Punx’y Kicks Off Holiday Season By Wendy Veitz-Giavedoni for Hometown magazine unxsutawney’s businesses are marking this weekend’s start of the holiday season with several events. “The Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to kick off the Home for the Holidays season by visiting our local shops that will be featuring specials for the day and artisans at several locations,” said Michele Neal, chamber director. “Grab a bite to eat and stay for the annual Home for the Holidays parade and fireworks display.” Saturday opens with the local merchants holding “Mistletoe Madness” downtown. “It’s a big day in town for a lot of us,” said Beverly Fairman, owner of Fairlady & Co. on West Mahoning Street. Local participating merchants will offer discounts, prizes, sales, and new and exciting Christmas merchandise. Artisans and crafters will be in many of the downtown stores. “Mistletoe Madness” is organized by the downtown business community “to kick off the holiday season,” according to Fairman. “It’s our hometown. We’re trying to promote shopping locally. You don’t need to go out of town. There are lots of interesting and nice things in our town.” Mistletoe Madness” is being promoted locally, in conjunction with American Express’ Small Business Saturday. “Stay local and start your holiday off right,” said Michele Neal, director of the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce. Neal noted that other businesses, who may not be hosting a crafter for Mistletoe Madness, may be holding specials for their customers on Saturday. American Express started Small Business Saturday nationally four years ago. “Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” according to the American Express website, “and serves as the traditional kickoff to the holiday season for independent retailers and restaurateurs. The day was created in response to small business owners’ most pressing need, more customers, and has since grown into an annual celebration of the independent businesses that help boost
On the cover: Hanging the traditional snowflake lights and greens to get Punx’y ready for the holidays (front row, l. to r.) Jeff Curtis, Brian Smith (Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce) (second row) Will Curtis, Kassi Niver, Jesse Walk, Josh Smith (student volunteers) (third row) Samantha Osikowicz, Rose Osikowicz, Kim Neigh (Punxsutawney Garden Club) (back) Dottie Jekielek (Punxsutawney Garden Club)
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our local economies.” “We have a lot of nice shops and great things,” said Neal, encouraging everyone to shop locally and enjoy the entire day’s events. Saturday night, the twenty-third annual Home for the Holidays parade will step off at 6 p.m. on Mahoning Street. This parade was started to usher in the holiday season
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“The parade is a function of the chamber,” said Neal, “but we are fortunate to have the Eagles sponsoring the parade and the Walston Club sponsoring the fireworks.” F.O. Eagles #1231 will host the after-parade party, where parade winners will be announced and children can meet with Santa and warm up with cookies and hot cocoa. The Walston Club is sponsoring this year’s fireworks after the parade. Following the parade, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club will add to the holiday festivities with its annual “Light-Up Night.” This features the Circle of Trees in Barclay Square, culminating in the lighting of the town’s tree on the park’s bandstand. The eighteen-foot artificial tree on the bandstand was purchased by the Rotary Club in 2006, after several years of erecting and maintaining a large, live Christmas tree. “In 2007, we created the Circle of Trees to enhance the holiday experience in a unique way by having eleven non-profit groups decorate them in a theme,” said Tom Chelgren of the Rotary Club. “Now in its seventh year, the display has grown to nineteen trees and not only does it enhance the downtown, it’s purpose is to - Continued on page 8
On the Roads Where We Live By S. Thomas Curry of Hometown magazine n this area, as the season of fall turns to winter in November, many folks will feel their freedom to travel impeded by the unpredictable changes in weather – changes that affect the condition of our roads, highways, and super highways.
popularity gave humankind more personal freedom to travel. Often, we who travel frequently to distant locations of family and friends – “over the river and through the woods” – assume that roads we travel have always been that way. Our choices for places to visit are determined by our ease of travel. The ex-
In the early 1800s pioneer settlers to the Punxsutawney area traveled with family and household goods in a heavy wagon over dirt paths and crude roads cut over hills and through the woodlands. Enduring many hardships, the Conestoga wagon was their vehicle to reach the area.
projected improvements of the roads and highways. For our traveling convenience, we have much for which to be thankful. Simply put, considering the history of travel over many years by pioneers into this interior area of Pennsylvania forest land, we take for granted the hard, flat, smooth road surfaces we enjoy. Obviously, the area’s first inhabitants
didn’t grow out of the soil as do pine trees and wild berries. Recollections of many early settlers tell of journeys of pioneers into this area. In the early 1800s, they all moved from a point A to a new land in the interior of Penn’s Woods. These folks were homeseekers facing the challenge of travel to establish a homestead. They “came to - Continued on next page
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As seen in this detailed drawing of William Long’s farm (Caldwell’s 1878 Illustrated Atlas of Jefferson County), dirt roads, muddy and rutted in wet seasons, were the routes to villages and towns for stage coaches, wagons, and by foot. (William Long’s farm is now the Plantation Bed & Breakfast along US 119.)
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Continued from previous page this section” or “moved to this part.” Their personal stories describe their relocation to a Punxsutawney site, remembered as “Punxsutawney was non-existent, there but one or two shacks along the banks of the Mahoning Creek in this vicinity.” There was the Slaysman family, George and Ann, with young children, who set out to Punxsutawney from Blair County in the 1830s. Mr. Slaysman was a gunsmith, and having learned there was no gunsmith in Punxsutawney he sought an opportunity to relocate to the land of forests and small streams. In 1896, years after his family’s arrival, George, the thirteen-year-old son on the trip, recalled the experience of their travel of eightyfive miles over the Allegheny Mountains, over the “road” to Ebensburg, to Indiana, and arrival in Punxsutawney. (To travelers today, this might describe US Route 422 East.) “We had no other means of transportation but by wagons ...,” he wrote as he began his narration. The wagon he described was a large covered wagon, probably the Conestoga wagon that was used extensively for overland travel during the early 1800s. In Mr. Slaysman’s words, “the wagons were covered with the usual white covers ... packed to their utmost capacity, with much straw pressed in between the pieces of furniture, and on the sides of the wagons to keep the furniture from being rubbed or broken.” The family would also be fitted into the space.
The journey was undertaken in the spring, and it had rained and snowed, with the frost coming out of the ground. The old clay road was often in a condition of “a string of mud holes” for the horses and iron wheels hauling a cargo. Pulling the horses out of the mud, prying up the wheels, lifting out the wagons was a common effort before the family reached its destination and established a new residence. There were the stories, too, about the Zeitler family and their early arrival to Punxsutawney in the 1840s. The first of the family arrived in America in 1837 from Germany, a trip across the Atlantic Ocean in “a two-and-a-half-masted sailing vessel” that lasted forty-six days. After arriving in Baltimore, they took the journey west to Pittsburgh by way of a canal to Cumberland, Maryland. From Cumberland they were compelled to go overland to Pittsburgh by wagon. With heavily loaded wagons, it took seven weeks to “drive” to Pittsburgh, with some family members walking most of the way. They went from Pittsburgh to Kittanning, up the Allegheny River on a keel boat, and continued on to Punxsutawney by wagons, arriving in 1848. John Zeitler bought 300 acres from the Holland Land Company for $5 an acre. He also bought two town lots in the village of Punxsutawney on the corner of Union and South Findley streets (where the Presbyterian Church is today). The journeys over land in the pioneer days, over wild and rugged mountains, through colonnades of grand and tower- Continued on page 6
Joe Haag’s Store
By mary Ellen raneri for Hometown magazine he little confectionary store in the East End of Punxsutawney was like going to Macy’s for a kid in the 1960s. However, it didn’t have fancy clothes and designer shoes or handbags. It didn’t display shiny jewelry and expensive watches. And, I never saw a perfume counter with a salesclerk smeared with smoky eyes and ruby-red lipstick. No. Joe Haag, the kindly, middle-aged proprietor, usually stood behind his small glass counter and sold a few ordinary grocery items and newspapers; there was a little luncheonette in the back. Nonetheless, Joe’s store reigned as the best department store in the world! It was Penny Candy Land and Comic Book Kingdom to a small child. The wooden door to the shop faced East Mahoning Street – across from a car dealer and Kurtz Brother’s Lumber Company. Up the street, Barletta’s Quaker Market sat, nestled far away from the busy road. Joe’s store was on the next block down from that supermarket, across a little alley and near a tire dealer. In just a few moments, you were at Joe Haag’s confectionary, a place filled with sweets and a library of comic books! Joe patiently waited on each kid who visited that store as they selected the perfect penny candy from his display case. Flying saucers – round wafers filled with little hard confection beads of sugar – tiny ice cream cones with a marshmallow tops, Bazooka Joe bubble gum, and BB Bats tempted all the young customers. Even though they were just colorful sweet
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baubles strung on a piece of elastic string, I still remember feeling like a grown-up when I donned a candy necklace around my neck. In addition to flying saucers and marshmallow cones and candy necklaces, I usually loaded up my bag with fake, pink and brown coconut “bacon strips” and Turkish Taffy. Later, in the twilight of my kid years, I spent a small fortune on Beatle bubblegum, packs of pink chewing gum that contained about five glossies of the Fab Four. Usually, when Dad brought me into Joe’s store, both men chewed the fat about stuff happening in town or in the neighborhood. Most of their conversation, though, was fractured by my requests. “Ummm. I’ll have three chocolate BB bats,” I squeaked, pressing my nose against the glass case with the rounded corners. “Anything else?” Joe good-naturedly replied as he held a tiny white paper sack half-filled with my purchases. “Ummm. I’ll have two sets of wax lips, “I added. Those plump rosy wax lips tasted absolutely awful, but we kids chewed them anyway and spit them out. Plus, it was fun to wear the fake lips in the car and stick our faces against the automobile’s windows, taunting passersby. The best candy in Joe’s collection; however, was the round wheels of shoestring licorice – shaped like little rolls of Scotch - Continued on page 8
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Another illustration in Caldwell’s 1878 Illustrated Atlas reveals life on Punxsutawney’s West Mahoning Street at the James E. Mitchell residence before the borough began road improvements in 1889 by “planking” its major streets with flat boards. (The location is now the Lattimer House of the Punxsutawney Historical Society.)
