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From foes to allies: It's that time of year again

June 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Although it seems to many as if the season was just beginning yesterday, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League's regular season schedule is starting to wind down for the 2012 campaign.

One group in particular — the 11- and 12-year-old girls' softball division — actually concludes its regular season a bit earlier than the rest, with the regular schedule ending this coming week.

With the end of each regular season comes an exciting time: The selection of the respective division's All-Star team.

Former owner of closed KFC stores alleges harassment, discrimination

June 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — When the doors to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Punxsutawney closed in March, it signified only the beginning of numerous closings for a local franchise.

KFC restaurants in Brookville, DuBois and Clarion recently followed suit after several disputes between the stores’ franchisee and KFC Corporate.

Ganesh Rao and his wife, Gita Rao, of Rao’s Hospitality felt forced to close the stores, which number 14, after experiencing what he feels was “harassment and discrimination” from KFC Corporate.

Because of the closings, 239 jobs were lost.

Alvin Kendall’s garden features fountain, bridge, anti-Y2K cannon

June 8, 2012

BIG RUN — Alvin Kendall doesn’t spend the fall and winter planning what will go into his garden during the spring and summer.

“I start early when the weather fits,” he said at his home along Main Street in Big Run. “I have no schedules.”

Kendall’s schedule-less work plan has paid off, as it has been cited as the Punxsutawney Garden Club’s “Garden of the Month” for May, and the first of 2012.

Born, raised and still living in Big Run, Kendall has lived in his house since 1964, where the backyard was previously a vegetable garden, “but I don’t play with vegetables,” he said.

Parnell Grant Reed, 89

June 8, 2012

Parnell Grant Reed, 89, Punxsutawney, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at DRMC, DuBois.

He was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Timblin, a son of the late Robert and Leona (Wonderling) Reed.

Dec. 24, 1941, he married Iona Grace (Hawk) Reed, who preceded him in death Dec. 25, 2007. They were married for 66 years.

Mr. Reed worked in the coal mines in the early part of their marriage, and was then employed by the B&O and the C&O railroads as a brakeman until his retirement after 38 years of service.

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