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Barclay Square’s ‘Unknown’ Stone

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ignated on all official maps of the Borough.” A granite marker to present the proper name was not placed until 1979, dedicated by the Punxsutawney Area Hisith Spring, more people are out torical and Genealogical Society. and about, walking the sideAmong the many “monuments” in Barwalks and trails again. With the clay Square, there is one simple stone that extended hours of daylight, rests in a space that is unadorned Punx’y and area residents are linand unmarked. Stepped on, sat on, gering longer, or strolling, in the and passed by, it represents the stopopular public park named Barries and legends from a long hisclay Square. tory of the town with its name “of In July 1869, the editor of the Indian origin.” old Punxsutawney Plaindealer In 1976, Punxsutawney borough was among those who saw the council initiated action to use value of the “public square” in Community Development Funds to the community. He wrote, “The “renew” Barclay Square as a part Square in this borough is beautiof the U. S. Bicentennial Celebrafully located, is ample, and could tion. The ambitious project was to be made into one of the most establish the park’s future “for the inviting spots in the town, or in next 100 years for future generathe county ...” tions.” In that year, the park was The extensive improvements merely an open lot, suitable for would include new lighting fixthe visiting of creatures, or for tures, sidewalks, benches and landactivities that included baseball scaping. A Historical Heritage Area games. It was often the site to was a major change intended to rehost the traveling circus, militia locate a flagpole and two Civil War training, and fireworks for a July cannons to a spot front and center 4th celebration. When it wasn’t of the park along East Mahoning used for such activities, hay Street. would be grown and harvested, During earth moving to create the and geese and pigs would roam new space, equipment struck a from corner to corner. weighty, firm object. It was a huge The plan to change the park stone, nearly-five feet long, twofrom an unsightly “commons” to and-one-half feet wide and two feet a higher standard — that of a deep. Assuming the stone had sunk beautiful “town park” — began into the soft soil through the years, in the 1890s and was culminated the crew brought it above ground when officials of the Punxfor public viewing again. sutawney Iron Company were in a cement slab in Barclay Square in 1979, near the historic Civil If it had not been for the 1976 authorized to take over the land. Placed War cannons, is a relic of Punxsutawney area history. It’s story of why and U.S. Bicentennial project to renoThe three-year project for a total how it got there has been unmarked for decades. vate the park, the sunken stone redesign of the space was commight not have been rediscovered, and the pleted in May 1904. The company paid for clay Square until March 1928 when Borstone would have gone unnoticed for many the total transformation. ough Council ordained the recognition of more decades. The stone was relocated and Through the years, many monuments Rev. David Barclay’s gift to the commuset in a concrete slab in 1979. There is no were proposed for the Public Square; nity. In Rev. Barclay’s “Punxsutawney marker to explain its purpose. It is merely among them was one for Mary A. Wilson Plan” of eight squares, one square would a “naked” stone, but from it many hidden following her death, and a sculpture of a be reserved for a “public square.” The or“Doughboy” soldier after World War I. dinance stated the square “shall be so des- Continued on page 4 By S. Thomas Curry of Hometown magazine


Those markers did not come about. But the money for the World War I tribute was eventually collected and a “memorial band shell” was erected. Dedicated in 1932, the Memorial Bandstand constructed of native stone, is the focus of the park today. The park was not officially named Bar-

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ike mother, like daughter. Jean and Jennifer Roberts, of Punxsutawney, share a lot of things, but recently they discovered that they share something really quite unique. Never in Punxsutawney’s Woman of the Year history, which began 55 years ago, has both a mother and daughter been chosen for the honor. That is, until this year. When Jennifer Roberts was surprised with the announcement of her being named Woman of the Year at the Groundhog Banquet in February, many were not aware that her mother, Jean Roberts, had the same honor bestowed upon her in 1985. It begs the question, in this the season of Mother’s Day, what did you learn from your mother? Every son or daughter has a very different answer to this question. Indeed, it seems that Jennifer must have learned the art of giving and the selflessness of volunteering, as her mother had set a very good example. It is fairly obvious that Jean Roberts’ influence over her daughter, Jennifer, has proved positive and far-reaching.

Few people know the true meaning of volunteerism the way that Jean and Jennifer Roberts know it. Theirs is a lifetime of commitment to the cause. For them, several worthy causes come to mind such as: Association of Retarded Citizens of Jefferson and Clearfield Counties; Camp Friendship; and Run/Walk for Someone Special, to name a few. Merely showing up on the day of the special event is not how Jean and Jennifer operate. For example, by the time the Run Walk for Someone Special rolls around on the calendar, (this year’s event was held April 7 in Sykesville) both women have been campaigning throughout the year recruiting other volunteers; getting donations of gifts and prizes; and working on fundraising efforts. “Every year it’s bigger and bigger — it’s our thirty-fourth year this year,” Jean says of the Run/Walk event. “I have walked in it, too, but this year I’m volunteering to help at the Run.” And Jennifer has her work cut out for her as well. “I go out to all kinds of businesses in the area and gather up new prizes for the Run/Walk.” Jennifer said.


