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February 20th, 2011

WAY BACK WHEN

February 20, 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.)

Local Intelligence (February 5, 1896)
BOLD ROBBERY
The Store and Postoffice at Oliveburg Ransacked by a Gang of Thieves

February 18th

PLAY OF THE WEEK

February 18, 2011

Punxsy's Logan Weaver (right) is congratulated by teammate Alex Fedigan after hitting a three-pointer and being fouled early in the third quarter Friday night. Weaver provided this week's Play of the Week when he nailed a shot at the third-quarter buzzer from six feet behind the half-court line. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Chucks rout Owls in playoff preview, 61-42

February 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Juniors Logan Weaver and Daniel Triponey played like the best guard combo in the district, and the Chucks handled Bradford in a District IX Class AAA Semifinals preview Friday night, 61-42.

Weaver and Triponey combined for 48 points, as the Chucks evened the season series with Bradford by winning Friday. The two teams will meet Thursday in Punxsutawney in the rubber match for the first round of district playoffs with a trip to the title game on the line.

Crago scores 23, Punxsy takes out Bradford

February 18, 2011

BRADFORD — The Punxsy girls' basketball team may not be going to the playoffs, but it finished the 2010-2011 season strong.

Punxsy completed the season with a three-win week once it defeated Bradford Friday night, 48-30.

The Lady Chucks (7-15) won't enter the playoffs this year, but they swept the Lady Owls (12-10), who will meet St. Marys in the District IX Class AAA title game. St. Marys and Kayla Hoohuli are in search of a fourth-straight crown.

George Edwin Jordan, 85

February 18, 2011

George Edwin Jordan, 85, State College, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born Dec. 14, 1925, in Cloe, a son of the late C. Jenks and Bertha Mae (Jacobs) Jordan.

He was the youngest of seven children and was the last of his immediate family.

Mr. Jordan attended Punxsutawney High School and married Esther Almeda Bowers June 1, 1947, with whom he celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in 2010.

Dorothy Irene Manley, 91

February 18, 2011

Dorothy Irene Manley, 91, formerly of New Bethlehem, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the Otterbein Retirement Home in Lebanon, Ohio.

She was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Timblin, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Osmer and Twila Brocious.

Aug. 14, 1959, she married Jack A. Manley, who preceded her in death Sept. 13, 2004.

Mrs. Manley was a graduate of Brookville High School and Clarion State Teachers’ College. She taught for 34 years in the Bradford and Punxsutawney schools, retiring in 1980.

John R. "Dick" Phillips Sr., 84

February 18, 2011

John R. "Dick" Phillips Sr., 84, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at UPMC-Shadyside, Pittsburgh.

He was born Feb. 12, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth (Williams) Phillips.

Aug. 22, 1953, he married Irene (Gresock) Phillips of Punxsutawney, who survives.

Fire destroys Little Canada

February 18, 2011

BIG RUN — The former Little Canada Bar & Grill was completely destroyed by a fire early Friday morning along Filtering Plant Road in Big Run.

The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Friday and was fully involved with heavy fire and smoke showing from the windows as firefighters arrived on the scene.

The vacant structure, which years ago had housed the Little Canada Bar & Grill along with numerous other bars and restaurants, was converted into a residence several years ago.

Despite February thaw, concerns about flash flooding are not major

February 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Are you ready to be flooded with warm spring weather?

Thankfully, the recent February thaw has been slow, which helped stem off the quick meltdown that often causes area creeks and streams to overflow their banks.

Punxsutawney Borough Emergency Management Coordinator Charlie Hoeh said that people who live in a flood plain never think about preparing for a flood until the water is rising up the front steps. So the time to prepare is right now.

February 17th

Late push carries DuBois toward victory over Chucks

February 17, 2011

DUBOIS — Four-straight late victories that totaled 19 team points allowed DuBois to earn a 41-34 victory over the Punxsy wrestling team Thursday night.

The Chucks (12-12) were riding high after Tyler Titus' upset victory by fall at 215 pounds. They jumped ahead 28-22 with that win, but couldn't score again until Kody Young won by forfeit during the final bout of the night.

Unlike last week, when the Chucks received two big wins from freshmen Josh Schuckers and Joel Bowers to beat St. Marys, 34-30, the 103- and 112-pounders were unable to rise up once again.

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