March 21st, 2012
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In a competitive District, as District IX is in basketball, making an All-District team is quite an honor, and Monday, a pair of Punxsy basketball players âÂ senior Daniel Triponey on the boys' side and sophomore Taylor Newcome on the girls' end âÂ received the honor when the D-IX 2012 All-Stars were announced.
Triponey, who led the Chucks to just their second D-IX title game since 1994 this season, was the lone Punxsy representative from a balanced squad.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Construction on the Graystone Court apartments and tower has resumed full throttle after a short winter layoff.
"We stopped in November working on the outside and resumed construction on the towers with the onset of the warmer weather," said Jeff S. Long, developer and owner of Graystone Court Apartments.
Long said work crews have two more floors to construct on the apartment tower.
"We can't hang any drywall in the tower until we get the roof on it," Long said, adding that the roof should be in place within a month, and then the interior work will commence.
BIG RUN â The members of Big Run Borough Council agreed at Monday's meeting not to pursue mandatory garbage pickup for borough residents.
"We have an ordinance in place; it's not necessary to pass another one for mandatory pickup," said John Niver, Big Run Council member.
Nick Lantz, council president, said most people in Big Run have garbage pickup.
Niver said it was not his intention to have burn barrels banned in the borough through an ordinance for mandatory garbage pickup.
Members of the American Cancer Society are shown preparing for Daffodil Days in Jefferson County at the Stello Foods building in Punxsutawney. The Society will be selling daffodils Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Punxsy at Fezell's County Market, Comet Market and PNC Bank; in Brookville at Mike's Supermarket; and in Reynoldsville at Mike's Bi Lo, S&T Bank and Community First Bank. The Society sells daffodils because they are the "flower of hope." Shar N. Hope, the BoydsÂź by EnescoÂź bear, is also available at the various locations throughout Jefferson County.
Helen Shaffer Freeman, 83, of Savannah, Ga., died Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2012, at Shadowmoss Plantation under the care of Odyssey Hospice in Savannah.
She was born in Akron, Ohio, a daughter of the late Haven and Gladys (Kougher) Shaffer.
Ms. Freeman was a former member of Epworth United Methodist Church and was a retired beautician.
She was an accomplished artist who taught painting at Armstrong Atlantic State University.