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A snapshot taken by a local resident revealed the story of the special ceremony on July 26, 1936 to dedicate a mill stone, marking Punxsutawney as a Delaware Indian village. Identified in the picture are Chief Windsor H. Pierce, from Salamanca, and Lee S. North, in charge of the ceremony. (original snapshot by H. S. Frew)

‘Unknown’ Stone

Prior to the festive event, headlines in the Punxsutawney Spirit would announce “Indian Mill Stone Rests in Barclay Square Continued from page 2 for Dedication Ceremony.” Among other detailed notes about the approaching event, stories await to be told from Punxit was reported the Boy Scouts of Punxsutawney’s rich Indian history and tradisutawney would have a display of Indian tions. relics in the basement of the bandstand in From research, the massive stone was their effort to remind visitors that Punxidentified as an Indian mill stone which sutawney, as well as was formally dedicated being the home of the to Barclay Square in a famous Groundhog, special event that took has a historical Indian place in July 1936, on background. the opening day of a The big stone was huge Central Pennsylbrought to Punxvania Fireman’s consutawney from a site vention. near Rossiter in Canoe The convention was Township, assumed to be bigger and better that is by the news than anything in the item’s description, town’s history. Thou“(the crew) managed sands of visitors were to get it onto the main expected from the road north of towns and cities repreRossiter....” senting the firemen and According to the retheir auxiliaries. They ports, the site from would come for firewhere the stone was men drills, demonstrations, parades, events A Pennsylvania roadside historical marker near secured had been Run, dedicated in 1950, describes the path known for years prior — including Miners’ Big Indians followed through the area to Ohio, a trip Day and Mardi Gras described by Moravian minister John Ettwein in to 1936. One resident remembered an old Day — and a massive his journal, with a rest stop in Punxsutawney. burial ground there, carnival brought to but the location was undistinguished by the town on a special 35-car railroad excursion trees and growth that had covered it, in adfrom Pittsburgh. The carnival would be set dition to the soil erosion from nearby hills. up on grounds on Maple Avenue (where Weighing over a ton, it was thought to be today is located the complex of baseball one of many on the site. It was considered fields for the VFW and Little League basethe more perfect one. In announcing the arball teams.) rival of the stone to Barclay Square, the With buildings decorated, and flags and news stated, “The stone will not be dolled bunting stretching across Mahoning Street, up. It will lay on the ground in about the the opening day ceremony would be held same relative position it has rested for perat 2:30 p.m., Sunday July 26 . The convention would continue through July 1. - Continued on page 6

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‘Unknown’ Stone Continued from page 4 haps 200 years in an almost unknown spot.” The Punxsutawney firemen and Boy Scouts planned the dedication ceremony. Assisting them would be a group of Indians, invited guests from Salamanca led by Chief Windsor H. Pierce who would present the stone. In their ceremonial Indian attire, men of the local lodge of Improved Order of Red Men participated by assisting the visiting Indians with demonstrations of the grinding of corn on the stone. Jefferson County Judge Jesse Long, a local resident, was the main speaker. With Chief Pierce and Mrs. Mitchell Pierce, he shared with the large group of spectators a long history of this area, when NativeAmericans moved across the woodland area on trails, rested and settled along the creeks and streams, and left behind relics and names for various sites. Included among the names would be the origin of “Punxsutawney” as “gnat town” or “ponki town.” The journal notes of Moravian missionary Rev. John Ettwein would be a factual reference. In July 1772, while moving west with Delaware Indians to new land in Ohio, Ettwein described the overnight stay of his group in the lowlands here. He experienced the pesky “ponkis” and wrote, “In the swamp through which we are now


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The plans included a bronze marker, which was to have been provided by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania of Philadelphia. But the organization had exhausted its funds. Instead, local men offered a suitable marker to be placed with the stone. At the ceremony, Judge Long declared, “I hereby dedicate (this mill stone) on behalf of the citizens of Punxsutawney to future posterity that they may forever live in peace and happiness toward all mankind.”



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Ken Burkett, Executive Director of the Jefferson County History Center in Brookville, is also an archeological Field Associate with the Carnegie Museum. Knowledgeable about area Native-American history, when made aware recently about the special “Indian artifact” in Barclay Square he commented, “There are so many things out there misidentified as mills. This one looks like it is a good one. It needs a sign or something.” •••


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Retreat? Hotel Stay and/or Gift Card, Meals and Program Materials will be provided at no cost. Call (814) 765-2686 or (814) 3713668 or email to enroll today. • St. Jude’s walkathon will be held on May 4 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Mahoning Shadow Trailhead at the Punxsutawney Skateboard Park on South Elk St. A small lunch will follow. To register, please contact the Punxsy Moose Lodge at (814) 938-6854 or Joe Buterbaugh, Jr at (814)590-8380. • punxsutawney Saddle club Summer 2013 Schedule: To date, scheduled events are: May 10 Exhibition barrels/Jackpot Barrels 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; May 11 Open Game show 10 a.m.; June 21 Exhibition Barrels/Jackpot Barrels 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; June 22 Open Game Show 10 a.m.; July 26 Exhibition barrels/Jackpot Barrels 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; July 27 Open Game Show 10 a.m.; August 2 Exhibition Barrels/Jackpot Barrels 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; August 3 Open Game Show (we are awaiting approval by IBRA/NBHA sanctioning) 10 a.m. tentatively; Sept. 6 Exhibition Barrels/Jackpot Barrels 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sept. 7 Open Game Show (awaiting approve by IBRA/NBHA sanctioning 10 a.m. tentatively. • pASSpoRt FAiR Thinking about getting a passport? Let us help you. Jefferson County Courthouse 200 Main Street, Tonya S. Geist Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts Office Brookville. Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon. You will need a birth certificate, driver's license and two forms of identification, and payment. Your birth certificate must have mother and father's full names. If you don't have the correct birth certificate visit and order a long form birth certificate. Download a passport application at or fill out an application at the fair. Postage fee will be waived for all applications on passport fair day. Any questions please feel free to contact the business office 8:30 a.m. to -4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (814) 849-1606. • May Mart will be held on May 17 and18 at the S&T Arena, 495 East Pike Rd, Indiana. Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flowers, crafts and food. Over 100 vendors and crafters selling unique items. Various nurseries provide a wide selection of annuals, perennials and shrubs for you to choose from. Also, the traditional Mushroom Sandwiches and Strawberry

