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Homesteading: A Way of Life By Danielle Merrow of Hometown magazine homestead is, by definition, a family-run farm whose size falls somewhere between a large-scale for-profit farm and a home garden. Homesteaders tend to raise crops and livestock that sustain their family, but not on a grand scale or for any great profit.  “Homesteading,” according to Lindsay Merrow of The Merrow Homestead, is

hesitant to allow to touch her daughter’s skin. “SLS, fragrance, phthalates - lots of nasty stuff, so I made my own soap from natural ingredients, then I grated the soap to make my own laundry detergent,” she remembers.  Today, Gould Hollow Farms is home to about 30 chickens and a wide Brian, Harper, Lundynn and Allison Gould of Gould Hollow Farms. selection of garden Submitted photo. produce. Gould and spearmint. says she grows a large variety of  While this seems like a long list, Gould fruits, vegetables and herbs. Fruit says, “We like to plant a little bit of a lot. varieties include raspberries, The goal is to eat things fresh as they blackberries, blueberries, come,” so by planting small quantities in strawberries, grapes, apples and a large variety, the family is more likely pears. Veggies produced on the 11to eat most of their own produce during acre homestead are pumpkins, the months of harvest. Gould grows cucumbers, squash, yellow beans, everything from seed under growing green beans, sweet peas, onions, lights and starts some seeds indoors as garlic, peas, celery, asparagus, early as mid-April. This year she started Dr. Kevin and Lindsay Merrow on The Merrow Home- rhubarb, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes over 200 seeds. The location of their 11stead. Sumbitted photo. and sunflowers. She also raises acre homestead is at an elevation that herbs like calendula, chamomile, “making home the most important thing. shortens their growing season by two to mugwort, California poppy, sage, basil, When everything is centered around three weeks, so planting early is crucial dill, thyme, rosemary, cilantro, borage home: quality family time, family - Continued on next page mealtime, that’s where you want to be. The time required to make this lifestyle work makes this the place you want to be. That was the goal when I took this on. The hard work that goes into it makes this all worth it.”  Merrow and her husband, Dr. Kevin Merrow, started their homestead in 2013, when their son Finn - now nine - was just one-year-old.  “We started with a couple of chickens and a small garden at our [first home], and it’s grown from there,” Lindsay recalls. Their undertaking has grown in the years since by adding two daughters Maeve, 5 and Cora, 3 - to their family, upsizing their home and land and increasing their livestock count to include more chickens, plus a couple of goats for milk, some beef cows and bees for honey. The family has relocated to Marion Center in the years since they began their adventure.  For Allison Gould of Gould Hollow Farms, the goal is “living a less toxic life.


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Lindsay Merrow looks over part of her flock of free range, egg-laying chickens. Submitted photos.


it’s not always in our hands; you can do things the exact same way from year to Continued from previous page year and have completely different results. But, there’s such a sense of to make the most of the season they have. accomplishment - for us as a family - that  Gould’s highest priority is natural, comes with nurturing something. And, holistic living for herself, husband Brian we have such a deep appreciation for the and their two daughters, Harper, 10 and land and for the animals that feed us. It’s Lundynn, 8. She notes that everything good for the kids to help care for the grown on their land is 100% organic. animals. And they help us when it’s time to butcher the chickens. We have a deep respect for the animals we raise and the way they nourish us.”  Merrow agrees that the unknown is one of the challenges she faces during the growing season. After beginning flower seeds under growing lights back in February, she admits that Merrow tends to her vegetable gardens on the homestead. she’s been on edge ever since, worrying about having the blooms ready for peak season at the homestead.  The Merrow Homestead starts an early spring garden of greens like lettuce, spinach and kale, as well as broccoli, onions, garlic and strawberries. In addition, she grows tomatoes, peppers, beans, radishes, Merrow and her family raise mini Hereford cattle. carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers Gould, or as she’s known on social watermelon, and peas for later harvest. media, “The Holistic Homesteader,” and Merrow says she freezes what she can, “Alchemist.Allison,” places a good and this past year, Creative Garden portion of her focus on growing herbs to Preschool and Daycare of Punxs’y was make her own salves, sprays, bath salts awarded a grant to purchase produce and other products that she uses in her from the family’s crops. She says that own home and also sells on her Etsy with her three little ones and sports shop. She’s currently studying to become schedules and other jobs, right now the a clinical herbalist. extra time to preserve the way she would  “I want to know more about plants,” she like to is too much. Instead, her focus says. “If I have a headache, I want to right now is on learning: learning how to know how to cure it naturally.” grow and learning how to make their  Gould says the greatest benefits to her homestead what she envisions it to family from the homesteading life are become one day. being forced to slow down as a family in  The 2021 growing season has been order to be able to properly care for the Merrow’s first experience with growing gardens and the chickens. a large crop of designer flowers. She  “When you have 30 chickens, you can’t plans to continue to expand and grow her just take off. You have to consider that gardens as her children grow and are able they still need to be cared for if you to be more hands-on with her. Still, she aren’t going to be around,” she says. cites watching Finn, Maeve and Cora “And we’ve learned patience in waiting for our food to grow. We’ve learned that

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Along with livestock, fruits, vegetables and herbs, artistic inspiration is also plentiful, as seen in these photos taken at Gould Hollow Farms by Allison Gould.