On the Roads Continued from page 4 ing old trees, rocks, streams, and wild underbrush, and “game and beasts of prey” of all sorts, was taken on rough “roads” and paths cut out for travel – often by foot and horse through inhabitable country and often with only crude comfort. Excerpts from a history of the Evans family describe the family’s move in 1838 to Jefferson County and Punxsutawney from the Nittany Valley in Centre County. Writing in 1908 about his parents’ trip to a new homestead, Richard R. Evans wrote, “The moving had to be done on wagons. Father hired a man with his six-horse team and one of the oldfashioned wagons with a high road-bed and a cover on, which all our family was loaded into. It took us six days ..., it being in April when the roads were at their worst. On the day when we arrived in Punxsutawney it rained on us and Mother got wet and took cold, which was the cause of her death ... leaving Father with nine children right in the woods with no mother ... and very little money to buy anything.” (Thanks to Dottie Jenks for preserving these family notes.) In those pioneer times when stretches of road became mud or swampy ground in the low areas, logs were laid to improve the roads for wheeled vehicles and horses. The logs, placed side by side to form a solid surface, would be called a “corduroy road” because they reminded people of a corduroy pattern of parallel cords in fabric.
Many, many more folk would migrate over these crude roads to the interior lands of Jefferson County and settle into their homesteads and the little villages created by commerce and trade. The streets and alleys of these towns, like those of Punxsutawney, were dirt for many years – mud and dirt, depending on the season, with trenches formed by wagon wheels when softened by rain, and dusty when dry for several days. With Punxsutawney incorporated as a borough government in 1850, towns leaders sought to improve the conditions of the traveled streets used by buggies, horses, and men’s feet, or used by heavy “teamsters” hauling goods by wagon into the community from nearby towns where the railroad had reached for trade and travel. Where there were steam railroads, people turned from the challenges of the muddy, dusty, and rutted dirt roads to using the convenience of the new “people movers.” The railroad, for public travel and commerce, wouldn’t reach Punxsutawney until 1883 with the arrival of the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway, (and the Pennsylvania & Northwestern in 1886). Until the railroad arrived, stage coaches provided public transportation on country roads between Punxsutawney and points nearby. In the late 1880s, the editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit was urging the town to improve its roads. In one October edition he wrote, “Now that the wet season is upon us and our streets are becoming veritable rivers of mud, it may be well - Continued on page 10
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By the staff of Hometown magazine and the Chamber of Commerce rom staff of Hometown magazine and the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Calendar at Punxsutawney.com, here is a list of events and happenings coming up in our area: n Nov. 27: Autism Speaks Benefit, 6 p.m. Walston Club. Open to the public. $10 donation includes rigatoni dinner, door prizes, DJ, and games of chance. n Nov. 29: Christmas Tags for the Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children program become available. Look for them at Walmart or call 938-5530. Gifts can be left at Walmart or dropped off at the Salvation Army by Dec. 13. n Congratulations to Fairlady & Company, the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Business of the Year. Fairlady & Co., located on W. Mahoning St., is owned by Beverly Fairman. n Nov. 29: Benefit for People to People project, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jefferson Street. Social Hall. Bake sale, meatball subs, soup and salad, craft sales. Benefits Brendon Stinson’s People to People Scholarship Tuition Fund. n Nov. 30: Mistletoe Madness & Small Business Saturday, various businesses around town will feature crafters, discounts, sales, etc. n Shopping locally in Punxsutawney is easy and convenient. You can now drive to all the stores around the community on better roads, after all the road construction this summer. Shopping locally keeps your gas bill down and helps the economy right here where you live. n Nov. 30: The 23rd Annual Home for the Holidays Parade, 6 p.m. Starts at the Punxsy Plaza and marches down Mahoning Street to Barclay Square. Visit with Santa at the Eagles after the parade and stay for the fireworks! n Nov. 30: Tree Lighting, Punxsy Rotary Club, Circle of Trees, 7:15 p.m. at Barclay Square, after the parade. n Nov. 30: Shop Small at Thistle & Pine Celtic & Country Collectibles on Small Business Saturday, November 30th. Find Distinctive Gifts & Decor at this small Shoppe. Free Gift Wrapping. First 20 customers receive a free Shop Small tote. 7570 Rt. 119, Marion Center. n Nov. 30: Groundhog Day Deadline to get your organization’s event on the official 2014 Groundhog Day schedule, contact director@ ghogclub.com or by call 814-618-5591 for more information. n Toys for Tots toy drive is underway. Bring unwrapped toys to Femco between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or to First Commonwealth Bank in Punx’y. Deadline to donate toys is Dec. 12.
n Dec. 2: Deer Season Opens. Watch for hunters and deer. Refer to Pennsylvania Game Commission for regulations. n Dec. 2: Living Christmas Tree tickets become available. Call the First Church of God at 938-6670 for free tickets. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Dec. 13; 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14; 4 p.m. Dec. 15; 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21; and 4 p.m. Dec. 22. n Dec. 4: PAHS Chorus Concert, 7:30 p.m. PAHS auditorium. Free and open to the public. n Dec. 7: Third Annual Phil’s Holiday Bash, 10 a.m. to noon, Gobbler’s Knob. For kids ages twelve and younger. Must be accompanied by an adult. Crafts, games, cookie dec-
orating, light lunch, and more. Pre-register at 618-5591. n Dec. 7: Cookie Fest, Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. until sold out. 938-8160 for information. n Dec. 7: Concert, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, 6 p.m. Punx’y Area High School. Brought by Roseville Independent Chapel and Pastor Jim Fillhart. $25 reserved seating; $20 general; $25 at the door. Cash or checks only. Call 849-0817 for tickets. n Dec. 7, 8 &15: A Bethlehem Walk, 7 to 9 p.m. Paradise Community United Church of Christ, 4336 Big Run Prescottville Rd., Reynoldsville. Free admission, donations accepted. n Dec. 13, 14 & 15: Punx’y Area Historical & Genealogical Society’s annual Christmas Open House. The Bennis House Museum and
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Continued from page 5 tape. Those goofy things lasted for hours as I pulled off red strands of the sticky stuff, twirled it around my fingers, and chewed on it until the little reel disappeared. Joe must have had a mini-computer chip in his brain, though, because he always knew the exact tally of my purchases. “Joe, how much money do I have left?” I questioned, knowing I was near the end of my bankroll. “Six cents left,” Joe calculated without missing a beat. Customarily, I finished out my purchases with something small, like a gumball or a red hot jawbreaker. Then, Joe would hand me my stash and tell me to come back again. I always did. You see, I couldn’t resist the stacks of comic books at Joe Haag’s. I was addicted to those comics just as much as the penny candy. Just when you came in – to the left – on the glass candy case and stacked beside it, piles of funny books hung out just waiting for some young customer to take them home. The weird thing about those books was that they had no covers. I don’t know why, but the lack of a shiny front page made them really cheap. I could usually get three or four of them, and I couldn’t wait to get home to read those comics over and over! Yes, Joe had my favorite reading material: Richie Rich, Little Lotta, Audrey and Little Dot, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Little Lulu, Archie, Casper, Spider-Man, and Superman. How I loved the adventures of the Ghostly Trio, a tricky group of specters that always plagued Casper. Veronica, Betty, Archie, and Jughead entertained me for hours as I devoured the little books from Joe’s. My favorites were Dagwood and Blondie! I can remember stopping at Joe’s store before a long trip to my aunt and uncle’s house in Michigan. That day, my parents bought me three Flintstones comic books that kept me company in the car until we reached my relatives’ door! The back pages of those books were even better than the comics! How I longed for my own herd of genuine Sea Monkeys or a pair of X-ray specs. Those advertisements displayed packs of toy soldiers too – about two hundred to a bag! Once, my neighbor sent away for a Rolls Royce toy car from an ad in the back a comic book; you were supposed to make it yourself from a kit. All he got was a piece of wood with four wheels and a tiny battery-operated motor. He loved it all the same and continued to scour the comics for future purchases. Probably one of the funniest ads was for a nuclear sub that fired real “nuclear missiles
and torpedoes” – all for $6.95. The advertisement on the back of a Daffy Duck comic book bragged easy assembly of the cardboard vessel. Due to its size, though, a kid had to send an extra sixty-five cents to cover the postage if he wanted to be the commander of his very own nuclear submarine. Even though I pondered sending away for some of the novelties like a miniature spy camera or special glasses that might enable me to see the bones in my hands, I never ordered anything. Me, I just gobbled up every comic I could buy at Joe’s and reread them until the pages fell off the books. I guess you could say that Joe Haag’s candy shop was the library that a kid always dreamed of; it was the icing on the cupcake of reading! Even now, when I drive to Punxsutawney on one of my bi-annual visits, I can’t resist slowing my car down to a crawl as I pass by the little market. The place is gone now; it’s been replaced by a printing shop. But, in my mind, Joe’s Haag’s candy store will live forever. I can picture my dad holding my hand as we walk into Joe’s, and I can almost hear the heavy door of the shop clunk behind us. Joe Haag still rules over his little kingdom behind his glass counter throne, surrounded by his loyal comics and a rainbow of bonbon courtesans. And me, I’m just standing in front of that glass case dreaming my penny candy memories that are worth a million bucks! • • •
Holiday Season Continued from page 2 encircle the season with a true holiday spirit and allow for families to create a holiday tradition that will be a part of their memories for many years into the future.” The tree lighting should start at approximately 7:15 p.m., after the parade ends. This year’s Circle of Trees’ theme is “Christmas Around the World.” The annual contest provides the Rotary Club with a way to give back to the community as the local organizations that decorate trees have a chance to win some prize money for their cause. There will be four prizes given in the two categories of “daytime” and “nighttime” trees. “Another part of the Circle of Trees is the generous contributions of local businesses. One hundred percent of the money is returned to the groups and local economy. Groups received $150 this year for participating and a large amount of prize money will be awarded to about half of the groups based upon the judging,” Chelgren pointed out. • • •
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Rossiter: a Historically Important Mining Town
By priDE for Hometown magazine he history of coal in the Punxsutawney area, and the nation, has been one of a balancing act between capital and labor, and the use of power. Capital was necessary to underwrite the mining companies; labor was necessary to produce the goods. Government, in the form of law and the courts, ensured justice as the industry developed. As early as 1886, speculators were
The Rossiter Strike Injunction historic marker located in the park at Rossiter.
