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The west end of Corn Cake Valley where multiple tracks were installed to handle the many railroad cars that would pass through the area from about 1912 to the present day. This expansion of Riker Yard was considered more beneficial to the community than the Mahoning Valley Powder Company, which had previously occupied the site. (photo courtesy of PAHGS)
The turntable at the new Roundhouse at the Riker’s Yard. Built on land in Corn Cake Valley formerly owned by the Mahoning Valley Powder Company, the Roundhouse had 23 stallslls for repairing engines. This facility was considered to be a safer neighbor by the residents of the area. (photo courtesy of PAHGS)
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By the Coal Memorial Committee for Hometown magazine he announcement of a new industry for Punxsutawney came on March 13, 1901. The Punxsutawney Spirit reported: “Punxsutawney has bagged a nice industry. Not through any particular efforts of its own, but simply because the industry wanted to come here. The site has been purchased for the erection of a large powder manufacturing plant by the Laflin & Rand Powder Company, of New York City. The people of Punxsutawney appreciate this industry very highly, and especially as they were not asked to contribute anything to secure it. The gentlemen at the head of the institution did not herald their coming with a brass band, but went about quietly to secure the site, and wanting nothing said about it until everything was settled.” The Punxsutawney News gave a different slant to the story: “Without consulting even the Board of Trade and without asking the town for a cent of ‘inducement’ money, the Laflin & Rand Powder Company of New York City had decided to build extensive powder works at this place. Although the News has known for some time that such an industry was figuring on locating here, nothing was said about it in its columns for several reasons, one being that it was though best not to say anything at all about it until the matter was definitely settled on way or another, then there would be only one report to make. The other town papers
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pursued the same course.” From these two accounts, it appears the development of the powder manufacturing plant was a surprise to the residents of Punxsutawney. A site three-quarters of a mile from the town, containing 175 acres, in Corn Cake Valley in Bell Township, outside the borough limits, had been selected. Attorney George D. Jenks had prepared deeds transferring lands of Samuel and Albert States, George C. Beck, John Barnett, George Haul, Pauline Wolfe, Mary E. Henneigh, George Peffer, Robert Law, and others who own smaller pieces of land to the Laflin and Rand Powder Company. The selection of Punxsutawney for the development of this new powder manufacturing facility was because the Laflin & Rand Powder Company did a large amount of business with coal companies operating in the bituminous coal fields in the area. By the company’s estimates, there were thirty mines and close to 10,000 miners within a radius of six or eight miles of the town. Another factor was that manufacturing blasting powder nearer the mines would save the expensive freight charges for transporting explosives by rail. The powder could be hauled by wagons from the plant to the mines in this vicinity. The powder plant was organized as the Mahoning Valley Powder Company and would make several types of powder in addition to blasting powder for the mines, including inexpensive Fourth of July fireworks and powder for military and
sporting rifles. Laflin and Rand promoted the benefits that the powder plant would bring to the community. First would be the immediate employment for 200 to 300 workers to build the facility. When the mill became operational 80 to 100 employees would be engaged in manufacturing and storing the powder. By July 1901, 13 buildings were under construction at the northeastern part of the property about a mile and a quarter from the borough line. Several were under roof and heavy stone foundations had been completed and were ready for framing. The buildings were constructed of wood and had corrugated metal roofs. A two-story press mill was constructed of heavy timbers and housed a massive iron press. The buildings were located on the north side of the B. R. & P. Railroad tracks on what had been the Samuel States Farm. They were situated 400 feet apart in groves of trees to minimize damage in case of an explosion. The trees would also provide protection from storms and help to keep the buildings cool in summer. Sidings, tramways, roadways, and walkways were laid out. A high fence was constructed around the perimeter of the powder plant to ensure that any explosions would be contained. Mill employees were free to live and shop where they pleased. The company didn’t keep a store in connection with the plant, nor did it provide company housing near - Continued on page 8
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By Danielle Merrow for Hometown magazine he Festival in the Park will kick off on Saturday, July 2, following the Firemen’s Parade, which begins at 4:00 p.m. The winning parade entry will be announced at the bandstand afterward. Saturday evening will feature music by Guilty by Association at 5:30 p.m., followed by Almost Mulberry at 7:30. Artisan vendors will be present to accommodate a wide variety of shopping whims, and a vast selection of food trucks will be available to satisfy any taste. Food vendors include: Brody’s BBQ, The Chow Hall, Angela’s Panini, Carpers Concessions, Denny & Pearls II, Double AA Lemonade, Lil Dougs Kettle Korn, Luigi’s, Moons Meats, N&N Cinnamon Co., Queen Bees Sweet Sips, Ricco’s Concessions, Sugarhill Billys, Traditions Concessions,Villella Meats, and The Chuck Wagon. The week will be packed with events in the park like kids’ bike races and the kids’ fun run. This year will see a few changes to tradition, beginning with Kidland, which will feature four bounce houses. In addition, the bandstand will be a kids’ entertainment area this year. The bands will perform on a stage in front of the bandstand. The dunking booth will return for 2022, with folks from a different nonprofit organization getting dunked every night. Sunday, July 3, will begin with Church in the Park at 10:15 a.m. by New Beginnings Church. Live music will follow, featuring local singers Reach the Masses, Heaven Bound, Fervent Worship, Citizens Band, Mystic Taxi, and Eaglemania Eagles Tribute. The Lions Club Cruise In is slated for Sunday as well, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CNB bank parking lot, featuring classic and antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Live music on Monday, July 4 will be performed by Derek Woods Band and Seven Mile Run, beginning at 5:30 and 7:30 respectively. Fireworks will begin at dusk, presented by Lily’s Restaurant and Bakery in
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memory of the Defelice family. The Chamber of Commerce would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Harold and Barb Elkin for the use of their property in order to help make the fireworks happen. The Women’s Club sponsored Teddy Bear Picnic returns this year, scheduled for Tuesday, July 5. Live music will be performed by Alan Craigie, Billy and the Neptunes, and Killin’ Time. Wednesday, July 6, is Firemen’s Day. A onemile race will take place from SSCD Church to the park with a suggested $5 donation to benefit Miles for Smiles. Registration is in person at the table located near the Phil Statue of Liberty in the park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. From there, participants are responsible for getting themselves to SSCD church to begin the race promptly at 7 p.m. One lane of traffic is expected to be closed for the event. Timing will be done by volunteers; this is not a professionally timed race. Online registration can be completed ahead of time at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Punxsutawney /MainStreetMilePXY. Exotic Adventures will also present two shows on Wednesday, at noon and 2 p.m.. Spoon Man will also perform onstage at 3 p.m. and will perform a strolling show at 6:30. Live music will begin at 5 p.m. with 8 Track Daze, followed by Bat out of Hell Meatloaf Tribute band at 7:30. Thursday, July 7, the Punxsutawney Area Hospital will host the Diaper Derby at 10 a.m. followed by the Tot Trot at 10:30. Alan Craigie will perform from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Ride will perform at 5, and The Avenue will close out the night beginning at 7:30. Friday, July 