March 22nd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Representatives from PennDOT District 10 held an open house Thursday night at the Lindsey Fire Hall to show residents changes to two major projects in the borough.
Residents could see early work on the two projects â the Route 110/Route 310 turning lanes project and the Elk Run Bridge/Route 119 and the Sawmill Run Bridge, Route 36/Mahoning Street replacement project â as early as this fall.
It was a great night Thursday for doing anything outdoors, such as walking, running, Frisbee football and, as seen in Barclay Square, Zumba Fitness with Dustin Jewell (center). He holds his Zumba class in the park at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and at 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, except during inclement weather.
Ruth M. Lloyd, 83, Dayton, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Armstrong County Health Center.
She was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Redbank Township, Armstrong County, the daughter of the late Isaac Edward and Lillian (Barnette) Beck.
Mrs. Lloyd was a lifetime resident of the area and was a member of Milton Church. She was also active with the Dayton Senior Citizens' Center.
Dr. George Sabarich, 87, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at home.
He was born May 21, 1924, in the Sykesville area mining town of Cascade, a son of Croatian immigrants, the late Nik and Antonija (Godinic) Sabaric.
An industrious person since youth, Dr. Sabarich owned his own Atlantic gas station in Sykesville, while still attending high school.
His Sykesville High graduation was followed by employment in Niagara Falls.
He served in the U.S. Navy âSeaBeesâ in New Guinea during World War II.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For a group of 14 Punxsy area wrestlers, the feat of making the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) Area V tournament last weekend in Clarion was an accomplishment in itself. More impressively, seven of those 14 qualifiers aren't quite finished wrestling yet.
Punxsy was especially successful in a pair of age brackets, with four grapplers advancing to the PJW State Championship Tournament in the 13- and 14-year-old brackets and three in the nine- and 10-year-olds. States will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hershey Park Arena in Hershey.
If there is one thing this fantastically appropriate spring weather gets me in the mood for, it's baseball season.
Since I was a little boy, I have started to feel the itch in mid-February.
Wishing for warmer days, I'd begin to fantasize of home runs and no-hitters, looking forward to the first day of the season, when I could tuck myself under my blankets at night and listen to the Pirates games on lower-than-usual volume so as to not bother my parents while I was supposed to be sleeping.
Gerald William âBillâ Barnett, 87, of the Stanton area, Brookville, died Tuesday, March 21, 2012, at McKinley Health Center.
He was born May 12, 1924, in New Bethlehem, a son of the late Merle Blair and Blanche Laura (Cathcart) Barnett.
Sept. 16, 1949, he married the former Bertha âJeanâ Kennedy, who survives. They enjoyed 62 years of good marriage.
Mr. Barnett was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, in the 104th Infantry division.
He worked as a truck driver at Reed Milling for more than 37 years, delivering feed to many area farmers.
Lucy R. Stefanelli, 87, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe.
She was born in 1924 in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Felice and Giovanna (Manacchio) Ciccone.
Mrs. Stefanelli was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux R.C. Church, Indiana, and the Catholic Daughters of America.
During World War II, she worked for Federal Lab making shells and flares, while awaiting the return of her soldier fiancĂ©, Angelo Stefanelli. Following the war, they were married Jan. 24, 1946, and shared 61 years together until his death in 2007.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As energy prices continue to rise, a newly-elected member of Punxsutawney Borough Council had a suggestion on how the borough can save money during these high-cost times.
Eric Story said as an experiment, he set up solar panels and ran the wires to a circuit breaker box for safety. The experiment â using solar energy, he said â has saved him money and could be used in some of the boroughâs buildings.
Story said when the green lights are flashing on the inverter box, it shows him that the solar panels are working and creating electricity.
BROOKVILLE â Kim Rhodes, executive director for the Mentor Parent Program said bullying has become an âepidemic.â
To address the need she has seen first-hand in the community, her program will host a bullying walkathon this year that will take place in Jefferson County.
âBullying is a big thing across the board and across the world,â Rhodes said.
The Mentor Parent Program is a community-based parent project created in 1989 by parents of children with special needs to support, assist and provide expertise to parents in rural northwest Pennsylvania.