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June 13th, 2012

Two big GKN innings push visitors past Femco

June 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

The Zak Zone

June 13, 2012

Every once in a while, you're a part of something that you know is special — 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.

SUMMER: TIME TO READ!

June 13, 2012

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, “Dream Big, Read!” 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)

Formula change for baby, mother care concerns hospital

June 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Serving as the only provider of obstetrical care in the county, Punxsutawney Area Hospital officials are concerned about a decision by the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) that could threaten the service.

DPW recently changed its formula for reimbursing hospitals for the care of mothers and their babies.

Until May 1, the state paid an average of $5,712 for the mother’s care and $1,155 for the baby’s care for families on medical assistance.

June 12th

Fezell edged by Walbeck, dropped by Indiana Sox

June 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last Saturday, the Fezell Enterprises Indiana Youth County League team dropped a close game to Walbeck, 7-5.

Walbeck led 4-0, but Fezell battled back to cut the lead to one run before a three-run inning put Walbeck comfortably ahead — a lead it would hold throughout the remainder of the game.

Joey DiPietro and Keeston Perry led the Punxsy offense with two hits apiece.

DiPietro added an RBI, and one of Perry's hits was a double.

Lucas Ambler also went 1-for-4 with two RBIs, and Kevin Hutton added an RBI walk for the visiting team.

TAMING THE CANADIAN BEAST

June 12, 2012

Bob Greslick, of Mahaffey, recently bagged this 400-plus pound black bear while bow hunting in Canada. The bear was killed in the early part of May.

White: Borough must certify levee or face flood plain tag

June 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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).

“If we don’t get the levee certified to the current federal standards, FEMA will decertify the dike as if it doesn’t exist,” said Borough Manager Ben White.

Commission mum on state budget predictions

June 12, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Although the state budget is due to be completed June 30, Jefferson County Commissioners were hesitant to offer comments during Tuesday’s county commission meeting.

Commissioner Jim McIntyre said it’s “too premature” 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.

DAR names Katie Laska recipient of Community Service Award

June 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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

June 12, 2012

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.

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