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Two Punxsy teams claim second place

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Huey Brothers of Punxsutawney (10 and under) and the Punxsy Scrappers (12 and under) won second place at the Groundhog Baseball Tournament this weekend.

Both teams went 4-1 through the tournament, losing only their final games.

The Huey Brothers were taken down by Williams Sanitation/Servco of Brookville, and the Scrappers were ousted by Clarion.

The Huey Brothers began their tournament Friday night, claiming victory over the Clymer All-Stars, 14-2 in four innings. The game was highlighted by Isaac Stouffer, who had a two-run homer in the first.

DuBois repeats with Fed League championship

August 1, 2011

DUBOIS — The Rossiter Miners defeated the DuBois Rockets Saturday night to force a fifth game in the championship series of the Federation League, but DuBois won the fifth and championship-clinching game, 6-4, Sunday in Dubois to claim the title.

Rossiter took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the second without recording a hit thanks to one walk by DuBois pitcher Ben McGary and three errors by DuBois' defense.

Miners' starting pitcher Tommy Bush faced only one batter more than the minimum through three innings, but DuBois jumped on him in the fourth.

Daryl M. Kicher

August 1, 2011

Daryl M. Kicher, 84, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Wellington Heights.

He was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Sykesville, a son of the late Joseph and Lydia (Burhenn) Kicher.

Aug. 19, 1948, he married E. Jean Hoover, who preceded him in death Nov. 19, 1980.

Mr. Kicher worked for Auto Parts in Punxsutawney and the U.S. Postal Service.

He attended the Chestnut Grove Independent Church and enjoyed playing tennis, gardening and traveling.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Nancy Kicher of Forest, Va., and Jackie Pryber of Knox; and two granddaughters.

Another fire, same house; police asking for tips on Big Run fire

August 1, 2011

BIG RUN — Early Saturday morning, firefighters fought a fire at a Caroline Street, Big Run, residence for the second time in a week.

This time, the fire – again at the James Stellabuto Sr. residence – destroyed what was left of the interior, and the house sustained heavy damage.

Firefighters from the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. It was fully involved when firefighters arrived on-scene.

Local author releases fifth book in kids’ series

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Author/illustrator Julie Branken's magical "Bubble" is back in a fifth book, and this time, even more members of Branken's family are along for the ride.

"Bubble's World Book 5: Frogs and Fairies," which Branken wrote under her pen-name, Jules, again features three of the stars from her previous books: Grandsons Vincent (age nine) and Ben (age seven) Gigliotti and their English cousin, Rosanna.

But this time, the children are joined by Vincent and Ben's five-year-oldsister, Isabella.

Way Back When

August 1, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(March 25, 1896)

GOOD NEWS FOR MINERS
The B., R. & P. Coal & Iron Company
Voluntarily Advance Wages

July 29th

Punxsy wins big in opening round, 19-2

July 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All- Stars scored six runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth to jump out to a 10-0 lead over Schuylkill County West All-Stars and went on to win, 19-2, in its opening game of the state tournament Friday night in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's Brycen Paulinellie led off the top of the first inning with a single, and T.J. Petro followed with an infield single.

Ruben Taylor walked to load the bases, and Paulinellie scored on an RBI single by Dakota Byers.

A PLETHORA OF TOURNAMENTS UNDERWAY IN PUNXSY

July 30, 2011

FRIDAY'S SCORES
10U Tournament
Huey Brothers (Punxsy) 14, Clymer 2
Marion Center 15, Punxsy-Krieble 1

12U Major "B" Tournament
Punxsy Scrappers 6, DuBois 5

12U Major "A" Tournament
Punxsy Bombers 5, Blairsville 3

14U Tournament
R.B.C. 4, Femco Machine 1
Revolution 6, St. Marys Auto 3

TODAY'S SCHEDULE
10U Tournament (Little League Softball Field)
9:00 a.m. - Huey Brothers (Punxsy) vs. St. Marys Curve
2:15 p.m. - Punxsy-Krieble vs. Elk County Tool & Die
7:30 p.m. - Huey Brothers vs. Brookville
9:00 p.m. - Punxsy Krieble vs. Ridgway

PSP: Big Run fire is arson, attempted murder

July 29, 2011

BIG RUN — The Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal has ruled that a fire that destroyed a home in Big Run Tuesday as arson and attempted homicide.

Cpl. Charles E. Gross, Troop C fire marshal, said the fire that destroyed the home owned by James Stellabuto Sr. on Caroline Street began outside the garage in the rear of the building sometime between 2 a.m. and 2:47 a.m. Wednesday.

Gross said whoever started this latest fire not only would be charged with arson, but also with attempted homicide, since the owner was at home when the fire broke out.

Next phase of PAH e-records goes live Monday

July 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The main goal of Punxsutawney Area Hospital’s transition to electronic medical records (EMR): Patient safety, improving the quality of patient care and staying competitive in a quickly-changing health care field.

 Thanks to hospital staff implementing the transition behind the scenes, patients really shouldn’t notice any difference in services, aside from perhaps a few more questions from their doctors or nurses. And that staff will now have a computer to input their information that they collect into the system.

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