seeking coal lands in Canoe Township, Indiana County near Punxsutawney. That year, James K. North, a dealer in real estate, managed the sale of 217 acres, and the newspapers reported much larger transactions would soon follow as Eastern capitalists were expected to make large purchases. It took thirteen years for the capitalists buy the coal land on Canoe Creek. In January 1899, the newspaper predicted that it would not be long before there would be another immense coal plant opened near Punxsutawney. In March 1900, the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Corporation, a wholly owned
The Marion Independent newspaper reported the grantors on the deeds were: Acres Amount Grantor Barber, Mary E., et.al. 19.00 2,360.00 21.00 850.40 Baun, C.E. 26.00 1,041.20 Baun, Camden W. Baun, David 43.00 1,758.80 5.00 220.80 Baun, Henry, et.al. Baun, Joseph G. 2 tracts 4,000.00 31.00 1,276.80 Baun, Sarah, et.al. 86.00 3,444.50 Bishop, Rachel, et.al. Bole, Margen A. 70.00 200.00 4.00 160.40 Cochran, Margaret 86.00 3,444.50 Cochrane, Maria, et.al. Domb, Philip 71.00 2,760.00 34.00 1,387.60 Dunmire, Jacob L. Ellenberger, Sarah C. 40.00 1,619.60 67.00 2,704.40 Gaston, Lewis D. Henry, Adam 26.00 942.40 Henry, Margaret, et.al. 20.00 830.40 99.90 3,669.28 Henry, Rachel, et.al. Jordan, Eleanor M., et.al. 70.00 800.00 58.00 3,349.60 Knauf, David Law, Robert F. 122.00 4,910.00 Nelson, Julia A., et.al. 40.66 2,454.00 6.66 300.00 Reynolds, Charles, et.al. Reynolds, George F. 6.66 300.00 6.66 300.00 Reynolds, James A., et.al. Rish, Catharine G. 45.00 1,821.60 Rish, Jacob 56.00 2,278.00 Shields, William W., et.al. 70.00 1,827.60 Smith, William H. 2 tracts 7,790.25 Smith, William H. 164.00 13,120.00 Stiver, A.L. 8.00 352.80 Stiver, Adam 17.00 686.00 Sutter, John B. 71.00 2,857.43 Sutter, Philip E. 63.00 2,871.60 White, Charles R. 52.00 2,140.40 Winebark, John A., et.al. 4.00 197.60 Winebark, Martin 104.00 4,185.60 Winebark, Sarah C., et.al. 10.00 407.20
subsidiary of the New York Central Railroad, recorded thirty-eight deeds totaling $86,620.76 at the Indiana County Courthouse and documenting the sale of lands in Canoe Township, Indiana County. With the execution of these deeds, Bigler & Reed of the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Corporation set to work opening three drift mines on the William Smith farm in Canoe Township, four miles south of Punxsutawney. The coal seam was between four and five feet thick and of an excellent quality for coking. Robert McCreery, a carpenter
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enough to call attention to the fact that our town can never hope to be loved and respected and sought after until it begins to spruce up and keep itself clean. In order to do this the streets must be paved.” At another time he wrote, “The streets become as muddy in the fall and as dusty in the summer now, as they did when our fathers played marbles ….” Locally, it was common to have crushed stone delivered from farms to fill in the mud holes of spring. Or wait until the warm rays of sunshine would allow the mud to dry and the streets scraped with heavy logs pulled by horses. Then there was the dust! With the arrival of the railroad, country roads were left to their natural conditions of the seasons. Road improvements were focused on the living centers of the villages. And with a plentiful amount of timber in the area’s woodlands, the system of “planking” would be the choice for paving Punxsutawney’s streets. By the late 1880s, folks were talking about “building” their roads, not “clearing” them. Between 1889 and 1892, Punxsutawney’s main streets were bid for “planking.” Planked streets were made from thick, smooth, flat boards provided by area sawmills. Although such roads are not the most durable, the town was proud of the improvement – while the planked streets lasted. In April 1889, the borough decided to pave the downtown streets from the Pantall Hotel to Gilpin Street, and on North Findley Street from Mahoning to the BR&PRR station (near Ragley’s Tru Value today). A contract proposal to furnish lumber for the streets was awarded in May to Henry Brown’s mill at Bell’s Mills. His lowest bid for hemlock boards was $7.42 per thousand. Another proposal, in 1892, asked for bids for 205,000 feet to be 2 x 6 inches and 12 or 16 feet long, and 35,000 feet to be one inch boards. This material was to be delivered on Mahoning Street. The order was for “paving” Mahoning Street between the East End Bridge and what is now Mitchell Avenue. The summer project of 1892 would also include “planking” one side of Mahoning Street going east from the bridge to the P&NW depot (now the U. S. Post Office parking lot). According to the Spirit, this major project “would be of great benefit
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to the freight haulers.” Plank streets had their drawbacks. One was that timber planks rotted and had to be replaced many times – a costly occurrence for borough budgets. Another was the many occurrences when portions of the plank streets in the low areas of the town were washed away by floods from the Mahoning Creek. The planked streets also needed to be cleaned of dust. Plus, there were the street cleaning costs to remove the mud that accumulated from wagons and buggies coming into town from country roads and “unpaved” streets. Often the mud on the plank streets became many inches deep. Business owners were encouraged to clean the mud in front of their businesses by scraping it up into heaps. Every Friday, a horse-drawn refuse wagon and worker would arrive to pick it up and haul it away. They were advised not to wash the mud into the sewers. Accumulated mud was mixed with the emissions from horses and oxen used to transport people and their cargo. After one 1890 street cleaning with the refuse wagon, a news note in the local newspaper reported that “the mixture is said by some who are presumed to know, to be an excellent fertilizer.” Persons in need of “something