Archive - 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Pennsylvania American Water (PAW) is riding the wave of the future with its CNG vehicles.
Local officials joined with Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Sam Smith and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials Friday at PAW's Punxsutawney office to mark the companyâ€™s launch of a compressed natural gas (CNG) pilot program for its vehicle fleet.
Friday, the company displayed four new CNG-powered Ford F-250 trucks at its kickoff event â€” a fleet that will be piloted in Punxsutawney and Coatesville.
Joseph Martin Freno, of Chesterland, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Cleveland Clinic.
The son of Michael and Mary (Snyder) Freno, Joe was born on March 17, 1927, in Gipsy, Indiana County, Pa.
A lifelong outdoorsman and sports fan, Joe was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of St. Anselm Catholic Church.
He was married to Dorothy (Roy) Freno for 61 years.
Joe had three children and four grandchildren and is survived by a sister, Maryann Nemergut.
Marsha J. Steele, 66, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at home with her family.
She was born Nov. 27, 1946, in East Brady, a daughter of the late Ralph and Doretha (Hillwig) Shelly.
On June 20, 1964, she married Melvin Dean Steele, who preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 2012.
Marsha worked in the deli at County Market, and she had previously worked at Mahoning Furnace.
She enjoyed riding horses, gardening and sewing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ When your opponent cannot get a shot off and sees two defenders in their face at every turn, it is difficult to find the basket.
The Punxsy Lady Chucks used this exact type of smothering defense to force 32 DuBois Lady Beavers turnovers and allowed only seven buckets in a 35-20 victory Thursday night in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A fourth-grade student at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School (PAMS) finished third nationwide in the Samsung Superhero Contest.
"This is Madame Marie Curie, alias Lizzie Neal, a gifted student who used her technology skills, learned mostly in Scott Sallack's technology class, to enter the contest put on by Samsung," said Cindy Taylor, sixth-grade English and gifted teacher at the middle school, at Wednesday's Punxsutawney Area School Board committee meeting.
Taylor said the contest was open to all students across the United States, grades K-12.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The old saying goes that one life touches another, and that has proven true for a dearly departed student whose legacy continues to live on long after her passing.
In 1987, Polly Hallman was just beginning her sophomore year when she sadly passed away. Her classmates were stricken with grief, but also determined to do something in her memory.
Since Polly loved to volunteer and help out her community, her classmates decided to band together and establish a scholarship in her honor.
Angelo Bleggi, Jr., 88, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Mulberry Square in Punxsutawney.
He was born March 18, 1924, the son of the late Angelo and Florence Bleggi.
He was a truck driver and worked for many years as a coal miner.
He was married to Hazel (Powell) Reddinger, who survives.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Boots; and by two brothers and three sisters.
Barbara Ruth Harris, 55, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Oct. 25, 1957, in Fall River, Mass., a daughter of Glenn Miller and wife Harriet of Seminole, Fla., and the late Sydell (Levine) Miller.
Mrs. Harris was the former president of the Sisterhood of Temple B' Nai Israel in Olean, N.Y.
Her hobbies were Bingo, which she loved, and listening to her son play piano.
As a child, she and her sister sang songs while doing the dishes.
Barbara adored her grandchildren and loved being around them.
Leland B. Plotner, 18 months, went to be with the angels on Wednesday,Jan. 23, 2013, at Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Pittsburgh, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 31, 2011, in Pittsburgh.
Leland is survived by his mother, Brittany N. Plotner of Punxsutawney; his
grandparents, Brian and Christine Plotner, and his great-grandpa, Cecil Plotner, all of Punxsutawney; his great-great-grandma, Jean Plotner of Knox Dale; aunts and uncles Denise Himes, Joe Bennett and wife Dorothy, and Scott and Holly Howard, all of Punxsutawney; and numerous cousins.
BELLEFONTE â€” After only having five bouts on the year through last Friday, Punxsy doubled its wrestling match total in a single day.
Last Saturday, the Chucks took part in the Bellefonte Red Raider Rumble.
Punxsy claimed two wins in five team matches as it defeated Crestwood (39-32) and State College (38-34).
In the other action of the all-day event, Punxsy dropped decisions to Hazleton (51-22), Downingtown (45-27) and Exeter (49-15).