May 22nd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Beginning Thursday, motorists who travel along Mahoning Street should be alert for PennDOT employees installing new traffic signals.
PennDOT District 10 public information officer Deborah L. Casadei said both motorists and pedestrians should expect some delays between Hampton Avenue and Gilpin Street, where the replacements will take place over the next several months.
(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
Grasshoppers in February
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The family of Stephen Obbish will receive $250,000 through the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Borough of Punxsutawney, the mayor and two employees, according to the mediation settlement with Obbish‚Äôs family.
The mediation agreement between the borough and the family members of Obbish, who died Aug. 15, 2009, in the back seat of a borough police cruiser, was released this week by Punxsutawney Borough Council and the family‚Äôs counsel, Chad A. Wissinger, Esq.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ A little piece of downtown Punxsy nostalgia is back, as Caterina‚Äôs Dolce Cucina owner Katie Laska has installed a few of the single-seat booths from the former Ruth & Harry‚Äôs Restaurant in her coffee shop.
The left-hand wall inside Caterina‚Äôs was once shared with Ruth & Harry‚Äôs, which closed in 1994 and was razed in the late 1990s. Hair Trends now occupies the space.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ As the first ‚ÄúGarden of the Month‚ÄĚ for the summer of 2011, the recipient ‚ÄĒ the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts ‚ÄĒ probably has the most functional use of all gardens in town.
Some of the plants in the garden ‚ÄĒ cited for the month of May by the Punxsutawney Garden Club ‚ÄĒ are edible herbs, such as mint, sage, oregano, chives, thyme, peppers and others, that may be used in dishes prepared by culinary students.
‚ÄúI want to know if the peppers are extremely hot,‚ÄĚ said Richard Manslow, project director for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm dying to know.‚ÄĚ
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ Punxsy senior A.J. Meterko is living his dream.
Ever since he was a freshman, the Chucks' long-distance runner had the goal of running in the 1,600-meter run at states.
After his performance Thursday in Brookville during the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships, he'll have more to look forward to than just the 1,600.
DUBOIS ‚ÄĒ No matter who they played, Punxsy junior Tim Pearce and sophomore Mike Blose weren't going to be stopped in district play this season.
The duo completed an 11-0 season with a 3-0 day Friday in DuBois to claim the 2011 District IX Class AAA Boys' Tennis Doubles Championship.
As underclassmen with six seniors on the roster, it was unclear how Pearce and Blose would fit into the 2011 Chucks' plans. But a chance doubles practice early in the season started a bond on the court between the two players.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ Punxsy seniors Nickita Martz and Milea Schall felt pressure to perform for different reasons at the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships Thursday in Brookville.
Martz, a three-time champion in the javelin, was in search of a four-peat. Schall, who was seeded first in the 3,200-meter run, was trying to reach the state track meet for the first time ever.
Both girls accomplished their goals, and they did it by blowing away the competition.
Rose S. Zimmerman, 88, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born March 8, 1923, in Pansy, a daughter of the late William Carlton and Ida (Young) Hetrick.
Mrs. Zimmerman grew up on a farm and graduated from a one-room school after eighth grade.
May 9, 1954, at the Lutheran Church at Ohl, she married W. Wilson Zimmerman, who preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2003.
Mrs. Zimmerman was a homemaker and worked at Sylvania. She also enjoyed sewing and made many beautiful quilts.