Archive - Jul 2012
This time of year, my focus has usually turned to football season, as my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates have usually been statistically eliminated from the playoffs. And while this year is much different, and the battlin' Buccos are still dancing atop the National League Central standings, I'm starting to feel a little bit of the football itch.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal is investigating a fire that heavily damaged the second floor of a Ridge Avenue home at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday.
The three-story house is owned by Eugene McCorle, and had heavy smoke showing from the second floor when firefighters arrived on scene, said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.
Smith said the house was rented by Phil and Nicole Morrow, two adults and three children, and there were family members at home when the fire broke out.
HARRISBURG â€” A long-time trooper and Punxsutawney native has been promoted among the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Monday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan reported the promotion of Bernard J. Petrovsky, of Indiana, to captain.
Petrovsky has now been assigned to serve as commanding officer of Troop C, Punxsutawney.
Petr-ovsky, 52, most recently served as the criminal investigation section comm-ander for Troop C.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A new Punxsutawney-based publishing company, Unknown Authors LLC, will host its first-ever book launching event to honor one of its own, Dee Lyle, on the first printing of her childrenâ€™s book, â€śRunning With Miles.â€ť
The book launching will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Walston Club, where state Rep. Sam Smith will honor Lyle on her noteworthy accomplishment.
BIG RUN â€” A change in state law regarding small games of chance and gun raffles was discussed at Mondayâ€™s Big Run Borough Council meeting.
Every organization that fund-raises must have a small games of chance license, said Scott Bowers, deputy chief, Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company.
â€śOur fire company has held a license since it first began,â€ť he said, and that as part of the new regulations, all funds raised must be deposited into a separate account.
Karla Strawser (left) and Lesa Walker take part in the Survivorsâ€™ Lap Saturday as part of this yearâ€™s successful Relay for Life, during which 27 registered teams raised $87,383 for the American Cancer Society.
GRANGE â€” A Punxsutawney woman escaped injury when her vehicle rolled over at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday along Route 536 in Grange, Perry Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Pamula J. Binnie, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 536 when she swerved to miss a small animal on the road.
Police said Binnie lost control of her vehicle and traveled onto the east side of the road, struck a road sign and then traveled back over to the west side of the road near the Grange Church of God.
ROSSITER â€”Â It is often said that the tide hasn't turned in a series until one of the teams loses at home. And after the Brookville Grays dropped the Rossiter Miners on their own field Sunday evening, Rossiter protected its ground Tuesday evening at Shaffer Field in Rossiter with a 5-2 victory to even the series and send it back to Brookville tonight even at one game each side.
Joseph Gresock Jr., 90, of Tonawanda, N.Y., passed away at home Thursday, July 12, 2012.
He was born June 3, 1922, in DeLancey, a son of the late Joseph Sr. and Mary (Kromaus) Gresock.
Being one of eight children, Mr. Gresock, as a young man, stayed behind and worked on the family farm for a number of years while his brothers were serving in the military.
He also worked for a short while for the state and in a local coal mine.
Bertha Mae Dinger, 90, Punxsutawney, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
She was born Aug. 13, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Ellwood and Grace Irene (Geist) Yount.
She was married to her husband of 71 years, Byron E. Dinger, who survives.
Mrs. Dinger was a member of the Scotland Avenue Church of God, where she served as the church organist and pianist.
She and her husband had helped to raise foster children, and she liked to cook and bake.