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Twins Rule!

National Twins’ Day is August 7 By Danielle Merrow for Hometown magazine here is a small town in northeast Ohio that lies about halfway between Akron and Cleveland named Twinsburg. The town was founded in 1818 when identical twin brothers (so identical, in fact, that only their closest friends could tell them apart) Moses and Aaron Wilcox of Killingworth, Connecticut, purchased 4,000 acres of land. “The twins offered 6 acres of land for a public square and $20.00 toward starting the first school if the residents would change the settlement’s name from Millsville to Twinsburg.” (twinsdays.org/about/community-oftwinsburg). Twins’ Day began during the town’s bicentennial celebration in 1976 with 30 pairs of twins in attendance and continues today attracting around 2,000 pairs of registered twins. In fact, according to twinsdays.org, the Guinness Book of World Records names the Twins Days Festival as the “Largest Annual Gathering of Twins in the World,” and since that time has become an annual celebration, always held on the first weekend of August. According to the CDC, the birth rate of twins in 2020 was 31.1 per 1,000 births in the US (www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/multiple.htm). That year 112,437 twin births occurred, but these numbers are experiencing a decline for the first time in a decade. While national statistics show that twin births have been declining over the past decade (cdc.gov), the Punxsutawney area is home to its share of twins, all with a different story to share. Says Amanda


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The Shaffer twins, Clate (left) and Colt (right), share the special bond that all twins know. (submitted photo)

Twin mom Amanda Cary underwent life-saving surgery for cancer on her adrenal gland just weeks after giving birth to her twin boys, Rowan (in blue) and Rylan (in green). She was not allowed to lift her babies after surgery and relied on her husband to lay them on her for snuggle time. (submitted photo)

Cary, mom to 15-month-old twin boys, “You never know how interesting twins are until you have them.” Few can attest to or comprehend the shock that accompanies the ultrasound tech’s exclamation of “congratulations! You’re having twins!” The surprise, the fear (of the unknown), the overwhelming idea of the beginning of not just one but two new lives. Financial concerns (twice the diapers; twice the formula; twice the car seats, cribs, high chairs, and other necessary baby gear), logistical concerns (will they share a nursery or be separate? Will the current family vehicle accommodate two infant carriers?) and health concerns, because twins notoriously carry a risk of lower birthweight and being born prematurely. While this is not always the case, it is often a concern. And sometimes twin births come with completely unrelated, completely unforeseen circumstances. Amanda Cary had a very healthy, very uneventful twin pregnancy. She delivered her boys, Rowan and Rylan, in April 2021. The day after returning home, however, Cary says she started spiking fevers. After four weeks, multiple ER and doctor’s

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office trips, and one ultrasound, she was sent to UPMC Mercy. During the two days she spent there, they did a battery of tests and scans that confirmed Cary had a 19.3cm tumor on her left adrenal gland and it needed to be removed immediately. A week later, Cary left her 7-year-old, 5year-old, and 5-week-old twins to go have surgery and entered the hospital for a stay of what was originally predicted to be 3 days. Three days turned into an incredibly difficult 2 weeks for the whole family. Cary’s surgical team removed her adrenal gland as well as her left kidney, and tore her pancreas. The tear in Cary’s pancreas required 3 drain tubes to be placed in her abdomen. She was not allowed to eat anything by mouth for a week following the surgery. Right before discharge, pathology came back and confirmed the family’s worst fears: cancer. Adrenal cancer is very rare and very aggressive. It is almost never caught before it spreads. Typically,by the time the tumor is big enough to be detected, it has already spread. Cary’s, however, grew to 19cm without spreading. “I thank my twins daily,” Cary says, “because without their pregnancy hormones I do not know that the tumor would have grown that big that fast and it would have spread.” As of July 12, 2022, Cary reports that she remains cancer free. She says, “I’m so thankful to be healthy and be the mama my kids need me to be!” Cheyenne Shaffer has 3-year-old twin boys and a 7-year-old daughter. There are twins in her husband’s family, though not in hers. “My husband and I decided we wanted to have another baby when our daughter was around 4,” Shaffer recalls. - Continued on next page

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“Twins don’t always look alike, but they are best friends” – Noah (left) and Ethan (right) Merrow. (submitted photo)

Twin’s Rule!

Continued from previous page “We tried for a while and I wasn’t getting pregnant.” Shaffer’s ob/gyn had recommended she see an endocrinology fertility specialist because she is a Type 1 diabetic. Shaffer underwent testing to find out she had essentially no chance of getting pregnant again without fertility treatments. The Schaffers decided to wait and not have the fertility treatments “and three months later I found out I was pregnant with twins!” she says. Shaffer’s pregnancy made managing her diabetes more difficult, placing her in the “high risk” category. “My first pregnancy was high risk because of diabetes,” Shaffer explains. “But with twins and diabetes they had to watch me even more closely. I ended up in the ICU for a few days when I was pregnant with the boys because I was in early DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). I have an insulin pump all of the time, unfortunately,” she says Upon discovering she was pregnant, Shaffer’s husband had a feeling twins were on the horizon, but Cheyenne was still surprised to learn they were expecting two babies. “When we went to the ultrasound, the technician doing it told us a riddle to tell us we were having twins. I started crying; I was excited, but also scared because I understood that being pregnant as a diabetic is a risk.” Despite the trials of her pregnancy, however, Shaffer carried her two boys to 34 weeks and 4 days. “Twin A,” Case, was born first at 6 pounds 14 ounces, and “Twin B, Clate, followed at 6 pounds 9 ounces. Case and Clate are fraternal twins. The boys spent five days in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) having their blood sugars monitored after birth as a result of their mom’s blood sugar issues during pregnancy, but are otherwise normal, healthy 3-year-old boys. “The most rewarding part of being a twin mom is watching them grow and the bond they have. What one doesn’t think of, the other does. They help each other problemsolve (sometimes that can be a bad thing).

