Archive - Dec 31, 2011
Story of the year: Mesoraco receives his dream call
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 2011 was a whirlwind year for former PAHS â and current Cincinnati Reds' â catcher Devin Mesoraco and his loyal, local fans and one during which his dream of playing in the Majors became a reality.
When Mesoraco hit an eighth-inning home run during the first week of spring training with the Cincinnati Reds March 2, manager Dusty Baker said that the slugger hit the ball a mile, maybe even a mile-and-a-half.
â˘ After nearly seven years of planning, the Area Transportation Authority broke ground and started its 140-day construction schedule. A ceremony was held to kick off construction of ATAâs Punxsutawney Transit Center.
â˘ Foxâs Pizza Denâs âPizza & Preventionâ fund-raiser beat its previous yearâs record with more than $31,000 raised for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
With help from members of the fire department, Foxâs Pizza Den sold 3,444 Big Daddy Pizzas, a 12-percent increase from 3,072 pizzas in 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Did you miss Groundhog Brew this year? Well, in the waning days of 2011 and the early days of 2012, itâs back.
This week, the Straub Brewing Company of St. Marys introduced its 2011 batch of Groundhog Brew, the breweryâs amber lager, as opposed to the light beer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Phil Mennitti never thought heâd write a book, but all it took was a bit of inspiration.
Motivated by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, Mennitti, who works for the Punxsutawney Area School District, wrote âA Commonerâs Guide to Defeating the Aristocracy,â a book about Wall Streetâs influence on the government and how its influence has destroyed the highest standard of living in the world.
âI was kind of inspired (by the OWS Movement) because I saw that everybody else felt the way I did,â he said. âAnd it didnât die off. It kept growing â day after day.â