February 28th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, Jefferson County was recognized as one of 47 counties across the state for its achievement of StormReady status.
The status, acknowledged by the National Weather Service, means the Jefferson County community has taken a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness with the local National Weather Service office in Pittsburgh.
Tracy Zents, director of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services, said the recognition is positive for the county.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â East Mahoning and North Findley Streets were shut down for about 45 minutes Monday following a three-vehicle accident that occurred around 7:17 p.m. Monday.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 1994 Subaru sedan driven by Tina McCracken, Punxsutawney, was traveling west on East Mahoning Street, while a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Sean Fitzgerald, Big Run, was traveling north on North Findley Street, and a 2006 Chevrolet driven by a 16-year-old juvenile was traveling south on North Findley Street, waiting to make a left turn to travel east on East Mahoning Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Lady Chucks middle school volleyball team opened its season last Thursday against Brockway and continued Tuesday afternoon against the Lady Beavers of DuBois.
Last Thursday, the eighth-grade squad defeated the Lady Rovers to start the season off on the right foot.
In the first game, Punxsy picked up a win behind Emma White's eight aces, including one on game point to seal the game.
"Overall, it was just a really good game," Punxsy head coach Megan Decker said. "Emma's serves were really good, and that definitely helped."
Margie Astorino, 63, Walston, died Monday, Feb.27, 2012, at Mulberry Square Eldercare and Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney, after a 21-year, courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Oct. 26, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Ross and Antoinette (Belott) Astorino.
She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Walston, as well as a member of the Walston Club.
William E. Beezer, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Edward and Caroline (Lamison) Beezer.
He moved to the Punta Gorda area a year ago from Thomasville, Ga.
Mr. Beezer worked in pharmaceutical sales before retiring.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Beezer was Protestant by faith.
Eleanor Joan (Clinger) Kent, 82, Punxsutawney, formerly of Clarion, died Feb. 27, 2012, at her home.
She was born July 23, 1929, in Corsica, a daughter of the late George Leo and Alice Ethel (Snyder) Clinger.
Oct. 14, 1959, she married her husband of 43 years, Ralph Owen Kent, who preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1993.
Mrs. Kent worked at the Brookville Glove Factory as a seamstress; the O-I Glass plant in Clarion; Clarion University; Clarion Hospital; and Clarion Area Schools as a cook and dietary aide. She was a member of the O-I Auxiliary.
In Monday's edition of Spirit Sports, the two Punxsy wrestlers who won the District-IX title in their respective weight classes Saturday at Clarion University â Seth Spack at 152 pounds and Perry Arrington at 138 pounds â were highlighted, but a record number of Chucks' wrestlers advanced to the regional tournament this weekend in Altoona.
Two drivers were sent to the hospital following a three-vehicle accident around 7:20 p.m. Monday at the intersection of North Findley and East Mahoning streets. According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a vehicle traveling west on East Mahoning Street drove through a red light and struck a Chevrolet Blazer on the driverâs rear left side, which was in the intersection, causing the Blazer to roll over.
BROOKVILLE â No. 1 Brookville Chevrolet Buick has a more than 80-year history with the local business community.
And with all of that experience, the dealershipâs current owner, Ralph Gamble, is confident his business will be able to bounce back from a devastating weekend.
Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a fire broke out in the second floor of the dealershipâs showroom, which is located on East Main Street in Brookville.
According to Brookville Volunteer Fire Company (BVFC) Chief Jim Lipuma, the fire originated from the furnace.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ Even though Punxsy hasnât seen a lot of snow this winter, there were many children seen as âWhiter Than Snowâ during a recent photo exhibition/fund-raiser for the Punxsutawney Christian School at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library recently.
The exhibition is called âWhiter Than Snow: A Prayer in Pictures,â said Karissa Spencer, childrenâs ministries director for the First Church of God in Punxsy.
Spencer said as part of the childrenâs ministries, the Sunday School staff taught youngsters the salvation message and what it means to be âWhiter Than Snowâ in a spiritual sense.