Homesteading Continued from previous page

learn and grow on the farm as one of the most rewarding parts of her work.  “I feel like I’m passing on a skill set to them that they will carry with them through life,” she says. “There is such immense beauty in this work, and I get to immerse myself in this every day.” She poignantly posted on her social media site (o_be_joyful on Instagram) in May of 2021, “The farm is work. So. Much. Work. Like, kill yourself every single day work. But I’ve discovered that I’m willing to die on this cross because I believe in this life. This is the hard I

which she uses in the products she makes.  Merrow’s maternal grandparents were also farmers, so she has drawn inspiration from them in the way she plans to grow her homestead. Other inspiration for Merrow comes from Shaye Elliott: a

mom; homesteader; home cook; blogger; and photographer who can be found at theelliotthomestead.com, as well as Angela Reed, the Parisienne Farmgirl (parisiennefarmgirl.com).  Gould and Merrow both agree that this lifestyle suits their families because they

feel such satisfaction in nourishing their families through all of their own sweat and tears. They agree that there is no greater feeling for them than the life, the lessons and the love that grow when life happens at home. •••

Harper and Lundynn Gould show off some of the flowers and medicinal plants grown on the Homestead. Submitted photo.

choose, because amidst the work, the dirt, the tears, there is such an immense beauty to be had and seen...and I want it all.”  Both Gould and Merrow have farm roots in their blood that provided the inspiration for their ventures into their smaller-scale homesteading lifestyles. Gould Hollow Farms is named after Gould Farm where Brian Gould, Allison’s husband, was raised. The inspiration farm covered hundreds of acres and was home to cows and pigs. Gould clarifies, however, that for her, “it’s not just about the farm. It’s not only about growing your own food, it’s about repurposing an old shed as a chicken coop. It’s about taking on projects yourself and getting things done. One day I plan to have a root cellar. That’s another homestead dilemma: There is always a project to do!”  Gould says that in addition to using the products of the farm that she grows intentionally, she also enjoys foraging for usable ingredients from nature. On their property and nearby, she is able to forage herbs like mullein, plantain, chamomile, jewelweed, yarrow and stinging nettle,

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honing Street at South Gilpin Street is a more By S. Thomas Curry modern three-story building, built in 1920 to of Hometown magazine he telling of the history of the buildings be known as the Jones Building, constructed on the south side of West Mahoning for the purpose of housing Jones Furniture Street, between South Findley Street Company. That building is more familiar to and South Gilpin Street, continues. Introduced residents as the old J.C. Penny’s building, or to readers in a past issue, and in the memory Miller’s Furniture building. For over 30 years, and after major fires with of local residents, is the name, “The Arcade Building,” bringing to life Punxsutawney’s the buildings and other influences, the remains of the downtown block have been the focus of shopping in the “downthis history as it faces a town mall,” as it was new plot plan and purpose known in advertising after in Punxsutawney’s future. it opened in 1977. Another Major Fire in That name replaced 1988 other names that were Following the Arcade’s used to identify buildings opening in 1977, there was in Punxsutawney’s downnew life in the downtown. town landscape. In memIn the memories of many ories of local residents are folk was a decade of a new names such as Feicht’s downtown shopping expeBuilding, recalling Ferience in the Arcade’s icht’s Drug Store in one many unique specialty building, or McCrory’s shops in the “indoor mall.” 5&10 Building, adjacent In many recollections is to it. The building where also the major destructive McCrory’s was in business was originally the Another major fire occurred in Punx- fire in December 1988. On Snyder Brothers Building sutawney’s downtown in December a frigid, bitter cold 8-deevening, flames It destroyed Polly’s Fashion gree (1902). The drug store on 1988. Shoppe. When the damaged building roared through Polly’s the west side was in a was demolished, the downtown was building identified origi- left with an empty lot for many years. Fashion Shoppe. It was reported to have been ignited nally as Grube’s Hospital by an overheated furnace needed to run all building when it was built in 1902. Farther west of those structures was the Tor- night because of the cold weather. Many residents witnessed local firemen in rence Building (1900), or later the Cohen action, their helmets and uniforms encrusted Building, Beam Building and Kaufman Building. Continuing west was the Weiss with ice from water turning to ice. Lacking the Building, constructed in 1902 and better use of Punxsutawney’s aerial truck, it was necknown by older residents as Polly’s Fashion essary to call in snorkel and aerial ladder Shoppe building. On the corner of West Ma- Continued on next page

