Archive - Jun 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There were some happy campers at the Punxsutawneyâ€™s Fire Departmentâ€™s Old Home Week carnival grounds Wednesday morning, as a group from Camp Friendship ate food and rode rides at the annual free event.
Every summer during Old Home Week, the fire department and J&J Amusements open the midway up and allow the campers â€” who range from age six up to 44 years of age â€” to ride the rides and eat for free, said April Barrick, co-director of Camp Friendshipâ€™s Punxsy Camp.
BROOKVILLE â€” To save taxpayer money and provide better 911 service, eight area counties have formed a cooperative arrangement that will bring about a new 911 switching system.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County commissioners entered into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the establishment of the Northern Tier Regional Telecommunications Project with Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties for establishing and maintaining emergency 911 telephone systems within the territorial units of the participating counties.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â With a team returning 11 of the 13 members from last year's 10- and 11-year-old District X Little League baseball All-Star Champions, Punxsy wasted no time getting back into the swing of things Tuesday in the opening round of this year's 11- and 12-year-old tournament with a 12-2, four-inning victory over Brockway on home turf.
After the game, Punxsy head coach Brad Gigliotti struggled to come up with anything his team needed to improve on in the one day of practice it has before taking to the road Thursday against St. Marys in the second round of the winners' bracket.
He wasnâ€™t fire breathing, but the spinning dragon ride on the J&J Amusements midway is big, green and friendly. Here (from left), Nicholas and Olivia Gordon; and Lauren Kent of Punxsy, take a ride on the dragon Tuesday during the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâ€™s Old Home Week Carnival, which continues from 6 to 11 p.m. every night through Saturday at the carnival grounds behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza. For more photos, check out the online photo gallery.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The first weekend of July will see â€” and hear â€” more music this summer, even after the conclusion of the Groundhog Festival.
This summer, former members of any instrumental group from Punxsutawney Area High School are invited to take part in the first-ever PHS Alumni Band, with a rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, July 7, and a performance Sunday, July 8.
To learn how to participate, see the bottom of this story.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a mock check to the county commissioners during the June 26 meeting.
The check, in the amount of $630,812, represented the amount of money school retirees saved the county through the 29,532 hours members volunteered last year in a wide variety of civic, non-profit and charitable organizations.Â
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.
DUBOIS â€” With a three-day rest and the tournament's king seed on the line, Punxsy and DuBois' 11- and 12-year-old softball All-Stars faced off in the winners' bracket championship game Monday evening in DuBois.
And behind a two-run sixth inning, DuBois earned a come-from-behind win to advance to the District X final Friday.
After the game, Punxsy head coach Mike Ishman attributed the loss to a couple simple concepts: DuBois got the hits when it needed them, and Punxsy made a few too many mistakes and didn't get the hits when it needed them most.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Working at the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week Celebration is a family tradition for many of the vendors for J&J Amusements.
"My family has been working in the carnival business since the late 1800s," said Fran Freeborn of Beaver Falls, operator of the dime toss game for J&J Amusements, at Old Home Week carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.
Freeborn, 71, said she was about 17 years old when she first began working at Old Home Week.
Monday, these youngsters â€” (clockwise from left) Elizabeth Smith, Kaitlyn Lowmaster, Anna Newman, John Mizerock, Gabriell Peles, Rachel Houser and Hannah Fetterman â€” were helping staff members from the Playhouse Children's Center sort plastic ducks for the upcoming Duck Derby, set for 11 a.m. Sunday, July 8, at the George C. Brown Community Pool.