April 24th, 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 newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
February 19, 1896
Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 baseball state champion at Punxsutawney Area High School, struggled during the second week of his Class AAA season with the Louisville Bats, managing three hits in 18 at-bats.
The Bats didn't do much better, going 2-4 during that span before witnessing a rainout Friday against the Columbus Clippers.
Mesoraco's average dipped to .256 in this young season after a 3-for-18 (.167) week. He still reached base in four of the five games he played this week.
Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago stands on first base after hitting a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday against DuBois. The hit, which is this week's Play of the Week, broke a 4-4 tie and helped the Lady Chucks beat the Lady Beavers, 6-4.
John P. Kostick, 92, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at his home.
He was born April 9, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John P. and Mary (Baker) Kostick Sr.
He was married to Anna M. (Misiewicz) Kostick, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Kostick served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church and the Punxsutawney Eagles No. 1231.
Trudell Katherine Bingaman Gromley, 86, Burnside, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, at home.
She was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Banks Township, Indiana County, a daughter of Melvin E. and Violet E. (Spencer) Bingaman, and step-mother Cora V. Bair Bingaman.
April 6, 1946, she married Elmer E. Gromley, who survives, in Burnside, Indiana County.
Mrs. Gromley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Glen Campbell and also attended Christian churches in Gipsy and Cookport.
Pysanky eggs, a Ukrainian art, display a great variety of ornamental patterns. Each pattern, design and color depict a different meaning when displayed on the egg. Jeanne Curtis shared her wisdom on the Ukrainian art during a pysanky egg workshop March 26 at the Lattimer House. She has been designing the pysanky eggs for 21 years after taking an instructional
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center would like to introduce three new administrators to its team.
Karen Brown, nursing home administrator, and Charlotte McConnell, director of nursing, began working at the facility March 28. Jennifer Poltrack, director of admissions and marketing, started March 31.
Brown has worked as a manager at a long-term care pharmacy and in skilled nursing administration.
McConnell, a 41-year nurse, has directed long-term care facilities and served as director for two different home health companies.
To celebrate achievement and success, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inducted 36 new members during an assembly Thursday at Punxsutawney Area Middle School.
(Front, from left) Carolyn Barnett, Brandon Bennett, Paul Brauer, Mikeelee Brink, Nicholas Brothers, Abigail Calvert, Madison Cary, Nicole Cromley, Brandon Douthit, Morgan Doverspike, Ivy Ferko, Braxton Giavedoni and Nichole Heitzenrater were many of the new members being inducted.
Throughout the ceremony, speakers elaborated on the traditions of the NJHS.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Seventy-nine-year-old Joe Cary, of Punxsy, will participate in the National Senior Games in Houston, Texas, during the last weekend in June.
June 25, Cary will compete in the 5K race â€” or 3.1 miles â€” in the 75 to 79 age group, and he expects to be the eldest in the category. In addition, June 26, he will compete in a triathlon that consists of a 400-yard swim, a 12.5-mile bike race and a 3.1-mile run.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy softball team lost three regular-season games last year, and two of them were to DuBois.
This season, an 0-2 record against the Lady Beavers just wasn't going to fly for the Lady Chucks.
Punxsy (5-0) overcame a 4-1 deficit, tied the game in the fourth inning and pulled ahead for good during a 6-4 victory over DuBois (3-1) in a battle of undefeated District IX powerhouses Thursday afternoon at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.