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Punxsutawney’s Continued from previous page trucks from Indiana and DuBois. The fire was fought from Tanner Alley behind, from Mahoning Street in front and from the top of the one-story building to the east of Polly’s. [Note: That building was the remains of the 1974 fire that damaged the former Torrence Building. That street-level portion remains on West Mahoning Street. The 1974 fire also destroyed the former Feicht Building. From that loss came the Arcade shopping experience.] In the fire of 1988 at the Polly Fashion Shoppe, firemen battled flames for hours, containing the fire to one building of major damage. Apartment residents were safely evacuated. Explosive paint supplies from

The empty lot, formerly of Polly’s Fashion Shoppe, was landscaped and repurposed with a Gazebo and a Phantastic Phil. “Philtuminous, The Heritage Hog,” was unveiled in 2005 to honor the Miller family’s mining history. The site became a restful spot for visitors to the downtown. (photo by S. Thomas Curry)

Paul’s World of Home Decorating were carried away. Ammunition and weapons from Mountain Sports II were moved to a safer place. Both were adjacent to the east. Smoke and water damage was reported to have affected most nearby buildings, businesses and apartments Across the street, Ruth & Harry’s Restaurant remained open into the late night to provide sandwiches and coffee for firefighters. The basement of the First English Lutheran Church on North Gilpin Street was opened to give the firemen a place to get warm. As a result of the fire destruction, the old three-story Weiss Building, built in 1902 with large timbers, was demolished to ground level, leaving a vacant lot between the one-story remains of the Torrence Building and the newer

With attractive and inspirational signs on vacant buildings west of the Fairman Building of IUP’s Culinary School, a major a change is ahead in Punxsutawney’s downtown. (photo by S. Thomas Curry)

brick Jones Building on the west end of the block. A New Interest in the Block on West Mahoning Street In the mid-1990s, with shopping at the Punx’y Plaza well established, a new owner of the Arcade building and a rumor that a new Wal-Mart supercenter was to be built at the top of Indiana Hill, new interest developed in Punxsutawney’s downtown site of the 100 block of West Mahoning Street. Representatives of the Eckerd Drug Store (formally Thrift Drug Store) approached Punxsutawney borough officials about acquiring the Punxsutawney municipal parking lot at the corner of South Findley and West Union streets behind the 100 block of West

Mahoning Street. There was also a plan for the property behind the Arcade building. The developer sought purchase agreements with building owners. The new owner of the Arcade was among the first to agree to sell, followed by the owner of the building housing Paul’s World of Home Decorating and Punxs’y Video. The owner of the empty lot of the former Polly’s store, that was destroyed by a fire, signed an agreement to sell to the developer. The representative for Eckerd Drug Store was pleased with the public support that included the interest of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce. In his presentation to the council he commented about the offer: “It could change the downtown block and the future of the community.” (August 11, 1997, - Continued on page 18

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co-hosts “The Organic Gardeners Radio Show” every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA. Oster won an Outstanding Documentary Emmy for “Gardens of Pennsylvania,” a onehour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug also appears every Friday morning on KDKA-TV’s “Pittsburgh Today” live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun,” he says, “so enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.” The Camp Little Leo venue has ample parking, tables and seating outside to enjoy the brunch, and spacious indoor venue for the program that includes a colorful slide presentation. All have the opportunity to buy tickets to win one of the ever-popular raffle baskets. A limited number of tickets is available at Roseman’s Downtown, so get yours early. All proceeds help support Garden Club’s nine beautification projects around town. •••

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A cash bar is available. “Only 180 tickets will be sold, so we encourage people to get theirs as soon as possible. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $40,” says Lellock. Doors open for the event at 11:30 a.m. The Weather Discovery Center encourages attendees to come early, especially if they want to sit with a group of friends, but also to see the purses, buy games of chance tickets and enjoy the food. Blingo tickets are available now by stopping at the Weather Discovery Center on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and by telephone at 814-938-1000 with MC, VISA or Disc. For more information about Blingo, visit the Weather Discovery Center’s Facebook page. •••

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Little League Golf Tournament Groundhog Little League announces the 6th Annual Bob “Oral” Roberts Memorial Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, September 11. Tee time is at 9 a.m. at the Punxs’y Country Club. Teams of four can register until September 4 by submitting a sign-up form and a $500 team fee at Laska’s Pizza. Sponsorships can be made in three levels, and donations will be accepted with proceeds benefiting Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League. Contact Brian Hallman at 814-952-3438 with questions.

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Always a Punxsy Booster!

