Archive - May 28, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Entering the season, the Punxsy Chucks baseball team put the number out there from the start: Nine.
In 2011, the Chucks earned their eighth-consecutive District IX title, and this year, the expectation was to put themselves in a position to pick up number nine.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A torrential downpour knocked down branches across town Sunday evening and chased the Lady Chucks softball team inside for practice.
But despite the rain, Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said the squad had one very good reason to squeeze in the practice while it still could: A very worthy opponent.
The Lady Chucks will face St. Marys today in the D-IX Class AAA Softball Championship.
Punxsutawney senior Brody Morgan was the only competitor for the Chucks during the second day of the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships. Going into the event, Morgan was seeded 16th, as his best throw of the season 179-7.Saturday, Morgan threw the javelin 160-9 for 21st overall. The winner of Morgan's event was Billy Stanley, of South Park, who threw 246-9, setting a new state record in the event. His throw was farther even than the NFHS record of 244-2, set by Sam Crouser, of Central Dauphin.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A violent storm the evening before spared Punxsutawney its wrath during Memorial Day, as veterans and citizens gathered in Barclay Square to honor those in the armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Also, during the annual Memorial Day parade, a handful of local veterans â in tribute to their service to their country â took part in the parade aboard two authentic World War II vehicles.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It wasn't a tornado, but it was as close as you could get when a storm with wind gusts clocking in at over 60 mph blew through Jefferson County around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, ripping trees right out of the ground and taking power, cable television and phone lines down with it.
"This storm was spread throughout Jefferson County, and the wind was definitely up to 60 mph," said Charlie Hoeh, Punxsutawney Emergency Management coordinator.
BIG RUN â The featured speaker for the Big Run Memorial Day service at Fairview Cemetery had a very personal experience when it comes to remembering those who lost their lives while fighting to protect freedom around the world.
"I have spent the majority of my life with young people," said Ron Ploucha, a retired math teacher, member of the Inner Circle and the Elks.
Ploucha said he grew up in the 1950s and early 60s.
"If you wonder what life was like back then, just watch a few episodes of âLeave It To Beaver,â" he said. "Life was simple and carefree, or so I thought."
Jerry M. Wells, 79, Rossiter, died Sunday, May 27, 2012, at home.
He was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Austintown, Ohio, a son of the late Lewis and Grace (Delp) Wells.
Dec. 31, 1954, he married Nettie L. Calvert Wells, who preceded him in death Oct. 23, 2008.
Mr. Wells retired as a final repairman for the General Motors Lordstown Plant in Youngstown, Ohio, after 20 years of service.
He was Protestant by faith.
Mr. Wells was a veteran, having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Harry M. Manners, 97, Cloe, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at Wellington Heights, Punxsutawney.
He was born Aug. 12, 1914, in Albion, a son of the late John Albert and Katy Arminta (Himes) Manners.
May 11, 1942, he married Wilma Yohe, who survives, of Big Run. They lived in Cloe for 68 years.
He was employed as a carman and wreckmaster by the B&O/C&O railroad for 35 years and retired from there in 1975.
He served as a PA State Constable and Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff for many years.
Mr. Manners enjoyed playing baseball, hunting, fishing, bowling and golfing.
John Clair Woods Sr., 73, Rossiter, died Monday, May 28, 2012, at home.
He was born Sept. 21, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John Allen and Edith May (Oaks) Woods.
July 15, 1967, he married the former Lillian Jane Hill, who survives.
Mr. Woods was a member of the Faith Fellowship Church.
He was also a member of the Rossiter American Legion.
Mr. Woods worked as a tree trimmer for Penn Lines and Asplundh. In recent years, he was a driver for the Amish.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and in his younger days, he was a boxer in New York.