August 7th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ PSP Trooper Kenton Iwaniec's friends referred to him as â€śThe Shepherd,â€ť or â€śShep.â€ť When he and his friends would go out, he was the designated driver.
â€śThey called him 'Shepherd,'â€ť his father, Ken Iwaniec, said Friday. â€śWhen they'd go out, he would get them home. We'd say, 'Are you going out?' His friends said, 'Yeah, Shep's got us.'â€ť
Will Curtis (right) draws the winning ticket for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS LTZ or $15,000 in cash during the last night of the annual SS.C.D. Lawn Festival Sunday. Festival Committee Chairman Frank Hetrick (left) announced that the grand prize winner was Dave Klender of Punxsutawney. For the rest of the prize winners, see tomorrow's Spirit.
(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 25, 1896)
A WONDERFUL PRESCRIPTION
An Old German Tailor
in a Moment of Confidence
Gives Up a Secret
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In the 10-and-under (10U) championship game at the Groundhog Little League softball tournament, the Punxsy Purranhas scored multiple runs in all three trips to the plate and pitcher Grace Aikens pitched a one-hitter propelling the Purranhas to a 10-0 victory over Homer City in four innings in Punxsutawney.
With the win, the Purranhas earned their second consecutive weekend tournament championship after placing first in the Homer City tournament last weekend.
Aikens quickly retired Homer City in the top of the first inning, and Punxsy wasted no time getting on the board.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's 15- and 16-year-old VFW Teener League All- Stars fell to Altoona, 3-2, in the opening round of the losers' bracket at the state tournament Saturday in Huntingdon.
Things looked promising for Punxsy, which jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but Punxsy was only able to manage one hit throughout the final six innings and was eliminated with the loss.
Punxsy manager Mike Klingensmith said he's been around this game long enough to know, "Sometimes, the hits just don't come your way."
This weekend, that was the case for his team.
Darl Yount, 85, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
He was born June 13, 1926, in Ringgold, a son of the late Elwood and Grace (Geist) Yount.
Aug. 27, 1948, he married the former Dorothy G. Rugh, who survives.
He attended the First Church of God.
Mr. Yount worked as a heavy equipment operator for PennDOT for 35 years. He was also a farmer.
He was a member of the John J. Jenks Masonic Lodge and the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Mr. Yount really enjoyed playing golf, walking and hunting.
Emma Lowesa Zimmerman, 98, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born Dec. 19, 1912, in Grange, a daughter of the late Charles B. and Maggie P. (Fry) Plyler.
She was married to Walter J. Zimmerman, who preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1978.
Mrs. Zimmerman was a teacher at the Punxsutawney Area School District.
She was a member of the Progressive Study Club, the NEA and PEO, and a life member of the Punxsutawney Historical Society.
She was also a member of the Presbyterian Church in Punxsutawney.
The Groundhog Little League's softball tournament kicked off Friday night with three Punxsy games at 6 p.m. Kylee Lingenfelter delivers a pitch in the 12U Purranhas loss to Davis Brothers. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
HUNTINGDON â€” Despite leading early, Punxsy's 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars fell to West Shore Teener League All-Stars, 9-5, in the opening round of the state tournament Friday afternoon in Huntingdon.
Punxsy will play this morning at 9:30 a.m. against Altoona in the opening round of the losers' bracket.
West Shore was the visiting team and scored one run in the top of the first when Mitch Chapman tripled off Punxsy's starter Jamie Bush and scored on an RBI groundout by Jared Lydon.
Punxsy answered with three runs in the bottom half of the first.
Over the past two weeks, former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher and current Major League Baseball top-prospect Devin Mesoraco has been through his share of ups and downs, both on the field and off.
As a top prospect in the Cincinnatti Reds' system, Mesoraco was highly desired at the MLB trade deadline, but the Reds weren't willing to deal him.
Unfortunately for Mesoraco and his fans, they weren't willing to deal any of the catchers at the Major League level to make room for Mesoraco just yet.