August 21st, 2011
BROOKVILLE â The U.S. Amateur Golf Championship begins at 7 a.m. today, and Brookvilleâs own C.G. Mercatoris will be playing it a second time.
âIt feels great,â Mercatoris said. âAnytime you can get into the U.S. Amateur, itâs probably the best amateur tournament in the country. Iâm very excited.â
Mercatoris, who competed in the U.S. Amateur in 2009, is looking to build upon his successes at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.
As a member of the Class of 2011, Mercatoris received the Northeast Conference Menâs Golfer of the Year award.
Connor Jay Gerg, 16, Brookville, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.
He was born Feb. 14, 1995, in Brookville, and was the much beloved son of Beth (Ammerman) and Thomas Gerg, and brother of Christian Gerg.
He played linebacker and fullback on the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School football team, and was a member of the Gold All-State All-Academic team for scholastic excellence.
He was also a member of the BAHS and American Legion baseball teams, as well as the Brookville Ski Club.
He worked as a lifeguard at the Brookville YMCA.
Pete Harvath, 76, Ellenboro, N.C., died Thursday, August 18, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born May 1, 1935, in Indiana County, a son of the late Adam and Mary (Vascovich) Horvath.
He graduated from Clymer High School in 1955, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Harvath worked in manufacturing many years for Greensteel-Korok in Dixonville, and in the coal mining industry for Pennsylvania Power and Light/Greenwich Collieries of Ebensburg.
He was a member of St. Michaelâs Greek Orthodox Catholic Church of Clymer.
BIG RUN â Last Monday, Big Run Borough Council members said residents are again wanting them to hire a part-time police officer to patrol borough streets.
Council president Nick Lantz said one of the reasons residents have approached him is the constant speeding along Route 119 and on borough streets.
Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said there has been discussion with municipalities such as Falls Creek and Sykesville about sharing a part-time officer with Big Run.
(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
PUNXSUTAWNEY â At least one member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board is not buying into the idea that a student who damages one of the high schoolâs take-home laptop computers should be responsible for financial costs â especially considering the age of the machines.
Last Monday, board member Bob Pascuzzo was the sole board member who voted against approving the 21st Century Learning handbook for the 2011-12 school year with a 7-1 vote.
Board member Penny Pierce was excused from the meeting.
BUTLER â He wasnât there in person, but Punxsutawney Phil was well-represented during last weekendâs first-ever Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the worldâs first Jeep.
Chris Phillips, a Punxsy native now living in Chicora, about nine miles east of Butler, was among the more than 1,100 Jeep owners and drivers seeking to break the Guinness record for the longest Jeep parade.
Amid the souped-up, tricked-out Jeeps in the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival parade, Phillips said he wanted his Jeep â a 2007 Wrangler â to be different from the rest.
The PAHS Marching Band wrapped up its annual band camp this week after working hard on its new show, âFunk 2011,â featuring songs from the film âShaft,â as well as âTell Me Somethingâ and âBrick House.â Director Kurt Cessna and Assistant Director Kyle Plansinis said upcoming events include a parade Monday at Kennywood Park; the Indiana County Band Night Aug. 30; and Band Fest 2011 Sept. 17. The band will debut its new show for the home crowd during the first home football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Even the approaching storm couldn't stop the Punxsy boys' golf team and its opponent, Redbank, from completing the first match of the season. With each team scoring its three top players, Punxsy defeated Redbank 130-187 to earn the win at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Redbank's squad consisted of just three players, but Punxsy was still allowed to send five onto the course and take the top three players' scores. The players each played the front nine holes at the Country Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â While representatives from the telecommunications industry, the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the state Office of Consumer Advocate offered views Thursday in a public hearing about proposed changes to the 814 area code, no one from the public did so.
Administrative Law Judge Katrina Dunderdale, who was assigned by the PUC to conduct the public hearings, closed the hearing after about 30 minutes because no one from the public had signed up to testify.