Identical twins Parris (Kernich) Kopas and Maddison (Kernich) Amper offer a mirror image. (submitted photo)

I think it’s amazing how they have been best friends since the day they were born,” Shaffer says. Twenty-year-old identical twins Meghan and Maddy Brooks are best friends who do everything together. Maddy says, “Having a twin sister is like having a builtin best friend. Relatives are normally close in general, but I think having a twin sister is unbeatable.” Meghan, on the other hand, reveals that she didn’t always feel that way. “If I’m being honest,” she begins, “when I was younger, I hated being a twin. I think it was the concept of having to share everything. But as I just turned 20 [the twins celebrated their 20th birthday on July 12], I’ve realized I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Nowadays, Meghan feels differently. “Any time someone asks me what it’s like [being a twin], I always tell them it’s like having a forever best friend. I wouldn’t change it for the world!” In fact, the girls are so close that even their boyfriends match! Meghan and Maddie have been dating 21-year old twin brothers, Ethan and Elick, for the past two years. Maddy says, “I never thought we would ever be this cheesy [to date twins] but it can be a lot of fun. You always have someone to go do something with, and you’re all automatically really close and can joke around. The amount of memories we all have together is exceptional.” Meghan goes on to say, “it’s amazing because we always have someone to hang out with. We have so many memories together from the past two years; it’s crazy to think about but I think I can speak for all of us when I say we wouldn’t want to have it any other way!” Twenty-eight-year-old identical twins, Parris (Kerich) Kopas and Maddison (Kernich) Amper, grew up in Punxsutawney, the first twins in their family. They grew up best friends and have remained close as they grew into married women; both call Pittsburgh home now, and they live about 15minutes from each other. The best part of being a twin, according to them, is that “I always have a best friend around; from the time we were born, we have truly been inseparable and absolute best friends.” Maddison says there are more benefits than drawbacks to being a twin, though she admits it can get a little bit frustrating when people can’t tell them apart and, she says, “when Parris would steal my clothes!” Growing up, the girls enjoyed dressing alike. They say their parents raised them to be individuals, allowing each to pursue her own strengths and allowing them each to be her individual self, but also making sure the girls were treated as two parts of - Continued on page 7

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Members of an unidentified family gather in the former Mitchell Park section of Jefferson Park in 1908. (photo courtesy PAHGS)

Parks & Excursions: Memories of Mitchell Park By the Coal Memorial Committee for Hometown magazine ummer is the time for gatherings in the park. When the railroads arrived in the Punxsutawney area, their primary purpose was the transport of coal and coke from the local mines to markets in Buffalo and Philadelphia. Passengers first used the local railroads to commute from one town to another along the railroad line. The next use was to travel for recreational purposes. Among the earliest groups to take advantage of the opportunity to travel to and from other communities along a railroad line were local baseball teams, organized in almost every community after the Civil War. Railroads facilitated the formation of local baseball leagues. Teams traveled on the regularly scheduled passenger trains to neighboring towns, played a game or two of baseball, and were able to be home the same day. Later, when fans accompanied the team to games, special cars were added to the train and at times special trains were run to accommodate the need of the team. Managers of the railroads viewed providing transportation for recreational purposes as a way to help offset losses incurred in running empty cars over the rails. Railroad companies began investing in the development of recreational parks along their railroads. These parks catered to church groups, veterans’ organizations, unions, and fraternal orders by providing places where large groups could gather for social activities. Many of the parks were located in wooded areas near streams or lakes and provided places for picnics, games, and usually contained a dance pavilion. The railroads offered special excursions to visit these parks. An item in the Punxsutawney News, of July 10, 1889, announced the ladies of the Presbyterian Church were sponsoring an excursion to Rhododendron Park and Bellwood on July 11th for $1.50. Two hundred and fifty people from the Punxsutawney boarded the Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train and participated in this excursion. The long days of summer provided a perfect time for extended day trips on Sundays, the only day of the week that most workers had free for leisure activities. On July 13 of the same year, the B. R. & P.


Railroad sponsored an excursion to the park established at the Kinzua Bridge, where travelers could enjoy their picnic lunch, walk trails through the forest, view the marvelous engineering which created the bridge, and return home to Punxsutawney the same day. The trip was enjoyed by 119 local residents. In September that year, the B. R. & P. Railroad offered a two-day excursion to the Mammoth International Fair and Exposition at Buffalo, New York. Passengers from Punxsutawney, for a fare of $4.00, could visit the fair, remain overnight in Buffalo, then visit Niagara Falls the next day before returning home In 1891, Harry Myers and Leah Sink, took the excursion to Kinzua on June 27th. They failed to show up in time for the return trip. On June 28th when they returned to Punxsutawney, they announced they had been married at Bradford. In the years that followed, many a young couple took advantage of excursions to wed. By May of 1900, the B. R. & P. Railroad was offering longer excursions. Advertisements offered round trips for “Land Seeker” to Northwestern Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, Indian Territory, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, and North and South Dakota. Tickets for these excursions permitted stop-overs at any point west of St. Paul or the Missouri River and were good for 30 days. They were available through authorized agents including L.C. McGaw, Punxsutawney. The railroads made it possible for Punxsutawney residents to relocate to the “West.” Punxsutawney and Clayville, seeing the advantage of having a recreational park in the area, began working in 1896 with the railroad companies and the Jefferson Traction Company to develop a recreational park along Elk Run. They secured eleven acres of woodland in the borough along Elk Run located a mile from the Public Square. The site was easily accessible by both the B.R. & P and the Pennsylvania & Northwestern railroads and the Jefferson Traction Company’s trolley line. A committee was appointed to develop the park by clearing underbrush, creating places for gatherings and picnics, and constructing a dance pavilion. Local groups were quick to book reservations for events at Mitchell Park. - Continued on page 8

