October 16th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's a typical example of the battle of the sexes, with a taste of Groundhog Day to spice it up: A nodding Punxsy Phil says yes to an early spring, but Phyllis, shaking her head, says no, and wants six more weeks of winter.
But don't call an attorney just yet: It's not a case of domestic discord at Phil's Burrow. In this case, Punxsy Phil and Phyllis are salt and pepper shakers.
(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 1, 1896)
MISS NANCY A. Y. HOOVER DEAD
She Was Stricken With Paralysis
and Passed Away a Week
Nellie Duene (Bullock) Bowser, 86, Indiana, formerly of Dayton, went to be with her Lord Oct. 13, 2011, at St. Andrewâ€™s Village, Indiana.
She was born June 28, 1925, in Timblin, a daughter of the late Asa and Nellie (Firemen) Bullock.
A war bride, she married Harry Laird Bowser Nov. 28, 1942. He preceded her in death July 18, 2007.
She graduated from Dayton High School in 1943.
Mrs. Bowser worked in the Dayton Elementary School cafeteria for many years, retiring in 1988. In honor of her service to the students and staff, the elementary yearbook was dedicated to her.
Betty Jean Stahlman, 91, New Bethlehem, died Friday Oct. 14, 2011, at Brookville Hospital.
She was born June 3, 1920, in Limestone Township, Clarion County, a daughter of the late James Orr and Elva Mae (Showers) Collett.
July 31, 1937, she married Darrell Charles Stahlman, who preceded her in death July 10, 1971.
Mrs. Stahlman, along with her family, owned and operated the family business, B.J. Stahlman Trucking in New Bethlehem.
She was a member of the New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church and a former member of the BPW. She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.
John A. Welder, 73, DuBois, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 9, 1939, in Stump Creek, the son of the late Joseph Welder and Helen Frantz.
July 6, 1968, he married Lillian (Tschopp) Welder, who survives.
Mr. Welder was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam.
He worked at Riverside-BiLo in DuBois and the former Country Garden Market for many years.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He especially liked to work on vehicles.
WEST SUNBURY â€” After the Chucks matched the Moniteau Warriors' first scoring drive with one of their own, Moniteau's defense answered the bell and shut out the Chucks for the rest of the first half, while the Warriors' offense scored three touchdowns in the second quarter. The Warriors went on to win the game 45-6.
KARNS CITY â€” With 23 seconds left on the clock, the Brookville Raiders attempted their first field goal of the season. Cam Yard stepped up to the line, and his kick was just a few inches low, allowing Karns City to block it.
The missed field goal sent the Raiders home packing with a 24-21 loss Friday night in Karns City.
In hindsight, Brookville head coach Chris Dworek said he thought he made the right call on fourth down with the game on the line.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Donâ€™t blink, or youâ€™ll miss what could be the best weekend to see fall foliage in this part of western Pennsylvania.
Most trees are in full color with deep reds and bright yellows prevailing, said Eric Leister, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College.
This weekend will be better than next weekend, as thereâ€™s the possibility of more leaves dropping due to windy weather conditions today and tomorrow, Leister said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” What could be better than being the fiddle champion of your home state? Being the fiddle champion of three states: Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio.
After starting to play the fiddle at age five, Julia Voris, now 13, is a four-time champion in Pennsylvania alone. This would be an impressive feat for any musician, let alone one who is not even old enough to drive. It is hard to look around the Voris household and not see a trophy with her name on it.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Salvation Armyâ€™s Harvest Auction has a new radio home this year.
The auction, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, can be heard this year on WECZ AM 1540, said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsy Salvation Army.
Jache said the community has been very generous to the corps this year, as there is more than $10,000 in merchandise that has been donated to this yearâ€™s auction.