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Jean and Jen roberts Continued from page 3 And, year after year, Jennifer has managed to be one of the top fundraisers for the Run/Walk event. This year was no exception. She was the third place fundraiser for the event having collected $2,000 for the cause. Another event that is dear to the hearts of both Roberts women is Camp Friendship, which is located in Reynoldsville. This unique camp is run mostly by volunteers and falls under the ARC of Jefferson and Clearfield Counties’ umbrella. For four weeks out of the year, the camp provides an outdoor oasis for participants with physical and mental disabilities. Nestled in the woods behind the town of Reynoldsville, the several-acre camp, which, according to Jean was acquired by ARC in 1974, is the backdrop for many exciting summer camp memories. Dozens of dedicated volunteers and a handful of employees help to bring the fun and festivities to life at Camp Friendship. For many of the participants, this is the summer experience they look forward to each year more than any other. “It is beautiful,” Jean said, “Few camps out there have what we have.” And Jennifer’s enthusiasm for Camp Friendship is obvious. Her excitement is apparent when she speaks of her experiences there. “It’s like the place where you can totally do everything,” Jennifer said, “They have so many social activities. It’s great.” Jean has been taking Jennifer to Camp Friendship since she was very young. She has come to know it well and is quite fond of it. She knows a lot of the other participants, Jean explained. “That’s why it’s so fun for her.” “And also, don’t forget,” Jennifer says, “Mom also cooks there.” Jean and Jennifer are busy with other organizations, as well. And Jennifer volunteers parttime at the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce several days a week. But in their “down time,” the mother and daughter do spend a lot of time together. “Oh yeah,” Jennifer said, “We are definitely close. We do so many things together. I like it when we go out shopping.” Jennifer says they also enjoy going out to eat. Both mother and daughter agree: Italian is their favorite. Mother’s Day is a big deal in the Roberts family. Jean and husband Bill have five other children: Betty, New Jersey; Lori, Pittsburgh; Bill and Jim, Punx’y; and Joe, Philadelphia. “And we have 15 grandchildren,” Jean said, “Nine are in college; four are working; and

two still in high school.” Dinner is a Mother’s Day tradition, of course. Jean said if it’s at her house, everyone pitches in to help. Sometimes the dinner is at Mary and Jim’s house, Jean explained, “Most holidays, the family gathers some place.” The Mother’s Day gathering is sprinkled with some family birthday celebrations as well. “Jim’s is May 10 and Nick’s is May 18,” Jean said, speaking of her son and grandson. “But then,” Jennifer added, with great enthusiasm, “We always have presents for mom on Mother’s Day.” •••

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A view of Walston with the company houses on the hill and at lower right a tipple where the weighman and the check-weighman worked. (Photo courtesy of the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.)


Continued from page 10 the struggles of the miners and of John Britt. John Britt was a young man when he came from England. When they knew him, he was working in the New York, Lake Erie and Western Coal Company’s Crenshaw mines near Brockway. In 1884, he was elected president of the 4th Bituminous District, Miners’ and Laborers’ Amalgamated Association, which included the new Walston Coal Company mines near Punxsutawney. Pennsylvania had recently enacted a law providing miners with the right to hire a check-weighman. The purpose of the check-weighman was to protect the miners’ interests in the screening, weighing, and “docking” of coal by the company. Britt’s priority, as president, was to have the new law implemented in every mine in the district. He set about his work, holding meetings with miners in their communities and informing them of ways to make a request to their mine superintendent for a check-weighman. The mining companies were slow and often resisted implementing the law. They also resisted the presence of the union in their mines. Miners were hesitant about the benefits of belonging to a union, as reflected in news items of that day. “Mr. Britt, who spent a day or two in this locality last week for the purpose of organizing a branch of the M.L.A.A., did not succeed in his mission. The miners here have a very unpleasant recollection of their connection with the Association two years ago, and we presume do not feel disposed to get themselves into the same predicament again.” — Punxsutawney Spirit, August 5, 1885. “In conversation with a Walston miner the other day he said, “we are already feeling the effects of Britt’s visit to the mines. Work was going on nicely, and when he put in an appearance the company employed an extra gang of Italians to guard against any trouble that might arise. The Walston miners ought to petition Mr. Britt to transact his business with them at long range.” —Punxsutawney Spirit, September 2, 1885 Britt, knowing he had the law on his side, moved ahead with his work and began to receive more favorable press coverage: “John Britt, President of the Miners’ and Laborers’ Amalgamated Association of the Fourth District, of Pennsylvania was in town last Monday. Mr. Britt tried to organize a branch of the as-

sociation at Walston Mines last Monday evening, but was not successful, although he received enough encouragement to warrant his coming back in the near future. He presented us with a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws, and we can see nothing wrong in this association, which is for the purpose of protecting the miner from the grindstone principle of heartless corporations. All that Mr. Britt asks for his fellow men is justice and equity, and may the day speedily come when the hard working miner will get the just wages he so honestly earns for himself and family.” — Punxsutawney News, November 25, 1885. The Association encouraged the miners at each coal company to organize and adopt a list of requests including one for a check-weighman. The miners were to appoint a committee to meet with their mine superintendent to make their requests known. The miners’ requests usually included a wage increase, relief from the requirement to purchase at the company store, no reprisals for miners participating in association activities and a check-weighman. Britt coached the miners on strategies they could use if mine managers refused to meet with them. Boycotts, work stoppages and walkouts were some of the non-violent tactics designed to get the attention of the superintendent. The strategy of the M.L.A.A. was to have miners throughout the country strike on the same day in May 1886, to show their commitment and strength. Rumors were rife. As early as October 21, 1885 a Punxsutawney Spirit article reported, “It is said that the Socialistic members of the Knights of Labor are laying in a stock of arms and ammunition to be used next spring, if necessary, when a general strike is to be made to make eight hours a day’s work. The chances are that this is a magnificent lie.” While the English-speaking miners understood the Union’s strategy, the nonEnglish speaking miners did not. On Friday morning, March 12, 1886, about fifty Hungarians and Germans, working in Walston’s Number One Drift went on strike. They did not observe the established procedure, nor did they consider the strike as their last resort in negotiations. It was a “rough and ready” strike. When the mine boss asked what was the reason for the strike, the response was: “Weight Boss no good; no weigh coal; just dump and steal half. Him never come back! We kill him. Me now wants - Continued on page 14