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Twin’s Rule! Continued from page 4 a whole. “We would wear the same thing but I would always wear purple when Parris would wear pink. We would do our hair similarly, but one would wear pigtails and the other would wear braids, etc. We loved looking alike and letting people know we were twins, but we put our own spin on it!” Maddison says. According to Maddison, one thing Parris and she wish more people understood about twins is this: “Although we were and will always be ‘the twins,’ we do have our own identities and separate lives. Don’t get me wrong I love my sister to death and love being a twin but even at the age of 28 we’re still often grouped as one!” “We are truly best friends,” they say. “Do we fight? Yes. Do we disagree? Yes. But no matter what, we are always there for each other and are so blessed to have one another!” And now a note from your writer This story has been a deeply personal and relatable one for me to write, and this topic holds a special place in my heart, because observing the bond between twins has been a part of my life from my earliest memories. As the daughter of a twin, I watched the relationship between my dad and his brother and always admired the closeness they shared, the similarities in their mannerisms (that I’m not sure, to this day, they’re even conscious of), and the way every story my dad ever told us about his childhood included his built-in best friend. I loved those stories, even though it should be just another fact of life that when Dad starts telling stories about growing up, his partner in crime is going to play a part. I don’t remember how old I was when I decided I thought it would be pretty cool if, someday, I had twins of my own. In 2014, my husband and I and our then 2-year-old son returned home from a beach vacation realizing that it was time to see the doctor about a potential pregnancy. Within two weeks, it was confirmed that we would be welcoming twins. As much as I had always hoped for twins, and as many times as my dad told all five of us kids that “twins skip a generation” (I was never sure how true that was and was always 50 percent terrified and 50 percent hopeful that it might be true), I was still thrown for a loop when it was confirmed. We drove from our home in Erie county to Punxsutawney the day the twins were confirmed to inform our families in person. I don’t think we spoke a word the whole drive, aside from, “Twins. Holy cow, twins.” Our families were excited for us. My brothers said, “We already know you’re pregnant. Why drive two hours to tell us?” When we showed them the two separate ultrasounds, I think they were almost as shocked as we were. And my dad? He congratulated us with big hugs, then made a very hasty escape to put his boots on and hustle out to tell his brother, who was working outside, that the Brooks twin legacy will continue. I think our twins must have been 2- or 3-

years-old when we were visiting my parents one weekend. They were playing together, but also separately, and doing what toddlers do best: getting into everything. My dad was observing quietly from his chair, taking in the scene before him when he said, “You know, guys, this gives me a whole different perspective on what our mom and dad must have gone through with Red and me.” Our twins are seven years old now, and as different as any two people could be, both in looks and personality – similarly to their Gramps and their great-uncle Red. But the one thing they have in common is their love for one another. Each boy has his own circle of friends that they like to be with at school, and they are in separate classrooms. But every

report I’ve gotten from school staff is that once the recess bell rings, our boys find each other immediately to play together. They play well together at home too. They plan “adventures,” build forts and hideouts and, for the most part, get along really well. When they’re sitting (which, if I’m honest, isn’t often) near one another, they will unconsciously reach for one another: pinkies intertwined, legs tangled together, one with his head in his brother’s lap. No matter what, at the end of the day, they are best friends without question. Seven-year-old Ethan Merrow puts it best when he says, “Sometimes twins don’t even look alike but they’re still twins and best friends. And that’s what’s important.” His twin Noah adds that it’s impossible to imagine what life would be

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like if he wasn’t a twin. I used to ask each twin parent I met, “What’s the secret?” Overwhelmingly and unanimously, the answer was, “There isn’t one.” What I’ve come to realize is, while it’s true, there isn’t one secret to surviving twins, there is one important thing for parents of twins to remember: Your best IS enough. Parenting twins is challenging, but it’s also rewarding beyond belief in every way. Even on the most challenging day, at the end of the day, showing up and doing your best for your children (whether you have singletons, twins, triplets, or quadruplets) is as much as anyone can ask for. At least, that’s my unprofessional opinion. •••

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Continued from page 6 As a public park, space for events was provided free of charge. All types of community organizations reserved space in the park to hold events: family reunions, veterans’ encampments, and picnics of church-related groups, mine union, and social clubs. The railroads and the trolley offered reduced rates for persons traveling to events at the park. The success of Mitchell Park led to the development of other parks along the railroad and trolley line, including Highland Park in McCalmont Township, and Wishaw Park in Winslow Township. In August 14, 1905, the Borough of Punxsutawney authorized the chartering of a corporation to manage Mitchell Park. The trustees of Mitchell Park, Inc., were: H.L. Young, W.C. Torrence, E.N. Wehrle, H.R. Steele, J.L. Shields, D.M. McQuown, W.O. Smith, Henry M. Mundorff, T.C. Zeitler, G.H. Torrence, James H. Maize, W. A. Johnson, John H. Kennedy, and Joseph J. Young, whose responsibility became to maintain and protect a public park for innocent amusement, recreation, and social enjoyment for the citizens of the Punxsutawney and Clayville Boroughs. Mitchell Park’s easy accessibility via rail and trolley, and its “woodsy” nature, provided natural cover for opportunists. One group of opportunists included Ham Man Brown; Pittsburg Red, an octogenarian grocery grabber; Blind Sycamore; Spike, the Spectacle Man; and 17 Innocents Abroad. One night, on their travels they lifted ten hams and about $65 worth of groceries from John Rumbarger’s Grocery Store, which was located Front Street and Ridge Avenue and retired to Mitchell Park. The next day as they were enjoying a picnic, the local police arrived. They objected to the intrusion on their picnic. Chief of Police Palmer enforced his demand for surrender by discharging his revolver. The bullet came so close that it struck a ham in the hands of Spectacle Man, whereupon the gang capitulated. Chief Palmer and Constable Baughman corralled the bunch and took them to the county jail at Brookville. They were convicted and sentenced to the penitentiary and workhouse for terms of from one to three years. While in jail at Brookville and after their conviction members of the gang sent messages to Grocer Rumbarger, assuring him that they would not forget him. When they got out of the penitentiary, they planned to return the favor. They kept their word. As each member of the gang was released from prison, he made a trip to Punxsutawney to check on the status of the grocer. This did not go unnoticed by the local police force. Finally, when Ham Man Brown was released, the gang congregated outside Punxsutawney to carry out their promise to Rumbarger. However, Mr. Rumbarger’s store was no longer located at the corner of Front Street and Ridge Avenue. The opportunists needed to find him in order to harass him. Policeman Wall and John Rumbarger were standing outside his new grocery store on North Findley Street when they noticed a lame man, carrying a cane, and limping when anyone was looking and begging passing people for alms. Upon seeing Brown, Rumbarger remarked loudly, “There is the man who robbed my store three years ago.” Policeman Wall casually replied, “Well, I guess I will just seize him and put him back

