July 5th, 2012
After a long bus ride that departed New York City at 10 a.m. Thursday, the first group of Fresh Air Kids arrived at the SS.C.D. parking lot around 3:45 p.m. to greet their host families for a few weeks of fun, sun and activities away from their urban surroundings.
The family of Kelly and Buddy Ross â€” which includes Jenae Dawson (far left), Brielle, Ahslynn and Ryon Ross â€” of Sigel, welcomed Fawziyah Salman (second from left), 11, of Bronx, N.Y.
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Coming out of a difficult district â€” where it had to face fellow powerhouses DuBois and Warren â€” 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 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.