September 13th, 2011
Mary Belle (Finch) Mottern Michaels, 82, of Sprankle Mills, went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, while at home.
She was born July 16, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Martin E. and Pearl (Neville) Finch.
Mary Belle married Cloy âJoeâ Mottern, who preceded her in death.Â
Oct. 30, 2002, she married Joseph âBertâ Michaels, who survives.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed. She enjoyed eating at Punxsy Philâs and the Country Villa.
Margaret E. Smith, 95, Marion Center, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Sept. 25, 1915, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William and Alice (Aber) Haag.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Campbell, Harold Hetrick and Meigs Smith.
She was a member of the Marion Center Presbyterian Church and the New Salem Presbyterian Church in Ohioville. She was a member of the Mahoning Hills Senior Center and loved bingo and gardening.
Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 PAHS grad and a first-round, 15th-overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds, hit the first pitch of the sixth inning into the left field seats for his first career home run against the Chicago Cubs Monday night.
The Cubs downed the Reds 12-8.
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PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society looked back on 2011, lauded the efforts of local students helping the organization through senior projects and saluted four recipients of its Awards of Commendation during its annual banquet Saturday at the Lattimer House.
This yearâs event took on a different turn than previous ones, as PAHS senior Anna Monyak served as the guest speaker, displaying a PowerPoint presentation of her project, which was a film called âBut â¦ Is That It?â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council learned Monday that poles to be used for the traffic light replacement project at the intersection of North Findley and Pine and Torrence streets have been delivered, and the project should be completed within the next two weeks.
Council President Susan Glessner said it would be interesting to see what these poles look like, since they are identical to the ones set for placement as part of the downtown Punxsutawney traffic signal project.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The battle of the band continues.
Monday, Cheryl Hollis and her daughter, Karah, addressed the Punxsutawney Area School Board during the 10-minute public comment portion of its agenda on the issue of why Karah cannot participate in the PAHS Marching Band.
At issue: Is marching band a curricular or an extra-curricular activity? The Hollises claim it is extra-curricular, citing after-school-hours, preparation and rehearsals, while Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe says it is a graded, curricular activity that is part of concert band.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy girls' golf team played host to the four teams in its division Monday at the Punxsutawney Country Club and walked away with a still-undefeated record, scoring the lowest team total (228) and defeating DuBois, Brookville, Ridgway and Brockway.
Because Punxsy was the host, each team scored against Punxsy, so Punxsy's record, 1-0 entering the day, improved to 5-0 after the sweep.
Punxsy was led by Sarah London, who shot a 52 on the nine-hole course.
DUBOIS â When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it makes it difficult to maintain the rough at a golf course. But the deep rough wasn't enough to slow the Punxsy boys' golf team, as it defeated DuBois at the DuBois Country Club Monday afternoon, 178-194.
By winning, Punxsy avenged a 162-165 loss at the Punxsutawney Country Club Aug. 29 and put its destiny in its own hands headed into a match at Brookville next Tuesday.
"If we beat Brookville a week from (today), Bradford will come here for the AML championship," Punxsy head coach Josh Conrad said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Lady Chucks' kept Clearfield off the board in each of five singles' matches and won the overall contest 9-0 Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
"We were really happy to be able to host the Clearfield team today," Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said after the match. "All the members of the PHS girls' team were able to play during the match."
Punxsy's No. 1 singles player, Anna Monyak, was the first to pick up her victory, sweeping Clearfield's Yesh Potel 6-0, 6-0.
Colton Elbel Baughman, 22, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at home.
He was born April 6, 1989, in Punxsutawney, a son of Bruce Baughman and Sandra Elbel, who survive.
He attended Clarion University and was a 2007 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, where he ran cross country and track.
Colton was a member of the Oliver Township Fire Co.
An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, motorcycles and hanging out with family and friends.
He was employed by Weatherford Well Head of Punxsutawney.