into the lockup.” Upon hearing this Ham Man Brown quickened his step, and the cane hit the pavement every other step and by the time he passed the B.R. & P. Station going east, the cane barely hit every third step. With Policeman Wall close on his tail, by the time Ham Man Brown reached the yard office, he was going so fast he no longer needed the cane and threw it away. There was no doubt in the minds of Ham Man Brown, Pittsburg Red, the Blind Sycamore, Spectacle Man and the innocents abroad that they were being carefully watched, so they left town. The cost of park maintenance was becoming an impossible burden for the Trustees of the Mitchell Park Corporation. The Trustees realized someone needed to be in charge of the park. The park had been overrun by cattle and had otherwise been abused and neglected. Mitchell Park, which had been a place of recreation where fond memories of good times had been created, had become a public nuisance. In January 1906, The Mitchell Park Trustees entered into an agreement with the Jefferson Amusement Company of Charleroi, which had acquired permission to establish amusement facilities at Highland Park and on a seven-acre tract directly south of the original Mitchell Park. These new facilities would be equipped with up-to-date equipment including a roller coaster, merry-go-round, and other attractions. They entered into an agreement with Mitchell Park, which gave them access to the eleven acres of woodland. By this agreement the Jefferson Amusement Company agreed to: Keep said Park in good condition, prohibit and prevent the sale or use of malt brewed or various liquors thereon, the occupancy thereof by gamblers, gambling devices or games, or loafers, and in general be responsible that said Mitchell Park is used for no immoral or objectionable purposes whatever. Permit the general public to have full right to use said Mitchell Park free of charge for picnics and outings of a public or private nature and all gatherings in which the public is interested, so long as they are not for immoral or objectionable purposes. To clean up and improve the topography of said Mitchell Park, care for and protect same from trespasses or immoral, objectionable, and undesirable uses, erect seats and tables for the free use of the public, and keep said Park in good condition at all times during the term of the agreement, or any renewal thereof. That see that no buildings be erected on said Mitchell Park, nor any changes made in the water or water courses therein or thereon, nor any trees cut down, except in all such cases the right to do so is first obtained in writing from the Park Committee and such changes are approved by them or their successors. The Jefferson Amusement Company could erect swings and other similar amusements, and stands for sale of food and refreshments, all of which the general public might wish to enjoy and pay for while on the grounds. And, the Amusement Company would protect the trees and not allow horses to be hitched to the same or to remain on the grounds of Mitchell Park. By 1908 the world of transportation had revolutionized, as automobiles were becoming the preferred mode of transportation. Passenger ridership on trains and the trolley went into a sharp decline and in 1927 the trolley - Continued on next page

Back Porch Memories By Mary Ellen Pollock-Raneri for Hometown magazine t’s funny. While most kids were out swimming or playing ball in the summertime, I was home with my mom on our back porch. That cement patio was my mother’s office in the summertime, and it also was my dad’s relaxation compound. There was a big vine that grew all around it. Lucy started it from a small cutting, and she was so proud of her green thumb. The roof of the porch was made from dark green and white aluminum slats, and the roof was held up with several metal poles that stuck out of the cement floor. The vine twisted about those poles and formed a natural, beautiful wall on three sides of our patio. It kept out the rain and the wind in the summertime. In the wintertime, although the leaves fell off, the clusters of thick ropey branches kept out the snow. My mother and I would sit on that porch on a warm summer day as we rocked together on the metal glider that was shaded by Mom’s vine. Most of the time, Lucy and I would study recipes together from those red cardboard boxes where she kept her collection. Well, I liked to look at the illustrations that went with them – then, I perused the recipe. My mother and I would plan what we would bake together, and we would dream about how amazing and tasty our recipe might turn out. I remember one summer day, I asked her to make these pinwheel cookies that were chocolate and vanilla because I liked the little sketch of the ballerina beside the recipe. I wanted to be that ballerina so badly. So, Lucy made the cookies for me. I was so happy. My girlfriend and I sat there on the porch cement, playing with our Barbie dolls and munching on those cookies right after they came out of the oven. It was a perfect day. The back porch was also her private “precanning” room. I can still picture Mom, who sat with a brown paper bag and a large stainless-steel bowl in her lap, and a kitchen wash basin at her feet as she cleaned green beans. The beans had to be snapped and broken into three or four uniform pieces before they could go from the bag to the metal bowl. The snappings and scrubby beans went into the wash basin on the floor. Lucy always had a process for everything, and we had to follow it. Yes, we sure cleaned a lot of our vegetables out there on the porch. Mom set up tables to help the garden tomatoes or peppers ripen. Sometimes, when we got our peaches, she set them out on a table to get soft before she made preserves or pies. We cored and peeled apples on the porch, pitted the peaches, roasted peppers on a little grill by the side of the patio, and washed the fresh bib lettuce in tubs – right there on our back porch. “Mary, sweep the porch,” Mom commanded each morning. I can still see her standing there as she made sure I swept every crumb of debris from the green painted cement with her old corn broom. Eventually, we evolved from plain old cement to this shiny indoor-outdoor carpeting that Lucy laid from corner to corner on the patio, using two-sided sticky tape. After that marvelous invention came out, we