of this kind” were invited to the borough building to haul some away. One 1901 news article reported a $425 annual cost to keep the “paved” streets clean. By the mid-1890s, the planked streets had fallen out of favor. The borough was looking for something more permanent and considered vitrified brick as a paving surface. It was time to modernize the town that was now experiencing a strong industrial and commercial growth. Electricity was now in use. The street railway was moving people up and down town and in and out of town. Bicycles were also popular for people to move about. The two railroads were arriving daily with more goods and heavier cargo. Punxsutawney had two brick factories to produce the newer brick that was harder, stronger, nonporous, and resistant to moisture. It was time for something more substantial for street pavements. In 1898, the new, brick street “paver” became the material of choice, and it paved the way for the twentieth century and a new form of transportation entering the streets and country roadways – the automobile. • • •
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4 lbs. Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered and cored 1 lemon, zested 1 orange, zested 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1 teaspoon to sprinkle on top 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice Perfect Pie Crust, recipe follows 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Preheatâ€‚theâ€‚ovenâ€‚toâ€‚400â€‚degreesâ€‚F. Cutâ€‚eachâ€‚appleâ€‚quarterâ€‚inâ€‚thirdsâ€‚crosswise andâ€‚ combineâ€‚ inâ€‚ aâ€‚ bowlâ€‚ withâ€‚ theâ€‚ zests, juices,â€‚1/2â€‚cupâ€‚sugar,â€‚flour,â€‚salt,â€‚cinnamon, nutmegâ€‚andâ€‚allspice. Rollâ€‚outâ€‚halfâ€‚theâ€‚pieâ€‚doughâ€‚andâ€‚drapeâ€‚it overâ€‚aâ€‚9-â€‚orâ€‚10-inchâ€‚pieâ€‚panâ€‚toâ€‚extendâ€‚about 1/2-inchâ€‚ overâ€‚ theâ€‚ rim.â€‚ Don'tâ€‚ stretchâ€‚ the
dough;â€‚ifâ€‚it'sâ€‚tooâ€‚small,â€‚justâ€‚putâ€‚itâ€‚backâ€‚on theâ€‚boardâ€‚andâ€‚re-rollâ€‚it. Fillâ€‚theâ€‚pieâ€‚withâ€‚theâ€‚appleâ€‚mixture.â€‚Brush theâ€‚edgeâ€‚ofâ€‚theâ€‚bottomâ€‚pieâ€‚crustâ€‚withâ€‚the eggâ€‚washâ€‚soâ€‚theâ€‚topâ€‚crustâ€‚willâ€‚adhere.â€‚Top withâ€‚theâ€‚secondâ€‚crustâ€‚andâ€‚trimâ€‚theâ€‚edgesâ€‚to aboutâ€‚1-inchâ€‚overâ€‚theâ€‚rim.â€‚Tuckâ€‚theâ€‚edgeâ€‚of theâ€‚topâ€‚crustâ€‚underâ€‚theâ€‚edgeâ€‚ofâ€‚theâ€‚bottom
crustâ€‚andâ€‚crimpâ€‚theâ€‚2â€‚togetherâ€‚withâ€‚your fingersâ€‚orâ€‚aâ€‚fork.â€‚Brushâ€‚theâ€‚entireâ€‚topâ€‚crust withâ€‚theâ€‚eggâ€‚wash,â€‚sprinkleâ€‚withâ€‚1â€‚teaspoon sugar,â€‚andâ€‚cutâ€‚4â€‚orâ€‚5â€‚slits. Placeâ€‚theâ€‚pieâ€‚onâ€‚aâ€‚sheetâ€‚panâ€‚andâ€‚bakeâ€‚for 1â€‚ toâ€‚ 1-1/4â€‚ hours,â€‚ orâ€‚ untilâ€‚ theâ€‚ crustâ€‚ is brownedâ€‚andâ€‚theâ€‚juicesâ€‚beginâ€‚toâ€‚bubbleâ€‚out. Serveâ€‚warm.
Perfect Pie Crust: 12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening 6 to 8 tablespoons (about 1/2 cup) ice water
Diceâ€‚theâ€‚butterâ€‚andâ€‚returnâ€‚itâ€‚toâ€‚theâ€‚refrigeratorâ€‚whileâ€‚youâ€‚prepareâ€‚theâ€‚flourâ€‚mixture. Placeâ€‚theâ€‚flour,â€‚saltâ€‚andâ€‚sugarâ€‚inâ€‚theâ€‚bowl ofâ€‚aâ€‚foodâ€‚processorâ€‚fittedâ€‚withâ€‚aâ€‚steelâ€‚blade andâ€‚pulseâ€‚aâ€‚fewâ€‚timesâ€‚toâ€‚mix.â€‚Addâ€‚theâ€‚butterâ€‚andâ€‚shortening.â€‚Pulseâ€‚8â€‚to 12â€‚ times,â€‚ untilâ€‚ theâ€‚ butterâ€‚ is theâ€‚sizeâ€‚ofâ€‚peas.â€‚Withâ€‚theâ€‚machineâ€‚ running,â€‚ pourâ€‚ theâ€‚ ice waterâ€‚downâ€‚theâ€‚feedâ€‚tubeâ€‚and pulseâ€‚ theâ€‚ machineâ€‚ untilâ€‚ the doughâ€‚beginsâ€‚toâ€‚formâ€‚aâ€‚ball. Dumpâ€‚outâ€‚onâ€‚aâ€‚flouredâ€‚board andâ€‚rollâ€‚intoâ€‚aâ€‚ball.â€‚Wrapâ€‚in plasticâ€‚ wrapâ€‚ andâ€‚ refrigerate forâ€‚30â€‚minutes. Cutâ€‚theâ€‚doughâ€‚inâ€‚half.â€‚Roll eachâ€‚pieceâ€‚onâ€‚aâ€‚well-floured boardâ€‚ intoâ€‚ aâ€‚ circle,â€‚ rolling fromâ€‚theâ€‚centerâ€‚toâ€‚theâ€‚edge, turningâ€‚ andâ€‚ flouringâ€‚ the doughâ€‚toâ€‚makeâ€‚sureâ€‚itâ€‚doesn't stickâ€‚ toâ€‚ theâ€‚ board.â€‚ Foldâ€‚ the doughâ€‚inâ€‚half,â€‚placeâ€‚inâ€‚aâ€‚pieâ€‚pan,â€‚andâ€‚unfoldâ€‚toâ€‚fitâ€‚theâ€‚pan.â€‚Repeatâ€‚withâ€‚theâ€‚topâ€‚crust. Yield: 2 (10-inch) crusts -- Courtesy Barefoot Contessa (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com) â€˘â€‚â€˘â€‚â€˘ Hometown magazine is delivered to 100% of Punxâ€™y and area homes!
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from Punxsutawney, received the contract to build the first thirty houses. The new mine and the accompanying town would be named Rossiter in honor of E.W. Rossiter the treasurer of the New York Central Railroad. A branch of the Pittsburg and Eastern Railroad, also owned by the New York Central, would be constructed to provide the shipping facilities. By May 1900, the railroad had been surveyed, and contractors McAfee and Ake were working on a road from Elbel to the new mine at Rossiter. The contractors had difficulty getting workers. They paid $1.40 per day and could not find enough workers, even though this rate was fifty cents more a day than had been paid three years earlier. The laborers at the new mine included local miners who had experience and were looking for advancement. Among these were David Jenkins, who worked for Berwind-White at Horatio, who accepted a position at Rossiter as engineer and electrician at the electric plant. Other local miners who took jobs at Rossiter came from Adrian, Anita, Eleanora, Sagamore, and Walston. These miners were among those who had fought hard to win fair wages for an honest day’s work. Some of them had been through the strike at Horatio, in which Sheriff Gourley agreed to lead strikers on their march to Horatio if they followed the law, and at Eleanora, where the newly commissioned State Police treated both the company and the miners fairly under the law. Rossiter provided opportunities for new immigrants arriving from Italy, Poland, Hungary, and Yugoslavia. These immigrants had mentors among the miners who shared their nationalities and who had lived in the Punxsutawney area for several decades. By 1906, Rossiter was a thriving town. Curious about these beautiful animals? Call to arrange a farm visit.
