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SADD Club uses mock crash to show real-life trauma

April 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — PAHS students got an eyeful Friday morning through the annual “Prom Promise” mock crash, sponsored by the school’s SADD Club.
Tpr. Bruce A. Morris, Ridgway-based Pennsylvania State Police community relations officer, said the simulated crash helps to illustrate the message of the dangers of drinking and driving.

Morris said many young people don’t understand what happens from the initial impact of a crash through possible dealings with the court system. The mock crash brings home as to how long it takes; how many people are involved; and the response time.

‘Big’ month of May in Jefferson County

April 29, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed the month of May as Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Month in the county.

Attending the proclamation meeting were Heidi Stahl-necker, BBBS program coordinator for Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties, and LuAnn McMackin of the Guidance Center, which oversees the local program.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is a proven effective program and is one of the oldest prevention programs around,” Stahlnecker said, citing statistics that indicate program benefits.

Crago throws CG, homers during Punxsy win

April 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Once she settled in, Curwensville wasn't going to stop Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago Friday afternoon at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.

Crago allowed a run on two hits and two walks during the first inning before she controlled the Lady Golden Tide during the final six innings of the Punxsy softball team's 7-1 victory.

Crago also produced offensively for the Lady Chucks (6-0). She hit a two-run home run during Punxsy's three-run fifth inning that extended the team's lead to 6-1.

MESORACO WATCH

April 29, 2011

Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco returned to form and bumped his 2011 average back above .300 after he hit .421 this week.

Mesoraco, a 2007 first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds, batted 8-for-19 during six games with the Class AAA Louisville Bats this week. He improved his average from .256 to .306 following the successful week.

Saturday, he started the week with a 1-for-3 game that included a double and two strikeouts. He followed that game up with his first of three multi-hit performances this week.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

April 29, 2011

Rachel M. Melillo, 80

April 29, 2011

Rachel M. Melillo, 80, Brookville, died, Friday, April 29, 2011, in Brookville.

She was born June 14, 1930, in Walston, a daughter of the late Ralph and Sarah (Chido) Cardamone.

June 11, 1955, in Walston, she married Eugene Melillo, who preceded her in death April 7, 1993.

Mrs. Melillo was a homemaker and special “Mommy Rae” and “Nana” to many children whom she lovingly cared for in her home for many years.

She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Brookville, the Altar Rosary Society at the church and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Athletes try to remain positive, dry during wet sports season

April 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — First-year PAHS girls’ track and field coach Barry Young has a message for his athletes stuck on the bus or under shelter when the skies open up, as they have often this spring.

“There’s nothing you can do about it, so try to keep a positive attitude,” he said Thursday, one of the few days rain didn’t fall.
When asked what the rain gauge in his backyard said Thursday night, Charles Hoeh, the borough’s emergency management supervisor, replied, “Swim.”

County leaders explain budgeting process

April 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Taxpayers United for Representation Now (TURN) organized a public educational meeting to explain how the county commissioners determine the county’s budget and property tax rates.

Attending the meeting, which was held Thursday evening at the Lindsey Fire Hall, were commissioners Paul Corbin, Jim McIntyre and Jeff Pisarcik, along with candidates for commissioner David Black, Ira Sunderland and Paul Bishop.

Punxsy duo brings one-two punch to Golden Eagles

April 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Clarion University softball team has received a much-needed offensive punch, as Punxsutawney Area High School's No. 3 and 4 hitters recently chose the Lady Eagles as the college they will attend next year.

Punxsy seniors Shawnna Crago and Taylor Powell have decided upon Clarion, and both will begin to compete for the Lady Eagles next spring.

Powell, who will major in business, was the first of the two girls to pick Clarion. She chose Clarion over Penn State-The Behrend College, and that choice came down to a number of factors.

Very Rev. Gregory Allen Kirsch, J.C.L., V.F., 55

April 29, 2011

The Very Rev. Gregory Allen Kirsch, J.C.L., V.F., 55, who was currently serving as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Houtzdale and at Immaculate Conception Parish in Madera, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Clearfield Hospital.

He was born May 29, 1955, in Clearfield, a son of the late Clair Joseph and Ruth Ermina (Feighner) Kirsch. 

He attended St. Francis School from 1961 to 1969, then attended St. Francis High School, graduating in 1973.

Fr. Kirsch attended the Pennsylvania State University from 1973 to 1975 and then entered St. Mark Seminary, Erie.

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