used a vacuum more than a broom. Now, the porch was not all work. Sometimes it was a place to entertain neighbors and family, or sometimes it was my summer playhouse. I remember setting up my shiny black Barbie carrying case out there as my girlfriends and I played with our dolls. We spread out all our homemade outfits (that Lucy sewed, of course) and exchanged or dressed our dolls with hats and shoes and lovely knitted, sewn, or crocheted clothing. The porch was where we ate Popsicles and ice cream too. It was my father’s favorite spot to relax in his heavy metal armchair that looked like it was basket woven. I can still picture him sitting there, by the entrance to the back door with our doggy on his lap. Sometimes in the late spring during the final days of school, I crossed the backyard after getting off the school bus and he would greet me as I sauntered onto the back porch. “Well, did you pass?” Daddy would ask and chuckle at his joke about my school days. “Yea, Dad,” I responded with a giggle, and I would show him my report card from the last day of class. Daddy usually smiled that big “Mike Smile,” (as my mom called his grin) and shook his head in an approving manner. Then, he would ask me his favorite question that always made me giggle even more. “Mary, do you think the rain will hurt the rhubarb,” Daddy tried to be serious when he asked this time-worn question, but eventually, he laughed out loud. We both did. I miss the magic of those summer days on the porch with my folks. Simple things like snapping beans, coring apples, or sweeping the leaves from the cement – tasks, which were once a tedious chore, all seem so precious to me now. My memories are so thick – just like Mom’s lush vines that once covered that simple patio. And those memories remain there for me to recall and enjoy any time I want. All I have to do is take a moment and close my eyes. I am there again – out on the back porch with Mom and Dad. •••

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he 82nd SSCD Lawn Festival will kick off August 5th and run through August 7th, 2022. This year the festival committee has packed every moment with exciting events, new games, traditional festival foods, and a wider variety of entertainment. Cochairs Whitney Bargerstock and Renee Doverspike are excited to share some of the exciting things the committee has prepared for this year. From a stronger social media presence with the new Facebook page and the Social Media account on Instagram, to the beautiful new logo that will make its appearance throughout the festival, you

can see the breath of fresh air that has trickled on to the festival grounds for the 2022 season. Bingo will continue to be inside and air conditioned, but with the added bonus of food runners taking orders and delivering right to your seat while playing. Frank’s Star Lunch will be serving up their classic hot dogs and hamburgers while Pam Defelice will be situated alongside Frank with her everfamous lemonade and fried dough. And we can’t forget the “Pooch House,” which will be serving the famous pigs in a blanket, haluski, and all the classics. - Continued on next page

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drawing, along with rip tickets sold by the Knights of Columbus. Saturday kicks off the day early with extra events. This year committee members Ann and Matt Kopenhaver have brought back the volleyball tournament while honoring Ann’s grandmother Rachel Starry. Saturday at 3 p.m. participants can begin registering and practicing for the Rachel Starry Memorial Volleyball Tournament by the Pavillion on the School Campus. The volleyball tournament will be capped at ten teams so be sure to register early. Information can be found at the Festival’s Facebook page, along with registration forms. The Festival will also host a home run derby for kids ages 5 to 18 at the Walston Ballfields. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the first age category hitting at noon. Registration also includes a voucher for the player to eat for free that evening of the festival. This event has been generously sponsored by Burke and Sons Windows. Prizes will be awarded that evening at 6:30 p.m. on the festival grounds. Registration forms are available in the church office, online by - Continued on next page



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then closing the evening out with The Sharptones prior to the 10 p.m. drawing of the grand prizes. Several weekend-long events will also take place including the Saint Clare Fraternity’s (Secular Franciscan Order) giant basket auction. Anne Pensey of the Franciscan Order, anticipates that 20 baskets will be ready and on display to raffle off. The Children’s Art Show will also be featured along the side wall of the Auditorium. Festival attendees will be able to buy votes and vote for their favorite artwork all weekend long. Prizes will be drawn at 7 p.m. Sunday evening. All artwork can be turned in to the church office anytime prior to the start of the festival and Friday evening at the voting booth on the grounds. Artwork will be displayed all weekend, and artists may pick up their works Sunday prior to the close of the festival. For more information on any of these events please visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sscdlawnfestival. •••

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he Punxsutawney Area Hospital is excited to announce its participation in the national nursing recognition program called the DAISY Foundation. The DAISY – an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System – Foundation was formed in November

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Plyler Siblings Learn Life Lessons Raising Pigs for Dayton Fair are involved with the breeding, birthing (farrowing), and raising of pigs for 4H and show at the Dayton Fair. Mark and Elena have been involved with 4H for five years, beginning as Clover Buds – so long that neither of them has many memories of life before raising pigs. The family breeds and raises all their own pigs under the name “Platinum Showpigs,” so the pigs that the children show at the fair are ones that have come from the lines their family have bred and raised. Heidi explains that the sows are bred for two litters a year in order to keep the pigs fertile. “Breeding season happens in October for February litters, and then again in May for September litters, so I guess that’s what you could consider our ‘slow’ time,” she says. Heidi goes on to explain that there is a process involved; each sow is specifically matched with the boar that is going to give them the best genetics for showing at the Dayton Fair. Young Mark and Elena are involved with 4H only as far as showing right now, as they are Laci (far right) poses with Elena and Mark at the 2021 Dayton still a bit young for other activFair after being awarded the "Reserve Champion" banner. ities within the organization, (submitted photo) but they already display many of the leadership qualities that when she realized that he would be put to the youth organization emphasizes. “They’re death as the runt of his litter. Throughout the always helping other kids at the fair,” their story, Wilbur becomes a strong, healthy pig mom observes. “If another kid has a pig and proves that physical attributes are not who’s being stubborn, or if one gets loose the sum of one’s value. The relationships the from the pen, or if one needs help to bathe pig built with Fern, Charlotte the spider, and them, Mark and Elena are there to help – the the other farm animals proved that what’s on kids love helping others. the inside matters more. “No pig ever had This year is a big year for Elena. At 8 years truer friends, and he realized that friendship old, she is eligible for a banner if her pig is one of the most satisfying things in the wins, and she is also able to participate in the world,” White writes. livestock sale and sell her project. The Plyler family of Brookville is a realLaci has been a member of 4H for the past life example of how easy it is to build a reeight years and has bannered with their lationship with their swine. Says mother homebred pigs. Heidi Plyler, “These pigs honestly think they’re dogs. They love to snuggle and have their bellies scratched; they even kick their legs like dogs. When you sit down on the ground you’d better look out because if you’re not paying attention you could end up with a 400-pound sow in your lap! It’s not uncommon for me to find pigs in my house; I’ll be in the kitchen and turn around to find a pig behind me.” Heidi recalls one particularly heartwarming anecdote from several years ago when the family was moving into the Plyler homestead: “We were unloading the trucks and when we looked up, everything was quiet: no kids in sight, and no pigs either.” After Pigs make the best friends! Mark Plyler snuggles with one of the Platinum Showpigs. searching for a while, the lost children were (submitted photo) located in one of the flower beds. The pregnant gilts were stretched out, sound asleep Fair week is always chaotic for the family: with one kid on top of each, also sleeping. occasionally a pig is slightly underweight They knew they were at their forever home. and needs to be fed a little extra to meet The Plyler family (dad, Mark; mom, Heidi; qualifications for show. Additionally, and their children, Mark, 10, and Elena, 8) warmer temperatures mean the children along with 16-year-old Laci Poole (a family have to keep them comfortable with plenty friend so close she’s considered a “niece,”) By Danielle Merrow for Hometown magazine hildren always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will,” is a line from E.B. White’s classic novel “Charlotte’s Web,” in which Wilbur the pig was rescued by young Fern