8, The Eagle Riders local motorcycle cruise will kick off at 10 a.m. Kids 12 and under can participate in the kids’ fun run at 11:00 behind the park on a portion of Rails to Trails. A $5 donation is appreciated with each entry to benefit Miles for Smiles. Each participant will receive a frozen treat and a medal upon completion of the race. Exotic Adventures returns for shows at noon and 2 p.m., and a community pickleball game will take place on South Jefferson Street between Barclay Square and the former Pantall Hotel (now the Shadow Hotel). UDS Service Dogs, K9 Kally and K9 Josh, will make appearances both Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9. Live music Friday will be Mark and Sean from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Jesse Garron, “The Closest Thing to the King,” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Closing out the week will be Alan Craigie from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, followed by PA Express Polka at 1 p.m. Alex Shumaker will take the stage at 3 p.m., Yinz n Roses will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and country musician with Punxsutawney ties, Andrew Mack Band, will close out the week from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more scheduling information, go to the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce website at punxsutawney.com/events/festivalin-the-park. •••
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the powder plant. However, the company did require employees to wear special shoes designed for use inside the buildings. The shoes cost $2.00 a pair, however the company sold them to their employees for $1.00. The company assured that good wages would be paid. With most of their employees having to travel to work, and the mode of transportation being mainly by horse, the company provided a stable where the horses could be kept, at no charge. The company emphasized their safety record in their years of operation. They assured that only persons who did not drink intoxicating beverages would be employed. Laflin and Rand Powder Company had 25 plants across the United States and employed thousands of workers, many of whom had been with them for 30 or 40 years. During 1900 there were only three fatal accidents at company facilities, which was far below the fatality rate of brakemen on the railroad. The construction work on the powder plant was finished late in 1901, and production of powder began at the Mahoning Valley Powder Company on January 4, 1902. By March of that year the powder plant was functioning as planned and producing 500 to 600 kegs of powder a day. Each keg contained 25 pounds of powder. At three o’clock in the afternoon on March 13, 1902, an explosion at the mill shook and shocked Punxsutawney and rocked communities as far away as Marion Center and McGee’s Mills. Five hundred kegs of powder, or approximately 12,500 pounds, exploded in the press mill building, reducing huge timbers to splinters, mangling the massive iron press, scattering the heavy stones of the foundation, and in the twinkling of an eye hurled three souls into eternity. Those killed in this explosion were Orville Bargerstock, Joseph Weiss, and Clark Simpson. As the concussion from the explosion radiated across the land, it shook buildings and broke windows sending glass flying. H.V. McGee, who was in charge of the finishing mill, located next to the press mill, where 600 bushels of finished powder was being processed was knocked down by the
shock wave. The doors of the finishing mill and three walls were blown in. McGee ran outside and was hit by flying debris. Realizing the machinery was still running he ran back into the finishing mill, found the belts had been knocked off the governors and were running on the shaft where the friction was causing smoke to fly off the belts. He managed to get the machinery shut down and in doing so saved the plant from a second explosion. The children at the States school house a short walk from the powder plant were badly frightened and rushed to get outside. Residents of Punxsutawney ran outside and saw a great column of white smoke rising over Corn Cake Valley. Physicians from the town were summoned to care for those at the powder works who were cut and bleeding from flying pieces of glass and wood. The remains of the dead were gathered and a coroner’s inquest held. There were no living witnesses to the explosion and the deaths were determined to have been caused by an accidental explosion of powder in the press mill from an unknown cause. Some of the employees immediately left their employment at the powder plant. The company rebuilt the press mill and repaired the other building. The company resumed making powder. The Mahoning Valley Powder Company provided the widows of Bargerstock and Weiss with checks for $500 and would pay each of them 75 cents each day, as long as they remained widows. Clark Simpson, who was unmarried, had a life insurance policy for $1,000, however it was not clear if the insurance company would honor it due to his dangerous occupation at the time of his death. Applicants willing to take positions at the powder plant continued to apply for the high-paying jobs, even though they knew the work was dangerous. Then at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 1902, there was a second explosion at the powder mill. This explosion was in the finishing house where 13,000 pounds of powder exploded causing a great deal of damage to the plant and surrounding property. A cylinder from the finishing house was hurled through Superintendent Ferry’s house a quarter of a mile away, shattering - Continued on next page
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the windows and injuring Mrs. Ferry and an infant. Another steel shaft 16 feet long and 4 inches in diameter was found about three-quarters of a mile away. All the houses within a radius of a half mile were damaged. Windows were blown out of the buildings in Cloe, including the church. No one was seriously injured. However nearby homes were badly damaged. East of the powder plant, Burt Bargerstock had been sitting by a window in his home when he saw a flash and almost instantly the window and sash came crashing in over him and his family. Looking out, he saw a huge volume of smoke and fire rising. When it reached about 300 feet there was a second explosion which he attributed to one of the kegs of powder having been carried to that height before it exploded. Bargerstock described the scene as being like a volcano erupting. Again, repairs were made at the plant and restitution was made to residents for the damage to their property. For the next 20 months the Mahoning Valley Powder Company operated quietly. On August 31, 1904, a spark from a truck wheel ignited 2,000 kegs, or 50,000 pounds, of powder in the press mill at the powder plant, killing Leonard Bair, and fatally burning Sheridan Calhoun, who died the next day. Two other men, Lot Bair and William Vandyke, were critically burned. Again the shockwaves broke windows and shook homes throughout the greater Punxsutawney area. Then two months later, on October 26,
1904, the building in which charcoal was stored at the powder plant caught fire and burned. The fire companies were called and came to the site. After assessing the situation and the potential danger, they resolved not to attempt action, but to let the fire burn itself out. The citizens of Cloe, frustrated with the damage they had already experienced, organized and investigated what they could do to address the danger the powder plant presented to their community. H.L. Grube, Joseph Dowell, Mary E. Witherow, and R. T. Witherow brought a suit against the Mahoning Valley Powder Company for endangering their lives, persons, or property. The case was heard on October 24, 1905, and Judge Allison O. Smith issued the following decision: “October 24, 1905, this cause came on to be heard and was argued by counsel, and upon consideration thereof it is ordered, adjudged and decreed as follows, viz: First. That Mahoning Powder Company, its officers and agents, be and are hereby perpetually enjoined from carrying on the business of manufacturing and storing blasting powder in the location set forth in the bill filed in this case, or at any point so near thereto as to endanger the lives, persons or property of Joseph Dowdell, Mary E. Witherow, R.T. Witherow, or either or any of them. Second: The Mahoning Powder Company is hereby ordered, required and commanded to at once remove all powder stored by it in the magazine mentioned in the bill filed in this case to some point where such powder will not endanger the persons, lives or property of Joseph Dod-
