November 10th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Students at Punxstawney Area Middle School held their annual Veteransâ€™ Day assembly Thursday with Student Government President Jacob Horner, a seventh-grader, as the master of ceremonies.
â€śIt was fun â€” hard speaking up there â€” but it felt good to show thanks to the Veterans,â€ť he said.
The assembly began with a choral reading of â€śHatâ€™s Off,â€ť by Alan Majorâ€™s fourth-grade class, followed by Darren Sherryâ€™s fifth-grade class reading of â€śIn Flanderâ€™s Field.â€ť
William â€śBillâ€ť Ralph Baker, 76, Smicksburg, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 4, 1935, in Rayne Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Royden W. and Ethel W. (Lamer) Baker.
May 19, 1956, he married the former Stella Louise Lowman, who survives.
Mr. Baker was a farmer and a school bus driver for the Marion Center School District.
He enjoyed his family and grandchildren, hunting, fishing and gun bashes. He especially liked gun shoots with his granddaughter.
He was a member of the Keystone Sportsmen's Club and the NRA.
Ralph B. Sprague, 81, Reynoldsville, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 5, 1929, in Winslow Township, a son of the late Eugene W. and Esther A. (Strouse) Sprague.
Oct. 15, 1948, he married Grace L. (Buhite) Sprague, who survives.
Mr. Sprague was a retired area farmer and member of the Paradise Church of Christ, Reynoldsville.
Deborah L. Zanot, 65, Reynoldsville, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at her home.
She was born Jan. 11, 1946, in New Rochelle, N.Y., a daughter of the late Charles and Lena Marie Williams.
Sept. 20, 1991, she married Eugene V. Zanot, who survives.
Mrs Zanot was a 19 63 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a homemaker.
She was Protestant by faith.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Wednesday night, the elementary girls' basketball players put the third night of their tournament in the books, leaving just one more night of competition tonight at Punxsutawney Area High School.
Fans and parents who came out to watch Wednesday's games were treated to a variety of styles from shootouts to low-scoring defensive affairs.
In the first game in the fourth- and fifth-grade division, Kate Horner set the pace for the Celtics with 16 points en route to a 20-4 victory over the Lakers.
In this Nov. 2 photo Dan Triponey is seen clearing a ball out of the Punxsy zone during the District IX Championship game against Bradford. Tuesday, Triponey and fellow-senior Tyler Presloid were named to the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League All-Star central division team. Brockway junior Phil Esposito was named league MVP, and eight other players were nominated to the team: Ryan Haultman and Zach Puhala of Brockway; Seth Conner, Leland Mowery and Brett Smith of Brookville; and Tyler Anzinger, Jake Herbstritt and Ben Wortman of Elk County Catholic. (Photo by Zak Lantz)
Last week, I wrote about the competitive nature of athletes coming together and celebrating the opportunity to play again against an old rival.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the game, but from what I heard, I missed a good, competitive game.
I was also told that the game got a bit chippy at times, but when the final horn rang, the teams came together in the ultimate show of respect: The mid-field handshake.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ Donâ€™t count on a fast pick-up for your leaves this fall.
The boroughâ€™s leaf collection machine, which has been the work horse in the boroughâ€™s annual leaf collection, has been out of service since the first day of collection, said Roger Steele, chairman of the Public Works Committee, at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
Steele said Public Works crews have been utilizing the boroughâ€™s street sweeper as the only viable piece of equipment that can be used for leaf collection.
WALSTON â€” Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors approved a new five-year agreement with Punxsutawney Borough for fire protection services through the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
The agreement was approved for five years with the township paying the borough $15,500 for 2012; $16,000 for 2013; $16,500 for 2014; $17,000 for 2015; $17,500 for 2016; and the township will pay 100
percent of any Firemanâ€™s Relief Association funds it recovers during the contract to the borough.
BROOKVILLE â€” County voters remained loyal to their mostly-Republican row officers Tuesday, while they also supported Democratic Judge John H. Foradora for another 10-year term.
Tuesdayâ€™s turnout, however, was slim, with only 7,988 registered voters â€”29 percent of the countyâ€™s 27,949 registered voters â€” heading to the polls on a day that saw unseasonably warm temperatures.
With 6,538 votes (84 percent), Foradora was retained as Common Pleas Court judge for another 10 years in Tuesdayâ€™s general election. There were 1,220 voters (16 percent) against the ballot measure.