January 16th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Fire Department had a very busy 2010 as firefighters responded to 183 calls. Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense reported to Punxsutawney Borough Council at a recent meeting that firefighters responded to 20 structure fires in 2010.
âThe two biggest fires in 2010 were the house fire Nov. 2 on Graffius Avenue, and the New Anchor Inn fire Nov. 8 on Route 310,â Hense said, adding that weather was not very good while firefighters battled the blaze at the historic restaurant.
(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.)
(January 29, 1896)
No Joke After All
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy boys' basketball team played as a team and won as a team Saturday afternoon against Karns City, as every player contributed to the 63-61 victory that snapped the Chucks' four-game losing streak.
Punxsy trailed 47-41 entering the fourth quarter and was down 57-52 with 3:15 left before scoring 11 of the game's final 15 points to eek out a win over the Gremlins.
After a loose ball foul on the Chucks (4-6) put Karns City's Jake Henry on the free-throw line with 20.4 seconds left, the senior nailed both foul shots to tie the game at 61.
Dorothy R. Wingard, 58, a resident at Highlandview Health Care Center in Brockway, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Highlandview Health Care Center, Brockway.
She was born Jan. 11, 1953, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Vern Bloom and Amaryllis (Seyler) Bloom, who survives.
She was married to Richard Wingard, who preceded her in death Nov. 1, 1990.
Mrs. Wingard was a member of the Bible Fellowship Church at Chestnut Grove.
She enjoyed crocheting and animals.
Mrs. Wingard was a homemaker.
Olive V. Koppenhaver, 91, DuBois, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois.
She was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Brady Township, a daughter of the late Ernest and Anne Marshall Lee.
July 4, 1941, she married William J. Koppenhaver, who preceded her in death Dec. 22, 1987.
Mrs. Koppenhaver was a 1936 graduate of Brady Township High School and she was a homemaker.
She was also a member of the United Church of Christ in Troutville, and the Brady Grange.
John M. Hollenbaugh, 89, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at his daughterâs home in Creedmoor, Texas.
He was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Panic, a son of the late Eli and Mabel (Hayes) Hollenbaugh.
Mr. Hollenbaugh was married to Grace E. Dinger, who preceded him in death June 18, 2008.
He was a member of the United States Army, having served in World War II.
Mr. Hollenbaugh was a member of the Dora Evangelical Church.
He enjoyed woodworking and was a general contractor.
Jean D. Geer Carroll, 85, Brookville, formerly of Sigel, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
She was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Pitcarin, a daughter of the late Ivan C. and Rebecca Dias.
She was married to Ernest S. Geer Sr., who preceded her in death Aug. 28, 1963. She then married James W. Carroll, who preceded her in death July 17, 1991.
Mrs. Geer Carroll was a homemaker and former owner of Geer Tree Service Inc. of Brookville.
Punxsy senior wrestler Kody Young's Gene Mills high half-nelson on Ridgway's Zac McKnight was this week's Play of the Week. Young's use of the move led to a win by pin in just 27 seconds Thursday night in Punxsutawney. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
HOLLIDAYSBURG â Numerous turnovers by the Punxsy girls' basketball team led to Hollidaysburg earning a 67-33 victory Friday night.
Punxsy (3-8) trailed 22-4 after the first quarter before the Lady Tigers extended their lead to 37-15 by halftime. During the second half, the Lady Chucks were outscored 30-18.
"We have to learn to handle the pressure," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "To start the game, we had too many turnovers. We got behind the eight-ball, and we're not a good enough team to overcome that."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When A.J. Dereume received a phone call from Inner Circle President Bill Deeley one day this past April, he thought he was offering him ice cream.
âThe way that it happened, I was at my house, and Bill Deeley called and asked what size top hat I would like to have,â Dereume said Thursday. âI thought he was at Joeâs Drive-In and was picking up ice cream. I said, âThey only have one size.ââ
As it turns out, Deeley was asking Dereume if he wanted more than just a spring-time treat.