wll, Mary E. Witherow or R. T. Witherow,, or either or any of them. Third. That Mahoning Powder Company pay the costs of this case.” On November 2, 1905, Joseph Dowell, one of the plaintiffs in the case, seeing that the powder plant was continuing operations, went to the plant and read the court order to the superintendent. The superintendent disclaimed any intention of disregarding the court’s decree but asked for time to complete the manufacture of materials on hand, which would take about two days to complete. It was agreed that the plant would shut down Saturday, November 4, 1905. However, the following article in the Punxsutawney News on August 29, 1906, indicates that the powder plant may have operated for another year before closing: “A report is in circulation, which is of considerable interest to this section, to the effect that the powder plant will soon be removed to a new location in McCalmont Township, on the site, or near the site, once occupied by Clark, Kizer & Kipp’s big sawmill. We have been informed that the powder mill has only enough stock on hand to keep the plant open for about a month more, and after that the machinery will be dismantled and removed to the new location. The land now occupied by the powder plant, we understand will be utilized by the B. R. & P. railroad company, where they expect to remove the roundhouse, and extend the railroad yards for the accommodation of the rapidly increasing coal trade from Indiana County. It is also understood that a passenger station will be built there
for the Indiana branch.” The September 25, 1912, issue of the Punxsutawney News ended the speculation on the future use of the land in Corn Cake Valley when it reported the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad Company had purchased the property of the Mahoning Valley Powder Company. Surveyors were staking out the site for a new roundhouse and an engine house that would have 23 stalls for repairing engines, nearly six times more than the previous number stalls. Punxsutawney would become a central point for the engine repair work on the Indiana branch as well as on the Pittsburgh division. With this action, the danger to the people of Punxsutawney from the powder plant was replaced by the prospect of prosperity of Punxsutawney for years to come. This article has been prepared by the Coal Memorial Committee of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society. Resources used in preparing his article are from PAHGS, Punxsutawney News @ Newspapers.com., and the Library of Congress. Direct comments to PAHGS, P.O. Box 286, Punxsutawney, PA 15767. Individuals desiring to honor a coal or coal related industry worker are encouraged to purchase their tile by June 30, 2022. A Coal Memorial tile may honor persons who worked in any aspect of the coal industry, including railroads and ancillary services. Additional information and forms may be found online at www.punxsyhistory.org or may be requested by an email to: email@example.com, or calling (814) 938-2555 and leaving a message. •••
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about the fund she established with her friends and family, letting them know that it is her desire that memorial donations be given to the Mary Smith Children’s Art Fund at the Foundation. The Foundation will maintain and invest the fund. After Mary Smith’s will is probated, the Foundation will begin distributing the earnings of the fund as grants to local nonprofit or public organizations to support art programs for children, and continue to do so in perpetuity. Future generations of children, who benefit from these grants, will remember the generosity of Mary Smith. Example 2: “Punxsutawney Area Memorial Fund”: This fund has been established to receive memorial donations. Any individual may include the Punxsutawney Area Memorial Fund in their will and may request
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Greenwood Biography unxsutawney’s Music in the Park Music has always been a part of Lee committee, in conjunction with Greenwood’s life. He started playing the Punxsutawney Shop ’n Save and piano when he was seven and the Krise Transportation is pleased to saxophone at 12. In junior high, he announce a special Music in the Park started his first group called the concert on Saturday, July 30, beginning Moonbeams. By the time he finished at 6:30 p.m. The featured performer for high school, he played most of the that evening will be known to most as the instruments in the songwriter and vocalist orchestra and was the who inspired the country drum major for the with the chart topper “God marching band. Bless the USA” following The California native was the 9/11 attack on discovered in 1979 by America. Yes, country Larry McFaden, who saw music star and American him performing in a show patriot Lee Greenwood at the Nugget Casino in will take center stage on Sparks, Nevada. He the bandstand at Barclay brought the singer to Square for a free-to-theNashville and got him public evening of music. signed to the Halsey While the evening should Agency, who booked The stir the American spirit in Oak Ridge Boys. He began everyone who attends, the working with producer owners and management Jerry Crutchfield, who of the local Shop ’n Save Lee Greenwood would record with Lee for and Krise Transportation the next 20 years. along with the Music in the Park Greenwood has seven Number 1 songs committee would like to dedicate the and 25 charted singles to his credit. His evening to all military personnel and country hits include: “It Turns Me Inside veterans, as well as all first responders, Out,” “Ring On Her Finger Time On Her who so selflessly dedicate their time and Hands,” “She’s Lying,” “I Don’t Mind skills to keep not only our country but the Thorns If You’re the Rose,” among also Punxsutawney and surrounding others. He has won numerous industry areas as places safe to live, raise families, awards including, Male Vocalist of the and work. Year from the Academy of Country Music in the Park committee members Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Sue and Ron Walker and Mary Ann and Year awards from the Country Music Joe Kernich, along with Diane and Tim Association in 1983 and 1984 and a Krise are “counting on Phil to provide a Grammy for Top Male Vocal favorable weather forecast for the Performance in 1985 for “IOU.” The evening. We’d encourage everyone to CMA also named “God Bless the USA” bring a lawn chair for seating and its Song of the Year in 1985. perhaps plan to arrive a bit early, as this “God Bless the USA” went far beyond event will likely be well attended. The what Greenwood expected when he Shop ’n Save food wagon will be wrote it in the back of his tour bus in available with great food and cold drinks 1983. The song has been in the top five beginning at 4 p.m.” Although there is no on the country singles charts three times charge for this concert, canisters will be (1991, 2001, and 2003), giving it the available on site to accept donations, distinction of being the only song in any which will be used to support future genre of music to achieve that feat. It was Music in the Park entertainment. also Number 1 on the pop charts after 9/11. In addition, CBS News voted “God Bless The USA” the most recognizable patriotic song in America. It is performed Groundhog Festival to at all military and patriotic events Take Place August 14-20 throughout the year all across America. “USA” has also been in several movies By Danielle Merrow for Hometown magazine and is now part of the film shown by The The 55th Annual Groundhog Festival will Department of Homeland Security when return in the summer of ’22, on the nownew citizens are sworn in to the United familiar grounds of Yoder’s Antique Mall at States. 13432 Route 36, but it will be held a little later Greenwood says, “‘USA’ is the song I than normal this year. Kim Curtis, five-year planning committee always felt the need to write. I wanted to member, says festival-goers can expect have something that would unite much of the same from this year’s events as Americans from coast to coast and to in years past. “We’re planning to stay the instill pride back in the United States. course as it’s always been: music, children’s The song represents my family, my events, and activities,” she says. Nightly entertainment is already scheduled, community and those men and women Curtis reveals, and plenty of daytime who have paid the price for the freedoms activities are in store as well. Event we all love and enjoy.” schedules will be posted on the website as ••• details become available at www.punxsutawneygroundhogfestival.com.
