June 5th, 2011
(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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When the Punxsy baseball team fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning and left the bases loaded in the bottom of that inning Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Championship, no member of the Chucks panicked.
The Chucks knew they were going to hit, and by the time the team's eight-run fourth inning concluded, Punxsy was on its way to its eighth consecutive district crown thanks to a 10-5 victory over St. Marys.
Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native and current member of the Class AAA Louisville Bats, became best friends with doubles this week.
Mesoraco had one of his best weeks this season, as he raised his batting average to .315 with an 8-for-16 week that included five doubles and two three-hit games.
The Cincinnati Reds prospect capped the week Friday with a 3-for-3 performance that included three clutch extra-base hits and a career-tying five RBIs. He also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.
In a move that teammate Zak Dickey said was "so Brodi-esque," Punxsy senior Brodi Lowmaster tripped over first base as he attempted to head to second after he hit a three-run home run during the District IX Class AAA Baseball Championship Wednesday in Brockway. The homer, and subsequent slip and fall at first base, are this week's Play of the Week. Lowmaster is pictured laughing toward the Punxsy bench as he dusts himself off and trots around the bases. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Alice Jean Burkett, 85, Summerville, died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
She was born June 27, 1925, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Harry B. and Florence (Galbraith) Hetrick.
She was married to Thomas F. Stahlman, who preceded her in death Jan. 26, 1950. She then married Albert W. â€śGroundyâ€ť Burkett, who preceded her in death June 23, 1997.
Mrs. Burkett worked for Sylvania in Brookville and was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Brookville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s taken years of dreaming, about a year of planning and a few weeks of delays, but Michael Cherian has finally embarked on a two-month, 2,000-mile canoe journey that will take him to New Orleans.
Cherian, who is undertaking the canoe trip to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonâ€™s Research, launched his modified canoe â€” dubbed â€śSteady Eddieâ€ť â€” into the Allegheny River from a boat landing in Harmar.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Staff members at the George C. Brown Community Pool gathered Wednesday to plan for the poolâ€™s opening today.
Lisa Switlick, of SPLASH, said sheâ€™s excited to begin a summer filled with events, parties and daily activities.
This summer, the pool will host weekly games such as watermelon races; treasure hunt diving; centipede races; and even contests to race one of the pool staffâ€™s lifeguards.
Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2010 Fall Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Kaitlyn Nestel, girls' golf; Hannah Neal, volleyball co-MVP; Tawnee Bowers, volleyball co-MVP; Lindsey Paulina, girls' tennis; Milea Schall, girls' cross country; Timi Shiock, girls' soccer; (back) Ian Miller, boys' golf; Ben Blazavich, football; Tyler Presloid, boys' soccer; Shawnna Crago, volleyball co-MVP; A.J. Meterko, boys' cross country; and Ian Weaver, honorary football captain. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the MVP awards.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police officers thought they might have a drowning victim on their hands when they were called to a drunk and disorderly incident at the dike along the Mahoning Creek behind the Thomas L. Barletta Skate Park on Elk Street at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
According to scanner transmissions, two borough officers discovered one man who appeared to be intoxicated.
After the officers subdued him, he revealed that there was second man heâ€™d been with on the dike who might have fallen into the creek not far from where a young boy drowned recently.