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Fireworks for the Fourth

July 4, 2012

The sky was aglow Wednesday night with this impressive Fourth of July fireworks display as part of the annual Groundhog Festival.

The fireworks show was sponsored by Thermal-Gard Building Products and local distributor Burke & Sons.

One win away: LLSB All-Stars cruising through Sectionals

July 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Coming out of a difficult district — where it had to face fellow powerhouses DuBois and Warren — Punxsy's Little League softball All-Stars know they were lucky to have such solid competition.

And Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Section 1 Tournament hosted by Punxsutawney, the home squad showed the benefit of playing the stout competition early in the tournament with a pair of fairly comfortable wins over Franklin Tuesday and McLane Wednesday.

The Zak Zone

July 4, 2012

The mid-summer heat that has been smothering the area over the past week or so is an obvious reminder: We are in the midst of the dog days of summer.

And with All-Star baseball and softball in full swing — congrats to the 11- and 12-year-old softball team on its run to the Section 1 final already and good luck to the numerous other teams still competing — and the Legion and Fed League schedules nearing playoff time, baseball is heavy on my mind.

Today's Groundhog Festival Schedule

July 4, 2012

10 a.m. — Registration for Three Wheel Race (ages three to four). Racing over a designated course, all races.

10:30 a.m. — Registration for Three Wheel Race II (ages five, six, seven). Racing over a designated course.

10:30 a.m. — Three Wheel Race I.

11 a.m. — Three Wheel Race II.

11 a.m. — Registration for Scooter Race (ages seven, eight, nine)
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, Coach
Room off South Jefferson Street

11:30 a.m. — Scooter Race. No power-assisted scooters.

Oodles of Poodles: Groundhog Festival marks poodle act’s first trip to Pa.

July 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For a few hours during the Groundhog Festival, the event simply went to the dogs, as Michelle’s Magical Poodles performed several shows for the crowd.

Michelle Harrell’s four poodles — Blondie and Pirouette, both 11; Apollo, two; and Emilio, six — entertained guests by jumping through hoops, making figure-eights, rescuing stuffed toys from a mailbox and interacting with children.

Harrell, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., not only displayed her dogs’ tricks, but sought to illustrate that it is good to interact with one’s pet at home to help keep them active and healthy.

Bernard (Ben) J. Marasco, 79

July 4, 2012

Bernard (Ben) J. Marasco, 79, of Santa Maria, Calif., died Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

He was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Rosario and Josephine (Serian) Marasco.

Jan. 30, 1954, he married the former Carol O'Leary, daughter of John and Winifred O'Leary.

Mr. Marasco attended elementary school in Walston and graduated from Ss. Cosmas & Damian High School in 1950.

He attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe for one year, then transferred to Gannon University in Erie and was a member of the first graduating class of the School of Engineering in 1955.

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