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Incumbents survive

May 17, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Republican and Democratic incumbent candidates for Jefferson County commissioner withstood a strong challenge from a field of nine candidates for the sought-after posts.

Incumbent Paul Corbin was the top vote-getter on the Republican ballot, with 2,799 votes, or 32 percent of the vote. Fellow incumbent James P. McIntyre received 2,336 votes, or 26 percent.

Challenger Paul A. Bishop received 1,057 votes (12 percent).

Corbin and McIntyre’s names will appear on the November ballot as the top two Republicans.

Corbin, McIntyre weather challenge from within party

May 17, 2011

BROOKVILLE — What looked to be a tightly-contested race for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners in the Republican primary election turned into a runaway for incumbents Paul Corbin and James McIntrye.

The Tuesday election saw Corbin and McIntyre receive 2,799 and 2,336 votes, respectively. Those totals outpaced their Republican rivals, including Paul Bishop (1,057 votes), David Black (996) and Ira Sunderland (929).

Corbin and McIntyre both expressed gratitude to their voting constituents, and saw the primary victories as affirmation that they are performing their duties well.

Van Dyke & Company, Mahoning Valley Ballet prepare showcase

May 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet will present a Dance Showcase 2011 featuring “The Red Shoes,” at 7 p.m. Friday at Punxsutawney Area Middle School.

The Dance Showcase 2011 will feature the ballet, modern, jazz and tap students from Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet.

Featured will be senior dancers Taylor Hopkins and Samantha Osikowicz with choreography by April Astorino, Nancy Jones, Melanie McBee, Sarah Parker and guest artists Todd Englander and Trevor Runco.

Meterko, Byars lead Chucks into districts

May 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Senior A.J. Meterko, junior Kevin Byars and the Punxsy boys' track and field team's 4x800 relay squad enter Thursday's District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championship meet in Brookville as the Chucks' No. 1 seeds.

Meterko has the best shot of heading to states, as individually, he is seeded No. 1 in two events and No. 2 in another.

Punxsy to rely on distance runners at districts

May 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy girls' track and field team's strength in numbers in the distance events will be a key at Thursday's District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championship meet in Brookville.

Punxsy senior Milea Schall, a two-time cross country district champion, is the top seed in the 3,200-meter run. She is Punxsy's best shot at sending a competitor to next weekend's state championships.

Schall's seeded time of 11:39.48 is more than a half-minute better than Bradford senior Myriah Wiseman (12:13.90). Not too far behind is another Punxsy senior — Shannon Byerly (12:22.74).

Donald Joseph DeSandro, 84

May 17, 2011

Donald Joseph DeSandro, 84, Sun City West, Ariz., passed away peacefully with his wife, Ann, and son Brad at his side May 4, 2011, at the Hospice of the Valley after an extended and valiant battle with COPD.

He was born May 29, 1962, the eldest of four children born to Elmer and Dora (Test) DeSandro.

Upon graduating from Punxsutawney Area High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he enrolled in Penn State University and graduated in 1950 with an industrial engineering degree. He then served as an officer in the Air Force Reserves.

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