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Archive - Mar 31, 2011

After strong spring, Mesoraco to begin at Triple-A with major league call-up in mind

March 31, 2011

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — When Punxsy native Devin 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, a mile-and-a-half.

The home run broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Reds a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The lengthy blast was the first of many impressive spring training cuts from Mesoraco, who is primed to make the jump to the majors for the first time this season.

Smith: Bill would not hurt rural districts

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Will reducing the number of legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives actually help to streamline the legislative process?

That’s what state House Speaker Sam Smith, of Punxsutawney, believes, as he has introduced a bill to begin the lengthy process required to reduce the size of the 203-member chamber by about 25 percent.

Harry Barnett stays faithful to Variety Show for almost 50 years

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For almost 50 years, Harry Barnett has faithfully attended the Variety Show, and this year was not one to miss.

Walking into the debut of the Class of 2011’s show Thursday night, Barnett reminisced about his own class’ Variety Show in 1962.

“Our 1962 Variety Show had the theme, ‘Going On a Sentimental Journey,’ with ‘Sentimental Journey’ being the class song,” he said.

Students’ podcast project shows ability beyond their years

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students in Lisa Keller’s third-grade class at Longview Elementary School demonstrated Wednesday their successful use of copyright, reading and technology, all wrapped up in one project.
“I’ve watched technology at the high school, and have seen many good programs, but Mrs. Keller’s class just blew me away,” Longview Principal Travis Monroe said.

Hospital singles out not one doctor, but diversity for Docs’ Day

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Rather than choosing a single physician for Doctors’ Day this year, Punxsutawney Area Hospital chose to celebrate the diversity of all doctors employed in Punxsy.

Many would expect the doctors employed at Punxsutawney Area Hospital to be from western Pennsylvania.

However, as Dan Blough, hospital CEO, noted, using a map arrayed with push pins, the doctors are from various parts of the world, showing much diversity at the local hospital.

Red push-pins on the map depicted where each doctor was born, while blue pins displayed the medical schools they attended.

Lloyd G. Williams, 96

March 31, 2011

Lloyd G. Williams, 96, Johnstown, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Arbutus Park Manor, Johnstown.
He was born Nov. 2, 1914, in Spangler, a son of George S. and Bertha (Breth) Williams.

Nov. 5, 1939, he married Lucille E. Worrell, who preceded him in death Nov. 24, 1994.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II in Southeast Asia Theatre.

Mr. Williams was a member of St. David’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Davidsville, as well as the Punxsutawney B.P.O. Elks No. 301, the American Legion and the VFW.

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