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forty cents a ton.” After intensive talks, the miners returned to work on Monday with an agreement, which was reported in the News on March 24, 1886. The miners would get the District price for run-ofmine coal, and pay for work than had previously not been paid. And most importantly they would have a checkweighman. The check-weighman would be paid $60 per month. The money to pay the check-weighman would be deducted from each miner’s pay.

When the first of May arrived, the original date set for the strike, the Walston miners also went out in support of their fellow miners. Walston Coal Company management was furious, stating that they had lived up to their contract and the miners broke faith with them. The miners countered saying they tried to meet with Superintendent McLeavy before striking but he refused to hear them. They also stated they did not yet have a signed contract. The miners were willing to return to work if the company would sign an agreement for uniform wage scale in the district. The company did not. The strike continued and by mid-May the effects of the strike were being felt

The Miner’s Pay The two main systems used for determining a miner’s pay were weighing and docking. Where the weighing system was used the mine operator required the miners to produce 2,240 pounds to make a ton of coal for forty cents. When the scales were not properly balanced it could take 2,500 to 3,000 pounds to make one ton, and resulted in a loss of pay for the miner. The weighing system was used in the majority of the bituminous mines. Where the docking system was used an under-foreman, or as he was called by the miners the "docking boss,” would inspect each car to see the coal it contained was free from slate, rock, or slack. If it was not, in his opinion, up to the requirement he reduced the credit to the miner by half a car. The docking system was used mostly in anthracite mines and had the effect of reducing a miner’s earnings by half. ••• throughout the area. The DuBois Express reported: “Nothing looking toward a speedy end of the miners strike has occurred since our last issue. The operators at Beechtree and Walston, we understand, made an offer to sign the Columbus scale for three or six months, but it was not accepted. There are now only four full crews at work on the B., R. & P. R.R. running between this place and Bradford, and many of the men are lay-

ing off. The yardmen here were placed on half time Monday. The miners are fairly stocked with provisions and are making themselves as comfortable as the situation will afford. The strike was finally settled on June 8. The agreement was between the Rochester & Pittsburg Company, new owners of the mines at Walston, and the Committee of the Walston Miners. The check-weighman became an official position and was to be employed by and on behalf of the miners. However, the fight for a check-weighman on the tipples at Walston continued. In October 1887, John Britt, President of the Amalgamated Association,held meetings at Adrian in the interest of having check-weighmen on the tipples at Walston and the new Adrian mine. Henry Lewis was elected check-weighman for Adrian and John Weber and John Ryan for Walston. As these men had previously been discharged by Superintendent McLeavy, the company refused to accept them. Britt in commenting on the situation stated, “I hope the matter will be settled amicably. The company appears to be willing to allow a check-weighman, but no one whom they object to.” John Britt and the Association would continue working to have check-weighmen at the tipples, even taking their case to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth. John Britt was re-elected President of the 4th District of the Amalgamated Association for four consecutive terms. In 1888, he resigned to become a mine superintendent in southwestern Pennsylvania. He continued to have the respect and confidence of miners and the company because of his commitment to fairness. As Archie Gordon and Bion Butler talked in 1902, they remembered John Britt and his role in the Miners’ Strike of 1886 and his work to have a checkweighman at every mine tipple. “And so their talk ran along, sometimes rapidly, and then again halting as the two old ducks looked far away out of the window, beyond the smoke and fog, beyond the roofs and spires that rose in the vicinity, beyond all things and into the vague and indefinite past and present and future, forgetting everything. “The world is full of busy men. It is full of people like Archie Gordon who drop in occasionally, bringing with them the flavor of yesterday, and making the past the present.” Bion H. Butler in Pittsburg Times, reprinted in the Punxsutawney Spirit, November 12, 1902. (Editor’s Note: The resources used in the preparation of this article are available the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, The Punxsutawney Spirit at, The Heritage Newspaper Collection of the Library of Congress, the Reynoldsville Public Library and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society. Pictures are as attributed. This article has been prepared by PRIDE – Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing, Enhancing. PRIDE is a nonprofit organization which brings together residents, business people, community leaders and civic organizations, to improve the business districts in Punxsutawney. Contributions to support the develop a Coal Memorial and Welcome Center for the Punxsutawney Area may be made to PRIDE, P.O. Box 298, Punxsutawney, PA 15767) •••

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freedoms from the past to have a successful future. ln conclusion, good citizens' responsibilities are greater now than ever as our freedoms are being taken away. Protecting these freedoms should he our first and foremost goal. By reflecting on the lives of our forefathers, educating those around us, and looking towards the future of our country. good citizens can help restore the country to a place everyone looks up to and citizens are proud to call home. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ [Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: Essay winner Kaitlin Nicole Doverspike is a seventh grade student at Saint Cosmas and Damian School. She lives in Punxsutawney with her parents and two sisters, Morgan and Allison. She enjoys sports, especially basketball and volleyball. Kaitlin would like to become a veterinarian or a pharmacist when she is older.] Forgotten patriots who supported the american struggle for independence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; James armistead lafayette by Kaitlin Nicole Doverspike Many great people fought in the American Revolution to gain our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freedom from Great Britain. We all know about General George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other great famous people from this time period, but what about all those other great soldiers who risked their