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While the family forms strong bonds with all of their animals, their life on the farm has Continued from previous page come with some lifelong lessons attached. “The kids have learned that life is not all of baths (also important for showing, but about them, and they carry a great amount usually the pigs don’t mind much, as Heidi of responsibility,” their mom says. “They are remarks that most people don’t give pigs fully aware that when a mama pig is due, it’s enough credit for being very clean animals) all hands on deck. Everyand occasional drinks of one pitches in to help.” Gatorade to keep their Day-to-day, Mark and electrolytes up. Elena are expected to And sometimes, for any help in the barn for both number of reasons, the morning and evening pigs just are not in the feedings. “It doesn’t matmood to cooperate. The ter how sick you are or family chuckles together how much snow is on the at a memory of one such ground, those pigs need instance during fair week, to eat twice a day and when young Mark was their pens must be entering the arena to cleaned out and sanishow his pig. “The pig tized,” their mom says. just stopped,” Heidi reDespite all the work incalls. “Mark couldn’t get volved, they love life on her to budge, and he was the farm and want to looking at me for help. continue their involveAnd then we realized that the pig was peeing … Mark and Elena Plyler both say one of ment. “We’ve asked and it was going in their favorite parts of the birth of new them,” Heidi says, “Is it piglets is putting them in the drying Mark’s boot!” agent to clean them after birth. too much work? Would you like to sell the pigs to Still, fair week is a time (submitted photo) have a little more freethey all anticipate all year dom, and just buy show pigs for fair season? long. Ten-year-old Mark looks forward to And that conversation usually leads to tears. seeing all of the other animals at the fair and They want to know why we would even getting to pet them. Eight-year-old Elena’s suggest such a thing.” favorite part of fair week is the preparations. While they are still young and have a lot of “My favorite thing is training my pig for years to decide, Heidi speculates that both fair!” she exclaims. children will most likely carry on the agriAt age sixteen, Laci anticipates seeing the cultural lifestyle in some form as they grow up-and-coming kids who are just starting older. In addition to raising their pigs, the out, and watching them navigate their first Plyler’s have horses as well and are avid ridfew fair seasons.

ers. And farming is in their blood; after all, both Heidi and her husband, Mark, have strong agricultural backgrounds. The couple has made sure their children have the same opportunities they did. Mark had more hands-on time with swine than Heidi, but with the help of some devoted friends (like Kayla Talmage) they broke into the show side of the swine industry. “It takes a village” Heidi often says, because it truly does. “We have family friends that always show up when a sow is due Laci oversees a new litter and that means feeding. (submitted photo) the world to us. We can always count on Kristi to make the 2-hour drive in, and Alisha and Kylee will always drop whatever they are doing to run over.” The Plyler children both look forward to seeing the new piglets being born. Immediately after birth, the pigs go into a drying agent that cleans them; Little Mark loves watching this process and seeing the babies come out perfectly clean. Elena says that after anticipating and preparing for the piglets’ birth, her favorite part is getting to

meet them. Laci helps at the piglets’ birth too and particularly loves catching them as they are born. Of course, amid all the reasons why the Plyler family love their work in farrowing and raising their pigs, there are difficult parts of the job that go beyond trudging to the barn in a snowstorm. “I like to tell people, along with all the fun we have we’ve had our fair share of heartbreak too,” Heidi points out. “The kids once walked into the barn after a sow delivered a full litter of piglets overnight, without our help, and 7 of the 10 piglets had passed. They’ve witnessed miscarriages. They have had piglets who were born of piglets during healthy but became sick and held them as they passed. It’s a huge lesson about death – how someone can be here one minute and gone the next.” Since the Plyler family raises pigs to butcher in addition to their show pigs, another conversation Heidi says she frequently has is about how the family can eat the animals they have raised from babies. “At the end of the day, people still have to eat,” little Mark Plyler reasons. “Our pigs are loved and respected and cared for. Yes, it’s hard. We cry. But we also know they’re serving a - Continued on page 23

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for a five-week period.) n Make a presentation or display the project during Home for the Holidays Weekend. n An evaluation of the program by participants which answers the following questions is required to be submitted with the project final report. (Did you enjoy this program/activity? What is one thing you learned during the program / activity? Would you attend another program/activity of this kind?) n A one-page final report, with pictures, on the project is required not later than December 15, 2022. (Note: Organization applying for the Bonus grant will be responsible for securing all required parental waivers, including those for use of photographs of participants.) n Grant funding may not be used to offset ongoing administrative expenses. n Proposals demonstrating the mobilizing of funds to enhance the project from other sources will receive higher consideration. A letter of commitment to provide additional funds must be attached to the grant application. •••

