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July 18th, 2011

The Zak Zone

July 18, 2011

A few months ago, someone asked me what my dream job would be. I told them that being a sports reporter would be the ideal position for me.

My passion for sports, writing and photography could all be blended together somehow to make the perfect position to fit my talents.

Unfortunately, I didn't realize this truth before I pursued my advanced education, and when I went to college, I studied mathematics and earned a master's in religious studies afterward.

Senior living complex may be open by year’s end

July 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Both construction and demolition continue to move along at a fast pace at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets at what is to be known as Grace Place, a senior living facility.

Demolition began Monday on a portion of the former Grube Hospital building. The portion of the building that is adjacent to Pine Street is being razed to make room for Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors.

The $6.5 million project is being constructed by the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry and Trek Development.

Jefferson County Fair Fun

July 18, 2011

Natalie Haney (right) visits the petting zoo at the Jefferson County Fair Monday night with her step-mom, Stacey Haney.

July 17th

Punxsy Little League beats out Elk Co I for championship

July 17, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Punxsutawney Little League took home the 9-and-10 year old bracket championship Saturday at the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament. It beat Elk County Tool and Die I from St. Marys, 14-4 in four innings, to win the title.

Punxsy's eight-run second inning led it to the victory. Punxsy totaled 14 runs on 18 hits throughout the game.

"That second inning was one of the best innings we've seen all year," Punxsy manager Mark Ewing said. "The boys really came to life with the bats."

Punxsy Bombers finish Skittlez in four, win tournament, 21-7

July 17, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Punxsutawney Bombers went into Saturday's Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament 11-and-12 championship game undefeated, meaning they needed just one victory over Brookville's Team Skittlez to secure the trophy.

It took only four innings to finish off Team Skittlez, 21-7, before the Bombers swarmed the field in celebration.

Dylan Huey led Punxsy's offense, going 3-for-5 at bat, scoring twice and recording three RBIs. He hit two doubles and a single.

Miners blank Brookville Grays, 1-0, in Game 1

July 17, 2011

ROSSITER — The Rossiter Miners topped the Brookville Grays, 1-0, Sunday in game one of the second round of the Federation League playoffs.

The Miners notched the second-seed in the league, guaranteeing themselves home-field advantage in their second round against the Grays.

The round is a best-of-seven series format, with the next game being played in Brookville Tuesday.

Both teams received a first-round bye.

The Miners recorded one run on just three hits throughout the ball game, but that, combined with impressive defense and pitching, was enough to win them the ball game.

Kevin Aul: Official birthday recipient at Relay for Life

July 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Some people groan about hitting the big 4-0, but Kevin Aul has scratched and clawed for 32 years of his life to hit it.

Aul – relaying with the Grace Gigglers of Grace United Methodist Church — was among those taking part in Punxsy's Relay for Life Saturday in Barclay Square.

The Relay for Life committee recognized Aul's 40th birthday with a park-wide sing-along of “Happy Birthday” and saluted him for his battle against cancer – which he has been waging for most of his life.

Way Back When

July 17, 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)

From the Transvaal

Jefferson County Fair Queen

July 17, 2011

This year’s Jefferson County Fair Queen is Logan Taylor Snell (left), 19, of Brookville. Logan sang the country song "Leave the Pieces" while also playing guitar. She is joined by Danielle Jean Troutman, who took second place in the pageant.

Vincent P. Hill, 69

July 17, 2011

Vincent P. Hill, 69, Kiski Township, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at home.

He was born Nov. 22, 1941, in Kittanning, a son of the late Ernest and Henrietta (Kriser) Hill.

Mr. Hill lived in Kiski Township for the past 30 years.

He married Darcia Lynn (Hyrtanski) Hill, who preceded him in death March 18, 2003.

Mr. Hill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1958 through 1964 as an equipment mechanic.

For most of his life, Mr. Hill was a heavy equipment operator for various companies in the Kiski Valley.

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