September 25th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ Dean Martin. Frank Sinatra. Sammy Davis Jr. The golden days of the legendary Rat Pack.
It's not the kind of music on the average sixth-grader's iPod, but it's what 11-year-old Punxsy native Gabrielle Vallese likes, and she liked Dino's song â€śEverybody Loves Somebody Sometimesâ€ť so much, her energetic performance of that standard netted her top honors in The Punxsutawney Spirit's â€śPunxsy's Got Talentâ€ť event this past Saturday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” An official flag retirement took place Sunday afternoon by the John Jacob Fisher American Legion Post No. 62 at the VFW in Punxsutawney. The retirement began with an official flag ceremony called "Retirement of Old Colors," before the worn-out and distressed flags were put into a bed of flames.
"This is a proper way to retire your flag," said Earnest Siverling, first vice and second in command at American Legion Post No. 62. "We're more than honored to do this with as much respect as we can muster."
FOXBURG â€” The Brookville Raiders dominated the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Falcons from the first kickoff Friday night and eventually won 50-6.
Brookville's Brodie Zacherl had a 39-yard touchdown on the Raiders' first snap of the game, and from there, the team never let up.
"After last week's rough game, our confidence was a little fragile," Brookville head coach Chris Dworek said. "We had a good week, and we had a good practice (Friday). To have a good start keeps that momentum going from the week, so that was important."
STRATTANVILLE â€” The Punxsy Chucks scored on their first four offensive possessions in the first half â€” including three second-quarter touchdowns â€” to take a 28-0 lead to halftime and went on to easily defeat Clarion-Limestone 28-0 Friday night in Strattanville.
PITTSBURGH â€” Devin Mesoraco's homecoming party was almost spoiled Friday night when Reds' catcher Ramon Hernandez was granted the start.
Several local fans of Mesoraco made the trip to Pittsburgh in hopes of seeing their favorite Major Leaguer in person.
And late in the game, their wish was granted when Mesoraco came in to relieve Hernandez.
Mike Leake had pinch-run for Hernandez in the eighth inning.
Mesoraco's fans didn't get to see him even take a swing at a live pitch.
In fact, he was left standing in the on-deck circle in the ninth inning.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thursday, members of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce held a mixer at the Grace Place Community Resource Center, formerly the Grube Hospital.
The Rev. Tim Spence, interim executive director for the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry Inc. (JALSM), said construction on Grace Place Apartments is 60 percent complete with occupancy scheduled for Jan. 1.
He said the apartment building is being constructed in two sections. In the first section, the sheet rock is nearing completion, while in the second section, the stud work is almost finished.
Dr. Thomas E. Cressley, DDS, 89, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at his home.
He was born March 13, 1922, in Glen Campbell, a son of the late Clayton and Marvel (Gibson) Cressley.
Aug. 13, 1950, he married Florinda (Anderson) Cressley, who preceded him in death Dec. 16, 1997.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Dr. Cressley was a retired dentist and a graduate of Glen Campbell High School, Waynesburg University and the University of Pittsburgh Dental School.
Margy D. Kuntz, 77, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Dec. 22, 1933, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John Kopnitsky, Effie (Reams) Kopnitsky and Ruby (Geist) Kopnitsky.
Ms. Kuntz worked for Lorree Footwear and Standard Pennant Company. Later, she was a seamstress for the Stitchers Mound.
Elizabeth Woods, 86, Rossiter, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Dec. 30, 1924, in Winslow Township, a daughter of the late Blair W. and Hazel B. (Uplinger) Vandervort.
She was married to Delmont "Smokey" Woods, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mrs. Woods worked many years as an LPN. She also worked private duty and was an excellent caregiver and a midwife.
She had many friends and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Police have named a suspect who faces charges of criminal attempted homicide in the Thursday evening shooting of two Punxsy men.
Friday, Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department and Pennsylvania State Police Troop Câ€™s Major Case Team are investigating the shooting that occurred around 9:30 p.m. Thursday along Cranberry Alley.
In his statement, Fedigan said Christopher Lawrence Thornhill, 24, who has Pittsburgh as his last known address, shot the two Punxsy men multiple times.