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ommunities are often judged by the first impression they leave with visitors. As the home of Punxsutawney Phil, the community receives visitors year round. PRIDE – Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing, Enhancing – works diligently year round to positively impact the economic climate of
Façade Improvement Program and others. Chamber of Commerce President Katie Laska commented, “As the President of the Chamber, I would like to encourage qualifying businesses to participate in this program.” Being the 14th year of the program, PRIDE understands the challenges with supply chain issues as well as the impact of the pandemic. The completion date of projects has been extended the completion date of projects to be June 1, 2023. Applications can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, or by emailing email@example.com. Applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines and requirements carefully and understand that applications will not be considered that are missing required items. Completed applications must be submitted to PRIDE, P.O. Box 298, Punxsutawney PA 15767 no later than Wednesday, July 1, 2022. Members of the Board of Directors of PRIDE include (l - r): Katie Applications postmarked July Donald, Nathan Frankenberger, Susan Wolfe, Shirley Sharp, and 1 will be considered, no Richard Muth. (submitted photo) exceptions for any reason for Punxsutawney through various efforts. For late submissions. the past 13 years, PRIDE, with the help of PRIDE would also like to thank its various various sponsors, has facilitated a Façade sponsors of this program: Laska’s Pizza, Improvement Program in the borough. Peoples Natural Gas Co., First Members of the board are excited to Commonwealth Bank, Bridge Builders announce that the 14th year of this program Community Foundation, Inc., CNB Bank, is open to owners and leaseholders of public, and the Punxsutawney Eagles #1231. commercial buildings (with signed approval ••• by owners) within the borough of Punxsutawney. The program could reimburse 50 percent of the cost or up to $1,000 for approved façade Continued from page 11 improvements to the exterior “public” face use in providing scholarships to Punxof the building. Eligible improvements are sutawney Area students to assist in their adexterior wall murals, painting, resurfacing vance education or training. Individuals (new exterior materials), architectural choosing to leave bequests to this fund may elements, awnings, windows, and signage. specify the subject area in which they wish Improvements already completed are not to have their legacy donation included. For eligible. A project must not begin until Example: health care, trades, education, law, approval is received. All work under this etc. The Foundation will aggregate all the grant award must be completed and donations for each subject area and work paperwork must be submitted by June 1, with local schools to provide scholarship 2023, and no extensions for any reason will grants for eligible students. Each student rebe permitted. ceiving a scholarship grant from this fund Past recipients include Breathe Peace will be made aware of the contributors to the Wellness Spa, Punxsutawney Area Historical specific scholarship they receive. & Genealogical Society, Joe’s Drive Inn, Creating a Testamentary Fund or donating Paul Beatty Jewelers, Carulli Auto Sales and to the Foundation’s Memorial or Scholarship Repair, and many others. Fund at the Punxsutawney Area Community “One area we are hoping to receive Foundation, Inc., is one way to leave a applications for is the exterior wall murals. legacy which lasts beyond your lifetime. It is They are multi-purposed; not only will it a way to be part of and to feel good about improve the exterior of a public building but your contribution to the future of the Punxit will create a tourist attraction as well,” sutawney area. states Katie Donald, president of PRIDE. Individuals interested in creating their own “Many cities across the world have embraced legacy through a Testamentary Fund, or public art and PRIDE feels that we have a making a donation to the Memorial Fund or tremendous amount of talented artists in the Scholarship Fund may contact the Foundacommunity that could showcase their work tion at pxycf.org, or call (814) 938-2493 and on the exteriors of buildings in the borough.” leave a message. A representative of the The beautiful mural on the side of Foundation will contact you regarding your Roseman’s Florist was completed by local legacy wishes. artist Kelly Porada, with the support of the •••
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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 Pirates Contest Winner! The Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-4 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ray Marsh of Punxsutawney was the closest tie breaker score of 9 points. He wishes to redeem his gift card at Punxsy Shop ’n Save. Congratulations, Ray! n Free Summer Meals for Children ages 18 and under, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at the Punx’y Area High School cafeteria. Adult meals, $4. n The Groundhog Club hosts Sundays with Phil from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second & fourth Sundays of the month through the summer at the visitors’ center at Gobbler’s Knob. n Farmer’s Market Vouchers & applications are available at the Punx’y Area Senior Center. Distribution days are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. Call 938-8376 or (814) 849-3096 for more information. n Weather Discovery Center: Summer Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. n The Big Run Fire Co. holds Honey Badger Bingo every first and third Wednesday of the month at the Big Run Event Center. Doors open at 4 p.m., early bird games start at 6 p.m. and regular games start at 6:30 p.m. Food & beverages available. n The Perry Township Vol. Fire Co. holds an All You Can Eat breakfast on the 2nd Sunday of every month at the fire hall, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults, $8. n The Multi-Phasic Blood Screening offered by the Punx’y Rotary Club will be July 16 & 23. Watch the club’s Facebook page for registration information. n The Punx’y Salvation Army is holding Club 3:16 on Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. Call 938-5530 to register your child or for more information. n The Punx’y Salvation Army is offering registration for summer camp at Camp Allegheny. Call 938-5530 or email email@example.com or contact them on social media for more information . n June 25: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, 5-7 p.m., at Ringgold Area Fire Hall. Benefits Marci & Adam Reitz house fire. Sponsored by Ringgold United Methodist Church – Men With A Mission. $7 adult, $4 children under 13. n June 25 & 26: SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church Festival at the Adrian Picnic Grove. Check the Saint Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church page on Facebook for a schedule of worship & events. n June 25 & 26: Elk Run Vol. Fire Co.’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. Check their Facebook page for times & events. n June 26: Farmer’s Market, noon to 4 p.m., at Barclay Square. n June 27-July 1: Vacation Bible School: 5-Day Club, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., for ages 512, at Punx’y Alliance Church. Presented by Punx’y CMA and Child Evangelism Fellowship. Register by June 1 at 938-8505 or pc-