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family. High School Band Night, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. n Aug. 27: PA Hunter-Trapper Education, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Marion Center Park Hall. Visit the PA Game Commission website for registration. n Aug. 27: Community Block Party, 1-8 p.m., at Barclay Square, sponsored by Unity Rises Association of Punx’y. Bring lawn chairs, a grill if you need, and food to share. n Aug. 27 & 28: Ringgold Vol. Fire Co.’s Annual Firemen’s Weekend. Includes a Craft & Vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and a Chicken BBQ at 11 a.m. Saturday. For vendor information, visit the fire company’s Facebook page. n Aug. 28: Farmer’s Market, noon to 4 p.m., at Barclay Square. n Aug. 30: Open House, 3-6 p.m., at Mulberry Healthcare & Rehabilitation, featuring music, food, and fun fellowship for everyone. Sponsored by Mulberry’s new owners, Bonamour Health Group. 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 more information. n Jeff Tech offers adult education courses. Check their website for courses and other information. •••

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Amanda Jane Pearce of Punxsutawney, formerly of Cambridge, Ohio July 7, 1981 - June 23, 2022 Amanda graduated in 1998 from Cambridge High School in Ohio, where she played clarinet in the marching band. She moved to Punxsutawney with her husband, Matt, in 2006. She was very excited to be in the process of moving back to Cambridge. Amanda enjoyed life. She was an avid reader, enjoyed Star Wars, and her Baby Yoda collection. Amanda liked attending yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores – anywhere she could find a good deal. Most of all Amanda loved her family. She adored her two daughters and would spend countless hours creating memories with them. She is survived by her parents, Richard Dugan and Pamela Ritchey; her husband Matt Pearce; two daughters, Christina and Kayla Pearce; two sisters, Jessica Ritchey and Stephanie (James) Dickerson; a brother, David (Brittney) Knight; a sister-in-law, Valerie (Chris) Powell; two brothers-in-law, John Pearce and Michael (Brittany) Pearce; a bonus sister, Audi Guignet; two bonus daughters, Hailey Wilson and Sophia Guignet; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family. She was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Lois Pearce; a brother-in-law, Timothy Pearce; and a nephew, Nehemiah Dickerson. McCabe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.mccabewaldronfh.com) u

Betty Jane Mlechick of Punxsutawney, formerly of Reynoldsville November 24, 1932 - June 24, 2022 Betty liked sitting on her porch watching the birds and other wildlife. She enjoyed shopping with her daughter, spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, and listening to certain radio stations and watching certain TV channels. Betty was a remarkable woman who would do anything for anyone. She is survived by a daughter, Diane Helt, and Jim Reed; three sons, Joseph Mlechick Jr,, James Mlechick, and Kenneth Mlechick; three granddaughters; three grandsons; numerous, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Feor and Susanne (Vadsey) Bernardo; a grandson, Paul Bair Jr.; and numerous sisters and three brothers. McCabe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.mccabewaldronfh.com) u

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Lois R. Grube of Punxsutawney July 26, 1928 - June 26, 2022 After graduating from the Big Run High School, she Lois worked as a Bell Telephone operator in Philadelphia and Punxsutawney until her marriage to Robert D. Grube. Following her husband’s death in 1977, she became the owner of BFG Electroplating, Inc. and the Grube Apartments and worked in the family businesses until her retirement. Lois was a

member of the First Methodist Church, Punxsutawney. She will be remembered for her love of family, extraordinary cooking abilities, sense of humor, and feistiness – persevering through years of rheumatoid arthritis. Survivors include son, Jeffrey (Ruth) Grube; daughter, Minta (Frank) Marie; five grandchildren, Matthew Marie, Todd Marie, Michael (Courtney) Grube, Alan Marie and fiancé Courtni Bowers, and Melissa (Kyle) Means; and three great grandchildren, Mackenzie Means, Benjamin Grube, and Samantha Means. In addition to her husband and parents, David H. and Myrtle N. (Sloppy) Reiter, she was preceded in death by six brothers: Lloyd, Robert, Harold, Lavelle, Charles, and Clifton Reiter; one sister Lucille Munro; and one great-grandson, John Grube. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. (www.deeleyfuneralhome.com) u

Victoria L. “Vicki” Slater of Punxsutawney May 30, 1951 - June 30, 2022 Vicki was a graduate of the Punxsutawney High School, Class of 1969. She was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney. Vicki loved cooking family dinners, going to casinos, bingo, reading, Sunday game days with her family and watching her grandson Colin play baseball. She was a former manager at Murphy’s Mart and Ames and retired as a manager from Big Lots. In addition to her husband, George W. Slater, Vicki is survived by two sons, Kevin Slater and Keith Slater; grandson Colin Slater; brother, Tony (Betty) Test; sister, Diane (Scott) Reddman; two sisters-in-law, Donna Test and Marilyn Test; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Agatha C. (Freceone) and Sylvester A. Test, and two brothers, Alex and James Test. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. (www.deeleyfuneralhome.com) u

Candace R. Rishell formerly of Rossiter August 23, 1954 - July 11, 2022 She was born in Punxsutawney to Sylvia M. (Blystone) Burkett and Harold “Smokey” Burkett. She was married to the late Richard R. Rishell, who preceded her in death on April 6, 2022. She was an artist who enjoyed painting and making crafts. Candace enjoyed cooking and was a fun-loving, happy person who loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved animals, especially her cat, Precious, and her dog, Brownie. Candace was a former member of the CB club. She is survived by her children, Jon Rishell, David Buzzard, Barry Rice, Penny Miller, and Chrissy Haubrick, and other family members. Deeley Funeral Home, Inc. (www.deeleyfuneralhome.com) u Continued on next page

