July 4th, 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 â€” 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 â€”Â and the Legion and Fed League schedules nearing playoff time, baseball is heavy on my mind.
10 a.m. â€” Registration for Three Wheel Race (ages three to four). Racing over a designated course, all races.
10:30 a.m. â€” Registration for Three Wheel Race II (ages five, six, seven). Racing over a designated course.
10:30 a.m. â€” Three Wheel Race I.
11 a.m. â€” Three Wheel Race II.
11 a.m. â€” Registration for Scooter Race (ages seven, eight, nine)
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. â€” Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, Coach
Room off South Jefferson Street
11:30 a.m. â€” Scooter Race. No power-assisted scooters.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For a few hours during the Groundhog Festival, the event simply went to the dogs, as Michelleâ€™s Magical Poodles performed several shows for the crowd.
Michelle Harrellâ€™s four poodles â€” Blondie and Pirouette, both 11; Apollo, two; and Emilio, six â€” 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 dogsâ€™ tricks, but sought to illustrate that it is good to interact with oneâ€™s pet at home to help keep them active and healthy.
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.
David Gillespie, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after an extended illness.
He was born in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Alexander P. and Vanda Von (Hoppe) Gillespie.
He relocated to Punxsutawney at a young age with his mother and sister, where he completed his secondary education.
After the death of his mother, Mr. Gillespie and his sister were raised by an aunt and uncle, the late Emma and Harry Gutelius.
Mr. Gillespie was a veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and the Army.
Marie Anna Petrick, 88, of New Alexandria, formerly of Indiana, went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 2, 2012.
She was born May 1, 1924, in Anita, a daughter of Michael and Mary (Gibart) Petrick.
Prior to her retirement, Miss Petrick had worked in retail sales.
She was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church.
Surviving are two distant cousins, Francis E. and Joseph F. Renosky.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a cousin, Margaret (Barna) Renosky.
DUBOIS â€”Â This year's 11- and 12-year-old baseball All-Star team returns 11 players from the squad that lost its first game and battled back to win the 10- and 11-year-old District X title last year, and Monday night in DuBois, the Punxsy team showed it learned its lesson last year â€” that it was difficult to battle back out of the losers' bracket.
BROOKVILLE â€” With the regular season winding down, the Rossiter Miners, Brookville Grays and DuBois Rockets are in a tough battle for the top three playoff slots. With the Miners' 5-2 loss to the Grays Monday night, they now have a 12-6 record that will most likely place them as the third seed.
The Grays improved to 14-5, putting them one loss behind the Rockets (14-4).
The Miners were able to grab a run early in the contest but were unable to build any type of scoring momentum.
â€˘ 9:30 a.m. â€” Registration for Teddy Bear Picnic. Categories â€” Gr-Gr-Girly Bear; April Showers Bring May Flowers Bear; Party Bear; Brave Armed Forces Bear; My Bear and I (dressed alike).
â€˘ 10 a.m. â€” Teddy Bear Picnic, sponsored by Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club. In case of rain, event will be held on the second floor of the Eagles across from Barclay Square.
â€˘ 10 a.m. to noon â€” Childrenâ€™s Workshops, Boom Town-era childrenâ€™s activities (ages six to 12) at the Lattimer House, sponsored by the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society.
The young members of Headstrong, of Lancaster, displayed their country talents Monday night as the eveningâ€™s featured entertainment at the Groundhog Festival, which continues today and until Saturday evening. (Photo by Larry McGuire)