April 17th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Featured speaker Les Shoop, a former Punxsutawney Area High School basketball coach, couldn't disagree more with the opinion of those who believe that sports aren't important.
After all, he said, if sports weren't important, Saturday's event at the PAHS cafeteria wouldn't have received such a welcome turnout.
Saturday, at the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 induction ceremony, more than 100 family members and friends reaffirmed the featured speaker's belief by showing their support for six men who were added to the town's elite athletic group.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
February 19, 1896
BALLOT FRAUDS CHANGED
The North Side Municipal Election Claimed to be Corrupt
There were charges of corrupt and illegal practices at the North Side Municipal election yesterday and preparations were being made to contest the election for borough constable.
Helen Snyder, 86, Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 15, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Juneau, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Tretzler) Lezak.
She was married to Arnold M. Snyder, who preceded her in death in 1992.
Mrs. Snyder was a secretary. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include two nieces, Stacey Love of Punxsutawney, and Heather Serian Kunselman of Smyerstown; four nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and several great-great nieces and nephews.
HOLLIDAYSBURG â Four errors, 10 strikeouts and 10 men left on base dropped the Punxsy baseball team to its first loss of the season Friday, 6-1, at Hollidaysburg.
The Chucks (4-1) fell behind 6-0 after four innings before they scored their only run in the fifth. While the Golden Tigers (5-1) were building their lead with two runs in the first and third innings and one run in the second and fourth innings, Punxsy was leaving multiple runners on base nearly every inning.
Of the 10 runners Punxsy stranded, five occurred during the first two innings.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The first phase of the VFW Teener League's $250,000 improvements of Rich Kuntz Memorial Field have been completed.
The first step was the installation of new bleachers that were recently built down both lines between the concession stand and the home and away dugouts.
Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco had one of the best opening weeks of his minor league career with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .320 with three home runs and eight RBIs through eight games.
Mesoraco, who plays for the Class AAA Louisville Bats, hit solo home runs during his first, fourth and sixth games before registering a five-RBI performance during his seventh game Wednesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It all began with CB radios, and now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) has become one of the premiere volunteer safety organizations in Punxsutawney and around the world.
It has been 35 years since Ken Haynes and Bill Murray first established what was known back then as Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Services (PRES), which would later become REACT.
Charlie Hoeh, REACT member, said the club originally began in 1976 by monitoring Citizens Band (CB) Radio Channel 9 for motorist emergencies.
CLARION â More than a year of investigations culminated Friday when Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron announced the arrest of 11 alleged heroin dealers.
The investigation involved anonymous informants, Clarion Borough Police, the Clarion Heroin Task Force, the Youngstown (Ohio) Police and the Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Crime Task Force.
Six of the alleged dealers are Clarion-area natives: Krystal Clark, Rimersburg; Nicholas Beichner, Rimersburg; Marla Forbes, Leeper; Sara Kirkpatrick, Leeper; Barry Beichner, Kossuth; and Thomas Novak, Marienville.
Josephine Beyo, 92, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Wellington Heights.
She was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Rossiter, the daughter of the late Nicola and Bisolina (DelPrincipe) Finamore.
In August 1953, she married Michael B. Beyo, who preceded her in death.
Although born in Rossiter, Mrs. Beyo was raised in Pescasseroli, Italy. She returned to the United States in 1939.
Mrs. Beyo was a seamstress at Pramco in Punxsutawney. She was also the co-owner of Beyo's Keystone Service Station in Punxsutawney.