May 11th, 2012
INDIANA â€” Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored late Punxsutawney businessman and former IUP trustee Ralph F. Roberts with the establishment of a special-use learning area named for him at IUPâ€™s Punxsutawney campus.
May 10, the IUP Council of Trustees approved the establishment of the Ralph F. Roberts Heritage Learning Commons.
â€śThe Roberts family, and especially Ralph Roberts, have been longtime supporters of IUP,â€ť David Osikowicz, IUP Council of Trustees chairman, said.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. â€” Is there a modeling career in the works for two-year-old Hudson Miller?
The juryâ€™s still out on that option, but heâ€™s already made a bit of a splash, having been featured on the cover of a catalog for Rugged Butts (for boys) Ruffle Butts (for girls).
Hudson, the son of Deanna (Blose) and Garrett Miller, of Myrtle Beach, was set for some Valentineâ€™s Day shots by an up-and-coming local photographer who thought he had what it took for child modeling.
Barbara A. Mennetti, 68, Rossiter, died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at her home surrounded by family.
She was born July 6, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Nick and Mary (Miller) Monoskey.
Oct. 3, 1964, she married John Mennetti, who survives. They were married for 47 years.
Mrs. Mennetti was a woman of strong faith and attended the Rossiter United Methodist Church.
She was a very proud homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, being outdoors and camping. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Allen Leroy "Roy" Pearce, 82, Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Sept. 12, 1929, in Nanty Glo, a son of the late John Henry and Bertha (Wright) Pearce.
He was married to Betty Jane (Peace) Pearce, who preceded him in death Jan. 23, 1989.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Virginia Sandler; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dottie Erckman and Flora Pearce; and a brother, Jack Pearce.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Things looked bleak for the Punxsy softball team heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday afternoon trailing Bald Eagle 7-1, but after a come-from-behind victory over the Lady Beavers of DuBois last night, Punxsy battled back with six sixth-inning runs to tie the game.
Unfortunately, though, Punxsy's luck ran out, as the Bald Eagles plated a run in the top of the seventh and kept Punxsy off the scoreboard for an 8-7 win.
DUBOIS â€” After falling to DuBois in the District IX team finals Wednesday afternoon, Punxsy had a shot to earn its revenge in the singles title against a difficult foe in DuBois' No. 1 singles player, Trey Gilmore. But the Chucks' top singles players, Michael Blose and Tim Pearce, each fell to Gilmore â€” the eventual champion â€” Thursday in DuBois.
Despite a loss on the score sheet, Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said Blose battled Gilmore in what was most likely his strongest match of the season. Gilmore just proved to be too much and went on to win 6-4, 6-2.
DUBOIS â€” DuBois' JV baseball team jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning against Punxsy Wednesday in DuBois, but the Chucks battled back to earn an 8-7 victory over the Beavers.
DuBois' five spot in the first came off four walks and three timely hits, and the score remained 5-0 until the top of the fourth, when Hunter Hickok started the inning with a single.
Hickok stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Christian Falgout. Brandon Blose pushed Punxsy's first run across the plate with a fielder's choice.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tuesday, Borough Manager Ben White presented Punxsutawney Borough Council with an estimated cost to pave and place new sewage lines along Dinsmore Avenue at half a million dollars.
A couple of months ago, council asked him to move forward with an estimated cost to upgrade Dinsmore Avenue, one of the last two brick covered streets in the borough. The other brick- covered road is Grace Way.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Thursday, Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn staged a little rebellion of his own, but it was an emotional one.
â€śNow I feel empowered by a bond of love,â€ť he said following an event he hosted Thursday on his Paradise Gardens & Farm. â€śNo drill will ever penetrate this land, and Iâ€™m prepared to stand behind that.â€ť
Cleghornâ€™s rebellion came with a declaration without weapons, and as well as with the spirit of his No. 1 confederate â€” his wife, Dr. Lucinda Hart-GonzĂˇlez, who died of cancer in November 2011.
John W. â€śBillâ€ť â€śSmokeyâ€ť McMillen, 75, formerly of Brookville and Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born Sept. 28, 1936, in Brookville, a son of the late Howard C. and Mary A. (Sarvey) McMillen.
Dec. 14, 1958, in Emrickville, he married Rose Richards, who preceded him in death in 1970.
Mr. McMillen worked as a laborer for Humphrey Charcoal of Brookville, and he was active in the Pine Creek Volunteer Fire Company for 25 years.