Archive - Aug 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thirty years of day care, and Rona Petroff is still going strong on Church Street in Punxsutawney.
"When I first began taking care of children I really didn't understand what day care was all about," Petroff said, adding that originally she had taken a different job and was then contacted by Child Care Information Services (CCIS) to become a child care giver.
Helen Irvin Owens, 72, passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2012.
Helen is survived by her children, Jenipher (Charles) Hickman, Elizabeth (Chad) Larson and Stephen (Jennifer) Owens, as well as her brother, Charles Irvin.
She was also the proud grandmother of Benjamin and Will Hickman, Meredith, Katherine and Owen Larson, and John Owens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Jenipher Irvin, as well as her sister-in-law Linda Irvin.
A private graveside ceremony will be held in Indiana, Pa.
Margaret DuBose Hammond Marshall, 88, of Rochester Mills, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at the Communities at Indian Haven.
She was born March 3, 1924, in Pascagoula, Miss., a daughter of the late Lee Rogers and Shermie DuBose Hammond.
Mrs. Marshall was a graduate of Austin High School and the University of Texas in El Paso, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.
She retired from the Marion Center School District after many years as a teacher.
WALSTON â€” Young Township residents are requesting help from Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police on slowing down speeders on Ellermeyer Road.
State Police have offered assistance over the years and told residents to call them when they need them to enforce the 25 mph speed limit on the residential road that was recently paved, said Ron Walker, Ellermeyer Road resident, adding that if something isn't done, he thinks there's could be a tragic accident.
Pete Betts, township supervisor, said the township put up the speed limit 25 mph signs on the much-traveled road.
Members of the Punxsutawney Area High School senior high (top photo) and junior high (not pictured) cheerleading squads participated at the cheerleading exhibition at the Sykesville Ag & Youth Fair Thursday. Events at the Ag & Youth Fair continue tonight with The Moore Brothers in concert and the Guy Uplinger Memorial Compact Car Demolition Derby in addition to the regularly scheduled daily events. (Photo by Tracy Smith of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Punxsutawney Borough recently purchased a good used dump truck through the PennDOT auction.
"Punxsutawney Borough Council had given permission for the borough to proceed with the purchase of a used dump truck through PennDOT," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough Manager at the Public Works Committee meeting on Tuesday.
White said the truck that was purchased is a 2000 International single-axle dump truck with 109,000 miles on it that has an aluminum bed.
Paul Kot holds up Diane Kot so she can feed Melman the Giraffe at the Sykesville Ag & Youth fair Wednesday. The miniature zoo also has lemurs, macaws and a young zebra. (Photo by Matt Triponey of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Memorial Library Summer Reading program concluded with an award event for the successful participants held at Harmon Field and concluded with a swimming party at the George C. Brown Community Pool on Wednesday.
There were about 140 kids registered for the program this year, said Coral Ellshoff, Punxsutawney Memorial Library Director.
She said there were 110 kids who reached the goal of reading 10 books over the summer from June 1 to Aug. 1.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Prep Baseball Report recently released the Class of 2015's state player rankings, and local product Ryan Sloniger, who caught for the Chucks in 2012, was the top-ranked catcher and the No. 16 overall player in the standings.
In addition to his service with the Chucks, Sloniger plays for the Evoshield Canes â€” a program that works with recruits, especially from North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia â€” in the summer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Barclay Square has hosted a variety of events throughout the summer: Groundhog Festival, Music in the Park and Church in the Park, among others. Now, get ready for the Punxsutawney Sports Fest.
â€śWeâ€™ve done a variety of different VBS programs over the years; this time, we were looking for something to take into town so everyone can participate,â€ť said Pastor Chris Golembiowski of the First Assembly of God Church near Walston.