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The activities of Rossiter folks were reported in a fairly regular column in the local newspapers. A free night school was started in the Lower Rossiter School Building with the salary of the teachers paid by Canoe Township. Eighty students attended night classes. Two hotels were operating, the elders of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church were organizing, and the opera house was crowded each night. The Punxsutawney Spirit carried an article titled “Rossiter is one of the Best Mining Towns in Western Part of Pennsylvania,” on October 4, 1922. In the article, Sid Smith stated that he was surprised at the size of the town, nearly 4,000 residents, and at the spirit of unanimity among the citizens. Rossiter had three schools, a good moving-picture house, many places of businesses, and fine residences. Smith stated, “But what Rossiter is mostly noted for is the baseball, football and basketball teams it turns out … People accuse Rossiter fans of being partisan and unfair, but Rossiter is smart. The community spirit is strong and when they get out to root for the home team, believe me, they root … That is the kind of spirit that wins and is the kind of spirit that made Rossiter one of the best mining towns in this part of the state.” And then disaster struck. It was not a disaster in the mine; it was a confrontation between labor and capital in which power by honorable men was used. The honorable men were Judge Jonathan Langham and Governor John Fisher. Judge Jonathan Langham, a native of Indiana County, had been a school teacher and postmaster and had served in the State Auditor General’s office as the corporation deputy. He had been elected to the United States House of Representatives from the 27th District, where he served three terms prior to being elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Indiana in 1919. In 1925, he was elected to a second term - Continued on page 15
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Don’t let turkey preparations consume you this Thanksgiving by Daniel Neman Toledo Blade hanksgiving is coming. What to serve? What to serve? Uncle Clark bagged a deer, but Lois has sworn off red meat. Perry is allergic to shellfish and nuts. Cousin Jimmy only eats kosher food -- which no one can understand, because he isn't Jewish. What to serve? Hey! How about turkey? Everyone likes turkey. It is native to America, so it is particularly appropriate for the holiday, and the grocery stores seem to be filled with them this time of the year. If you don't like the idea of brining your own, you can even buy a kosher turkey, which ought to please Cousin Jimmy. Thanksgiving is the one day of the year that most of the country eats the same kinds of food. We may be ultra-polarized today, but soon we will all (or nearly all) be sitting down to turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Or, because of the rare convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, some will be sitting down to turkey, latkes and cranberry sauce. The point is, the country will pull together, if just for the day, in culinary unity. Though it is ubiquitous on Thanksgiving,
turkey is eaten relatively rarely throughout the rest of the year. According to figures from the National Turkey Federation, fully 21 percent of all the turkeys consumed in the United States each year are eaten on Thanksgiving. Another 10 percent are eaten at Christmas and almost 9 percent on Easter. No numbers are known for Hanukkah, but the holiday is associated far more with brisket than turkey. Most home cooks often don't take the opportunity to cook turkey other than on these holidays. So as the fourth Thursday in November approaches each year, many cooks tend to panic. Here's the answer to that: Don't panic. As the immortal Cab Calloway might have said, a turkey ain't nothin' but a bird. It's just poultry. When you get right down to it, turkeys are just overgrown chickens. And you can cook a chicken, right? The Butterball hotline has a staff that answers questions about turkey-cooking throughout the months of November and December. The basics are really quite simple. Pat the bird dry with paper towels. Season it with plenty of salt and pepper. Cook it, breast up, at 325 degrees F. Roast a 7- to 10-pound bird for 2-1/2 to 3 hours (2-3/4 to 3-1/2 if stuffed), a 10- to 18-pound bird for 3 to 3-
1/2 hours (3-3/4 to 4-1/2, stuffed), an 18- to 22-pound bird for 3-1/2 to 4 hours (4-1/2 to 5, stuffed), a 22- to 24-pound bird for 4 to 41/2 hours (5 to 5-1/2, stuffed) and a 24- to 30-pound bird for 4-1/2 to 5 hours (5-1/2 to 6-1/4, stuffed). It's that simple. You don't even have to call Butterball (but if you do, the number is 800288-8372 -- it's 800-BUTTERB). But what if you don't want to simply roast your turkey? What if you want to give it a little glamour, a little sass, a little pizzazz? We set out to make a turkey that is roastedplus. We came up with three easy methods to make your turkey stand out from the crowd, but still be a recognizably American roast turkey. In other words, they are not too different. Just better. If a turkey is just an overgrown chicken, we thought, then it is a really, really big Cornish
game hen. And Cornish game hens taste great with an orange glaze. So we decided to try the same method with a turkey. It worked like a charm -- if you have to try a charm a couple of times before you get it right. For the purposes of science, we brushed a simple glaze of butter melted with marmalade on one-third of the turkey before baking it. We brushed more on another third with about 45 minutes to go and brushed the final third with the glaze five minutes before it was done. The question was whether and when the glaze would burn. We knew that the sugar in the marmalade would burn, but we did not know if, when tempered by the butter, it would burn at the relatively low temperature of 325 degrees. The part of the bird that was glazed the en- Continued on page 26
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The first tipple at Rossiter, about 1900. Photo courtesy of the Punxsutawney Historical and Genealogical Society.
Rossiter Continued from page 12 as judge. Judge Langham also served as chairman of the Indiana County Republican party and campaigned for his friend, State Senator John Fisher, in 1926 when Fisher ran for governor of Pennsylvania and was elected. Governor Fisher was well connected with the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Corporation, having served as an attorney for and vice-president of the company that operated the Rossiter mines. Both men had served on the board of trustees of the Indiana State Normal School – Fisher from 1916 to 1927 and Langham from 1917 to 1931. During World War I, the Lever Act nationalized food and fuel industries and prohibited strikes and stabilized wages. The end of World War I brought a period of super patriotism and anti-foreign sentiment. Employers joined with super patriots in using “Americanism” as a weapon against strikers and as a means to encourage public support against striking workers. They labeled those who sought better working conditions as “Bolsheviks.” The coal companies facing a post war depressed economy focused most of their attention on cutting on labor costs through wage reductions. The prevailing wage of $7.50 per day was being reduced to $6.00, a twenty percent cut in pay when inflation had already devalued the purchasing power of the dollar. Company officials stated they could not
remain competitive at such a high wage rate and an “adjustment” from the miners and the union was absolutely necessary. A major strike began on April 1, 1927. Eight hundred Rossiter miners joined other miners in western Pennsylvania in the strike on July 27, 1927. The miners adopted resolutions requesting aid, and they marched to other mines in an attempt to persuade those miners to join the strike. The company responded by requesting the authorities to station state troopers and sheriff’s deputies at Rossiter. They also evicted miners and their families from company houses. In November 1927 Judge Langham issued an injunction that blocked virtually all the activities of Rossiter strikers. His injunction went beyond the protection of the employer’s property. It banned picketing and marching or gathering for meetings or rallies. It prohibited the union from disbursing union funds as relief for striking miners. The order forbade the miners from using newspaper advertisements and other means of communication to aid the cause of the strikers and to convincing non-striking miners not to work. In his injunction Judge Langham even prohibited the singing hymns and holding church services on property owned by the Magyar Presbyterian Church, which was situated directly opposite one of the mine openings. The injunction and the activities of the police gave the company the upper hand. The union supported the miners. - Continued on next page
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Rossiter Continued from previous page They hosted rallies, helped to find housing for evicted miners, and solicited help from the public. The Punxsutawney area responded with contributions money, food, and clothing. Money came from individual donors and organizations including the Knights of Pythias, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. It was a bitter struggle and attracted national attention. A subcommittee of the Interstate Commerce Committee of the United States Senate arrived in Indiana County in late February 1928. The senators toured the mines and conducted hearings. They saw the actions by the judge going beyond labor-management relations as crucial questions of civil liberties. One member of the subcommittee told reporters that he had never seen an injunction so comprehensive and drastic as to be an absolute interference with free speech. Another commented that if courts were used to restrain constitutionally guaranteed liberties, there wouldn’t be any freedom left. Governor Fisher was quick to defend the actions of Judge Langham. The 1920s saw some of the worst human rights violations ever seen in the United States. In the end, the company’s wealth and their use of political power combined to defeat the union and the miners. In 1929, this changed with the crash of Wall Street and the onset of the Great Depression. During the 1930s the Union
re-emerged, World War II brought the beginning of a trend toward a high standard of living for miners, their families, and their communities. Senator Robert Walker, who had served on the subcommittee that had visited Rossiter, was one of key persons to introduce the National Labor Relations Act, which became law in 1945 and provided protection for workers from violations of their constitutional right to freedom of speech. By 1942 the profitable coal in the deep mines at Rossiter had been exhausted. Today, in the town of Rossiter, a historical marker reminds people of the Rossiter Strike Injunction and its role in changing labor relations in the United States. (Editor’s Note: The resources used in the preparation of this article are available at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society. This article has been prepared by PRIDE – Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing, Enhancing. PRIDE is a non-profit organization which brings together residents, business people, community leaders and civic organizations, to improve the business districts in Punxsutawney. PRIDE is working to develop a Coal Memorial and Welcome Center for the Punxsutawney Area. Comments on this article may be directed to PRIDE, P.O. Box 298, Punxsutawney, PA 15767) • • •
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By Wendy Veitz-Giavedoni for Hometown magazine heâ€‚ familiarâ€‚ soundâ€‚ ofâ€‚ bellsâ€‚ ringing aroundâ€‚theâ€‚communityâ€‚canâ€‚beâ€‚heard, asâ€‚Theâ€‚Salvationâ€‚Armyâ€‚hasâ€‚begunâ€‚its annualâ€‚Redâ€‚Kettleâ€‚Campaign. Kettlesâ€‚canâ€‚beâ€‚foundâ€‚atâ€‚Walmart,â€‚Fezellâ€™sâ€‚Countyâ€‚Market, Peebles,â€‚andâ€‚Dollarâ€‚Tree.â€‚Volunteerâ€‚ bellâ€‚ ringersâ€‚ standâ€‚ with theâ€‚kettlesâ€‚atâ€‚eachâ€‚location.â€‚The campaignâ€‚willâ€‚continueâ€‚through December. â€œThisâ€‚isâ€‚ourâ€‚biggestâ€‚fundraiser ofâ€‚theâ€‚year,â€?â€‚saidâ€‚Captainâ€‚Keith Jache,â€‚commandingâ€‚officerâ€‚of theâ€‚Punxsutawneyâ€‚Worshipâ€‚& Serviceâ€‚Center.â€‚â€œOurâ€‚goalâ€‚this yearâ€‚isâ€‚$55,000.â€? Alongâ€‚withâ€‚makingâ€‚Christmas merrierâ€‚forâ€‚needyâ€‚familiesâ€‚from aroundâ€‚ theâ€‚ Punxâ€™yâ€‚ area,â€‚ the fundsâ€‚ areâ€‚ usedâ€‚ forâ€‚ programs andâ€‚servicesâ€‚thatâ€‚helpâ€‚theâ€‚communityâ€‚ throughoutâ€‚ theâ€‚ year. Theâ€‚Salvationâ€‚Armyâ€‚offersâ€‚rentâ€‚andâ€‚utility assistance,â€‚emergencyâ€‚clothingâ€‚andâ€‚food, transientâ€‚lodging,â€‚after-schoolâ€‚youthâ€‚programs,â€‚summerâ€‚camp,â€‚emergencyâ€‚disaster services,â€‚winterâ€‚coats,â€‚andâ€‚Sundayâ€‚school andâ€‚worshipâ€‚services.
