August 16th, 2011
For as long as I can remember, there has been a debate in the sports community, among athletes and fans alike, centered around one important question: What exactly is a sport?
In high school, I knew the question existed, but I also didn't really have to consider the answer too closely. Most of my friends liked and followed the same sports I did, and so there was no room for debate.
Football? Basketball? Hockey? Baseball? There was no debate with those sports. Whether we liked to watch them or not was one question, but we each acknowledged they were all sports.
BIG RUN â While the community of Big Run breathed a sigh of relief, the fire department was left at a loss.
Aug. 10, Punxsy-based Pennsylvania State Police arrested Anthony Overbeck, 18, a former member of the Big Run Volunteer Area Fire Department with arson.
Jefferson County District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett said charges against Overbeck regarding a rash of other arsons in the area are likely forthcoming.
While the arrest may have put residents of the Big Run community at ease, it likely caused much sadness for the members of the fire department.
Gracelyn Kirkpatrick makes a new friend Friday afternoon as she pets a horse at the Dayton Fair.
Verna Sikora, 88, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at Christ the King Manor.
She was born Jan. 19, 1923, in Big Soldier, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Meholick) Mehok.
She was married to Walter J. Sikora, who preceded her in death in October 1979.
Mrs. Sikora was a homemaker.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Right around 6 o'clock Mon- day night, the storm clouds came rolling into Punxsutawney, and as a lightning bolt flashed in the distance, approximately 75 kids ran for cover at the practice field for the A.J. Parise Youth Football program.
Fortunately, the thunder and lightning blew over, and the teams were able to begin practice just a few minutes late.
The teams, led by Dave Bosak and his volunteer coaching staffs, went through a variety of drills in preparation for their season-opening regular season games Saturday at Prospect.
BIG RUN â Big Run Borough Council, at Monday's meeting, congratulated members of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company on a job well done, despite the adverse circumstances of dealing with the many arson fires that occurred throughout the area over the past year.
Big Run Borough Council President Nick Lantz congratulated the members of the fire company for continuing to do a great job even though Anthony Overbeck â who police charged last week with arson and other offenses â had belonged to the Big Run Fire Company at the time of his alleged crimes.
Emily Krivak (second from left), 16, was crowned the 2011 Reynoldsville Homecoming Queen during the opening ceremonies Monday night downtown. Also on hand for the crowning were (from left) 2010 Queen Mindy Hutchins, 16; Krivak; Brooke Godwin, 16, first runner-up; Miranda Meholick, 14, second runner-up; and Dakota Knarr, 16, third runner-up. The queen was chosen based on her essay, "What Reynoldsville Means to Me." All the girls attend DuBois Area High School.
Grace Davis Chelgren, 91, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born May 26, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William Henry and Anna M. (Black) Davis.
Sept. 19, 1940, she married Harry Chelgren, who preceded her in death July 27, 1996.
Mrs. Chelgren was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, where she belonged to the Altar Guild.
She was also a member of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild and the Community Concert Association. She was active in the aerobics program in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It's not quite the parking lot at Mel's Diner in the George Lucas film âAmerican Graffiti,â but itâs close enough.
Friday, the Vintage Steel Car Club of Punxsy hosted its third drive-in of the summer at Advance Auto Parts, which drew 56 different classic, vintage and otherwise sweet vehicles from around the region.
The gathering â and the open membership club â is a work in progress,said club founder Doug Hollenbaugh.
âWe just like to keep it open to everyone and have a good time,â he said.
(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.)
(March 25, 1896)
DEADLY AFTER DAMP
It Causes Horrible Disaster
at Adrian Mines.
TWO MEN PERISH FROM
And Half a Dozen Others Resuscitated
After Life Seemed Extinct