August 12th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” The following is a statement issued by the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services, following the arrest of now-former Big Run firefighter Anthony Overbeck, 18, Big Run, on arson and related charges pertaining to an Aug. 9 fire along Pennsylvania Avenue in Big Run:
While most people in the Big Run area feel relieved with the recent arrest in the string of arsons, one group of individuals struggles to figure out why this happened.
This group, charged with saving lives and property, is the Big Run Area Volunteeer Fire Company.
Baseball is a game of slumps and streaks, and unfortunately for hometown catcher and Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco, the past week has been of the slump variety.
Mesoraco played in six games this week and managed just two hits in 19 at-bats.
Both the hits were home runs, though, including one against the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA-affiliate Indianapolis Indians Friday. The other came in Wednesday's game against the Toledo Mudhens.
But even with his instant offense, Mesoraco's Bats fell short in both games.
William Alvin Motter, 80, passed away, Saturday, July 30, 2011, at his residence in Tifton, Ga., after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 21, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Beulah Claire Fireman and Fredrick Charles Motter.
Mr. Motter was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he learned his electronics trade. He later joined IBM machines and was one of the technicians who worked on electronics for the early Apollo missions.
With former Punxsu-tawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco possibly days away from a trip to the Majors, another former Punxsy player's journey to the pros is just beginning.
While Mesoraco bypassed college and started playing Minor League Baseball immediately, Gillung went on to pitch four seasons at Mercyhurst College, where he put up some impressive numbers.
The 10-and-under Punxsy Purranhas, who won last weekend's Groundhog Little League softball tournament, were also crowned champs of the 10U division at the Homer City tournament July 29-31. Pictured with their championship trophies are: (front from left) Ella White, Kaitlin Doverspike, Kate Horner, Mia Lingenfelter, Elyse White, Laney Monroe; (middle) Chelsea Snyder, Toya Jones, Lakyn Smith, Cassidy Reed; (back) Jazzmine Hadden, Kylee Shoemaker and Grace Aikens.
Neal: Charges are not an indictment of firefighters
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thursday, state police formally announced charges against a teenage member of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company stemming from an Aug. 9 fire in Big Run, and said he has also been implicated in several other fires dating back to 2010.
Officials from PSP-Punxsutawney and the district attorney noted, however, that charges filed against Anthony M. Overbeck, 18, Big Run, are not an indictment of other firefighters.
The Del Sinchak Band â€” (from left) Ron "Austie" Austalosh, Joe Colapietro, Sinchak, Alan Koss and Bob Smrecansky â€” performed polka and other favorites Thursday during the sixth installment of the Music in the Park Series in Barclay Square. Sinchak, now in his 61st year as a band leader, formed the group with drummer Smrecansky when he was in seventh grade, and Sinchak was in eighth grade. There are only two more Music in the Park shows left for the summer â€” Rocky Top (classic country) next week and The LaVelles (swing/country rock) the week after â€” so donâ€™t put your lawn chairs away just yet.
BROOKVILLE â€” At a June Jefferson County Commission meeting, the commissioners said that eliminating the position of jury commissioner would save the county $12,000.
And then, at a July meeting, Commissioner Jim McIntyre said legislation to eliminate the position of jury commissioner will be back on the table this fall.
But he is â€śanticipating that it will be the decision of the county commissioners, and not a referendum.â€ť
H. B. â€śBarneyâ€ť McGee, 87, McGees Mills, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 1, 1923, in Mahaffey, a son of the late Charles Carlisle and Eva (Byron) McGee.
Mr. McGee was married to Marjorie (Hill) McGee, who preceded him in death Dec. 26, 2007.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Police said early Wednesday morning, an 18-year-old Big Run teen described to them how he set two fires in an unoccupied residence Monday evening, the latest of several fires classified as arson over the last few months.
Wednesday morning, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported the arrest of Anthony Overbeck, 18, Big Run, who faces charges of arson and related offenses; burglary; and criminal trespass pertaining to the fire that occurred between 11 p.m. Aug. 8 and 12:12 a.m. Aug. 9.
Overbeck is a member of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company.