machurch.org or see the link on the church’s Facebook page. n July 1: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 6 p.m. at Punxsutawney VFW Community Social Hall, Maple Avenue, Punxsutawney. Donate Blood in memory of Joe Rougeux. This blood drive is anticipated to collect 25 livesaving donations. Joe was a Red Cross volunteer and dedicated blood donor who gave over 24 gallons, until he needed blood transfusions after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in 1998. Joe continued to volunteer at blood drives but could not donate. After being cancer free for 6 years, he was able to donate 2 units towards his 25 gallons. Joe passed away in 2005 due to complications from his cancer. To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. n July 1-29: Lottery Basket Raffle at the Punx’y Memorial Library. Must be 18 or older to win. n July 1-Aug. 31: Youth Ocean Reading Challenge at Punx’y Memorial Library. Complete 2 BINGOs and win a new book. For children ages 18 months to 10 years old. n July 1-Sept. 22: Summer Reading Challenge at Punx’y Memorial Library. Complete 2 BINGOs and win a new book. For those age 18 and over. n July 1: The 2022 Hunting License year begins. See the PA Game Commission website for seasons and limits. n July 1: Blood Drive, noon to 6 p.m., at Punxsutawney VFW. Benefits the American Red Cross. n July 1 & 2: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” 7:30 p.m., at Punx’y Elementary School auditorium, presented by the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild. n July 1 & 2: 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. n July 2-9: Punxsutawney Festival in the Park at Barclay Square! See the schedule inside Punxsutawney Hometown magazine for all the activities! n July 2-9: Punx’y Memorial Library’s hours during the Festival in the Park are July 2, 4 & 9: Closed. July 5-8: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. open to the public. Materials may be returned at the book drop or picked up using curbside service with advance notice. Call the library at 938-5020 for more information. n July 2 & 3: Hazen Flea Market, 7 a.m.3 p.m., Warsaw Township Fire Co.’s grounds. n July 3: Church in the Park, 10:15 a.m. at Barclay Square, presented by New Beginnings Church. n July 4: Independence Day! Celebrate America! n July 4: Fish for Free Day, sponsored by the PA Fish Commission. No license needed. n July 4: Brockway’s 56th Annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July. Includes the 41st Annual Tour de Brockway bicycle - Continued on page 24
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Edwin R. “Ed” Bowser of Mahaffey September 18, 1938 - May 25, 2022 Ed was a 60-year member of the Punxsutawney Masons Lodge, Altoona Jaffa Shriners, and Punxsutawney Eagles, FOE 1231. He was a partner in the Bowser Lumber Company with his brothers Ron and Pete. Ed enjoyed gun raffles, dirt track racing, farming, gardening, mowing grass, and hunting. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time together with them. He is survived by two sons, Scott (Tonia) Bowser and Jim R. (Brenda) Bowser; three grandchildren, Amber Bowser, Jason (Heather) Corle, and Scott Bowser; three greatgrandchildren, Madison, Brenton, Skylynn; four brothers, Ronald E. Bowser, M. Dean “Pete” Bowser, Robert W. Bowser, and Gerald D. (Shirley) Bowser; a sister, Janet (Bill) Harter; a sister-in-law, Lana Bowser; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank M. and Dorothy (Peace) Bowser; his wife, Ellen L. Bowser; two daughters, Stacey Bowser and Connie Bowser; and a brother, Darrell Bowser. McCabe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.mccabewaldronfh.com) u Margaret “Peg” Swanson April 30, 1921 - May 27, 2022 Peg’s main focus was her family, who came to her house every Sunday for dinner. She was a great cook and has left behind many signature recipes. Peg was a member of SSCD Roman Catholic Church in Punxsutawney. She loved bowling, bingo, golfing, bridge, campfires, and the family’s apple butter weekends that lasted for 20 years. She and her husband were involved in the Punxsutawney Saddle Club and were Quarter Horse breeders and showmen. At one time, she was the head of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Elks Club in Punxsutawney. In the 1950s, Peg made the best pizza in town when she and Dave owned the Town Pump bar in Punxsutawney. Peg frequented the Mahoning Hills Senior Center. Peg never missed a Steelers game and would be dressed in Steelers garb from head to toe. She always had her Terrible Towel and lucky troll doll in hand. Peg was a loving mother and is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Howard Beezer) Neal, Sandra (David) Walko of Punxsutawney, and Connie (Walter) Perry; nine grandchildren, Debra (Chris) Matherne, Andrew (Rachada) Neal, Mark Neal, Janine (John) Despines, Amy Walko, Michele (John) Cooper, Kristine (Paul) Walko Beenan, Christine (Kevin) Conway, Kirk Cesario, and Shelli Ames; nineteen greatgrandchildren, Max, Kyle, and Zoe Matherne, Ben Neal, Hannah, Grace, and Sam Neal, Manoli and Basil Despines, Briel and Crittenden Hughes, Elijah Goodbread, Sullivan, Patrick, and Katie Conway, Kenadi, Tyler, and Nicholas Cesario, and Finn Martin. Peg was the eldest of eight children and leaves behind one sister, Betty Davis; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Dolores Helman. She was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Anna (Walzer) Helman, and her husband, David J. Swanson. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. (www.deeleyfuneralhome.com) u Robert “Bob” James Smouse of Punxsutawney October 30, 1937 - May 31, 2022 A lifelong resident of Punxsutawney, Bob was a Veteran of the United States Navy on the
