June 12th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council has been given a choice to either pay for a study to re-certify the Mahoning Creek flood levee, or have much of the borough classified as a flood plain by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
â€śIf we donâ€™t get the levee certified to the current federal standards, FEMA will decertify the dike as if it doesnâ€™t exist,â€ť said Borough Manager Ben White.
BROOKVILLE â€” Although the state budget is due to be completed June 30, Jefferson County Commissioners were hesitant to offer comments during Tuesdayâ€™s county commission meeting.
Commissioner Jim McIntyre said itâ€™s â€śtoo prematureâ€ť to make a comment; however, they are urging support of the $27.65 million proposed Senate Bill 1466.
The spending plan restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas.
Chairman Paul Corbin said the commissioners have been encouraged to e-mail, phone or send a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett, urging support of the new bill.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tuesday, the Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution named Katie Laska as the recipient of its Community Service Award.
Mae Jean Beck, 87, Brockway, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at Highland View Health Care, Brockway.
She was born May 20, 1925, in Westville, a daughter of the late Donald D. and Florence (Hetrick) Dobson.
Sept. 2, 1950, she married Archie B. Beck, who preceded her in death March 19, 2007.
Mrs. Beck was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hormtown.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Mary P. Karkosy of Freemont, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, William O. Dobson.
Beverly D. â€śBeaâ€ť Hinderliter, 69, Coolspring, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born Jan. 3, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Dee Glenn and Elizabeth Amy (McCana) Sutter.
Nov. 9, 1963, she married Charles Franklin Hinderliter, who survives.
Mrs. Hinderliter was a 1960 graduate of the Punxsutawney Area High School and worked for several years at Pramco and Punxsy Sportswear, as well as with her husband at Hinderliterâ€™s Garage for more than 20 years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The investigation into a fire that heavily damaged a house on Pine Street Monday afternoon continues today.
The house at 217 Pine St., owned by Richard White, had heavy smoke showing from the eaves when firefighters arrived on the scene at 1:45 p.m., according to Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.
Elk Run Chief Doug McAfoos was one of the first officers on scene, and said when he arrived, there was smoke coming from the structure.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy school Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said he took part in ROTC as a college student, but that was his closest experience with the military until he took part in a program offered by the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Punxsy woman who came to the aid of 17 dogs that were found abandoned near Stump Creek in her own way presented the fruits of her labor Monday to the facility that cared for the neglected animals.
Lynn Porada, an animal/dog lover, created 125 T-shirts bearing the phrase â€śStop Animal Crueltyâ€ť and sold them over the past three weeks.
The shirts â€” designed by Standard Pennant â€” sold out, as did 12 camouflage ball caps bearing the phrase, â€śStomp Out Animal Cruelty.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Memorial Library will kick off its free summer reading program, â€śDream Big, Read!â€ť with an opening party from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the library.
Among the highlights of the party will be two alpacas, games and other activities. Youngsters from ages one-and-a-half years to tweens (ages nine to 12) can also register for the program, which officially begins Wednesday, June 20.
The schedule is as follows:
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Some nights, a pitcher just has wicked, nasty, unhittable "stuff," but even when that is the case, the hurler rarely pulls off the elusive perfect game. Monday night in Punxsutawney, the Rotary Reds' Senior League softball team's pitcher â€” Monica Cameron â€”Â did just that, though, retiring 15 straight hitters, as the offense poured on 11 runs in just four innings to lead the team to an 11-0, five-inning victory over Brockway Drug.
Adding to the evidence that Cameron possessed the "wicked, nasty stuff" that is so rare was her line: Five innings with 12 strikeouts.