June 6th, 2012
BROCKWAY â€” Renewal and recognition were the underlying themes of the spring banquet of the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). Members gathered at the St. Tobias Church hall in Brockway May 23 as part of the ongoing commemoration of PASRâ€™s 75th anniversary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Spirit Sports staff is glad to announce the 2012 spring sports nominees for The Punxsutawney Spirit's Universal Well Services Inc. male and female Outstanding Player Awards.
â€˘ Ashley Bacha, softball: Bacha was one of two main work horses for the Lady Chucks' pitching staff this season, compiling a 2.38 ERA over 35.1 innings and striking out 42 hitters.
Bacha also had a .273 average and drove in 11 runs over the course of the season for the Lady Chucks.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Summerâ€™s first official roadwork detour begins Monday, when PennDOT will close one lane of Margiotti Bridge for a rehabilitation project.
Southbound traffic on the bridge will be maintained, while northbound traffic will have to travel the detour on Route 119, down Indiana Hill and down West Mahoning Street to North Main Street, Borough Manager Ben White said during Tuesdayâ€™s Public Works Committee meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club named Stacy A. Volchko as its 2011-12 Woman of the Year during the groupâ€™s Rose Breakfast June 2 at the Elks.
She is the Career Womenâ€™s Clubâ€™s current president.
In the introduction for the clubâ€™s new Woman of the Year, Volchko was described as always striving â€śto do the right thing in both her personal and professional life; and she demonstrated her leadership abilities early on.â€ť
This group of Zumba-enthusiasts worked on their exercises Tuesday night under the shadow of the canopy that annually covers Memorial Bandstand in Barclay Square. The canopy was erected Monday evening in preparation of the 46th-annual Groundhog Festival, which will be held July 1-7.
Richard Earl Shotts, 55, Rural Valley, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012.
He was born Nov. 17, 1956, in Kittanning, a son of Dorothy (McCausland) Shotts, who survives, and the late Lynn Murray Shotts, who preceded him in death Dec. 31, 2008.
May 27, 1978, he married Candice (Cooper) Shotts, who survives.
Mr. Shotts worked in the maintenance department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was a retired coal miner.
He was a member of local Union No. 488 and the National and PA Trappers Associations.
Irene Catherine Ruth Hamner, 66, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at home.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home Inc.
ST. MARYS â€” With rain clouds looming and a few showers hitting Berwind Park in St. Marys, it appeared as if the Chucks' PIAA Class AAA opening round game against Belle Vernon may be delayed due to inclement weather.
That never happened, but there was an unfortunate 40-minute delay due to a benches-clearing incident as Belle Vernon relief pitcher Dom Francia was being warned for brushing back Punxsy's No. 3 hitter Ty Zimmerman twice in a row.
NORTH ALLEGHENY â€” Entering the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA State Championship tournament, the Lady Chucks knew what was ahead of them: A solid hitting team in the Lady Spartans of Moniteau and a steady pitcher they'd have to make contact against.
Unfortunately for the Lady Chucks, that steady pitcher, Kaitlyn Kutchman, pitched a complete game, walking none, striking out ten and allowing just one run on three hits, and Montour earned a 4-1 victory behind three unearned runs in the fifth inning.
BROCKWAY- The defending State Champion Riverside Panthers (18-6) proved to be too much for the Brookville Raiders (15-5) to handle during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA State Playoffs, as the Panthers earned a 6-3 victory Monday in Brockway.
"None of us wanted the season to end today, but I told the kids to keep their heads up; we had a good year," said Raiders Head Coach Kenny Lindermuth.
After a traffic-related delay to the game, both teams came out hot offensively.