September 25th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” Most 12-year-olds dream about the day they turn 16, so they can get behind the wheel of a car for the first time, but one local boy has a head start on his peers.
Will Fleming, a sixth- grader at Hickory Grove in the Brookville Area School District, just completed his first season racing a 270 cubic centimeter powered micro sprint race car, showing many signs of improvement and success in his rookie year.
The 270cc micros â€” a smaller version of the 410cc sprints â€” are powered by what is basically a motorcycle engine and run on alcohol as a fuel source.
Paulette Hollenbaugh, 63, Dayton, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born June 19, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Charles Edwin and Cora Edna (Tyger) Grinder.
April 22, 1995, she married Ed Hollenbaugh, who survives.
Mrs. Hollenbaugh was a resident of Punxsutawney most of her life prior to moving to Dayton in 1995.
She attended the Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Cloe United Methodist Church.
John M. Reken, 85, Home, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011.
He was born July 10, 1926, in Beyer, a son of the late John and Ann (Ocel) Reken.
Jan. 31, 1953, he married Helen (Beresnyak) Reken, who survives.
They celebrated 56 years of marriage together.
He served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army. He was also a member of Dayton Sportsmen's Club, Sagamore VFW, William Penn Assoc. and UMWA Local 1619. He enjoyed the outdoors.
Mr. Reken worked as a farmer and also as a coal miner for 42 years, working for the North American Coal Co.
Nellie M. Rugh-Lowers, 64, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Shippenville.
She was born Aug. 28, 1947, in Alliance, Ohio, a daughter of the late Louis W. and Blanche (Finnegan) Lowers.
Ms. Lowers loved reading and talking with family and friends. She was a kind-hearted person, a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.
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.