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Daryl M. Kicher

July 31, 2011

Daryl M. Kicher, 84, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Wellington Heights.

He was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Sykesville, a son of the late Joseph and Lydia (Burhenn) Kicher.

Aug. 19, 1948, he married E. Jean Hoover, who preceded him in death Nov. 19, 1980.

Mr. Kicher worked for Auto Parts in Punxsutawney and the U.S. Postal Service.

He attended the Chestnut Grove Independent Church and enjoyed playing tennis, gardening and traveling.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Nancy Kicher of Forest, Va., and Jackie Pryber of Knox; and two granddaughters.

Another fire, same house; police asking for tips on Big Run fire

July 31, 2011

BIG RUN — Early Saturday morning, firefighters fought a fire at a Caroline Street, Big Run, residence for the second time in a week.

This time, the fire – again at the James Stellabuto Sr. residence – destroyed what was left of the interior, and the house sustained heavy damage.

Firefighters from the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. It was fully involved when firefighters arrived on-scene.

Local author releases fifth book in kids’ series

July 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Author/illustrator Julie Branken's magical "Bubble" is back in a fifth book, and this time, even more members of Branken's family are along for the ride.

"Bubble's World Book 5: Frogs and Fairies," which Branken wrote under her pen-name, Jules, again features three of the stars from her previous books: Grandsons Vincent (age nine) and Ben (age seven) Gigliotti and their English cousin, Rosanna.

But this time, the children are joined by Vincent and Ben's five-year-oldsister, Isabella.

Way Back When

July 31, 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 25, 1896)

GOOD NEWS FOR MINERS
The B., R. & P. Coal & Iron Company
Voluntarily Advance Wages

July 29th

Punxsy wins big in opening round, 19-2

July 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All- Stars scored six runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth to jump out to a 10-0 lead over Schuylkill County West All-Stars and went on to win, 19-2, in its opening game of the state tournament Friday night in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's Brycen Paulinellie led off the top of the first inning with a single, and T.J. Petro followed with an infield single.

Ruben Taylor walked to load the bases, and Paulinellie scored on an RBI single by Dakota Byers.

A PLETHORA OF TOURNAMENTS UNDERWAY IN PUNXSY

July 30, 2011

FRIDAY'S SCORES
10U Tournament
Huey Brothers (Punxsy) 14, Clymer 2
Marion Center 15, Punxsy-Krieble 1

12U Major "B" Tournament
Punxsy Scrappers 6, DuBois 5

12U Major "A" Tournament
Punxsy Bombers 5, Blairsville 3

14U Tournament
R.B.C. 4, Femco Machine 1
Revolution 6, St. Marys Auto 3

TODAY'S SCHEDULE
10U Tournament (Little League Softball Field)
9:00 a.m. - Huey Brothers (Punxsy) vs. St. Marys Curve
2:15 p.m. - Punxsy-Krieble vs. Elk County Tool & Die
7:30 p.m. - Huey Brothers vs. Brookville
9:00 p.m. - Punxsy Krieble vs. Ridgway

PSP: Big Run fire is arson, attempted murder

July 29, 2011

BIG RUN — The Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal has ruled that a fire that destroyed a home in Big Run Tuesday as arson and attempted homicide.

Cpl. Charles E. Gross, Troop C fire marshal, said the fire that destroyed the home owned by James Stellabuto Sr. on Caroline Street began outside the garage in the rear of the building sometime between 2 a.m. and 2:47 a.m. Wednesday.

Gross said whoever started this latest fire not only would be charged with arson, but also with attempted homicide, since the owner was at home when the fire broke out.

Next phase of PAH e-records goes live Monday

July 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The main goal of Punxsutawney Area Hospital’s transition to electronic medical records (EMR): Patient safety, improving the quality of patient care and staying competitive in a quickly-changing health care field.

 Thanks to hospital staff implementing the transition behind the scenes, patients really shouldn’t notice any difference in services, aside from perhaps a few more questions from their doctors or nurses. And that staff will now have a computer to input their information that they collect into the system.

Solid Waste Authority still eyes electronics collection

July 29, 2011

BROOKVILLE — At the Solid Waste Authority meeting Wednesday, Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Donna Cooper expressed hope about hosting an electronics collection in Jefferson County.

The authority discussed this possibility two months ago at its May meeting; however, Cooper said she is more hopeful now because “there’s so many electronic companies that are looking for electronics because of the new disposal law.”

Minnie Bryce Abraham, 88

July 29, 2011

Minnie Bryce Abraham, 88, well-known resident of Clymer, went to heaven peacefully in her sleep early Wednesday morning, July 27, 2011, at Grace Healthcare in Franklin, Tenn.

She was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Clymer, the daughter of James and Agnes Clayton.

She was married to Howard “Hub” Abraham, who preceded her in death in 1996, for 50 years. Together, they pioneered Little League Baseball in Clymer, an organization they served for more than 40 years. Clymer’s “Hub Field” is named in honor of Howard Abraham, inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

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