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 ATAâ€™s Punxsutawney Transit Center.
â€˘ Foxâ€™s Pizza Denâ€™s â€śPizza & Preventionâ€ť fund-raiser beat its previous yearâ€™s record with more than $31,000 raised for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
With help from members of the fire department, Foxâ€™s 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, itâ€™s back.
This week, the Straub Brewing Company of St. Marys introduced its 2011 batch of Groundhog Brew, the breweryâ€™s amber lager, as opposed to the light beer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Phil Mennitti never thought heâ€™d 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 â€śA Commonerâ€™s Guide to Defeating the Aristocracy,â€ť a book about Wall Streetâ€™s influence on the government and how its influence has destroyed the highest standard of living in the world.
â€śI was kind of inspired (by the OWS Movement) because I saw that everybody else felt the way I did,â€ť he said. â€śAnd it didnâ€™t die off. It kept growing â€” day after day.â€ť