Depicted in this image are the Public Square, surrounded by trees at the upper left, and the East End Baseball Field, between the creek and the railroad on the right, where baseball was played in Punxsutawney. (from Fowler Map of Punxsutawney, courtesy of PAHGS)

The West End Ball Field was located near the place where Saw Mill Run enters the Mahoning Creek, in what was originally Clayville. There, the West End Teams hosted games and delighted spectators. (From Fowler Map of Lindsey, 1895, courtesy of PAHGS)

Lessons from Baseball By Coal Memorial Committee for Hometown magazine n aerial view of the Punxsutawney area reveals a number of fields for playing baseball. These fields are scattered throughout the area and were created for the use of community baseball teams. Town ball and other similar games were played by youngsters in the Punxsutawney area from the earliest settlement. Baseball became a local sport after the Civil War, when soldiers who had spent a good deal of time playing the game during the war returned home and brought their interest in the game with them. In 1867, there were two


baseball teams in Punxsutawney: the Green Valley Team and the Forest Team. Their home field was the Public Square now known as Barclay Square. This was the beginning of Punxsutawney’s passion for baseball which continues to dominate the team sports scene in the area. Throughout the last 140 plus years the town has had baseball fields in different locations. Although baseball quickly had the community firmly in its grip, there were inhibitors to the game. In the early years, transportation to games was by horse and buggy. Roads were unpaved. Railroads had not reached southern Jefferson County. Early games were played

between teams organized within a community. Games played with teams from other communities had to be arranged in advance to assure food and lodging accommodations were

available to support the guest team. On these occasions, several games would be organized for the day on which baseball was played. During some visits three or four of each town’s teams would play, beginning with the first nine, followed by the second nine, and sometimes a junior nine of each team. This provided a community with a marathon of baseball entertainment. The next development of baseball came when railroads were built to transport coal. These railroads also offered passenger transportation which enabled teams to travel farther to play the game. The Mountain League, organized in 1887, was an early attempt to have a multi-community baseball organization. Teams from Brookville, Clearfield, DuBois, Reynoldsville, Renovo, Ridgway and Punxsutawney were participants in the Mountain League. Weekend games were played, with double or triple headers in a host community. Coal mining, in the Punxsutawney area, gen- Continued on next page

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For Ryba, his baseball career was a vacation from the coal mines. Ryba both pitched and caught in the National League, as well as in Continued from previous page the American League. He was a player who erated a new group of baseball players. Basecould play any position on the team. Over 10 ball became the main sport played in the new seasons, Ryba pitched in 240 major-league mining communities. Every community had games; he was 52-34, with a 3.66 earned run a baseball field. In 1897, two factors emerged average. When he was with the Cardinals, he which further encouraged this development: once pitched and caught during the same The first was a Union Contract which limited game (not at the same time). In the minors, he caught 406 and pitched 204 games. Bob Broeg, in an article in the Kansas City Star, published on August 30, 1942, wrote of him: “Old Man Ryba of Red Sox Is Baseball’s One-Man Team.” Ryba’s versatility and ability to play a variety of positions helped earn his inclusion in the BaseThis aerial view shows the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teener League Ball ball Hall of Fame. He Field, located on Maple Avenue, Punxsutawney. It is where young ball is just one example of players learn and practice the lessons of baseball. (Photo courtesy of the many baseball Mahoning Valley VFW Post 2076) players from mining communities in the Punxsutawney area who the work day for miners to eight hours, endeveloped team skills and made it to the major abling time for leisure activities; the second leagues. was the development of the trolley system Others who participated in baseball used the which connected the smaller coal towns toteam skills they learned in the game to adgether and linked them with the long standing vance themselves in the mining industry. towns in the area. The availability of free time Percy Hokin, Sr. (who is being honored by a for recreation and an efficient means of travMemorial Tile that is being dedicated at the eling via the trolley enabled more games of Punxsutawney Area Coal Memorial on Sepbaseball to be played and watched. tember 5, 2021) is an example of a man who During the longer hours of daylight from played baseball when he was young and went mid-May through August, baseball was the on to use the discipline and skills gained to beprimary form of entertainment throughout the come mine supervisor and, later, superintendarea. The competition among teams led to the ent at Number 8 Mine. Hockin had played for development of highly skilled baseball playthe Sandy Township team in his youth and, as ers. Baseball players learned more than how to a miner, played on the Kramer Team in the play the game. They learned responsibility to 1930s. the team, how to think strategically and to anAnother 2021 Memorial Tile being dediticipate actions by other players. They develcated this year honors the Tri County and Troloped leadership skills and learned to temper ley Leagues which were comprised of teams their pride in victory and to gracefully accept from the communities of Adrian, Anita, Big and learn from defeat. Run, DuBois, Eleanora, Eriton, Helvetia, The best players had the good fortune to bePunxsy Railroad YMCA, Ramsaytown, come professionals. One coal miner, who beReynoldsville, Rossiter and Sykesville. came a professional baseball player, was As you view the baseball fields in small Dominic Joseph “Mike” Ryba (pronounced communities across the Punxsutawney area, Ree-ba). Born in the coal town of Adrian in remember the thousands of youngsters who 1903, he grew up in the multi-ethnic commugrew up in these communities, played the nity where baseball was the common social game of baseball and learned the skills of fair ground. In commenting on his mining backplay and respect for excellence. They have ground to Washington Post sports writer used the skills they learned on the ball field to Shirley Povich, he said: “After you have stood improve the community and the world. in soft coal up to your waist, you want to stay The public is invited to attend the dedication in baseball just as long as you possibly can. I of the 2021 Memorial Tiles at the Coal Meused to dig 20 tons of coal a day and then morial, 404 W. Mahoning Street, at 5:30 p.m. come up and load it, and then pitch a ball game.” - Continued on page 18