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by Betsy Hart Scripps Howard News Service remember when my children were very young, and we lived in Virginia, I came to see my family's life as being on a familiar loop: Putting up the Christmas lights, followed by hunting for Easter baskets and celebrating a raft of spring birthdays, then summers at the pool and, before long, the hunt for the perfect Halloween costumes. A great loop -- but a fast and familiar one, nonetheless. I commented to friends then that my loop seemed to be gaining speed, and I supposed it would do so until it stopped for good. In a surprise to me, the loop changed venues after an unexpected divorce. In the suburbs of Chicago, a similar loop developed in my new life as a single mom with school-aged kids. Faster and faster it went, until I waved goodbye to that home, too -- after nine years that felt like two. And now I'm with a new husband in yet another home, and beginning to watch my children go off to college and wondering how quickly this loop will get into high speed. But will it? I've come to hope that this time around, so to speak, I may be able to slow things down a little. I'd always thought it seemed that time speeded up as we got older because, relative to our life span, it does. A year to a 2year-old is half a lifetime; to an 80-year-old, it's a small fraction of a lifetime, leaving us powerless to stop the speed-up. But in discussing this recently with a dear friend from high school -- has it actually been more than 30 years? -- while I lamented the inexorability of the increasing rush of time, she explained that I had it all wrong. (If only I would slow down and consider the matter!) What we talked about that evening led me to find out more, and this is what I discovered: A wide range of research suggests that while the relative-time argument has merit for why time feels like it goes faster as we get older, there's something else that may
account much more for the phenomenon. It turns out that our brains have to work hard at taking in new information, and the effort needed to process the novel information exaggerates our sense of time involved. In contrast, when things are familiar, the brain can shortcut right through it with sort of a "been here, done that, let's move on" mentality that makes time seem to go faster. No wonder taking a math test can seem like an eternity, but dinner with close friends in the same amount of time goes by in a moment. Time really does fly when we're having fun. So then it should be no surprise that familiar life loops and routines, more and more the typical pattern of life as we get older and more established, give our brains endless shortcuts. But a child or other young person taking in new information at every turn, having a constantly busy brain - well, that makes time seem much slower. As writers Belle Beth Cooper and Caroline Gregoire outlined it for one piece I looked at, this one in The Healer's Journal, from this summer, research shows that "... if we feed our brains more new information, the extra processing time required will make us feel like time is moving more slowly." They and other writers and researchers on the subject said new experiences, learning new things, simply working to notice the same or novel things more (pile on the details and information), minimizing routine and brain shortcuts -- are all ways to change the perception of time passing quickly. In other words, with a little practice, maybe we can slow time down to a steady jog, or occasionally even walk. Well, I'm glad to have this information as I start my new loop. Timing is everything. (Betsy Hart's latest book, "From The Hart: A Collection of Favorite Columns on Love, Loss, Marriage (and Other Extreme Sports)," has been revised. Email email@example.com.) • • •
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eed a quick lunch, family dinner, party pizza, or after-game refueling? Want to eat in or to take out? Laska’s Pizza is the place. Located at 405 North Main Street in Punxsutawney, Laska’s offers in addition to their famous pepperoni pizza, a wide variety of specialty pizzas, dinners and side
ian garden. In the newly refurbished dining room, pictures of Punxsutawney’s past cover the walls providing points of interest for locals and visitors alike. These make Laska’s Pizza one of the “must see” places in Punxsutawney. Stop by and join Laska’s Pizza in celebrating twenty-five years of serving good food at reasonable prices. • • •
Home & Garden Television for Hometown magazine ant a rustic look for your Thanksgiving table? Consider these possibilities.
Try a New Hue Not a fan of orange and brown? No worries; your table's color palette doesn't have to be restricted to traditional fall colors. Instead try softer, cooler hues like the whites, pale greens and grays found on heirloomvariety pumpkins.
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Stack a Centerpiece For a simple focal point, skip the flowers and instead stack pumpkins in varying shades and graduated sizes to create a rustic topiary. Remove the stems from all but the top pumpkin to create a stable base. Natural Embellishments Use fresh greenery, like waxy magnolia leaves or feathery evergreen boughs, to add texture and color around the base of the centerpiece. Tuck collected pine cones and nuts into the arrangement to celebrate nature's bounty. Go For a Layered Look Layering plates in different finishes, colors or textures is an easy trick for setting an elegant table. Start with a charger, followed by a dinner plate, topped by a folded cloth napkin and small bread or dessert plate. Beyond Pumpkins Some varieties of squash are beautiful and a perfect fit for a rustic fall table setting. Stroll the grocery store's produce aisle or your local farmers market for inspiration. Artichoke, cabbage, pears and pomegranates are other great options for decorating a rustic fall table. Complete the Look When setting your Thanksgiving table, don't forget to add fall touches to the other main elements in your dining room. A few organic additions to the chandelier, buffet, hutch or cupboard will pull the seasonal look together. (Courtesy Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com) • • •
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tire time did, in fact, turn an unappealingly dark brown, though the flavor was surprisingly unaffected. The part that had been brushed for just a few minutes tasted too much like turkey that had been topped with jam. But the part that had been glazed for 45 minutes was just right, slightly sweet with an intriguing undertone of orange. For the other two turkeys, we tried for the
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Holy Grail of Thanksgiving: a crispy skin. Once again, we turned to chicken for our inspiration. We know of two effective means of achieving a crisp skin on a roasted chicken, so we tried them both. Both, we are happy to say, worked reasonably well. One trick to having a crispy skin is to dry out the skin before cooking it. Thoroughly pat the skin dry with paper towels, sprinkle it liberally with salt (but don't make it saltier than you want to eat it) and let it sit uncovered to dry out in the refrigerator for at least four hours. Before you cook it, pat it dry again. Some people put it in front of a fan for an hour before cooking. The other trick is to coat the skin lightly with fat such as butter or oil before cooking it. We wanted to give a little flavor to this coating, so we prepared a flavored butter and flavored oil. We mixed softened butter with finely minced fresh rosemary and rubbed it all over the turkey before baking. It was a little gooey, but the results were well worth it. And you can tell yourself that most of the butter drips off while roasting. For the oil, we gently heated two peeled cloves of garlic and a sprig of rosemary in a
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cup of oil, until the garlic started to turn brown. We brushed some of this flavored oil onto the turkey before cooking. You can tell yourself that most of the oil drips off while roasting. Though we used rosemary for both techniques, thyme or sage would work just as well. Why? Because they go so well with chicken. TURkEy WITH SCENTED OIL 1 turkey 1 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1 (4- to 6-inch) sprig fresh rosemary (see cook's note) Salt and pepper
Cook's note: Two sprigs of thyme or two sprigs of sage will also work well. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and arrange a rack in lower third. Remove racks above it. Remove neck and gizzards (if any) from turkey and pat dry. For crisper skin, allow to dry for up to 24 hours, uncovered and salted, in the refrigerator or place in front of a fan for at least 1 hour. In a small saucepan on medium-low heat, gently heat oil, garlic and rosemary until garlic begins to burn. Remove rosemary and garlic. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into a small bowl and brush the contents of that bowl all over the skin of the turkey. If you need more oil, pour out more into the small bowl and use that. Do not dip brush that has touched raw turkey into pan with oil in it unless you do not plan to save this oil for later uses. Refrigerate reserved oil for later uses. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Place turkey on a rack in a roasting dish, breast-side up, and roast until meat thermometer inserted into thigh reaches at least 170 degrees or skin is browned and thighs move freely in their joints. If skin gets so dark it looks as if it might start to burn, cover with a piece of foil. Yield: Depends on size of the turkey. BUTTER-RUBBED TURkEy 1 turkey 2 tablespoons butter, softened 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 rounded teaspoon dried (see cook's note) Salt and pepper
Cook's note: You can also use thyme or sage. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and arrange a rack in lower third. Remove racks above it. Remove neck and gizzards (if any) from turkey and pat dry. For crisper skin, allow to dry for up to 24 hours, uncovered and salted, in the refrigerator or place in front of a fan for at least 1 hour.