USS Strong from 1958 to 1962 where he served as a boilerman during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bob worked at Keystone Powerplant until his retirement in 1992. Bob was an active outdoors man who enjoyed hunting and fishing, trips out west hunting, to Lake Erie, and he Outer Banks deep sea fishing with his son, grandchildren, and friends. He was a competitive gardener, always trying to outdo his wife. In addition to his wife, Karen Paulette (Basile), he is survived by three children, Jennifer States, Jackie (Olie) Smathers, and Michael Smouse; six grandchildren, Erik (Effie) States, Alex (Erica) States, Ryan States, Kory States, Kyler Smathers, and Lexie Smathers; three greatgrandchildren, Theo, Leon, and Nora States; sister-in-law, Rose Smouse; and nieces and nephews, Robert Smouse, Chuckie Smouse, and Krisan (Smouse) Hahn, and Mark Gaglairdi and Kathy (Gaglairdi) Jordan. In addition to his parents, Robert James Smouse and Dorothy F. (Guignet) Smouse, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles (Chuck) Smouse, and sister, Doris (Smouse) Gaglairdi. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. (www.deeleyfuneralhome.com) u Jeannie (Carol) Campbell October 7, 1947 - June 4, 2022 Jeannie was an active member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church, where she served on various committees, sang in a performance group, and gave generously of all she had. Most important to her was the “Bazaar for all Season,” which Jeannie started over 25 years ago and continued to lead until last year. Jeannie also worked tirelessly for the church’s food pantry. Jeannie provided daycare for over 100 children over a period of 20 years, and many have kept in touch with her through the years. Jeannie loved spending time with her family, most of all, cooking, crafting, and gardening. Jeannie is survived by her husband, Merle “Mac” Campbell, and two daughters, Barbara (Steven) Schall and LeAnn (Corey) Whitfield. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Milea (Adam) Reynolds, Emily (Eli) Thompson, Brady Schall, Ala (Eric) Ingros, Copeland Whitfield and Graci Whitfield, and three greatgrandchildren, Calla, Lana, and Judah Reynolds. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virginia (Hewitt) Carol and George Carol, Sr. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. (www.deeleyfuneralhome.com) u Elinor Metz of Punxsutawney October 29, 1930 - June 5, 2022 Elinor served as a deacon and an elder at Marion Center Presbyterian Church. She taught high school in Akron, Ohio, and in Marion Center, Pennsylvania. She was a graduate of Westminster College in New Willington, Pa., and was a member and past president of Rainbow Diamond Glass Club. She is survived by a son, Peter (Donna) Hayes, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Clare (Jackson) and Dallas Walls, she was preceded in death by three husbands, Arthur Hayes, Richard “Dick” Siar, and George Metz; a son, Robert Hayes; and an aunt, Helen Jackson. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. (www.deeleyfuneralhome.com) u
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Elmer Frank Reed of Ringgold Township October 13, 1937 - June 6, 2022 Elmer wrote about his family in the “Jefferson County Pennsylvania History,” published in 1982: “My father purchased his farm of 132 acres on March 23, 1947, from Cal Mowery. This farm is located in Ringgold Township. It was on this farm that I was reared, along with my three brothers, Donald A. Reed, a home builder, Col. Dale Reed and Col. Larry Reed, both auctioneers, [as was] our grandfather, Parker Reed. from Perry Township. “When my parents purchased their farm, I remember moving our belongings with a tractor and wagon from Valier. Dad had a dairy herd and operated a fruit market at the farm selling mostly peaches and apples. I recall traveling extensively with my father buying and selling livestock. “After graduation from Punxsutawney High School in 1955 [and classes at Youngstown State University] then after graduating from Dubois Business College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, I returned to live on my father’s farm [and worked as a licensed funeral director with Eugene Pifer of Punxsutawney]. I married Joyce Lorraine Hetrick from Dora, Pennsylvania [August 27, 1971]. “My business, Fox Run Homes, was established in 1968, building homes in the tricounty area. “In 1979 we purchased our 95-acre farm in Ringgold Township. The property is adjacent to my father’s farm and west of the Old Ebenezer Cemetery and St. John’s Church, bordering the Ringgold and Oliver Township lines. Our farm has been owned by both sides of the family. “My paternal grandparents, Parker L and Lethia Watt Reed, lived near Grange, Perry Township. My paternal great grandparents were Tom and Barbara Mauck Reed. Barbara’s homestead is the present site of the Mauck Tunnel on the [former] Shawmut Railroad. The [nearby] Old Ebenezer Cemetery was part of the Mauck Farm. Tom Reed was wounded in the Civil War and his brother Jobe was killed.” After the death of Elmer’s parents, he and Joyce acquired the Frank A. Reed farm and moved into the farmhouse where he had grown up. Elmer was an outgoing man with many interests: hunting and fishing as noted in his high school yearbook and evidenced by elk hunting trips over the years to Meeker, Colorado, where he was able to harvest at least 14 bull elk, and the annual deer hunt with family members on the farm. He said once that, as a young teen, one of the most enjoyable and least expensive forms of outdoor activity was hunting. Elmer was also happily engaged with construction projects, business and finance, all things rural (he loved the sound of incoming flocks of birds in the spring) and all things historical, including genealogy. He was raised at St. John’s Reformed Church and loved hearing his mother sing at hymn sings. He was a member of the Clearfield County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Builders Association, the American Chestnut Foundation, a board member for the Ebenezer, Perry and St. John cemetery associations, several regional historical societies, and a life member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc., where he served on the Board of Trustees, including several years as Chairman and, more recently, a member of the Governing Board. As a Society member, Elmer was always Continued on next page
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Continued from previous page willing to be on hand to greet and talk with visitors during Groundhog Day events in February and lend a hand with whatever might be needed, from needed repairs to playing a role in one of the Society’s Coal Memorial reenactments. Not surprisingly, Elmer was admired by his many friends and extended family members. His presence will be sadly and sorely missed. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank Alton and Marie Evelyn Smathers Reed. Elmer is survived by his wife, Joyce; his brothers, Donald Alton (Sylvia) Reed of Chester, West Virginia, Larry Ross “Hike” Reed, and Dale D. (Barb) Reed; and the following nieces and nephews: Mindy Sivanich and Rusty Reed, Diane Brown, Cindy Chelednik, Cheri Nichol, David, Kenneth and Wayne Reed and Lisa Authier, Jason and Chad Reed, and Heidi Rice. u William “Bill” Stephen Lishinsky of Punxsutawney December 14, 1939 - June 9, 2022 Bill was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney and attended SSCD School from which he graduated in 1957. He also served as an altar boy. Bill had various jobs starting as a teen being a golf caddy at the Punxsutawney Country Club. As an adult, he worked at Punxsy Quaker Market, Dale Amino’s Store, UPS in New York City, sold airline tickets in Kansas, and at a sandblasting company in Ohio. For 24 years Bill lived and worked in Meadville, Pennsylvania, for the Viscos plant that made synthetic thread for clothing. Bill was a member of the Slovak Club in Punxsutawney. He liked to dance and talk with anybody. He was a very smart and kind individual. Surviving relatives include two sisters and a brother, Catherine S. (Victor) Schaffer, David M. (Joyce) Lishinsky, and Marian I. (Fred) Klotz; nieces and nephews, David M. (Laura) Lishinsky, Jr., Amy B. (Trent) Niel, Damian V. (Jill) Schaffer, Veronica S. Schaffer, Joshua F. (Julie) Klotz, Matthew J. (Candy) Klotz; and several great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Veronica Irene (Morris) Lishinsky and Stephen John Lishinsky. