August 4th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Little League complex will be just as crowded this weekend as it was last weekend, and for a very similar reason.
This time, though, softball will be the sport highlighted instead of baseball, as 20 teams from across the region will play in four different age groups: Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16.
Punxsy will be represented in three of the age brackets.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Preparations continue for one of the most popular events of the summer in Punxsutawney, The Ss. Cosmas & Damian (SS.C.D.) Roman Catholic Church 72nd annual Lawn Festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday.
Frank Hetrick, chairman of the festival committee, said the festival has a broad appeal, and those who attend are not just from the Punxsy area.
Hetrick said the festival is known throughout the area. He helps spread the word, delivering a booklet detailing the festival to 15 different Roman and Byzantine Catholic churches from Coalport to Clarion every summer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Progress continues on the downtown Punxsutawney Traffic signal upgrade project, according to Roger Steele, chairman of Public Works.
Steele, who spoke at Tuesday's meeting, said that traffic has been snarled during the day all week, with the installation of the new lights and poles yet to come.
Traffic will get worse before it gets better, he said, as crews continue to move forward with the upgrade.
Evelyn Gresock (left), and John Haag, both of Punxsutawney, enjoy lunch at Library Days at County Market. Wednesdayâ€™s winner of the silent auction for Pittsburgh Steeler tickets was Julie Clark. Friday will be the day that raffle prizes will be drawn. Library Days continues daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.
The 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Star state tournament kicks off this weekend in Huntingdon, and Punxsy will be well represented as it was at the 13- and 14-year old state tournament in Punxsy last weekend.
According to Punxsy manager Mike Klingensmith, his players are ready for the tournament, though they don't seem over-confident, either.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy Pirates received the runner-up award in the 7-and 8-year old pitching machine tournament Saturday in Punxsutawney.
Five teams competed in the double-elimination format contest, and Punxsy placed second only to St. Marys.
Punxsy played five games throughout the day, losing to St. Marys during the first and last games of the tournament. After being defeated by St. Marys, the Pirates beat Kane, Johnsonburg and Cranberry to advance back to the tournament championship.
The Huey Brothers of Punxsutawney placed second in the 10 and under division of the Groundhog Tournament last weekend. The team includes (front, from left) Austin Ewing, Derek Huey, Willie Hoover, Conner Giavedoni, Daren Byers; (middle) Ethan Blose, Dylan Ishman, Andrew Britton, Isaac Stouffer, Logan Johnston; (back) manager Mark Ewing, coach Mike Ishman and coach Eric Britton.
BIG RUN â€” Another fire in Big Run has been ruled arson by the state police fire marshal, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has entered the investigation and is offering a reward for tips that could lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the arsons.
The ATF is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved with any of the fires in the Big Run borough area.
BIG RUN â€” As the number of arson fires in the Big Run area continues to mount following the ruling that a second fire at a house on Caroline Street was intentionally set on fire, people are becoming more concerned.
Area residents, whose names will remain anonymous, said they are afraid to go to sleep at night because of the worry that their homes could be next.
Nick Lantz, Big Run Borough Council president,said that many people who live in Big Run are asking him what they can do to help deter any more arson fires â€” and catch the individual(s) who are starting these blazes.
Cindy Hill (left), a committee volunteer for Friends of the Library, set up a used book sale in front of County Market Tuesday to help raise money for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. Hill said the committee plans to donate the money from the used book sale to the young adult section this year. Buying books to help benefit the library is Roxanne Morris. The book sale was part of Library Days, which continue daily this week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.