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lives for us that never get mentioned? James Armistead Lafayette is one of these unknown patriots. He was an African American slave from New Kent, Virginia. William Armistead was his owner from the time he was born. After getting permission from his master, James joined the fight for the American Revolution in 1781. This was six years after the war began. In the war, James served under Marquis de Lafayette, the commander of French forces who were allied with the Americans. He was put in the position of an American spy sent to spy on the enemy to get information about their plans. James played the part of a runaway slave, and the British soon hired him to spy on the Americans. While acting as a British spy, James gained the trust of the opposing generals, General Benedict Arnold and General Cornwallis. He soon learned important information from British officers who spoke freely about their strategic plans in front of him. He then documented the information and gave it to other spies. It was easy to get information to the Americans because James could go to both American and British camps. He was even responsible for getting the information that allowed Marquis to trap British troops in Hampton. James also delivered valuable information that helped Marquis and George Washington stop 10,000 British troops from getting to Yorktown, Virginia, for reinforcements. This information helped win the battle of Yorktown and eventually led to Great Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surrender. In 1783 when the war ended, James returned to his owner as a slave. He was not able to be free because he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an African American soldier, but a â&#x20AC;&#x153;spy slaveâ&#x20AC;?. Marquis helped by writing a letter to his owner asking for his freedom. In 1787 it was finally

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a movie; you always pay attention to the main part of the scene, but you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always look at the tiny details surrounding it. This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that the tiny details are not important. It takes all of them to make a masterpiece. Some of these patriots lost their lives for our country, and the least we can do is learn about them and appreciate what they did for us. They contributed to the cause with unwavering commitment that led to the ultimate outcome of this great country. When they knew that they had to leave their families and that they might not come home, this proved their greatness. For anyone, that is a very hard thing to do. I really appreciate what these patriots have done, and I truly believe we will always remember James Armistead Lafayette. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘

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For all that ails me, I garden g

By Joe Lamp’l of SHNS for Hometown magazine ardening is my passion. For nearly all my life, it’s been my favorite way to relax, create and feel at one with nature. Before my wife and I had children, I’d be up before sunrise each weekend, dressed and ready to take on the yard and garden at dawn’s first light. I’d stay out all day, only coming inside when I ran out of daylight, thoroughly exhausted, yet completely exhilarated. Even after a full day, I’d be in bed, my mind racing with the excitement of a new day ahead and another opportunity to play in the dirt. Things have changed a lot over the years, though. While my desire is as strong as ever, for more than a decade now, as the host of three national gardening television shows, much of my gardening has been spent only talking about it rather than doing it. Even after having seen some of the most beautiful gardens in the world since then, there’s no place I’d rather be than getting my hands dirty in my own little plot of land, no matter how humble it may be. Even a few minutes of time spent in the act of gardening, however you define it, can be wonderful therapy. As I disengage momentarily from my dirty indulgence to re-enter the real world, I realize I have been engrossed in my private little paradise for hours, oblivious to everything else around

me. Whatever time I spend with my hands in the dirt, I emerge refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s hard to explain, but there must be some supernatural power that comes from the soil. I’ve witnessed it countless times. From the young school children who can’t wait to get their few minutes of garden time at school, to the corporate volunteers installing a community garden in a day, to those who simply sit within a garden and take in its peacefulness and beauty, we all have a connection to the garden at some level. Yet in spite of all the many benefits that gardening has to offer, it continues to compete for our time and attention. The reason, I believe, is that we’re far too busy with far less important things. I believe that being too busy is exactly the reason we need gardens even more. These days we want everything now so we can get to the next task. Even microwave popcorn that only took three minutes has a new and improved version to pop more quickly. This quick-fix, results-oriented mentality that has taken over our lives has found its way into gardening, too. Plants are being developed that are considered goof-proof, so we don’t have to take the time to water or care for them as much. Considering that I never seem to have any spare time, I should be thrilled with this news. And yet,



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I find it sad. To me, one of the greatest pleasures of gardening is in the process. It’s as much about the act of gardening as the results. I hope we all slow down enough to appreciate the subtleties of the “doing” part of gardening. That’s where the real beauty is. In fact, the slowness of gardening is what allows me to catch my breath and to escape the otherwise crazy pace on a given day. It’s where I go to heal, physically and mentally. It’s all right with me if gardening remains slow and not so convenient. I don’t mind the labor it requires. At least it reminds me to get out and pay a visit. I don’t look at gardening as a chore. I look at it as an opportunity. Let’s find ways to save time in other areas

of our lives, so we can spend more time in the garden, enjoying the process and all its related benefits. It has a magical spell that washes over those who will give it a chance. For me, time stands still and yet flies by. I become unaware of everything except what is before me and I’m lost in the moment. Ironically, in spite of its sometimes very physical demands, I am relaxed and totally satisfied. There’s no place I’d rather be. (Joe Lamp’l, host and executive producer of “Growing a Greener World” on PBS, is an author and a paid spokesman for the Mulch and Soil Council. Contact him at For more information, visit For more stories, visit •••

