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Gerald Gilbert Waite, 67

August 31, 2011

Gerald Gilbert Waite, 67, Punxsutawney, formerly of Frenchville, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.

He was born July 20, 1944, in Madera, a son of the late Orrie and Ethel Mae (Wilks) Waite.

July 25, 1964, he married the former Darlene Kay Randolph, who survives.

Mr. Waite was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Punxsutawney.

He worked as a plumber and maintenance man for the West Branch School District and Allied Mechanical in State College.

Sarah Straitiff, 86

August 31, 2011

Sarah Straitiff, 86, Brookville, formerly of Coolspring, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

She was born July 6, 1925, in Johnsonburg, a daughter of the late George and Anna M. (Updyke) Geer.

She was married to Leonard E. Straitiff, who preceded her in death Feb. 13, 2003.

Mrs. Straitiff was employed as an assembly worker at Sylvania in Brookville, and she also worked for the Brookville Glove Company.

She was a member of the Brookville Senior Citizens and the Coolspring United Methodist Church, where she had previously served as church treasurer.

REDS CALL UP MESORACO

August 31, 2011

LOUISVILLE — Punxsutawney Area High School graduate Devin Mesoraco received the call every Little League baseball player dreams of Wednesday afternoon: He’s been called up to the Major Leagues.

According to family sources, Mesoraco was in Louisville preparing for the Cincinnati Reds’ AAA-affiliate Bats’ game Wednesday when he received news that he wouldn’t be playing Wednesday night, and he’d be officially called up for Cincinnati’s 12:30 p.m. contest against the Philadelphia Phillies today in Cincinnati.

After his first year, Wolfe looks back, looks forward

August 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you think that the last year went by quickly, ask Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe: He says his first year as chief administrator of a large rural school district flew right by him.

Wolfe said his first year was smooth, and it helped that the district was left in good financial shape by his predecessor, Dr. J. Thomas Frantz, who retired at the end of 2009-10 school year.

“This was my first year as a superintendent, but quite honestly, it was one of the best years that I’ve had as an administrator,” Wolfe said.

Cunningham Road reopens today after Young Township project

August 31, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Today’s the day you can see what type of improvements Young Township made to Cunningham Road this summer, as the road has reopened to traffic.

Young Township Supervisor Andrew R. Meterko said the road was completely relocated, thanks to Robert and Barb Hanley, who approved a right-of-way with the township which allowed it to be moved from its former location.

Meterko said the road construction project eliminated two 90-degree turns that were part of the old dirt road, with much of the work performed by township workers and several contractors.

BREAKING NEWS: Cincy Reds call up Mesoraco

August 31, 2011

CINCINNATI — According members of his family, Devin Mesoraco has been called up by the Cincinnati Reds after spending this season with the AAA-affiliate Louisville Bats.

The Bats are scheduled to play this evening, but according to his dad, Doug, Devin will not play.

Mesoraco is scheduled to appear at the Reds' game against the Phillies at 12:35 p.m. Thursday.

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