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William Voris; 12 grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; a brother, Rev. Fred (Connie) Doverspike; and a sister, Thelma (Dale) Bence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Clifford R. and Mable (Shafer) Doverspike, her husband, John Voris, a sister, Verla Shafer and a brother, Rev. C. Leroy Doverspike. McCabe Funeral Home Inc. www.mccabewaldronfh.com u Brett Aaron Nesbit of Marchand March 12, 1970 - July 25, 2021  Brett was a 1988 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and was a member of the Pennsylvania and National Holstein Associations. Brett was a lifelong dairy farmer working on his family’s dairy farm in Marchand. He won many awards in his younger years of showing registered Holsteins. Brett also became a well-known judge of Dairy Cattle. Judging for the top registered Holstein dairy cattle shows in Harrisburg, PA, and Madison, WI. Brett was proud of his crops and his knowledge of farming. He had over 400 acres of soybeans planted this year. Brett also enjoyed hunting.  He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Karen Nesbit, Marchand; three sisters, Beth (Karl) Huber, Jody (Jim) London and husband Jim, twin sister, Brenda Homan; and nieces and nephews, Kira Huber, Alex (Brenna) Huber, Justin (Brittney) London and Jordan London. McCabe Funeral Home Inc. www.mccabewaldronfh.com u William J. Williams of Punxsutawney December 23, 1930 - July 26, 2021  Mr. Williams was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having been awarded an Occupational Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. Bill was very patriotic, enjoyed fishing, hunting, planting, antiques and coin collecting.  In his earlier years of employment, Bill was a structural steelworker and a sheet metal worker, but in his later years, he held the position of Quartermaster at the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks in Punxsutawney.  Surviving relatives include two sisters, Becky (John) Kazman and Debbie Williams and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, Helen Jean Williams, and his parents, Alice (Salvaggio) and McVay Williams, he was preceded in death by a brother, McVay Williams, Jr., a sister, Antoinette “Babe” Vanhorn and a sister, Rose Ann Sloniger. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. www.deeleyfuneralhome.com u Arthur Allen Toven Sr. of Anita April 25, 1938 - July 28, 2021  His parents were Frank and Rebecca (Lingenfelter) Toven.  Al was a peacetime Navy veteran. He retired from Labor Union 910. Al was an active charter member of the McCalmont Township Vol. Fire Department for over 25 years, known there as “Pa.” Al enjoyed hunting, fishing, eating at the Fusion Buffett, spending time with family and his dog ChiChi.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara H. Toven of Anita, whom he married July 31, 2001; four sons, Arthur (Dolores) Toven Jr., Thomas (Wanda) Toven, Michael (Beth) Toven, Kevin (Carrie) Toven; eight grandchildren, Sara, Jessica, Amanda, Chelsey, Brett, Derek, Ciara and Olivia; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers,

Frank (Kathleen) Toven and wife Kathleen, Gordon Toven and Robert Toven; two sisters, Judy Biggie and Sandra (Jack) Scott; three stepchildren, Michael Lee Mott, Michele Hutchinson, Melanie Sue (Greg) Elkin; three step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. McCabe Funeral Home Inc. www.mccabewaldronfh.com u Lois Y. Crawford of Punxsutawney January 6, 1925 - August 6, 2021  She graduated from Marion Center High School in 1943.  She is survived by two sons, Wesley (Kristin) Crawford and Daniel Crawford, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a sister, Earla Kommer.  In addition to her husband, Frank J. Crawford, and parents, Alice Bone and Isaac Tyger, she was preceded in death by three siblings: Rose Ferrier, Jane Gaston and Barney Tyger. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. www.deeleyfuneralhome.com u Cherish Chanelle Wright of Rossiter October, 29, 1988 - August 8, 2021  Cherish passed away after a long battle with cancer.  Cherish attended Punxsutawney Area High School and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also was an avid animal lover who truly loved living on her family’s farm.  Cherish leaves behind two beloved sons, Zayden Storms and Jayden Storms.  She was the daughter of Ricky Wright and the late Darlene Kollar Wright. She’s also survived by her brother Ricky (Laura) Wright Jr. and three nephews: Ricky Wright III, Michael Wright and Levi Michaels.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Brooke Ann Wright, as well as her paternal and maternal grandparents, Gerald and Vivian Wright and Joseph and Mary Kollar. Richard L. Fait Funeral Home www.faitfuneralhome.com u Robert “Bobby” Eric Kotula of Indiana December 5, 1967 - August 11, 2021  Bobby graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School. He was a peacetime veteran, serving with the United States Army. He was employed with McCully Cement in Smicksburg as a cement finisher for over 30 years.  He is survived by his children, Ian, Bailey and Eric Kotula and a stepson, Rodney Campbell; an uncle, Ronald (Debra) Kotula; his stepmother, Sandy Kotula; and a good friend, Jim McCully.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Eugene and Lora Lei (Rishell) Kotula. McCabe Funeral Home Inc. www.mccabewaldronfh.com u Nick R. Monoskey of Punxsutawney June 15, 1952 - August 12, 2021  Nick was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.  He graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School, class of 1970.  He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a Military Policeman.  He worked in mining for Greenwich Collieries till they closed, then earned his HVAC degree from Triangle Tech and started his own company, Total Quality Air.  He enjoyed bowling, fine woodworking, cabinetry making, traveling to go skiing and to the beach and volunteering at the church.