Don’t toss it during spring cleaning, transform it I

By Rose Russell of SHNS for Hometown magazine f you cup your hand to your ear, you can almost hear the hallelujah chorus being sung by the winter-weary who are glad that spring is here. And with the arrival of spring, you know what that means: It’s time for spring cleaning. But hold on a minute. Before you start pitching things in the trash, rethink how items can be used again and given new life by repurposing, which is basically taking old stuff and giving it a new use. The repurposing trend has taken on a national flavor, with popular HGTV shows underscoring the theme with programs such as “Salvage Dawgs” and “Flea Market Flip.” The Internet also is loaded with ideas about reusing old finds and turning what was formerly trash into treasures. Web sites such as Pinterest are loaded with images and ideas for ways to use old goods. “Our volunteers are creative,” said Karen Wicker, manager of Scrap 4 Art in Maumee, Ohio, a nonprofit organization

slip it on a roll of wrapping paper to hold that depends on donations from busiit tight. And as ties accumulate in Fanesses and individuals to keep the store ther’s and Grandfather’s dress wardrobes supplied with crafting materials. Teachthrough the ers, artists, years, getcrafters, and ting rid of church organsome of izations can them doesn’t purchase craft mean putting supplies at a them in the discount from trash. Scap 4 Art. “We have “Really neat purses made things are from ties,” happening. Wicker said. One woman “We have takes zippers aprons and and makes other purses pins that you made from wear as a fabrics that broach.” fabric stores So instead of throwing out Karen Wicker, Scrap 4 Art store manager, holds art work made of give us.” Replacing a your toilet- toilet paper rolls. (SHNS photo by Lori King / The Toledo Blade) door? Don’t paper rolls, put it out for special pickup. Consider keep them, Wicker suggests. Cut the roll using it to make a table. And if you’re rethe long way, paint and decorate it, then

placing kitchen cabinets, there are other ways to reuse the doors. For example, replace the middle with a chalkboard and make it a household message center. Or hang one of the doors in the bedroom to use for necklaces, bracelets, scarves and other accessories. When repurposing, paint and sandpaper are your friends. Refinishing and polyurethane are, too, especially when dealing with furniture. Painting an old cabinet door a vibrant color gives a jolt of newness that’s bound to spur on more projects. Spray paint is a quick way to get a job done, but don’t rule out using a brush or roller when that works better. And it’s a labor of love when going over a piece of wood furniture with sandpaper. Of course, making old items look brand new isn’t always preferred. Sometimes leaving an item looking weathered by time — with that chipped and worn-paint look, for example — is just as intriguing. However, be sure to repair whatever could cause injuries. You don’t want splinters jutting out from wood items. (HGTV is part of Scripps Networks Interactive, which shares common ownership with The E.W. Scripps Co., the parent company of Scripps Howard News Service. Contact Rose Russell at Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, •••

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pring is in the air and it seems like it is time to fix up the patio if you have one — or create one if you don’t. After all, the patio is a great outdoor space that can be used for relaxing, for eating, for parties — for just about anything springy or summery. So let’s check out how to create that space and make it look good. If you don’t already have a patio, delegate a space that will be designated “the patio.” Separate it from the rest of the backyard somehow. One way is with stone slabs, pavers or a wood deck. You should surround the patio with short bushes or plants or simply let the edge of the flooring meet the grass. Placing potted greenery and/or flowers will decorate the patio space nicely. The pots should be of varying sizes and heights for visual interest. For cool nights, an outdoor fire pit is great on the patio. If space and money permit, a built brick fireplace is ideal. The sound of water is always calming. So again, if space permits, a waterfall or water fountain would be a nice addition. And for very hot, sunny days, some covering will be welcome. An awning or a great big patio umbrella will do the trick. Outdoor lighting will be necessary in the evening, and there are many light options available, from lanterns to floor lamps. If you are building the space, atmosphere

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s an outdoors writer, I’ve probably heard more comments and complaints about Asian carp than all other outdoors topics combined. Lately the tone of those comments has changed drastically from, “We need to do something to get rid of them,” to, “We might as well just get used to them.” I hate to see people just give up like that. I hate to hear people say that the recent efforts by the conservation departments in Kentucky and Tennessee are “too little, too late.” While I agree we might never totally get rid of the carp, I think it would be a horrible mistake to just cry uncle and let the



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market for these despicable fish, selling them to companies for pet food and to people who want to eat them, from Tennessee to the Asian countries where the carp originated. The fishermen have asked for more liberal laws to make it easier to catch the fish, and the conservation departments in Kentucky and Tennessee have wisely obliged. In March, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency agreed to allow commercial fishermen to use mesh nets with a larger diameter to hold more of the brutally strong fish, which sometimes reach weights of 50 pounds or more. They also extended commercial fishing hours on certain lakes where there are tons of Asian carp and added black carp, a species that only showed up in Tennessee during the past few months, to the list of carp species that can be harvested. Those steps were no-brainers — and they will make a difference. Even if it’s not the game-changing difference we’d all like to see. I haven’t given up hope that someone will find a way to completely get rid of the carp someday. Some pretty smart folks have looked at poisons and other environmental elements that might specifically affect the carp without harming native wildlife — and as drastic as that sounds, I think it’s still a realistic possi-



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ou’ve heard the usual energy-saving advice: Buy only Energy Star-rated appliances, replace incandescent light bulbs with those curly fluorescents, shop for cheaper electric providers, if they are available in your town. But many simpler, low-cost, energy-saving strategies escape homeowners’ attention. Energy experts say about 35 percent of heating and cooling is lost through the roof, and even more escapes through the walls, windows, and doors, along with air leaks. “Making your home energy-efficient means starting with the basics, and the most important of these are the proper sealing of air leaks and insulating sufficiently for your climate,” says Ronnie Kweller, a spokesperson for the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, D.C. “Those steps can cut heating and cooling bills by up to 20 percent.” Unless it’s thoroughly water-damaged, fiberglass insulation rarely needs replacing — though that doesn’t stop unsavory contractors from recommending changing it out. Go ahead and fluff out those areas that have been compressed from excessive attic tromping because fiberglass insulation needs trapped air to be effective. You can benefit by adding extra insulation. If yours is less than 9 inches thick, adding another layer could deliver significant extra savings. However, any thickness beyond 16 inches, except for those living far north in America, is typically unnecessary. With a little how-to research, installation is relatively easy, but be sure to wear a mask and gloves, don’t cover any vents — and don’t fall


