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Archive - May 2011

May 9th

Georgieann Gaston, 64

May 9, 2011

Georgieann Gaston, 64, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011, at her home.

Mrs. Gaston was born Feb. 19, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late George and Eleanor (Barnoff) Stamler.

She was married to Shawn B. Gaston, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

May 8th

Way Back When

May 8, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
February 19, 1896

Jesse Foltz has returned from the Pacific coast. He says this country is good enough for him. The only town between here and San Francisco, he declares, that is livelier than Punxsutawney, is Cripple Creek, Colorado.
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Jeff Tech works out $7.3 million budget

May 8, 2011

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — The Jeff Tech Operating Committee at a recent meeting approved the proposed $7.3 million budget for the 2011-12 school year, which includes some major reductions or the freezing of certain categories of spending.

Sherry Hassleman, Jeff Tech business manager, presented the budget and said that 81 percent of the budget is salaries and benefits, while 94 percent of the costs are fixed and can't be changed, since they are needed to run the school.

Punxsy's Monoskey has thrown at a record-setting pace at PSU-Behrend

May 8, 2011

ERIE — When Punxsutawney native Katie Monoskey arrived at Penn State-Behrend three years ago, the Lions' track and field team didn't have a hammer thrower.

Head coach Greg Cooper, who recruited Monoskey, approached her to see if she would be interested in competing in the event.

Monoskey had experience in the three high school throwing events — discus, shot put and javelin — and wasn't against trying new things. She also wanted to focus on something more than the discus, which was her favorite event at the time.

Lady Chucks drop tough decision at DuBois, 5-4

May 8, 2011

DUBOIS— Punxsy softball had a two run lead and was three outs away from beating DuBois Saturday, but couldn't hold on and fell 5-4.

Shawnna Crago pitched for the Lady Chucks, struck out five batters and walked four over 6 1/3 innings pitched.

Two of Crago's walks were intentional.

Hannah Neal and Taylor Powell both drove in runs for Punxsy.

The Lady Chucks (8-2) led throughout and had a strong showing at the plate.

In the first inning, Punxsy took a 2-0 lead after Neal scored on a wild pitch and Powell drove in Ashley Barenchik on a sacrifice fly.

Schall goes the distance, wins in Altoona

May 8, 2011

ALTOONA— Competing against some of the best competition Punxsutawney girls' track and field has faced all season Saturday in Altoona at the 62nd Annual West Central Coaches Invitational, senior Milea Schall proved she was one of the best.

Schall won the 3,200-meter run (11:39.48), giving the Punxsy its only champion at the event.

Punxsy competed against 55 schools, 17 from Class AAAA or AAA schools, with 38 Class AA school competing.

Schall also was a member of the 4x800 relay team, which finished in seventh place.

Randall L. Sharp, 63

May 8, 2011

Randall L. Sharp, 63, Dudley, N.C., formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at his home after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. 

He was born Jan. 18, 1948, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of Clifford and Marion Sharp.

Mr. Sharp was an accomplished athlete at Jamestown High School, where he starred as a tailback in football and a sprinter in track.

He then went to Clarion University, where he continued his football career. 

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Sharp was a longtime self-employed carpenter in Punxsutawney and then in Dudley, N.C.  

May 6th

Depp dazzles in shutout of Clearfield, 7-0

May 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For as well as junior Randa Depp pitched Friday against Clearfield, it doesn't appear as if the Punxsy softball team will be suffering through a losing streak anytime soon.

Depp pitched her second complete-game shutout against at District IX Class AAA opponent this week, and the Lady Chucks bounced back from their first defeat this season with a 7-0 victory over the Lady Bisons.

The junior followed up her last start — which was a three-hit shutout of St. Marys Monday — by recording a four-hitter Friday. She didn't walk a batter and struck out four.

MESORACO WATCH

May 6, 2011

Punxsutawney baseball standout and Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco reached base eight times during six games this past week while batting .250 with the Class AAA Louisville Bats.

Mesoraco, who is a 2007 first-round draft pick with the Reds, once again saw his batting average dip below .300 after the week.

Through 25 games this season, the slugger is hitting .293 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. After hitting three home runs and driving in eight during his first eight games, Mesoraco has not hit a home run and has four RBIs in his last 17 games since that hot start.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

May 6, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported an incident of sexual abuse against children that...
BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council planted a new ordinance in the code book and mowed down an old one at the same time...
The women of the SS.C.D. Martha and Mary Ministry are hard at work making prayer shawls, comfort pillowcases and cancer...
Punxsy’s Minor League Softball All-Stars were playing in their second winner-take-all championship...
The 2014 Punxsutawney Minor League Softball All-Stars defeated a tough Union City team, 1-0 on...
After fighting their way back through the bracket to the championships, Punxsy’s Minor League...

 

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