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. (www.deeleyfuneralhome.com) u Janene Olive Spencer of Punxsutawney February 21, 1953 - June 9, 2022 Janene graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School and the DuBois Business College. She worked as an administrative assistant with her family in the rental business. Janene enjoyed gardening, sewing, painting, drawing, reading, and yard sales. She was proud of remodeling her home almost all by herself. Her heart belonged to her family. She loved cooking, game nights, holidays, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by three children, William (Erica) Harlen Spencer, Daniel Ray States, Angela (Kevin) McQuown; two grandchildren, Wyatt and Camille McQuown; two brothers, William (Jane) Spencer and Richard (Vickie) Spencer; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents, Harlen F. and Olive L. (Lewis) Spencer; a daughter, Loren Hope States; a sister, Judy Redding; and
a niece, Lisa Ball. McCabe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.mccabewaldronfh.com) u Albert H. “Bub” Mains, Jr. of Rossiter September 27, 1934 - June 13, 2022 Bub was a Veteran of the United States Navy, joining right out of high school. After the service he worked for the steel mill in Swissvale for many years. He then worked for the Union Railroad until his retirement. Bub was also the successful owner of the bar, “The Country Palace,” in Dayton. Bub often worked two jobs and was the definition of a hard worker, instilling persistence and determination in his children. He was an avid hunter and an enthusiastic gardener, with a great love for the outdoors. He leaves behind many loved ones, including daughters, Charlene (Keith) Cable, Laura (Tim) Young, Karen Poole; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dennis (Wanda) Mains; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was greeted in heaven with open arms by his son, Donald Mains; three sisters, Donna O’Hara, Norma Shields, and Ella Callahan; a brother, Richard Mains; and his parents, Albert H. Mains, Sr., and Ruth (Plance) Mains from Turtle Creek. McCabe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.mccabewaldronfh.com) u Ann Marie Cekovsky December 27, 1929 - June 17, 2022 She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter and most recently attended Christ the King Manor in DuBois. Family was always her number one priority. She lived for holidays and family gatherings. She enjoyed baking, reading current events, church activities, socializing, and her grandchildren. Ann Marie was a graduate of the Reynoldsville High School and was a member of the Altar Rosary Society. Surviving relatives include four children, son John (Brenda) Cekovsky, son Robert (Dawn) Cekovsky, daughter Carol (Bill) Tersine, and daughter Betty (Al) Heberling; nine grandchildren, Shawna Cekovsky and fiancé Chris Remick, John Jared Cekovsky and Emily Meyers, Katlyn Cekovsky and fiancé Blair Niermeyer, Anthony (Janelle) Tersine, Amy Tersine and fiancé Chris DeBold, Jacob Cekovsky, Noah Cekovsky and Ashlyn and Alaina Heberling; a great-granddaughter, Jemma Tersine; and sisters-in-law, Fran Rentovich and Julie Kopas. In addition to her husband, John R. Cekovsky, who preceded her in death on September 25, 2001, she was preceded in death by parents, Anna (Deter) and John Rentovich; a sister, Madeline Smith; and a brother, John Rentovich. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. (www.deeleyfuneralhome.com) u Please visit the website of the funeral homes listed to view the 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 the obituary in Hometown Magazine, please contact us at email@example.com or call (814) 952-3668. u
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(“From Our Past,” researched by S. Thomas Curry, features items of interest from past editions of Punxsutawney and area newspapers.) June 28, 1910 — The stump fence in the country is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Years ago, when farms were being cleared, the farmers utilized the otherwise useless tree stumps with their roots, to make fences. Now comparatively little timber is being cut. The decayed old stumps are being replaced by more modern boundaries. The fences are a picturesque feature of the countryside. But woe betide the unlucky wit who finds it necessary to climb over one. (Punxsutawney Spirit) June 29, 1885 — If we cannot have a water works or a street sprinkler, we can have force pumps, and that is what our people are providing themselves. A well has been sunk in front of the Rees property, one in front of Knarr’s, one in front of Lanzendorfers and one at the Weber corner. These together with the wells at Beyers and the Bair corner, can supply water enough to keep the street dampened from the Square down to West Mahoning Street, and will also be useful in the event of fires. (Punxsutawney Spirit) July 5, 1899 — There is almost a new town up Crawford valley way since about a year ago. Woods and stumps have been cleared away and houses put in and quite a village has been built up, which with its buildings and cleared grounds and promising gardens, presents quite a flourishing prospect. It is usually called Crawfordtown. (Punxsutawney Spirit) [Note: The highway sign for Crawfordtown on PA Route 310 (between Delancey and Anitea) indicates the location.] July 8, 1869 — The first International Hippocomique, the great New York circus and one of the best and most legitimate shows traveling, will pitch their tent at Punxsutawney in the Public Park, on Wednesday, July 21st, afternoon and evening. We can assure our readers they have a rich treat in store. Admission 50 cents. We will take it for granted that everybody and their friends will be in town to witness “the gay and lofty tumbling.” (The Punxsutawney Plaindealer) June 15, 1896 — The hay on the public square was sold at auction last Saturday, and was knocked down to George Long, of West Mahoning Street at $11.25, he being the highest bidder. (Punxsutawney News) July 20, 1887 — Blasting stumps on the new branch road is rather dangerous business. Pieces of stumps fly around regardless of the safety of property. Wm. Bloses’s house was shatterd by a piece of a stump and a barn had a hole broken in the roof by a falling stump. (Punxsutawney News) [Note: The “new branch” was the railroad line that is now the Mahoning Shadow Trail through Punxsutawney to Horatio.] •••