through the ceiling. Fiberglass insulation can range from 50 cents to $1 per square foot, but the blown-in variety can cost nearly double that. “Air infiltration” is fancy lingo for “drafts.” One time-tested way to detect air infiltration is to hold a lighted candle a few inches from doors, baseboards, window frames, pipes and vents, after turning off all fans, heating and air conditioning. If the candle flickers or is blown out, sealing is needed. Use a caulk gun (sometimes old caulk must be removed first) to seal gaps in walls and windows, and add weatherstripping under gaps in doors. Another avoid-the-draft tip: Use heavier drapes over windows in winter. A programmable thermostat that adjusts temperatures automatically will set you back between $60 and $120, but save you about $180 a year, according to Energy Star. Smart thermostats are pricier, varying from $275 to $400, but they let you change settings remotely anywhere you have an Internet connection. They’re handy for folks with fluctuating schedules or who tend to entertain clients, family members and other guests at home on an impromptu basis. Some smart thermostats have monitoring systems that track energy use in various circuits around the house, so you can make adjustments where needed. Before taking that plunge, consider smartphone apps that allow you to dim lights and control thermostats, power strips and other connected devices from your phone. Standby power, also called “vampire” or “phantom” power, is consumed when electrical devices idle in standby mode. These phantoms can suck the life out of your energy

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ollowing the conclusion of another successful concert season, with the Side Street Strutters concert in midMarch, the Punxsutawney Concert Association has moved forward with its annual subscription campaign for its schedule of shows for the 2013-14 concert year. Following the March concert, the association kicked off its campaign for the “Early Bird Special,” a limited-time promotion for reduced annual memberships. Until June 1, the special spring subscription period provides an opportunity for persons to enjoy a season of three concerts for $40. After June 1, annual adult memberships are $45 a season. Within its budget resources provided by individual subscribers at levels of patrons, benefactors, and the annual adult memberships, the diverse interests of area residents challenge the concert association. “Looking back over the many years since the local Concert Association was organized in the late 1930s, we have recognized that tastes and preferences for entertainment have changed,” commented Bessie Depp, subscription chairperson, “and the definition of ‘concert’ is defined by the entertainment interests of a different generation in our Punxsutawney area. We always have that in mind while booking a season of entertaining stage and musical experiences.” “The challenge of another year of slumping economy and increased costs for people is ahead of us,” added S. Thomas Curry, association president. “It’s the committed support of some special people who have remained excited about live entertainment that assures the continuation of a concert season each year. And we welcome new people to the experiences. Our mission is still the same, to provide a concert season 26 – Hometown Punxsutawney – May 2013 - Issue #151

of high level talent in the performing arts in a suitable venue for stage performances.” That mission also includes encouraging the arts in the Punxsutawney area school system. The season’s three concerts will be held in the Punxsutawney Area Senior High auditorium. For the 2013-2014 season the association will provide two performances

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friend or other family member when they are unable to attend, which guarantees an appreciative audience. For more information contact Bessie Depp, subscription chairperson, at 9385333 or the association president at 9388628. Brochures with applications are also available at campaign headquarters at Trailhead Gallery in downtown Punxsutawney. •••

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An editorial by Dale McFeatters for Hometown magazine he United States and, undoubtedly, other developed nations, too, are facing a crisis that is cruelly inevitable, unaffordable and, further, not one we can do much about — at least yet. The crisis is dementia and its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease. The most extensive and rigorous study of the costs of dementia finds that it is America’s most expensive disease, $109 billion a year in direct medical costs. This makes it more expensive than the $102 billion we spend on heart disease and the $77 billion on cancer. Many forms of cancer and heart disease can be treated and even cured. Although the pace of research into experimental drugs has stepped up, there is no treatment yet to slow the course of the disease, let alone reverse or cure it. The medical costs alone understate the true cost of dementia, according to the report by the Rand Center for the Study of Aging. Considering such factors as the lost wages of family caregivers, the true cost is


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Remember: Just because you invite her doesn’t mean she’ll come. Though you shouldn’t feel obligated, you should definitely give it some serious thought. Talk to your parents and other siblings (if any) about it and see what they think. Chances are, if you’re wondering whether to invite her, you probably should. But only you can really answer that question! (Carley Roney, co-founder and editor in chief of The Knot, the nation’s leading wedding resource, advises millions of brides on modern wedding etiquette at Got more questions? Visit for 800-plus answers on all things wedding.) •••

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Continued from previous page But what happens when every young bride is using Pinterest for inspiration? Anyone who's spent a few minutes looking at wedding pins will notice recurring ideas: rustic outdoor ceremonies, decor dominated by burlap and lace, Mason jars used for all sorts of things. Zion said she's trying to do her own thing, but there's only so many ways you can change some of these ideas. Based on how many pins she's seen that look similar ("I've pinned 50 centerpieces that look exactly the same," she said), she knows that other brides are bound to have the same ideas for their ceremonies. But Pinterest wedding boards don't just attract brides. Jennifer Bosse, 24, of Orlando, Fla., created a wedding board about four months ago after seeing a ton of wedding pins on the site. She's not planning a wedding. She doesn't have a boyfriend. But on Pinterest, that doesn't matter. "I was a little hesitant at first because I'm not at the point in my life where I'm planning a wedding, but I love weddings and I think they're such a happy and special occasion and I want to celebrate them," she said. "Also, I'm at an age where a lot of my friends are starting to get engaged and plan their weddings, so it's fun to keep up on trends and see what everyone else is doing." Like most young women who pin without a ring, she's saving things she likes for the day she does start planning. "I imagine if Pinterest is still around when I get engaged, I'll definitely reference my board for ideas," she said.

