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July 5th, 2011

Richard C. “Woody” Good, 68

July 5, 2011

Richard C. “Woody” Good, 68, Punxsutawney, formerly of Dayton, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 20, 1942, in Dayton, a son of the late Laird Doyle and Audradee (Sloniger) Good.

May 12, 1973, he married Doris (Minnick) Good, who survives, his loving wife of 38 years.

For many years, Mr. Good was a log truck driver for Barrett Lumber, but most recently, before he retired, he worked for Aidin Contracting.

Blaine E. Dinger, 81

July 5, 2011

Blaine E. Dinger, 81, of Fulshear, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, June 12, 2011.

July 4th

Man injured in motorcycle crash

July 5, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A Scottdale man was flown to an area trauma center following a two-motorcycle accident that occurred at 1:45 p.m. Monday on Route 36, Young Township, in front of Ken McFarland Selective Cars.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle operated by Robert Bushmyer of Scottdale was traveling north on Route 36 when he struck a Polaris Victory motorcycle traveling in front of him driven by his son Eric T. Bushmyer, who had slowed to make a right turn into Ken McFarland

Groundhog Festival 2011

July 5, 2011

Monday night was all about ambiance at the 45th Annual Groundhog Festival as Savannah Jack performed in Barclay Square. The festival continues today.

Schedule of Events for the
45th Annual Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival

Today
9:30 a.m. – Registration for Teddy Bear Picnic
Categories for Teddy Bears:             
1. My Bear and I (Dressed Alike)
2. Bedtime Bear
3. Sports Bear
4. Tea Time Bear
5. Sun Loving Bear
10 a.m. – Teddy Bear Picnic-Sponsored By Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club. In case of rain, it will be held on the second floor of Eagles across from Barclay Square.

Way Back When

July 5, 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 18, 1896

A Smart Parrot
Senator Mitchell has a parrot of which he is very proud. It is a great talker, and something of a singer, and the Senator tells of its smartness with as much enthusiasm as a fond father relates the cute things said by his two-year-old offspring. The parrot calls the Senator "Jim," and his wife "Cal."

Punxsy's Cappella wins NHSCA wrestling title

July 5, 2011

HARRISBURG — Punxsy rising senior Neko Cappella has been part of the Chucks' Big Three of wrestlers alongside 2011 graduate Kody Young and soon-to-be senior Seth Spack the past few years, but he never experienced the glory of winning a district or regional title like his accomplished grappling counterparts.

Until now.

Cappella won a national title at the National High School Coaches Association Open Nationals Wrestling Tournament during the weekend of May 7 in Harrisburg. Finally, the monkey was off Cappella's back.

Punxsy defeated by DuBois in five innings

July 5, 2011

DUBOIS — It only took DuBois five innings to take down the Punxsutawney Little League baseball All-Stars Sunday, 11-1.

DuBois' eight-run third inning put the game out of reach, and it walked away the victor as Nick Labrasca hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

Although Punxsy recorded only three hits on the night, manager Joe DiPietro still had positive things to say about his team's effort.

Punxsy eliminated at the hands of Brookville, 15-14

July 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite a 7-2 lead at the end of the three innings, the Punxsutawney Minor League baseball All-Stars were eliminated from the tournament Sunday after a 15-14 loss to Brookville. A late push by Brookville led the team to victory, as it scored thirteen runs in the final two innings.

"They were hitting the ball, finding the gaps and putting the ball in play," Punxsy manager Eric Britton said. "It just snowballed on us."

Helen B. (Hamilton) Baun, 96

July 5, 2011

Helen B. (Hamilton) Baun, 96, Rochester Mills, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 26, 1915, in Rochester Mills, a daughter of the late John Wilson and Annie Jane (Simpson) Hamilton.

She was married to John Olen Baun, who preceded her in death Feb. 25, 2000.

Mrs. Baun formerly attended the United Presbyterian Church of Rochester Mills. She was a former member of the Electra Rebecca Lodge of Rochester Mills.

She was a lifelong resident of the Rochester Mills area.

Edna Ruth (Smith) St. John, 94

July 5, 2011

Edna Ruth (Smith) St. John, 94, found eternal peace May 1, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold (Sonny); brother, Paul Smith; sister, Marie Murray; sister-in-law, Margaret Cox; and parents James Boyd and Nannie Smith.

She was the dearest mother of Richard, Robert, Michael and Thomas. She is further survived by 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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