July 6th, 2014
CINCINNATI â€” Punxsutawney's own Devin Mesoraco â€” the current starting catcher for the Cincinnati Reds â€” has been having a spectacular season, and as is the case with Major League Baseball players who are having such seasons, Mesoraco was named to his first All-Star Game as a representative of the National League when the rosters were announced Sunday.
Mesoraco's baseball career started right here in Punxsy, and his accolades to this point included being named a Baseball America Triple-A All-Star and a Futures Game participant while playing with the Louisville Bats in 2011.
The great music acts in Barclay Square for the 2014 Groundhog Festival continued Thursday and Friday with Steve Augeri (left photo) â€” former lead vocalist for Journey â€” putting on a show for the crowds Friday and Sapphire (right photo) playing a pair of shows with an eclectic feel on Thursday evening. The festival concludes today (see schedule below). The annual fireworks show also took place on Friday night. For more from that event, see Page 16.
This week was a busy one with lots going on in Barclay Square, and one of the many things happening to keep the children entertained was the rides, provided by Bartlebaugh Amusements. (Left photo) Youngsters (front to back) Jaden, Jonas, Alec and Isaac Greenblatt enjoy a ride on the flying swings.
Arch Serian, 89, of Rossiter, died Thursday, July 3, 2014,
He was born April 23, 1925, a son of the late Arch and Jennie (Senott) Serian.
Mr. Serian was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served during World War II.
In May of 1951, he married the former Phyllis G. Altman. She survives and resides in Rossiter.
He worked as a foreman at Loree Footwear until it closed.
Arch was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, and he devoted many years of service to maintaining the church, the grounds and the cemetery.
Bonnie L. Minick, 66, Ringgold, died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born May 2, 1948, a daughter of the late Lennie and Hazel (Reed) Himes.
On Aug. 23, 1980, she married Dale E. Minick, who survives.
She enjoyed making plastic canvases, crocheting, planting flowers, gardening and bowling.
She worked for Brookville Glove for 32 years as a sewer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After their defeat to DuBois on Monday night, the Punxsy Minor League Softball All-Stars were in desperate need of a win in order to stay alive in their All-Star tournament.
Apparently, they were well aware of the dire consequences riding on this game, because they took no chances when they faced off against Fox Township on Wednesday night, whom they beat 11-1 in four innings of play.
The Spiritâ€™s offices will close at 5 p.m. Thursday and will remain closed for the Fourth of July holiday on Friday.
There will be no paper printed or delivered for Friday.
All of us here at The Spirit would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Fourth of July.
Please enjoy it and celebrate safely!
Megastars of Country put on a show for the crowd at Barclay Square on Wednesday night.
Groundhog Festival Schedule of events
Thursday, July 3
10 a.m.-noon â€” Childrenâ€™s activities (ages 6-12) at the Lattimer House. This yearâ€™s theme is â€śNative America.â€ť Sponsored by Punxsutawney Historical Society
10 a.m. â€“ Registration for Three Wheel Race I
(Ages 3-4) Racing over a designated course
10:30 a.m. â€” Registration for Three Wheel Race II (Ages 5-6-7) Racing over a designated courseÂ
10:30 am â€” Three Wheel Race I
11 a.m. â€” Three Wheel Race II
On Wednesday, Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) held a mortgage burning celebration in honor of making the final payments for the building, which was built in the 1970s, and for the 1999 addition to the hospital.
Pictured here is PAH CEO Daniel D. Blough Jr. placing a copy of the mortgage into the fire.
The hospital also took the opportunity to recognize â€śoriginal employees,â€ť many of whom are pictured above, who have been at the building since its opening.
Indiana â€” Work begins next week on a resurfacing and bridge repair project on Route 36 from the top of Chango Hill to the intersection with Route 119 in Punxsutawney Borough and Bell Township in Jefferson County.
Daytime, single-lane restrictions controlled by flaggers will be in place on Route 36 to perform roadwork including milling, paving and drainage.
Nighttime work will be performed on the bridge on Route 36 at the Route 119 intersection.