June 27th, 2011
1. I didn't get a chance to mention this last week, but the teams that Punxsy's baseball and softball teams lost to in the PIAA playoffs â€” Northern York for baseball, Valley for softball â€” both won a state title. For the Lady Chucks, that's three-straight years they were eliminated by the eventual state champion, and if you count their 2006 state title game defeat, that's four times in six years. Sometimes having bad luck schedule-wise can lead to your season ending sooner than expected.
Donald J. Buzard, 69, DuBois, died Friday, June 24, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 13, 1941, in Brookville, a son of the late John and Francis (Yeunosk) Buzard.
He was married to Rosemary Makofka, who survives.
Mr. Buzard was a member of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany.
He worked as a truck driver for the former Preston Trucking Co. and Fast Track Trucking Co. of Anita, as well as for Fullington Bus Company of DuBois.
Mr. Buzard was a member of F.O.E. of Falls Creek and enjoyed NASCAR and Steelers football.
James Richard Pifer, 90, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Nov. 24, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Merle Philip and Ida Elizabeth (Smith) Pifer.Â
He is the last member of his family.
Mr. Pifer was a corporal with the U.S. Army Air Force, having served during World War II. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the American Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Nov. 15, 1946, he married Doris Ruth Bair, who survives.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy scored two runs in the bottom half of the third inning to tie St. Marys, 2-2, but St. Marys went on to score eight runs in the last three innings to win 10-4 in Minor League baseball All-Star action Sunday at Jerry Long Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's next game will be Thursday, but it will not know which team it will play until Tuesday. St. Marys will go on to face DuBois in the winner's bracket at 6 p.m. Tuesday in DuBois.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney reigned victorious as they beat the Clearfield Chiefs 14-4 Sunday night in American Legion ball.
A seven-run first inning proved to be just the ticket for Punxsy, as the Chiefs were unable to stage any sort of comeback.
"We jumped out quick in the first inning, and we kinda never looked back after that," Punxsy manager Mike Dickey said. "It was a good win for us. We were patient when we needed to be patient, and we were aggressive when we needed to be aggressive."
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy Little League softball All-Stars had just two base runners during an 11-0 loss to DuBois Saturday in a winners' bracket contest in DuBois.
Punxsy (1-1) dropped to the losers' bracket final where it will host Brookville at 6 p.m. tonight.
Brookville defeated St. Marys, 10-7, Sunday afternoon.
DuBois (3-0) is now the king seed in the Southern tier. It will host the Punxsy-Brookville winner at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a chance to advance to the District 10 final against the Northern tier champion.
(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 4, 1896
BROOKVILLE â€” Pennsylvania's Empowered Expert Residents (PEERs) are honored annually at a statewide event in Harrisburg for their efforts in advocating for their own quality of life in long-term living facilities.
However, because of the travel distance, PEERs from the northwest region of the state convened at the Heritage House Thursday.
BIG RUN â€” Police are looking for information regarding vandalism that occurred over the weekend at Veteran's Memorial Park in Big Run.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, sometime between 9 p.m. Friday and 5:20 p.m. Saturday, someone spray painted graffiti on the playground; removed one of the electrical outlet covers from the pavilion; and damaged a picnic table by removing a wooden plank and breaking it into pieces.
Damage to the park is estimated at $200, with the electrical outlet valued at $10.
Anyone with information should call 938-0510.
R. Margaret (Peg) Elkin, 91, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Jan. 24, 1920, in Porter Township, a daughter of the late Edward A. and Bertha Mae (Blose) Kennedy.
June 12, 1941, she married John M. Elkin, who preceded her in death Feb. 4, 1991.
Mrs. Elkin was a former member of the Zion Methodist Church in Porter, the Ladiesâ€™ Auxiliary of United Commercial Travelers, the Nash Ramblers bowling team, the Ladiesâ€™ Auxiliary of the Adrian Hospital and the 500 Card Club.