September 20th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Itâ€™s a manner of gardening that works just fine for Cecilia (Wehrle) McCann, but at times, it may alarm passersby.
Given the fact that her eyesight isnâ€™t what it used to be, she gets low to the ground, generally on her knees or lower, for a better look at the flowers sheâ€™s tending at her Liberty Street home.
â€śItâ€™s hard on my legs, so I just get on the ground,â€ť Mrs. McCann â€” also known as Aunt Deed, a derivative of her childhood nickname, Dee Dee Dumpling â€” said Tuesday. â€śI canâ€™t stand up that long, and I canâ€™t see that far anyway.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Over the years, there have been many high-profile fires that have heavily damaged or destroyed historic buildings in Punxsutawney, but a fire that destroyed a building Feb. 16 has taken some more of history with it.
This time, itâ€™s a part of Clayville history.
There was the Dec. 24, 1971, fire that destroyed the Jordan Furniture Company, Freeleeâ€™s Store and other buildings along East Mahoning and North Jefferson streets, as well as a Nov. 16, 1982, fire on Thanksgiving at the Findley Hotel.
Mary (McCurry) Minster, 57, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.
She was the daughter of Charlotte McCurry of Bakerstown and the late John McCurry.
She was married to Ernest J. Minster, who survives.
Mrs. Minster's compassion and kindness was great, and she gave all for her family. She extended her heart to all, and her love was felt by many.
Her commitment to caring for all children was demonstrated through her service as a Catechism teacher and school board member.
Lucinda Lee Shrecengost, 59, Mercer, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at her home.
She was born March 9, 1952, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Clifford and Eleanor (Marshall) Shaffer.
Ms. Shrecengost was a retired seamstress, having worked for 13 years at Sportswear in Punxsy and for nine-and-a-half years at G&K in Sharon.
In her free time, she enjoyed quilting, and cross stitching.
DUBOIS â€”Behind five scores in the 50s, with each of the scorers within two strokes of one another, the Lady Chucks golf team defeated DuBois 227-240 Monday afternoon in DuBois.
With the win, Punxsy improves to 8-0 on the season heading into a rematch with DuBois today which begins the second half of the district schedule.
"I'm really proud of the streak this team is on," Punxsy head coach Katie Irwin said. "They worked hard this summer, and their record is reflecting that."
Lauren Giavedoni and Marisa Stockdale shared the low score for Punxsy with a pair of 56s.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Trailing 4-0 at halftime, the Lady Chucks soccer team controlled the ball for most of the second half, but were unable to score, and Brockway went on to win Monday afternoon's game 7-0.
"We came out in the second half like the score was nothing to us, and we were going to score some goals," Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes said. "Possession wise, we did dominate, but had we started out like that in the first half, it might have been a different story."
As much as Hughes liked the way his girls jumped out in the second half, he still sees lots of room for improvement.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks volleyball team defeated Union Monday night in Punxsutawney behind strong serving â€” six different girls recorded an ace â€” and good attacks at the net.
Punxsy started the first game a bit sluggish, falling behind in the early stages and trailing 8-13 before using a timeout to turn the momentum.
After the timeout, Punxsy benefited from two separate three-point rallies by Chelsea Engeholm and Sydney Weaver â€” who recorded two aces in her mini-streak â€” to tie the score at 16.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A year ago at this time, Thom and Kambrea Pratt had no idea whether their Web comic, â€śShadowbinders,â€ť would be successful.
The couple, who used to color and design characters such as Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck for Gemstoneâ€™s Disney comics, believe the Internet is the future of comics, so they decided to post â€śShadowbindersâ€ť on the Web Aug. 27, 2010.
The comic really took off this past January, which they believe is because, in part, they use social networking sites such as Facebook and the marketing site Projectwonderful to spread the word.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Work resumed Monday on the downtown traffic signal replacement project, with the replacement of the pedestrian curb ramps.
Kirby Starr, project manager for PennDOT, said the $1.1 million project was delayed was due to a switch to a different type of pole, which requires different anchor bolts, and was also subject to approval by PennDOT.
Starr said the traffic light project on North Findley, Pine and Torrence streets is not a part of the downtown Mahoning Street traffic light project.
BIG RUN â€” Monday, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh provided information to borough council about hiring a part-time police officer to help slow down speeding vehicles in the borough.
Buterbaugh said at Mondayâ€™s council meeting that he learned from Sykesville Borough Council that it was in the process of hiring another part-time police officer and has a police cruiser for sale. He also spoke with Sykesville Council members about the possibility of hiring one of its officers to patrol in Big Run.