September 1st, 2011
CINCINNATI â€” Devin Mesoracoâ€™s journey to the Major Leagues started June 1, 2007, when he was drafted in the first round with the 15th pick of the Major League Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
That journey ended Thursday, when Mesoraco was called up from the AAA Louisville Bats and placed on the Redsâ€™ 40-man roster.
Now, a new journey has begun.
Since he was a young man, right here in Punxsutawney, Mesoraco has been a standout athlete, but at every new level comes a new question: Can he stand out at this level with the elevated competition?
BROOKVILLE â€” An evidence suppression hearing was held Thursday in the case of an Emporium man facing charges for the double murder of a Snyder Township couple in 2010.
Thursday, attorneys for defendant Steven Patrick Rebert filed several motions in the Court of Common Pleas to have Judge John H. Foradora suppress certain pieces of evidence that were introduced by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett through cross examination of Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. David Ray, the criminal investigation assessment officer.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed September 2011 as National Senior Community Center Month and Sept. 25-Oct. 1 2011 as Senior Community Center Week.
The commissioners are encouraging all Jefferson County residents to recognize the important role senior community centers play in the lives of older persons in Jefferson County.
â€śI would like to thank the commissioners and our volunteers for their continuing support of the senior centers,â€ť Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging, said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' tennis team opened its home schedule for the 2011 season by blanking Bradford's squad, 9-0, Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
In the No. 1 singles category, Punxsy's Anna Monyak handled hard-hitting Emily Hardy's serves and defeated her 6-2, 6-3 to earn Punxsy's first point in a match that contained several close games that frequently went to multiple deuces.
In the No. 2 singles, Shaina Reddinger defeated Brad-ford's Amina Sosic handily, 6-1, 6-2.
DUBOIS â€” Punxsy's boys' golf team shot a 159, its lowest score of the season, at the Silver Course's back nine at Treasure Lake in DuBois, earning a 159-200 victory over DuBois Central Catholic Thursday afternoon.
Punxsy's win makes things interesting in the Allegheny Mountain League's northern division after Brookville defeated DuBois Tuesday afternoon.
"Today was a really great day," head coach Josh Conrad said after the match. "Everyone just played really well."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After losing 11 seniors from last year's district-champion squad, Punxsy's much-younger girls' volleyball team isn't changing its expectations heading into the 2011 season.
"Everyone's goal is to win the district championship," head coach Lisa Kephart said after Punxsy's preseason scrimmage Wednesday. "With us working hard toward that goal, the girls are definitely motivated for this season."
Punxsy's starting squad will return just one player, setter Cassie Cook, on a new-look team that hopes to turn some heads with some new plays.
INDIANA â€” Indiana's boys' golf team had five different players score in the 30s on the front nine at the Indiana Country Club to defeat Punxsy, 188-211, Wednesday afternoon.
"It's tough to beat a team when they have five guys play in the 30s," head coach Josh Conrad said. "That's unheard of in District IX. Indiana always has a tough team."
Indiana was led by Matt Holuta, who shot an even-par 36 and Colton Wiggins and Steve Sanderson, who each shot one-over 37s.
Gerald Gilbert Waite, 67, Punxsutawney, formerly of Frenchville, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.
He was born July 20, 1944, in Madera, a son of the late Orrie and Ethel Mae (Wilks) Waite.
July 25, 1964, he married the former Darlene Kay Randolph, who survives.
Mr. Waite was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Punxsutawney.
He worked as a plumber and maintenance man for the West Branch School District and Allied Mechanical in State College.
Sarah Straitiff, 86, Brookville, formerly of Coolspring, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
She was born July 6, 1925, in Johnsonburg, a daughter of the late George and Anna M. (Updyke) Geer.
She was married to Leonard E. Straitiff, who preceded her in death Feb. 13, 2003.
Mrs. Straitiff was employed as an assembly worker at Sylvania in Brookville, and she also worked for the Brookville Glove Company.
She was a member of the Brookville Senior Citizens and the Coolspring United Methodist Church, where she had previously served as church treasurer.
LOUISVILLE â€” Punxsutawney Area High School graduate Devin Mesoraco received the call every Little League baseball player dreams of Wednesday afternoon: Heâ€™s been called up to the Major Leagues.
According to family sources, Mesoraco was in Louisville preparing for the Cincinnati Redsâ€™ AAA-affiliate Batsâ€™ game Wednesday when he received news that he wouldnâ€™t be playing Wednesday night, and heâ€™d be officially called up for Cincinnatiâ€™s 12:30 p.m. contest against the Philadelphia Phillies today in Cincinnati.