric Ingros and Luke Fugate. The athletes were given personalized plaques commemorating their accomplishments this season by head coach John Smith.
Gordon Bish, of Shelocta, bagged this six-by-six Bull Elk Oct. 31. Bish was hunting from the "Sun of a Bish" camp, which is located in Potter County. He was hunting with his father and son and had the assistance of Hick's Run Outfitters. The elk was bagged one mile east of Sinnemahoning in Cameron County.
â€˘ Floats â€“ First: AmeriCorps; Second: Fezellâ€™s County Market; and Third: The Newcome family.
â€˘ Fire Trucks â€” First: Central Fire Department Rescue; and Second: Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company.
â€˘ Performance â€” First: Punxsutawney Area Twirling Stars; Second: Punxsutawney Area High School Marching Band; and Third: Thistle & Pine, Marion Center.
â€˘ Vehicle â€” First: STA Krise Bus; Second: Past & Present Machinery Association; and Third: Clarion County Shriners.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Smicksburg man was arrested on suspected DUI charges when the truck he was driving struck the front of the "old" Spirit building at 3:19 p.m. Sunday as he exited the Punxsy Hotel parking lot.
According to police, a GMC pickup truck driven by Fred K. Chambers, Smicksburg, was exiting the Punxsy Hotel parking lot when he reported coughing or sneezing, which may have caused his vehicle to accelerate across the north and southbound lanes, striking the office of LifeSpan Family Services of Pa., 111 North Findley St. on the ground floor.
(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)
John G. McGonagle, 88, Harborcreek, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Shippenville.
He was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Edward and Laura Mann McGonagle.
He married Mary McGonagle, who survives, his wife of 52 years.
Mr. McGonagle had resided in Erie since 1949.
He was an active member of South Harborcreek United Methodist Church.
He was also a past master of Tyrian Commonwealth Lodge No. 362 F&AM and Scottish Rite Consistory Valley of Erie.
Harold C. Tyger, 81, Rochester Mills, passed away Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at Saint Andrews Village in Indiana.
He was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Canoe Township, Indiana, County, a son of the late Glade Tyger and Hazel (Crawford) Tyger.
Dec. 27, 1952, he married Ruby E. (Wagner) Tyger, who survives, of Rochester Mills.
Mr. Tyger served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
He also served two years with the Punxsutawney Branch of the National Guard.
Local hunters Dave Poerio (left), of Punxsutawney, owner of Almost Heaven Outfitters LLC based out of Frostburg, and Robert Wheary (right), of Clymer, tag-teamed bagging this 13-point, 240-pound deer with a 20-inch inside spread last week at Almost Heaven Outfitters' bow-hunting-only eight-square mile lease in Wyoming County, W.V. Wheary was the first to hit the monster with an arrow. Poerio put a second arrow in it, and Wheary finished it off after the two, with help from their friend Frank-Steve Kovash (not pictured), of Nanty Glo, who assisted in finding and landing the buck.