April 25th, 2011
COOLSPRING â€” Jefferson County 911 dispatched the Oliver Township Fire Company to its station around 3:05 p.m. Monday for possible tornado activity in the area.
The 911 center said lines and trees were down in the area of St. John's Road. Reports said a tornado did indeed touch down, although there were no reports from the 911 center confirming it.
Other reports said a tornado had also touched down near New Bethlehem prior to the call in Oliver Township. Those reports were also unconfirmed.
INDIANA â€” Punxsy's Alexis Young, Santana Smith, Karah Hollis took advantage of nice weather last Thursday at the Indiana Area girls' 9th and 10th grade track meet to win individual championships.
Young finished first in the 1,600-meter run (5:43), while Hollis earned wins in the 100-meter (13.0) and 200-meter dash (28.00) and Smith won the shot put (30-2).
Barry Young, head coach of the Lady Chucks, said this was a breakthrough performance for Hollis.
INDIANA â€” Punxsy's boys' track and field head coach John Smith expected a tough meet for his 9th and 10th graders last Thursday at Indiana.
Faced with some of the top competition from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and District VI, the Chucks had three athletes place second.
The top three competitors in each event medaled, while anyone who finished fourth, fifth or sixth earned a ribbon.Nathan Ward (800-meter run 1,600-meter run), Dylan Lettie (300 hurdles) and Jesse Reichard (long jump and triple jump) were the Chucks' top finishers.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Community Center and Fox's Pizza teamed up to hold their second annual fund-raiser, "Eat a Pizza, Make a Difference," during the week of April 10-16.
Rob McCoy director of the community center, aimed for financial fitness with the Fox's Pizza fox.
The goal for the fund-raiser was to sell 1,000 pizzas, allowing Fox's to donate a dollar a pizza to the community center; however, if 2,000 pizzas were sold, $4,000 would be donated.
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” A Punxsutawney man was injured in a one-vehicle accident when he struck a tree at approximately 5:45 p.m. Sunday along Route 119 in Bell Township, across from Jefferson Machine.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Steven Test, 35, was traveling southbound on Route 119 when, for unknown reasons, he struck a tree head on.
Route 119 was closed for nearly an hour while debris and fluids from the accident were removed from the road way.
(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
Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 baseball state champion at Punxsutawney Area High School, struggled during the second week of his Class AAA season with the Louisville Bats, managing three hits in 18 at-bats.
The Bats didn't do much better, going 2-4 during that span before witnessing a rainout Friday against the Columbus Clippers.
Mesoraco's average dipped to .256 in this young season after a 3-for-18 (.167) week. He still reached base in four of the five games he played this week.
Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago stands on first base after hitting a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday against DuBois. The hit, which is this week's Play of the Week, broke a 4-4 tie and helped the Lady Chucks beat the Lady Beavers, 6-4.
John P. Kostick, 92, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at his home.
He was born April 9, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John P. and Mary (Baker) Kostick Sr.
He was married to Anna M. (Misiewicz) Kostick, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Kostick served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church and the Punxsutawney Eagles No. 1231.
Trudell Katherine Bingaman Gromley, 86, Burnside, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, at home.
She was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Banks Township, Indiana County, a daughter of Melvin E. and Violet E. (Spencer) Bingaman, and step-mother Cora V. Bair Bingaman.
April 6, 1946, she married Elmer E. Gromley, who survives, in Burnside, Indiana County.
Mrs. Gromley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Glen Campbell and also attended Christian churches in Gipsy and Cookport.