He was a member of Romzha, a fraternal organization within the church, and the Rossiter American Legion. He was also proud of his HVAC work during the renovations of the ninety-five-year-old Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church.  In addition to his wife, Diann L. (Dynako) Monoskey, he is survived by two daughters, Hilary Monoskey and Katelyn Monoskey; brothers-in-law, John Mennetti and David (Terry) Dynako; a sister-in-law, Elaine Dynako; four nephews, Sam Dynako, Dr. Joseph (Casey) Dynako, John Mennetti and Jeff Mennetti; and a niece, Janet Engelholm.  In addition to his parents, Betty (Miller) and Nick Monoskey, he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Mennetti. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. www.deeleyfuneralhome.com u Bernard David Houllion of Punxsutawney February 12,1932 - August 14, 2021  Bernard was a Professional Land Surveyor for sixty years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a proud member of the 50 Degree Below Club of the 4th Infantry Regiment. He also enjoyed gardening.  Bernard married Ethel Vasiloff in 1953. Together they had seven children: Bernadette (Peter) Alexandratos, David (Deidre) Houllion, Lynn (Murry) Medsger, Celeste Houllion, Marlowe (Rita) Houllion and Melissa (Scott) Bair. Also surviving are many grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  He was proceeded in death by his parents, Geraldine Marie (Schnur) and Lucian Anthony Houllion, an infant son and his brothers and sisters: Eugene, Regis, Diane and Phyllis. Richard L. Fait Funeral Home www.faitfuneralhome.com u Arnold C. Cameron of Rossiter February 3, 1935 - August 22, 2021  Arnold was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School and received an Engineering Degree from Penn State University.  He was a member of the Steffy United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing golf and cornhole and going to Punxy Phil’s Family Restaurant.  Arnold worked as an engineer for Syntron and then became a salesman for the company which is now known as FMC. He was also a co-owner of a dairy farm.  He is survived by five children, Jeffrey (Cindy) Cameron, Kevin (Tina) Cameron, Diane HeLal, Brian (Lisa) Cameron and Leigh (Joseph) Volchko; thirteen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brother Dale Cameron; sister Dot Painter; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife Dolores A. (Sands) Cameron, and parents Ethel M. (McFarland) and Arnold M. Cameron, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter Kayla Schaffer, son-in-law Dean HeLal, brother William Cameron, sistersin-law Jane Cameron and Helen Cameron, brother-in-law Jim Painter, and nephews William Cameron, Jr. and Vance Hankinson. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. www.deeleyfuneralhome.com u  Please visit the website of the funeral homes listed to view complete obituary, sign their guestbook, plant a tree and offer your condolences. u  If you have a loved one who has passed away and would like to publish it in Hometown magazine, please contact us at hometown@punxsutawneymagazine.com or call 814-952-3668. uuu

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The Punxsutawney Spirit) The proposed plan by the national drug store chain was for a $2 million development, making a significant investment in Punxsutawney. The agent explained to council that the drug store chain wanted to move its Thrift Drug Store from the Punx’y Plaza to the site in the downtown. It would construct a larger drug store building in the center of the cleared plot from the McCrory’s building on West Mahoning Street to South Gilpin, with entrances from Union and South Gilpin streets. With a concern for a traffic backup on both streets, traffic problems were heavily discussed. The relocating of apartment tenants and businesses to new locations was considered, similar to discussions with the Urban Redevelopment of three blocks on East

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(“From Our Past,” researched by S. Thomas Curry, features items of interest from past editions of Punxsutawney and area newspapers.  August 13, 1868 — Punxsutawney, in 1840 was a small village of some 20 houses on a branch of Mahoning Creek, about 18 miles southeast from Brookville in southern Jefferson County. It is now a thriving town of considerable note, and those buildings of twenty-eight years ago have given place to fine private dwellings and handsome and commodious churches, with numerous stores, hotel and shops, rendering it the prettiest town in the county, and the largest with the exception of Brookville. (Punxsutawney Plaindealer)  August 18, 1900 — W.A. Barr who, with John Armit Scott had established the Punxsutawney Plaindealer in July 1868, now extinct, is visiting friends in town. Mr. Barr resides in South Bend, Indiana. He has not been in Punxsutawney since 1872, and while visiting friends in Brookville concluded to run over here and see how much the town had grown in 28 years since 1872. (The Punxsutawney Spirit)  August 27, 1868 — While in Brookville a few days ago, we had the pleasure of visiting the studio of our artist friend, Mr. George G. Fryer, who has but recently returned from a year’s residence in Philadelphia. As a landscape painter has few superiors. He has just finished some landscapes which, for beauty of design, delicacy of touch, and warmth of coloring, cannot be surpassed. They are perfect gems of artistic beauty. He is applying himself closely to his art, with a view to visiting, at an early day, Italy, the birthplace and home of the beautiful Art of which he is such an

