June 6th, 2011
1. It was great to see Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League President Harry Noerr laughing and smiling as he talked to people at the Lady Chucks' district title game last Wednesday in Brockway. Noerr's daughter, Lisa, a 1995 PAHS graduate, passed away a few weeks ago, and I'm sure that brought much sadness to he and his extended family. For those who aren't aware, the Punxsy varsity softball and Little League softball field next to the concession stand is named Harry Noerr Field.
Punxsy senior Devan Neal (right) high-fives first base coach Dan Furman after he hit a two-run single in the second inning during the first round of the PIAA Class AAA baseball playoffs Monday in Brockway. Neal had three of the Chucks' 15 hits, and Punxsy advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 with an 11-1 victory in five innings over Hampton.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the summer traveling season upon us, many drivers will be hauling various sized trailers on area highways. The question is, are those trailers safe?
Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Kirk Brudnock, a trained expert regarding trailer safety, said many trailers both large and small are improperly hitched up.
Brudnock said one of the most important pieces of equipment involved with the hitch is the safety chains.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Have you ever thought of what it would be like to never be able to go swimming, horseback riding, or even feel the grass in between your toes? Unfortunately, some children from inner cities such as New York have never been able to do these things. Fortunately, you can be the person to help these kids gain a whole new experience of what life outside the city is like by becoming a host family.
The Fresh Air Fund is seeking host families to provide a home and an unforgettable summer experience to children.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy Lady Chucks did not start to sweat when they lost an early lead and fell behind 3-2 in the third inning Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Softball Championship.
"Go up there with confidence at the plate," senior and one of the team's leaders Shawnna Crago said she told her teammates.
The entire team stayed calm and collected, allowing the Lady Chucks to make a comeback and win it 6-4 against the St. Marys Lady Dutch. With the win, Punxsutawney (13-4) earned its fourth consecutive district title.
Gertrude McCauley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born June 11, 1931, in Vienna, Austria, a daughter of the late Karl and Theresia Geborene (Schreiner) Unmuth.
She had recollections of very hard times in Germany, which included bread rations and being made to salute Hitler in her early years of life.
July 14, 1956, she married her beloved Albert Merle McCauley Jr., who preceded her in death Dec. 31, 2002.
Ruby E. Powell, 68, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Nov. 12, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Martin Vasbinder and Edna (Minich) Vasbinder-Burkett.
July 30, 1960, she married Clair J. Powell, Sr., of Punxsutawney, who survives.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was no false alarm at Mahoning Towers Sunday morning when an appliance fire damaged an apartment around 7:30 a.m.
Punxsutawney Assistant Fire Chief Scott Depp said a toaster caught fire in apartment 402 and caused some fire damage in the kitchen area, especially the cupboards.
Depp said Punxsutawney Borough Police were first on the scene and knocked down the fire with an extinguisher.
Opening weekend at the George C. Brown Community Pool, located on Cypress Street, was a big success as the warm temperatures brought a large crowd to the local swimming hole Saturday and Sunday. Shown are some young swimming enthusiasts enjoying their summer vacation at the pool (front, from left): Hayden Terres, Carter Newcome, Makayla Smith and Ella Newcome, (back) Austin Troutman, Lexi Dunlap and Ryan Ransom.
(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.)
March 4, 1896
Perry Brink Dead
Perry Brink, well-known all over Jefferson county, died at his home near Horatio last Thursday of dropsy, aged seventy-four years, and was buried in the Clayville cemetery on Sunday.