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Continued from page 19 race. See the Facebook page or www.brockwayfourth.com for registration information. n July 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15: 2022 Junior Golf Clinic at Punx’y Country Club. Lesson time for ages 5-9 is 8:30-9:45 a.m. Lesson time for ages 10-14 is 10:15-11:30 a.m. Cost is $60 per child. n July 7-9: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” 8 p.m. at the Sawmill Theatre in Cook Forest. Presented by the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild. n July 7: Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Punx’y Memorial Library. n July 8: Community Dinner, 5-6 p.m., at First United Methodist Church. n July 9: Quilt Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Lattimer House, Punx’y Area Historical & Genealogical Society. $3 donation for admission, vote for your favorite. Those wishing to show quilts can call PAHGS at 938-2555 to pre-register and for drop-off and pick-up times. n July 9 & 10: Jimmy Stewart Airshow at the Stewart Airport in Indiana. Advance ticket information can be found at its Facebook page. n July 10: Farmer’s Market, noon to 4 p.m., at Barclay Square. n July 10: Chicken BBQ, 11 a.m., at Rossiter Vol. Fire Co., benefits the fire company. n July 10: Duck Derby at the George C. Brown Community Pool. See the pool’s Facebook page for more information. n July 11: Writing Group with Jane Murphy at Punx’y Memorial Library, 6 to 8 p.m. This group will meet again on Aug. 1. n July 11-14: Summer Library Program – Oceans of Possibilities, for Elementary 1 group, grades K-3, at 11 a.m. Elementary 11 Group, grades 4-6, at 1 p.m., at Punx’y Memorial Library. n July 11-15: SSCD Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m. to noon. n July 11, 18 & 25: Adult Coloring Club, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Punx’y Memorial Library. Bring your own supplies or borrow some from the library. For those over age 18. n July 12, 19, & 26: Rainbow Round Table, 4-5 p.m., at Punx’y Memorial Library. Tween & Teen LGBTQ+ literature and pop culture discussion group. n July 13, 23, and 27: Book donations accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Punx’y Memorial Library. Limit 2 boxes/bags per person. n July 14: Catastrophic Book Club, 5:30 p.m. at Punx’y Memorial Library. This month’s book is The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor.
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n July 14: Music in the Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Barclay Square, featuring “Almost Mulberry.” Bring a lawn chair. n July 14-16: Red, White & Blueberry Festival, Reynoldsville. n July 14, 21 & 28: Summer Camp 22, 12:30 to 3 p.m., at Punx’y Weather Discovery Center, for ages 5-11. Pre-register at 9381000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a cost. n July 14-17: Blacksmith Gathering Festival in Reynoldsville. Visit their Facebook page for information on admission, camping, and location. n July 14: Practical Nursing Community Job Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jeff Tech Gym. n July 15: Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m., at Cobblestone Hotel & Suites. Benefits American Red Cross. n July 16: 13th Annual Western PA CARES for Kids Dualthlon, 5K & Community Walk, 8 a.m., at Cook Forest Shelter 2, Forest Rd., Leeper. n July 16: History Day and Antique Car, Truck & Tractor Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Coolspring Power Museum. Museum opens on July 17. There may be an admission charge. n July 17: Farmer’s Market, noon to 4 p.m., at Barclay Square. n July 17-21: Vacation Bible School: Sonlight Treasure Island, 6-8:30 p.m., for kids ages 3-12, at New Beginnings Church, Walston. Pre-register at 938-3724. n July 20: Drive-Through Community Dinner, 5 to 6 p.m., at Punx’y Presbyterian Church. Enter the alley off East Mahoning St beside the Pantall and drive toward Union St. Meals will be handed to the driver. The meal will include an entrée to heat at home and a dessert. n July 21: Family Night Fun: Bermuda Triangle Escape Room, 6 to 8 p.m. This event is for groups of 4. Reservations are required by July 7 at 938-5020. Presented by the Punx’y Memorial Library. n July 21: Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m., at Reynoldsville Vol. Fire Dept. Benefits American Red Cross. n July 21: Blood Drive, noon to 5:30 p.m., at Sykesville Town Hall. Benefits American Red Cross. n July 21: Music in the Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Barclay Square, featuring “Felix & The Hurricanes.” Bring a lawn chair. n July 24: Farmer’s Market, noon to 4 p.m., at Barclay Square. n July 25-28: Summer Library Program – Oceans of Possibilities for Tweens & Teens, 7th – 12th grades, 1 p.m. Registration is recommended at 938-5020. n July 28: Music in the Park, 7:30 p.m., at Barclay Square, featuring “Killin’ Time.” Bring a lawn chair. n July 30: Music in the Park, 6:30 p.m., featuring Lee Greenwood. Presented by the Music in the Park committee, Punx’y Shop ‘n Save and Krise Transportation. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free show at Barclay Square. Refreshments will be available. n July 31-Aug. 6: Clearfield County Fair. n VisitPAGO.com is hosting the Great Outdoors Hiking Trails Photo Contest in Jefferson, Elk, Forest, Clarion, and Cameron counties. Contest runs through August. See visitPAGO.com/contest for information. n Jeff Tech offers adult education courses. Check their website for courses and other information. •••
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Festival Memories Continued from page 13 painting teacher, Reba Hamilton. She had a small studio near the Pantall Hotel, across from the park. Reba was truly a master of oil and wanted all her students to succeed. I guess there was going to be an art show in the park, and she hoped to have all her students get in one great painting. I saw a picture of a girl on the back of a Green Stamps catalog, and I really wanted to paint her. The girl had reddish-colored long hair and a velvet dress on. The 11-year-old girl in me loved that picture. I wished I looked just like her. Well, my teacher, Reba, let me use it. My folks bought a frame for it because my art teacher put it in a show that was held across the street in the park. I won a ribbon of merit for it. I was so proud, but I think that Mom and Dad were even prouder than I. I still have my painting of the girl with the red hair, even today, and it hangs on my dining room wall. When I look at it, I have so many memories. I remember the little art studio and my teacher. I remember the blue ribbon that fluttered in the breeze that sunny day as I spied my painting in the show. I remember Mom and Dad and how delighted they were. I am right there with them, walking down the street, eating a hotdog at the carnival, and sitting on the curb as the firetruck toots his loud horn, all during the festival in my hometown. •••
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