enthusiastic disciple. (Punxsutawney Plaindealer)  September 8, 1886 — Base ball! base ball [sic]! don’t miss this interesting game, to be played on the fair ground on Saturday, September 11th at 10 o’clock A.M. between the Sprankle Mills nine and the Punxs’y Stars. (Valley News)  September 12, 1894 — The recent heavy rains, by filling up the Mahoning Creek, will likely put an end to the water war between Walston and Horatio. Both of these places get their water from the Mahoning by pumping it considerable distances through pipes. The pipe which supplies Walston enters the creek near the Clayville baseball grounds, and when in active operation during the extremely dry weather, it takes about all the water there is left for Horatio. Consequently some persons, presumably interested in the Horatio water supply, have been visiting the source of Walston’s water supply in the night and shutting it off. It is to be hoped that there will now be water enough for both. (The Punxsutawney Spirit)  September 15 1928 — The P.H.S. Athletic Association has secured a mascot - naturally a Groundhog. His Chuckship was purchased yesterday near Ridgway. The Chuck was the property of two small girls who had reared it from babyhood. It is tame, shows no disposition to bite and can be handled much as a kitten. The Chuck will accompany the P.H.S. football and basketball teams on their various trips this fall and winter and will be in evidence at all the home games. (The Punxsutawney Spirit). •••

A Big Bunch of Baloney By Mary Ellen Pollock-Raneri for Hometown magazine was raised on baloney. Mom bought it in big chunks at the Quaker Market grocery store near our house, or sometimes it was sliced. I think it was Penn’s Woods brand, or a name like that; I am not sure. What I do know is that it was delicious. I also know that we always had a slab of it in our refrigerator. I remember my mother standing over the meat case, examining the packs of that lunch meat for the reduced chunks so she could make ham salad with it. Lucy’s ham salad was one of my favorite things ever! Mom had this big silver cast iron grinder that she would hook up on the edge of the Formica topped kitchen table. It kind of looked like some medieval torture device, but it ground stuff so well! Nuts, baloney, meat, fruit and vegetables. We just used the grinder and Mom’s elbow grease. Lucy had an arm like a major league pitcher, and she could whip out a big bowl of ground-up whatever in no time. In addition to the baloney, she ground up some of her homemade sweet pickles and some celery. Then, she would add a little mayo and some sandwiches spread, and her creation was just delightful. It’s funny, too, because Mom called it, “ham salad,” but she rarely put real ham in it. Too expensive! Now, the slices of baloney were fun. If we didn’t use them in a sandwich, my dad and I would put some ketchup on them or mustard, and we did a “baloney rollup” to snack on when we watched television at night. I remember having three or four of them lined up on my leg on a napkin as I sat and watched television in the big soft rocking chair in our living room. Those slices of baloney had a casing around the perimeter that we would always peel away and set in a pile on a nearby plate. Sometimes, if we got fancy, we did the rollups with a piece of American cheese and baloney together. That concoction was a special treat and probably added 100 points to my cholesterol count, a number that I watch today. Saturdays were really special because, on Saturdays, Mom made us fried baloney sandwiches. I can still see the round pieces of baloney that sizzled in that black iron skillet she had. They puffed up in the mid-


dle and looked like little sombreros. Usually, Lucy charred the baloney because that is how my dad and I liked it. Then, she loaded it on her homemade rolls, and we slathered it with ketchup. I don’t think anything will ever taste the same as THAT baloney in THAT bun that my mother especially made for us. Pizza burgers were another baloney-based delight. I loved them when we had them at school, and I begged my mother to make them. She probably got the top-secret recipe from someone who knew someone who cooked at the cafeteria and made this delightful lunch treat. I’m not really sure how she came by the recipe; however, Lucy

made them with baloney and ground meat and her special pizza sauce that she canned. I will never taste anything like those pizza burgers again because they were made by Lucy on HER bread with HER Sauce. Of course, those pizza burgers used the special local baloney that was only sold at the little supermarket where my mom shopped. Now, I know that some of you may think that baloney is not the most nutritious food out there; you are probably right. But there was nothing better than opening my brown lunch bag and seeing a baloney sandwich with mayo on my mom’s homemade bread. And there was nothing better than a saltine cracker with a hunk of baloney on it and a dollop of yellow mustard. And, most of all, there

