July 18th, 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
Natalie Haney (right) visits the petting zoo at the Jefferson County Fair Monday night with her step-mom, Stacey Haney.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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."
BROOKVILLE â€” 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.
ROSSITER â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ 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 â€“ relaying with the Grace Gigglers of Grace United Methodist Church â€” 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 â€śHappy Birthdayâ€ť and saluted him for his battle against cancer â€“ which he has been waging for most of his life.
(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 18, 1896)
From the Transvaal
This yearâ€™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, 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.