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Seven strong: 7 Punxsy wrestlers states-bound

March 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For a group of 14 Punxsy area wrestlers, the feat of making the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) Area V tournament last weekend in Clarion was an accomplishment in itself. More impressively, seven of those 14 qualifiers aren't quite finished wrestling yet.

Punxsy was especially successful in a pair of age brackets, with four grapplers advancing to the PJW State Championship Tournament in the 13- and 14-year-old brackets and three in the nine- and 10-year-olds. States will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hershey Park Arena in Hershey.

The Zak Zone

March 21, 2012

If there is one thing this fantastically appropriate spring weather gets me in the mood for, it's baseball season.

Since I was a little boy, I have started to feel the itch in mid-February.

Wishing for warmer days, I'd begin to fantasize of home runs and no-hitters, looking forward to the first day of the season, when I could tuck myself under my blankets at night and listen to the Pirates games on lower-than-usual volume so as to not bother my parents while I was supposed to be sleeping.

Gerald William “Bill” Barnett, 87

March 21, 2012

Gerald William “Bill” Barnett, 87, of the Stanton area, Brookville, died Tuesday, March 21, 2012, at McKinley Health Center.

He was born May 12, 1924, in New Bethlehem, a son of the late Merle Blair and Blanche Laura (Cathcart) Barnett.

Sept. 16, 1949, he married the former Bertha “Jean” Kennedy, who survives. They enjoyed 62 years of good marriage.

Mr. Barnett was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, in the 104th Infantry division.

He worked as a truck driver at Reed Milling for more than 37 years, delivering feed to many area farmers.

Lucy R. Stefanelli, 87

March 21, 2012

Lucy R. Stefanelli, 87, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe.

She was born in 1924 in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Felice and Giovanna (Manacchio) Ciccone.

Mrs. Stefanelli was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux R.C. Church, Indiana, and the Catholic Daughters of America.

During World War II, she worked for Federal Lab making shells and flares, while awaiting the return of her soldier fiancé, Angelo Stefanelli. Following the war, they were married Jan. 24, 1946, and shared 61 years together until his death in 2007.

Council member suggests looking into solar energy for borough buildings

March 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As energy prices continue to rise, a newly-elected member of Punxsutawney Borough Council had a suggestion on how the borough can save money during these high-cost times.

Eric Story said as an experiment, he set up solar panels and ran the wires to a circuit breaker box for safety. The experiment — using solar energy, he said — has saved him money and could be used in some of the borough’s buildings.

Story said when the green lights are flashing on the inverter box, it shows him that the solar panels are working and creating electricity.

Commissioners proclaim ‘Mentor Parent Program Week’ in county

March 21, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Kim Rhodes, executive director for the Mentor Parent Program said bullying has become an “epidemic.”

To address the need she has seen first-hand in the community, her program will host a bullying walkathon this year that will take place in Jefferson County.

“Bullying is a big thing across the board and across the world,” Rhodes said.

The Mentor Parent Program is a community-based parent project created in 1989 by parents of children with special needs to support, assist and provide expertise to parents in rural northwest Pennsylvania.

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