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June Adair States of Punxsutawney May 2, 1940 - July 11, 2022 June was raised by her beloved Grandmother Sarah McGee. She was proud to have worked until the age of 81 until her retirement from Punxsutawney Walmart. June thought the world of her Walmart family and loved them dearly. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and going out to eat with her friends at Joe’s and Gimmicks. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff on the third and fourth floors of Penn Highlands, Brookville. They showed such kindness and compassion and took care of her when no one else would. She is survived by her daughter, Patty (Don) Winebark; two granddaughters, Erin (Chris) Arnold and Brittany (Phil) Thomas; two great-grandchildren, Austin Lee Arnold and Lillian Adair Thomas; three sisters, Robin (Bob) McIlvaine, Cathy (John) Lightcap, and Muriel Brauns; and a brother, Danny McGee. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roland Adair and Opal (Fuller) McGee; stepmother, Janet McGee; her husband of 46 years, Ronald D. States; and an infant son. McCabe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.mccabewaldronfh.com) u

Emery Martin Secosky December 20, 1929 - July 15, 2022 Emery is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Margaret (Harhai) Secosky; daughters, Susan Pilon, Julie Secosky, Paulette Blystone; sons, Rick Secosky and Emery S. Secosky; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Anna Secosky, and by three sisters and four brothers. Emery was a veteran who served his country as an Army/Air Force Staff Sergeant. He retired as a welder from ITE Imperial in South Greensburg. An avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, Emery also was a Fish Deputy for the Pennsylvania Fish Commission for many years. Emery took pride in raising his family and working the land they lived on to provide for them. He was very mechanically minded and could fix practically anything. He was a man of his word and a handshake was all he needed. Until we see you again, “Take ’er Easy, Blackie!” Emery and his wife, Margaret, were acknowledged in the October 2021 issue of Hometown magazine for celebrating 70 years of marriage. Emery’s celebration of life service will be on July 28, 2022, their 71st wedding anniversary. u

Leanna Sutter of Rossiter April 1, 1963 - July 17, 2022 Leanna was a 1981 graduate of Jeff Tech. She attended Grace United Methodist Church. Leanna was a caregiver for Fayette

Resources for over 10 years. She married the love of her life, Malvern “Mal” Sutter, on November 19, 1983. She adored her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a full-time Grammy, having been in their lives since they were born. Leanna enjoyed crafts, Vacation Bible School, painting, and spending time at the beach. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Malvern “Mal” Sutter; two sons, Malvern “JR” (Jocelyn) Sutter, Ryan (Shelby) Sutter; four grandchildren, Keaton, Michael, Payton, and Maleanna; a sister, Tina (Bill) Barkley; sisters-in-law, Kay Fleming, Mitzi (Bruce) Wolfgang, and Tami Sutter; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hayes “Tiny” and Violet “Penny” (Lilly) Fleming; a brother, Hayes “Punkin” Fleming; sister, Madge Rishel; and motherin-law and father-in-law, Lee and Barb Sutter. McCabe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.mccabewaldronfh.com) u

Eileen B. Smith of Fordham June 18, 1947 - July 19, 2022, Eileen’s parents were Clair and Helen (Piper) Schrock from Punxsutawney. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Punxsutawney. She graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1965. Eileen enjoyed quilting, making homemade Christmas and birthday cards, and making necklaces and bracelets from beads. She loved spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Geary Smith, Fordham; a daughter, Antoinette E. Thomassy; a son, Matthew J. Smith, and wife, Lauren; two grandchildren, Colton J. and Alison N. Smith; a close niece, who she thought highly of, Rebecca (Nathan) Kimmerle; two great- nieces, Addy and Mary Kimmerle; a brother, Frederick (Amy) Schrock; two sisters, Claire (Carl) Barnett and Sandra (George) Kaza; special friends, Renee Kimmerle, Reiko Smith, Kristen Goulish and husband, Donald, Barb and Bill Postlewaite; brothers-in-law, Charles E. Smith, Donald D. Smith, Paul L. Smith and wife Vivian; a sister-in-law, Susan Humble, and husband, Ron; and many nieces and nephews. McCabe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.mccabewaldronfh.com) 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.) July 15, 1869 — For your interest, if you want Milk Crocks, Stove-pipe Casing, Flower Pots, Apple Butter Jars, or Self-labeling Jars, call on, or send to the POTTERY of JOS. M. SWISHER, Frostburg, Jefferson Co., Pa. (Punxsutawney Plaindealer) August 1, 1906 — Edwin W. Robinson is remodeling and rehabilitating the old Mitchell homestead and transforming it into a handsome modern dwelling. The out-side course of brick was removed and is being replaced by Bradford pressed brick. (Punxsutawney Spirit) [Note: The “remodeled” red brick house at 400 West Mahoning Street is now the Lattimer House of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.] August 2, 1893 — The Hotel Whitney was formally opened on Thursday evening, July 27 last week. Mr. E. E. Shaffer, proprietor. A large number of people from Altoona, Tyrone, DuBois and Reynoldsville, were present, besides many from this immediate locality. The Reynoldsville brass band furnished music on the balcony of the hotel. The Hotel Whitney, though not among the largest of our hotels, is first class in all respects. (Punxsutawney News) [Note: The Whitney Hotel in downtown Punxsutawney was the building now occupied by Roseman’s Florist business and apartments.] August 12, 1885 — The concert to be given for the benefit of the Public Square will be on the 22nd. The Saturday open air concerts continue to be a source of pleasure to the uptown residents. (Punxsutawney Spirit) August 13, 1868 — In 1840 PUNXSUTAWNEY was a small village with 15 or 20 dwellings, on a branch of Mahoning Creek, about 18 miles southeast from Brookville. It is now a thriving town of considerable note, and those buildings of twenty years ago have given place to fine dwellings and handsome and commodious churches, with numerous stores, hotels and shops, rendering it the prettiest town in the county, and the largest with the exception of Brookville. Dr. John W. Jenks, of Punxsutawney, dec’d, was one of the first commissioners of Jefferson County. (Punxsutawney Plaindealer) 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 shattered 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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Lisa J. Waldron, Supervisor Andrew R. Philliber, Funeral Director

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