Archive - Jun 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For the first time, the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs Old Home Week Committee will welcome a free concert by country-rock band Ridinâ Shotgun, which will perform at 7 p.m. tonight at the carnival grounds behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.
The band has been together for five years and performed at various functions throughout the Punxsy area.
According to guitarist Ray âPokeâ Long, last year, the group opened for The Clarks at the Dayton Fair, and has performed on the local club scene, at the Reynoldsville Street Fair and the Farmersâ Market in Punxsy.
A large group of happy campers from Camp Friendship, Reynoldsville, are shown at the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs Old Home Week Carnival Wednesday, saying thank you to those who participate in the Run/Walk for Someone Special, which pays for camp every year.
Thursday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club gathered at the country club to recognize special award-winners, to welcome incoming officers and thank outgoing officers, and to celebrate its accomplishments over the past few months.
Paul Leon (Poke) Heitzenrater, 72, of Annapolis, Md., and Punxsutawney, died Monday, June 25, 2012, at home.
He was born April 20, 1940, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Vaughn H. and Ethel J. (Bodenhorn) Heitzenrater
Dec. 20, 1965, he married Ruth Ann (Whitesell) Heitzenrater, who survives.
Mr. Heitzenrater graduated in 1958 from the Punxsutawney Area High School.
During high school, he worked for Fleckâs Beverages.
After graduation, he worked at Freas Brothers Garage before joining the U.S. Navy in 1959.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ Although Punxsy was the host for Wednesday evening's nine- and 10-year-old All-Star game against St. Marys, the coin toss before the game determined that St. Marys would be the home team, and thus get last at-bats. But Punxsy used the momentum that came with a big first inning to go on to earn a 6-3 victory over St. Marys in a game the host never trailed.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Alli Ishman threw her second no-hitter of the 11- and 12-year-old softball All-Star tournament to out-duel fellow pitcher Maddie Loutzenheiser â who didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning âÂ in Punxsy's 2-0 win over Warren in the District X losers' bracket final Wednesday in Punxsutawney.
With the win, Punxsy set up a rematch with DuBois, which knocked Punxsy into the losers' bracket Monday with a walk-off, 3-2 victory. Punxsy hopes to avenge the loss to DuBois Friday, when it travels there for the second time this week, and set up a rubber match for the District X crown.
BROOKVILLE â Punxsy's power proved to be too much for the Brookville All-Star squad to handle Wednesday night in Brookville, as Punxsy defeated Brookville 26-9 after five innings.
Punxsy batted first and came out hot right from the get-go. In the first inning, Madison Stonbraker had an RBI-triple to center field to score the first run of the game.
Jessica Lisa followed with an RBI of her own to bring Stonbraker home. The next five batters â Laney Monroe, Tagen Ludwig, Haley Maines, Abby Gemmell and Abbi Riskus â were all walked to bring in another four runs.
Isabella S. Green, 95, a guest at the Jefferson Manor and formerly of Brookville, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at Brookville Hospital.
She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Vernon G. and Mertie (Ramer) Stewart.
Aug. 9, 1947, she married Joseph John Green, who preceded her in death April 21, 1988.
Mrs. Green was a homemaker and worked for the Brookville Glove Factory in her early years. During World War II, she moved to and worked in a factory in Philadelphia that made bomb making sites.
Mildred Louise (Priester) Shaffer, 87, Valier, died Monday, June 25, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born July 27, 1924, in McCalmont Township.
Oct. 10, 1942, she married Clinton Eugene Shaffer, who preceded her in death Jan. 13, 1993.
She previously worked at Sportswear and the Adrian Hospital. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and a former member of Eastern Star.
Her enjoyments were being at home with her family, cooking and cleaning.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved the 2012-13 general fund budget with no tax increase at Wednesdayâs voting meeting.
The board voted 6-1 to approve the $38,650,241 budget, with board President Gary Conrad, Vice-President Francis J. Molinaro and board members Lesa Conner, Jim Baun, Melissa Snyder and Roberta Dinsmore voting yes, and Jack White voting no.
Board members Penny Pifer and Bob Pascuzzo were excused from Wednesdayâs meeting.