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Using a large spoon, mix together butter and rosemary until the herb is incorporated into the butter. Rub skin of turkey all over with butter-herb mix. Season with salt and pepper. Place turkey on a rack in a roasting dish, breast-side up, and roast until meat thermometer inserted into thigh reaches at least 170 degrees or skin is browned and thighs move freely in their joints. If skin gets so dark it looks as if it might start to burn, cover with a piece of foil. Yield: Depends on size of the turkey. ORANGE-GLAZED TURkEy 1 turkey Salt and pepper 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) 1/2 cup marmalade
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and arrange a rack in lower third. Remove racks above it. Remove neck and gizzards (if any) from turkey and pat dry. For crisper skin, allow to dry for up to 24 hours, uncovered and salted, in the refrigerator or place in front of a fan for at least 1 hour. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Place on a rack in a roasting dish, breast-side up, and put into the oven. About 45 minutes before you think turkey will be done, melt butter and marmalade in a small saucepan over medium heat until it forms a liquid. Brush this mixture all over skin of turkey. Return to oven and roast until meat thermometer inserted into thigh reaches at least 170 degrees, or skin is browned and thighs move freely in their joints. If skin gets so dark it looks as if it might start to burn, cover with a piece of foil. Yield: Depends on size of the turkey. (Contact Daniel Neman at email@example.com.) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.scrippsnews.com.) • • •
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Slip the potatoes into a large pot of cold salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the butter and halfand-half in a small pot until the butter melts and the mixture is hot. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain well in a colander and then return them to the pot. Turn the heat back on to low and stir the potatoes to "dry" them. Mash the potatoes until smooth and stir in the hot half-and-half and butter. Add the shredded cheese by the handful, stirring to melt, and season generously with salt and pepper. Stir in the chives. Serve immediately. -- Courtesy Gina Neely for Food Network Magazine (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com) • • •
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Emphasize safety when decorating for the holidays
ecking the halls for the holidays is cause an average of $13 million in propa beloved tradition for many famierty damage annually. Though it can be lies. A home's exterior festooned tempting to purchase the most eye-catchwith lights help create a festive holing Christmas tree you find, avoid acting iday mood, while stockings hung by the rashly until you have learned a little about chimney and a Christmas tree in the living the tree. Artificial trees should be labeled room bring that holiday cheer inside. as "Fire Resistant." Such trees can still Though the holiday season is a festive catch fire, but they are more resistant to time of year, it can quickly turn tragic if fire than trees without such labels. When revelers do not emphasize safety when buying a live tree, make sure the tree is decorating their homes. When decorating fresh. The tree should be green, and its this holiday season, be sure to employ the needles should be difficult to pull off of following precautions so your holiday seabranches, which son is festive, should not be easdecorative and ily breakable. Tap safe. the tree on the n Exercise exground before caution treme purchasing it. If with holiday the tree loses a lot lights. According of needles upon to the Electrical tapping the Safety Foundaground, it isn't tion International, fresh. Trees that 150 home fires aren't fresh are per year begin more susceptible with holiday to going up in lights and other flames. decorative lightn Keep the tree ing. Such fires away from heat may start because sources. Though of frayed or bare it might seem wires, broken or more idyllic to cracked sockets place your Christor even loose conmas tree next to nections. It's imthe fireplace, it's a portant that men lot more dangerand women be esous as well. When pecially careful choosing a spot when decorating for your tree, find their homes with a place that is holiday lights, inaway from heat Christmas trees should never be placed in close proxspecting each set imity to heat sources such as fireplaces, vents and ra- sources like fireof lights for dam- diators. places, radiators age and discardand vents. But ing any damaged sets. When choosing homeowners also should know that even lights, use only lights that have been certitrees placed away from heat sources can fied for outdoor use on your home's extestill dry out, creating a fire hazard even if rior, and never use outdoor lights inside. the tree was fresh and healthy when purn Purchase the right Christmas tree. The chased. That's because Christmas trees can Consumer Product Safety Commission quickly dry out in heated rooms. Monitor notes that Christmas trees are involved in the tree's water levels every day, checking hundreds of fires causing an average of 15 those levels in both the morning and at deaths each year. In addition, such fires - Continued on page 32
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n early 2014, the much anticipated Primary Health Network’s Punxsutawney Community Health Center will open its doors. Built on over 1.6 million tons of fill, the site will have an abundance of green building attributes and will host a variety of medical services for the public. PHN’s newest facility was the result of the largest primary care medical group in the area, Punxsutawney Community Health Center, outgrowing its current space at Punxsutawney Hospital. Dr. Jay Elder, Dr. Joseph Kernich, and Dr. Charles Lambiotte will continue to offer their medical services at the new facility located on 200 Prushnok Drive in Punxsutawney, PA. In addition, Physician Assistants Cecilia Groman and Heather Park will be joining the doctors, along with the rest of their medical staff, at the new facility. The new Punxsutawney Community Health Center will be 45,000 square feet, (doubling its current size), incorporate new services, such as behavioral health and counseling, and add additional providers in partnership with Punxsutawney Hospital and other social services agencies. Punxsutawney Medicine Shoppe will also be located in the new facility with a convenient pharmacy drive-thru. The thought behind this new model was one stop shopping for all healthcare needs. Partnering with other local organizations was important to being able to offer much needed services to the community. Punxsutawney Hospital also plans to staff a laboratory for on-site blood draws and specimen collection. Punxsutawney Medicine Shoppe will serve all people and in addition, offers 340B Discounted Drug Pricing (for drugs not covered by insurance and for those that do not have insurance) to PHN patients. If you visit an office located within the facility, you will be able to pick up your prescription in minutes before you walk out the door. Primary Health Network (PHN) was founded in 1984 as one small community health center in Farrell, PA and has grown to include over 32 locations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. The Network exists to make the wide range of healthcare
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night before going to bed. This prevents the tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard, and it also helps the tree maintain its aesthetic appeal through the holiday season. n Limit use of candles. Like Christmas trees, candles are a popular yet potentially hazardous decorative item during the holiday season. When decorating with candles, be sure that all candles are extinguished before leaving a room and never leave them burning when you go to bed. Candles should be kept away from any decorative items, including Christmas trees, that can catch fire. Never place candles near curtains, furniture or presents. Holiday enthusiasts with little children or pets at home might want to decorate with fake LED-light candles instead of traditional candles. Curious kids or excitable pets may not recognize the potential dangers of lit candles and, as a result, might burn themselves or tips candles over. The holiday season is upon us, and that means scores of celebrants will be decking their halls. Though festive decorations are a part of the season, safety should always come first. • • •
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Visit Santa without all the tears
he holiday season means it's time be able to share a meal with Santa at a once again for parents to take their restaurant or visit him at a nursery while youngsters to visit Santa Claus. selecting Christmas trees. A different enPictures with little boys and girls vironment may be less intimidating to lining up in their dress clothes with children and take the pressure off waitSanta are a holiday tradition, and younging in line in a busy mall. sters are often anxious for their chances n Go well-fed. There's little worse than to share their Christmas gift wishes with waiting in line and doing so hungry. the jolly man in red. Hunger pangs can turn even the most But as integral as such photo sessions are to the holiday season, parents know they are one crying fit or meltdown away from having this tradition turn into trouble. After waiting in long lines to see Santa, it's understandable when everyone's patience starts to wear thin. The combination of antsy children and aggravated adults could set off a chain reaction that culminates in tear-stained cheeks and a sullied holiday memory. Pictures with Santa can go much more smoothly when you employ the following tips. n Prep children. While kids may love the idea of Santa, youngsters face to face with a man in a red suit and a big, white beard may be nervous. Begin talking up Santa a few months before Christmas, mentioning how nice and friendly he is. Gauge how kids act around costumed performers at fairs, circuses and birthday parties and help them grow accustomed to people in costumes. If costumes elicit Turn a visit with Santa into a pleasant experience for chilscreams of horror, wait an- dren of all age. other year before seeing Santa. * Visit during off-peak hours. Weekends placid child into a menace. Pack snacks and evenings are the busiest times to to enjoy while waiting. Opt for items that visit Santa. This means long lines and will not stain lips and teeth or drip onto longer wait times. Instead of dealing clothing. with the masses, try to get to the mall n Make it a family photo. Sometimes when the doors first open. Otherwise, let the only way to entice a little one to take the children skip a day of school and a picture with Santa is to provide some visit during the week when the lines are added security. Dress your best and be shorter. prepared to have to step in and cozy up n Consider another venue. Many difto Santa to ensure your child is all ferent places of business host events smiles. where kids can meet Santa. Families may • • •
