April 16th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Memorial Library wrapped up National Library Week in fine form Saturday, with a party for children, guests and volunteers.
Library Director Coral Ellshoff also offered an update on some of the libraryâ€™s programs and recent statistics via a PowerPoint presentation.
Over the last year, the library saw these areas improve, she said:
â€¢ A 15-percent increase in cardholders.
â€¢ More hours open during the evenings (until 7 p.m. four days a week).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During its meeting Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board Athletic Committee discussed possible improvements to be made to Jack L. LaMarca Memorial Stadium.
A large amount of work needs to be done to the districtâ€™s playing fields, especially the stadium field, said Athletic Director Bill Vassallo.
The main football field, practice field and soccer field have numerous low spots that must be filled in with top soil, he said, while committee member Bob Pascuzzo said it would take 100 tons of dirt for the stadium field, as well as dirt to grade and fill it in.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Although the scoreboard didn't necessarily reflect it at the end of the game, the Lady Chucks were engaged in a solid pitching dual on both sides against the Hollidays-burg Lady Tide Monday in Punxsutawney. But Punxsy scored four sixth-inning insurance runs to open the game up and pick up a 6-1 victory.
And while Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said he wasn't completely thrilled with every aspect of the performance, he was still content to walk away with a victory.
Zachary Thorpe, 11, of Ringgold, caught these trophies â€” a 24-inch rainbow trout and a 25-inch palamino, while fishing at Cloe Lake with his grandfather, Carl Ackerson.
Chandler Emhoff (right), of Worthville, caught this 20 1/2-inch brown trout while fishing in Little Sandy Creek with Canaan Knox.
Orelle Lucille (Harriger) Hise, 92, of Fryburg, formerly of Punxsutawney (Coolspring), died Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Athens Regional Medical Center, in Athens, Tenn.
She was taken ill in December while visiting with her sister in Decatur.
She was born on the family farm July 14, 1919, a daughter of the late Arthur E. and Barbara Susanna Elizabeth (Frederick) Harriger.
BROOKVILLE â€” Some of the toughest competition from around western Pennsylvania gathered in Brookville for the Deman's Team Sports Brookville Invitational Saturday.
Punxsutawney's boys track team put its best foot forward and came up with some good performances against the steep competition.
"As coaches, our staff was very pleased to see so many kids get their personal bests for the season or at least turn in a solid effort," Punxsy head coach John Smith said.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â Although the Lady Chucks faced some of the steepest competition in western Pennsylvania Saturday at the Brookville Invitational, Punxsy had four different girls earn place-winning spots.
"There were a lot of other personal bests; they just weren't good enough to place," Punxsy head coach Barry Young said. "Overall, I was very pleased with the team's performance."
The top winners for the Lady Chucks were Kirsten Dean and Juliann Boddorf.
HEMPFIELD â€” The Lady Chucks' junior varsity softball team began the weekend at the Hempfield Tournament facing off against Ringgold, which Punxsy beat 5-3.
During the victory, Nicole DiPietro was the strongest hitter, going 3-for-3 at bat with two singles, a double and five stolen bases. She also scored three runs.
Punxsy coach Phil Mennitti called her "unstoppable."
Ivy Phillips, who was selected the Most Valuable Player of the game, also had a strong showing. She threw four complete innings, giving up just three runs. She walked only three and struck out five.
BIG RUN â€” A Clymer man and a passenger were injured when their vehicle struck a house at 3:55 a.m. Sunday on Route 119, Big Run.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Robert Vincent Neese, 30, Clymer, was traveling south, when he drove off the east side of the roadway and struck the guard rails.
Police said as a result of striking the guard rail, the truck went air-borne and struck the porch of a house owned by Tom Berryhill of Big Run, which is located along the east side of Route 119.