June 15th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two of the most popular figures in childrenâ€™s literature, Mr. Frog and Mr. Toad, will come to life with all of their woodland friends when the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild presents â€śA Year with Frog and Toad.â€ťÂ Â
The Tony-nominated musical will be staged at the Punxustawney Area Middle School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. A special family matinee has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24.
BROOKVILLE â€” When the Rossiter Miners and the Brookville Grays met in Federation League action May 31, Brookville starter Craig Hibell allowed four runs and was charged with a loss in Rossiter's 4-1 victory. Thurs- day evening in Brookville, Hibell earned his revenge, holding the Miners scoreless through five and earning the win with help from closer Ryan Barrett, as the Grays eked out a 3-2 victory over Rossiter.
After the game, Rossiter head coach Jim Dunlap said he knew from the beginning what the team's problem was: They came out flat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite looking for ways to chip away at expenses in its budget, Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board defeated a motion on a recommendation from its Athletic Committee to raise admission fees for sporting events.
The board approved Penny Piferâ€™s recommendation to award bids for fall/winter sports, but defeated a motion to increase ticket prices for admission to athletic events with a 5-4 vote.
VFW Post 9044 changed up its annual Flag Day observance in a number of ways Thursday evening at the War Memorial. First of all, the American Legion Montgomery Post 17 Band, under the direction of Captain Jack Averill, performed a number of patriotic and concert band standards, such as pieces by Irving Berlin, Robert Smith and George Cannon, as well as two pieces, â€śGod of Our Fathersâ€ť and â€śBattle Hymn of the Republicâ€ť in tribute to Post 9044â€™s late past commander, James Soliday.
Ruth E. Hogan, 90, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Moorehead House, Indiana, where she was a resident for the past two years. She previously resided in her home on Rustic Lodge Road, Indiana, after living in Regent Square in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years.
She was born Feb. 17, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Wallace C. and Jean (Brown) Wolfe.
For 58 years, she was married to Donald G. Hogan, who preceded her in death Dec. 3, 2003.
They were married June 17, 1945, at the Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
Shawna M. Marshall, 52, Mahaffey, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at her home.
Miss Marshall was born Sept. 4, 1959, in Dodge City, Kansas, a daughter of the late Harold Marshall and Betty Clover and step-father Phil Clover, who survive.
She was a graduate of Calvary Christian Bible School.
David Howard Potts, 87, Marion Center, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at his residence.
He was born May 12, 1925, in Home, a son of the late Arthur R. and Esther E. (Northine) Potts.
He was married to Marybelle Geesey Potts, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Potts proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he helped in the engineering and building of the Panama Canal.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Femco Machine's Senior League baseball team held a 4-2 lead entering the sixth inning against Fox Township's GKN, but a pair of big innings in the sixth and the seventh pushed the visiting squad past Femco 13-6 Wednesday evening in Punxsutawney.
Things started out on a high note for Femco after giving up one run in the top of the first, as it answered with a pair in the home half to take the lead.
GKN's run came off a leadoff single by Andy Geci, a walk, a fielder's choice and a fielding blunder by Femco.
Every once in a while, you're a part of something that you know is special â€” a little piece of history.
One such occurrence from my past comes to mind.
It was Saturday, July 27, 1997, and I was spending the weekend camping with my grandparents in Cook Forest.
My grandparents, my cousins, my brother and I had just finished a game of cards, and as was usually the case in the evenings at camp, we were listening to the Pirates game on the radio.
More than 100 youngsters and family member visited the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Wednesday for a party to kick off the annual summer reading program, this year titled, â€śDream Big, Read!â€ť They also enjoyed snacks, crafts, face-painting and visits with alpacas from Rainbow Mountain Alpacas. Here, Peggy Johnston (right), the vice-president of the Friends of the Library and summer reading volunteer, paints the face of six-year-old Rylee Grimes, who will start first grade at Jenks Hill in the fall. (Photo by Tom Chapin)