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"This was a young male elk who was probably posturing and trying to show some dominance in the field. Our biologist said the elk was really just exerting his dominance. September and October is the mating season for elk, which is called 'the rut.'" Soehn said that York wasn't breaking park rules since he was shooting photos from along the road, but she stressed that visitors should avoid direct contact with animals at all costs. "He wasn't in violation of anything, but what park rangers recommend to do if an animal approaches is slowly get up, back away and create a space between the animal and you," she said. Soehn said that unexpected contact between animals and people in the park is just going to happen on occasion. "We don't have fences," she said. "It's a situation where you are in their natural habitat. It's not a zoo." (Mike Blackerby is a reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com) • • •
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pheasants Continued from page 34 Minnesota pheasants have fared no better. Pheasant numbers are down 29 percent from last year, and 72 percent below the long-term average. Contributing to the falloff: Nearly 64,000 CRP acres were lost in the state's pheasant range in the past year. Given all of this, how can I be optimistic about pheasants? Let me count the ways: 1) Water: The future will be owned by those who manage water properly, while those who waste this precious and evermore scarce resource will suffer. Put another way, landowners, counties, states and nations that conserve water will enjoy economic and strategic advantages over those that don't -- a lesson we as a society have yet to learn. When we do (and we will), we'll realize anew what conservationists have argued for more than a century: Clean, abundant water requires healthy landscapes. To achieve these, increased crop rotation, development of new crops, establishment of stream buffer strips and the increased planting of grasses and other perennial crops will be required. Over time, these will gain greater prominence, if only to ensure the region's, and the nation's, water supply remains abundant and clean. 2) Public lands: Minnesota is the big winner here, thanks to the foresight of wildlife managers in the 1950s who began the state's "Save the Wetlands" program. Later this effort morphed into Minnesota's wildlife management area plan, which in turn inspired establishment of federal waterfowl production areas. Neither Iowa nor South Dakota, nor North Dakota, has the public land base Minnesota has, and when this state figures out how to properly, and extensively, manage these lands, they will yield significantly more game and nongame species than they now do. 3) Climate: Occasional aberrations aside, including perhaps periodic extreme weather events, the chance that Minnesota and the Dakotas will become more temperate in com-
ing years is better than even, decreasing the chance that winter kill will be a significant limiting factor affecting pheasants going forward. 4) Technology: Twenty years from now, if not sooner, agronomists will view the current period as one of agriculture's darkest moments. The relentless planting of so many corn and soybean acres, and the massive fertilizing they require, will be replaced, or balanced, by
new crops with higher yields that reduce land fertility less. The result will be a more balanced landscape that benefits wildlife. 5) Increased consumer demand for healthier food, locally or regionally sourced: This phenomenon, already growing, will increase, and markedly, and will contribute to more varied forms of agriculture and crops. 6) Increased appreciation of, and stewardship of, prairies and grasslands. 7) A coming renaissance in outdoor recreation: The present electronic gadget era notwithstanding, a revolution in the way people spend their time, fueled by nature's timeless calling, will result in more people than ever spending more time in traditional outdoors pursuits, especially those that enhance physical fitness. Enter long walks on autumn days behind good dogs, looking for roosters. 8) Advocacy unchained: Short story: Too many people love pheasants and the lands that support them, and are too well organized, to let these birds fall by the wayside. 9) What can you do? Join Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League, The Nature Conservancy or another group. (Contact Dennis Anderson at email@example.com.) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.) • • •
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By Aimee Blanchette minneapolis Star Tribune ason Koenig winced at people using taxidermy as decor until he did so himself. Now the St. Paul, Minn., real-estate agent has a 4-foot barracuda mounted above his stone fireplace, along with life-size teal-and-yellow bulldog statues flanking the staircase. "I never thought I'd own a fish mount," Koenig said. "But it's so cool. I had to have it." Koenig's living-room conversation pieces were purchased at the Bearded Mermaid Bazaar in St. Paul. The hodgepodge vintage-style shop belongs to an emerging segment of the antiquing market that's tailoring its inventory to men. This movement of guys who sift through trash to find their treasure even has its own name -- "mantiquing." Thanks to the popularity of TV shows like "American Pickers" and "Storage Wars," antiquing and junking among men is surging. As the American home grows in size, family members have spaces of their own, and collectibles that were once relegated to the garage or wood shop are finding space on walls and bookshelves in the basement bar or in the proverbial man cave.
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‘Tis the season for sharing... germs
How to boost your immune system for the holidays
he hustle and bustle of holiday celebrations will soon be upon us. The office parties are already in full swing and storefront windows are all decked out in holiday glitz. Your Christmas lights and decorations are up and all that is left to do is entertain family and friends. This time of year can be wonderful, but it also brings a certain amount of stress. The last-minute shopping, family visits, kids running around the house and overcrowded shopping centres is exhausting just to think about. All of that added stress also can affect your immune system. Hugs and handshakes represent golden opportunities for viruses, parasites and bacteria to join in the spirit of Holiday sharing. You wonder how you will ever make it through the season without catching something. And then you may ask yourself: Can probiotics really boost my immune system? The answer is yes. According to dietitian and nutritionist Annie Jolicoeur, many clinical studies have demonstrated the benefits of probiotics in terms of preventing and treating the common cold, the flu and gastroenteritis. "Taking probiotics reduces the severity and duration of symptoms like fever, coughing, runny nose, and even diarrhea," explains Jolicoeur. "Therefore, it is recommended that all members of the family take probiotics every day." Jolicoeur recommends Probaclac as the ideal solution since it provides probiotic complexes that are designed specifically for every age group: children up to the age of 15; adults (can be taken from the age of 15); and older adults (age 50 and up). Maintaining a healthy intestinal flora helps to protect against the penetration of bacteria, parasites, and viruses, Jolicoeur advised. "Did you know that the intestinal mucous membrane acts as the 'cornerstone' of your overall health? Two-thirds of the immunedefence cells in your body are found there.
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Minn. "Junk," as Whitney proudly puts it, is becoming more acceptable in general. That's why more antique stores are morphing into vintage shops. "I'm very attracted to things that would be in a mantique section of a store," she said. "Mantiques can help take the lacy edge off a feminine look." Male shoppers outnumbered women this one recent afternoon at Hunt and Gather, a mantiquing mecca in Minneapolis. Inside, a silver serving plate held turtle shells for $16 apiece. Baby alligator heads -- teeth intact -- were displayed neatly across from a basket of old baseball mitts. Wooden water skis hung in the window and a collection of teacups sat atop an old medical stretcher. Turns out some mantiquers have a particular interest in quack medical equipment, such as doctor's kits and anesthesia devices. Lee Fisher, 31, of Minneapolis, was looking for a unique wedding gift; Tamer Schiller, 17, of Minneapolis, hunted down items to display in his college dorm room; and Cory Meyer, 45, of Minneapolis, was prowling for unusual pieces to spruce up his wholesale furniture-showroom displays. "This is the antiquing for the new generation," Meyer said. Veteran mantiquers advise spending with discretion. Too much mantiquing could earn you a night or two of sleeping on the couch. "Much to my wife's chagrin, I'm usually looking for old, heavy things," said Jim Kitchen, 45, of Woodbury, Minn., who bought four lathes in one month. "I also have a fairly good-sized G.I. Joe collection." Here's another tip. When scouring for junk with your friends, be prepared for some tough bartering -- both for your rare finds and with the partner in your life. "You have to use judicious foresight in regards to marital bliss," said Kitchen. "Set limits, because ideally you want to stay married." Kitchen has since gotten rid of three of the lathes. But he's holding on to the G.I. Joe collection. (Contact Aimee Blanchette at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.) • • •
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November 21, 1869 — SHOW DAY - Saturday last being the great day of the season for the circus in this place, is not likely soon to be forgotten. The show, as per bills, was reasonably good. Sabbath afternoon, all was bustle on the Square. The showmen were all busily engaged at work, taking down and packing up the canvass, etc., etc. In the evening a number of the wagons left town. We disapprove of this part of the programme, and think the authorities should put a stop to such proceedings on the Sabbath day, and add this much to the respectability and morality of our town. (Punxsutawney Plaindealer) November 20, 1895 — Next year Punxsutawney will have a boom - providing we get the iron works, and the B. R. & P. [railroad] is extended to Pittsburg, and the street railroad is extended to Adrian, and the pleasure park is constructed, and a market house is built on Market Space. (The Punxsutawney Spirit) December 6, 1893 — The Berwind-White Coal Company, operating mines at Horatio and Anita, posted notices on Thursday of last week of a reduction of 10 per cent. in wages, or 5 cents per ton for mining. The miners have held some meetings to talk the matter over and decide what to do. This company has been the last in this district to make a reduction. The miners are earning no more than what would barely earn the necessities of life. We understand the company will be asked to make reduction in the price of rent, and powder and oil. This reduction would no doubt be a measure of help to relieve the present distress among their men. (Punxsutawney News) December 6, 1907 — Now that winter seems to be on in full blast the migrating of the “knights of the road” has been stopped somewhat. Just where the hoboes winter is a mystery, but it was not many years ago that the coke ovens at Walston sheltered about thirty the winter through. (The Punxsutawney Spirit) December 8, 1886 — Eight physicians are now in Punxsutawney; surely this ought to be a healthful place. (Valley News) • • •
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