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rom the staff of Hometown magazine and the Community Calendar at Punxsutawney.com, here is a list of events coming up in our area: At press time, Coronavirus restrictions and mask requirements were changing. Please check with the host organization’s website or Facebook page for up-to-date information. n The final score of the St. Louis Cardinals verses the Pittsburgh Pirates was 4 to 1 on Tuesday, August 10. Jim Hritz of Martha Street was the tie breaker winner with a perfect total point score of 5. Jim wishes to redeem his gift card at “Smokin Petes.” Congratulations, Jim! n The Weather Discovery Center is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the center for admission prices. n The Punxsutawney Memorial Library is open, and fall programs are being organized. n The Citizens Band of Punxsutawney has resumed for the 2021 year. Practice is being held at the First English Lutheran Church, corner of Pine & Gilpin streets, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Practice will not be held on the second Tuesday of the month. For more information, email info@punxsypa.com. n Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Indiana County Fair. Food, fun and activities for the entire family! n Sept. 3-5: Rossiter Homecoming, presented by Rossiter Vol. Fire Co. Events include an open house, a parade, music, craft fair, car cruise, Battle of the Barrel, etc. n Sept. 3 & 4: Grange’s Helping Hands free clothing. Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grange Church of God. Call the church or see the Facebook page to ensure this event is open. n Sept. 4 & 5: Hazen Flea Market at the Warsaw Township Vol. Fire Co. grounds, near Brookville. n Sept. 5-11: 86th Annual Ox Hill Community Agricultural Fair, 1752 Mahoning Rd in Home, PA. n Sept. 6: Labor Day! n Sept. 11. Patriot Day. Remember those killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. n Sept. 11: Punxsutawney Eagles hosting Memorial Event in Barclay Square. Businesses are invited to hang the American flag to line the streets. Contact the Eagles for more information. n Sept. 11: Girl Scout Juniors Get Moving, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Weather Discovery Center, Punxsutawney. Pre-register by Sept. 4, at 814938-1000 or info@weatherdiscovery.org. n Sept. 11: Fall into Flowers at Camp Little Leo, sponsored by Punxsutawney Garden Club, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets available at Roseman’s Florist. n Sept. 11: 123rd Annual Groundhog Picnic at Gobbler’s Knob, presented by the Groundhog Club, 1 to 8 p.m. $25 tickets available now. See www.groundhog.org for ticket information. n Sept. 12: 12th Annual Walk for Suicide Prevention & Awareness, 1 p.m. at DuBois City Park, presented by Clearfield-Jefferson Suicide Prevention Team. Register at oneistoomany.org. n Sept. 12: SFC Scott Smith Memorial Ride,

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gobbler’s Knob. Benefits the SFC Scott R. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. Register at www.sfcsmithscholarshipfund.com. n Sept. 13-17: Cookport Fair, presented by Green Township Community Association. 2048 Rt. 240 Hwy, Commodore, PA. n Sept. 16: CNB Chamber Mixer, 5-7 p.m. at 200 East Mahoning St. Come and see the CNB Smart Center. RSVP to Ryan Ishman at 814938-2615 or email Ryan.Ishman@cnbbank.bank by Sept. 2. n Sept. 17: Blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Alliance Church, Punxsutawney. Benefits American Red Cross. n Sept. 17, 18 & 19: Apple Weekend in Smicksburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday & Saturday; 12-5 p.m., Sunday. n Sept. 17, 18 &19: Peanut Butter Festival at Gumtown Park, New Bethlehem. For more information, contact info@redbankchamber.com. n Sept. 18: BLINGO fundraising event at Punxsy Eagles, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets required. Benefits the Weather Discovery Center. n Sept. 18: Indiana Coin Club Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at S&T Bank Arena, Indiana. n Sept. 18 & 19: Coolspring Power Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an admission charge. n Sept. 20: Coping with Loss Support Group, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at First Church of God, Punxsutawney. n Sept. 21-25: Harmony Grange Fair, 5386 Ridge Road, Westover, PA. n Sept. 20: Blood drive, 1 to 6:30 p.m. at American Legion, Reynoldsville. Benefits American Red Cross. n Sept. 22: First Day of Autumn! n Sept. 22: Community Meal, 5 to 6 p.m. at Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church. Drive through or pick up meal providing entrée to be heated at home and a dessert. For drive through, enter the alley beside the Pantall off East Mahoning St., driving toward Union St. n Sept. 23: Blood drive, 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, Sykesville. Benefits American Red Cross. n Sept. 25: PA Hunter-Trapper Education Class, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Big Run Fire Hall. Go to the PA Game Commission webpage for more information. n Sept. 25: PA Hunter-Trapper Education Class, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at East Run Sportsman Club, Marion Center. Go to the PA Game Commission webpage for more information. n Sept. 25: 3rd Annual Blues, Brews & BBQs, noon to 6 p.m. at Barclay Square. Ticket information at the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce. n Oct. 1 & 2: Magical World of Dancing Horses Annual Dinner Show at Beaver Run Equestrian Theatre, 3460 Rt. 410, Punxsutawney. For ticket information, call 814-2468221 or go to www.imagine-dancinghorses.com. n Oct. 5: Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Mixer, 5 to 7 p.m. at Gobbler’s Knob. •••


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