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(Editor’s Note: ‘From Our Past,’ reBy PRIDE searched by S. Thomas Curry, features for Hometown magazine items of interest from past editions of Punxsutawney and area newspapers.) on J. Johnston, D.M.D. Family Dentistry at 106 West Mahoning Street is April 14, 1870 ADV. — The coming exactly that — a family business prosession of the COVODE ACADEMY will viding dental services for families. open on Wednesday, April 20th, 1870 The Johnston family came to Punxunder the care of Prof. J. McCAUGHEY, sutawney in 1953 when Dr. Jon Johnston’s of Princeton College, New Jersey, Term, father, Paul “Rusty” Johnston, established 20 weeks. In addition to the regular Acathe original Johnston dental office in the demical Course special attention will be former Hunger Building. Since that time, given to the Training of Common School nearly every member of the Johnston famteachers. Tuition, $6 to $12, according to ily has worked in the office at one time or branches studied. Music extra. Boarding, another. Currently three family members and rooms for “baching,” very low. (Punxare active in the office: Dr. Jon and his sissutawney Plaindealer) ters, Joy Parsons, office manager, and CynApril 17, 1889 — C. F. Kenote has fitted die Shiock, dental assistant. In addition to up the rink building so that it is one of the family members, the staff includes dental finest looking buildings in that part of hygienists Heidi Jones and Olivia Jekielek, town. He has fully opened up his green and receptionist, Josie Juliette. grocery and is prepared to furnish his cusIn the 1980s, when Dr. Jon was in Dental tomers with all kinds of canned goods, School, his parents purchased the building fish, salt meats, vegetables, or in fact at 106 West Mahoning Street and moved everything in his line (Punxsutawney the business to the office suite on the secNews) ond floor. “We talked about moving off of MahonApril 20, 1871 — RUBBISH ON THE ing Street. However, after considering all STREET. - Persons should be extremely the options, we decided to stay in downcautious about throwing paper and other Dr. Jon J. Johnston Family Dentistry staff gathers in his office. (l. to r.) Heidi Jones, dental hygienist; Olivia town Punxsutawney. It is important for light articles upon the streets, which may Jekielek, dental hygienist, Joy Parsons, office manager; Cyndie Shiock, dental assistant; Dr. Jon Johnston, businesses to be downtown, and we enjoy be blown to and fro by every gale of wind. dentist and Josie Juliette, receptionist. having our office centrally located for conThat the practice is in the highest degree venience,” said Dr. Johnston. children and their parents manage necestients of all ages, many of who are multireprehensible may be inferred from the “In 2010, we moved the office from the sary changes in their dental hygiene pracgenerational families. Their focus is on fact that now runaways occur through second floor to the first floor and comtices to keep teeth healthy. Older adults and preventative care. rustling paper. The better way to dispose pletely remodeled the persons with chronic conditions also have In the Punxof such rubbish would be to put it into a interior of the buildspecial dental needs. Dry mouth, due to sutawney area, scrap bag or reduce it to ashes at once. ing. We now have five aging or medication, increases the likeliwhere most drink(Punxsutawney Plaindealer) up-to-date “operatohood of tooth decay and gum disease. ing water is not April 23, 1909 — J. W. Freas, proprietor ries” fully equipped There are ways to manage these conditions fluoridated, there is of the Star Theatre, yesterday leased the for the work we do, and maintain good oral health. Healthy a high rate of tooth Berry Cramer building, next door to the and enhanced with a teeth and gums are important when scheddecay among chilWilliams Installment House, Mahoning number of convenuling hospitalization for childbirth or major dren. Much of this Street, where he will install an ice cream iences for our pasurgery such as a knee replacement or other decay can be precone manufacturing plant. tients. We also gave major medical procedures. vented through Mr. Freas last year manufactured cones the building exterior a In addition to providing quality dental early intervention. in a small building to the rear of the thenew look. The Faircare for patients in the Punxsutawney area, According to Dr. atre, and although the establishment was man Center was Dr. Jon J. Johnston is active in the state and Johnston, the prikept running night and day he could not restoring the Eberhart national dental associations. He serves as a mary way to prefill half the orders that came to him unsoBuilding, and Fairmember of the American Dental Associavent early tooth licited. Anticipating a big trade the comlady & Co. had just tion’s Council on Dental Practice, which decay is through a ing season, Mr. Freas will install 30 ovens renewed the Weber supports dentists in their career develophealthy diet, good which will have a capacity, combined, of Building and we ment. At the state level he is past president dental hygiene and from 1,200 to 4,500 cones per day. Several wanted the exterior of of the Pennsylvania Dental Association regular visits to the experienced cone makers, boys and girls, our office to comple(PDA) and currently serves as chair of the dentist beginning will be employed. (Punxsutawney Spirit) ment theirs.” PDA Insurance Agency. Through his affilas early as a child’s Dr. Jon J. Johnston, April 26, 1905 — D. H. Clark, of the iation with these professional organizafirst birthday. Family Dentistry also trolley company, returned from a two tions, he is able to stay abreast of the latest As children grow describes their pracweek’s visit to Michigan yesterday. Durdevelopments in the field of dentistry. their dental health tice. The staff is coming his absence Mr. Clark entered into an Dr. Jon J. Johnston and his family invite needs change. Dr. mitted to making sure Dr. Johnston and Cyndie Shiock show one of the op- Johnston and the agreement with I. Gerson, of Detroit, forthose who are seeking to maintain their they provide the best eratories at their new facility. Each operatory is dental hygienists merly of this place, for the purchase of the dental health or in need of dental care to possible care for pa- equipped with modern dental equipment and a tele- are able to help Gerson lot which adjoins the Mambuca call 814-938-4210 for an appointment. vision monitor designed for patient comfort. property on North Findley Street. 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