September 30th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After nearly seven years in the planning, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Area Transportation Authorityâ€™s (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center building was held Friday.
â€śI think that a lot of people â€” and certainly the board members of ATA â€” didnâ€™t think this was going to happen,â€ť David Gordon, chairman of the ATA Board of Directors, said.
Punxsy is the first of seven transit centers set for construction, and Gordon said he hopes the others go a little easier than this one did.
Esther M. Battaglia, 85, Brookville, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Jefferson Manor.
She was born Oct. 6, 1925, in Big Soldier, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Matthew and Esther M. (Laverick) Leiberton.
Nov. 6, 1947, she married Pat Battaglia, who preceded her in death in 1979.
Mrs. Battaglia was a member of the Brookville United Methodist Church.
Helen L. Bell, 80, Falls Creek, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at Nelson's Golden Years, DuBois.
She was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Reynoldsville, a daughter of the late Edward and Nellie (McMahan) Dorworth.
June 30, 1957, she married Robert D. Bell, who preceded her in death June 14, 2008.
Mrs. Bell graduated from Reynoldsville High School in 1949.
A homemaker, she was a member of St. Bernard's Church in Falls Creek.
Mary Merry DeJohn, 90, Sykesville, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Christ the King Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Eriton, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Merry) Cowan.
She married Merino DeJohn, who preceded her in death in 2002.
A graduate of Sykesville High, Mrs. DeJohn was a homemaker.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Sykesville. She enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Atlanta Braves, as well as walking, playing cards and bingo.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Once a year, the football game is more than a football game: It's Homecoming. Tonight is that night, when in addition to a larger crowd and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen, the Chucks will take on the Karns City Gremlins in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
"It's great excitement," Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol said of the homecoming atmosphere. "It's nice to have a big crowd up there, and we're so fortunate to be supported. There's always a nice crowd, and this just heightens it and makes it more enjoyable for the players."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Raiders of Brookville travelled to Punxsy to take on the Lady Chucks soccer team Thursday afternoon, and although the muddy conditions from the hard rain earlier in the day equalized the playing field, Brookville came out on top with a 1-0 win.
"I think the field seemed to be a bit of an equalizer for us," Brookville head coach Chip Mason said after the game. "When we walked onto the field, we figured it'd be a game where we had to dump and run, because we just didn't think we could carry the ball very well on it."
The Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company took possession of its new 2011 Ferrara engine/pumper Thursday. The vehicle possesses a 1,500-gallon pump for 1,000 gallons of water, as well as a 30-gallon compressed air foam system. If the weather works out, you could see the new truck during â€śTouch the Truckâ€ť as part of Saturdayâ€™s â€śPizza & Preventionâ€ť downtown.
BROCKWAY â€” The Lady Chucks golf team travelled to Brockway Thursday afternoon for a match they knew they would win before they even teed off, as Brockway's team fielded only three girls and was forced to forfeit.
Still, Punxsy head coach Katie Irwin saw lots of promising signs from her players on a course they were unfamiliar with.
"We had a great day," she said. "It was the first time we've ever seen the course at Scottish Heights, and they all played so well. The scores were down where we've wanted to see them all season."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Pittsburgh man accused of shooting two Punxsy men last week had his bail set at $2 million during his arraignment Thursday, just hours after he was apprehended in the Pittsburgh area.
Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons violations stemming from the Sept. 22 incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Having learned that the need is greater than ever among American forces stationed in Afghanistan, members of the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) will conduct their third county-wideÂ â€śSupport the Troopsâ€ť campaign.