July 1st, 2011
ST. MARYS â The game seemed to be slipping away from Punxsy in the bottom of the third inning Friday night when St. Marys scored four runs on three hits and three errors. But Punxsy fought back to send the game to extra innings and won 6-4 in nine in Minor League baseball All-Star action in St. Marys.
"That was a fun one," Punxsy manager Eric Britton said. "It was pretty nerve-wracking. I've coached and managed a lot of games, and that was probably one of the best I've ever been involved with."
When I exited The Punxsutawney Spirit building following an interview for the vacant sports writer job in October 2006, I climbed into my car and flipped on my iPod as I began my 2 1/2-hour drive back to my hometown of Erie.
The iPod, which was set on shuffle at that particular moment, began to play "Dawn of a New Day," a song by my favorite band, In Flames.
Already feeling good about how well the interview went, the random appearance of this song made it clear to me: I got the job.
Fast-forward to nearly five years later, and the next step of my life is a week away from starting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Not even Punxsutawney Phil could have prognosticated the plan for this proposal.
Sarah O'Donnell and Jeff White enjoyed the âPhantastic Phils!â â especially the one in front of The Punxsutawney Spirit office on Pine Street â so much, they returned to Punxsy Friday to track down the remaining eight statues they couldn't find in December.
But Friday, Jeff â with help from Spirit staff, Punxsutawney Phil himself and his co-handler, John Griffiths â pulled off a larger plan: Propose to Sarah in front of their favorite âPhantastic Phil!â at The Spirit office.
PERRY TOWNSHIP â A young Amish girl was struck by a car Friday afternoon after she ran out in front of the vehicle along Route 210, Perry Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1996 Honda Accord driven by a female whose name was not available at Spirit press time was traveling south on Route 210 when a four-year-old Amish girl ran out onto the highway and into the path of her vehicle.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Just in time for the Fourth of July, the 45th-annual Groundhog Festival kicks off Sunday.
With two entertainment groups coming back for round two, and all-new acts throughout the rest of the week, Groundhog Festival Committee Chairman Roger Steele is anxious for kick-off.
"I do get nervous days before the festival starts," he said. "But I know everyone that helps get this thing up and running does a great job of it. I'm excited to see how things turn out this year."
Ella Mae Kunselman, 82, Valier, died Thursday, June 30, 2011, at home.
She was born April 22, 1929, in Big Run, the daughter of the late Charles M. and Grace (Conrad) Young.
Sept. 28, 1949, she married Charles L. Kunselman, who preceded her in death May 14, 2010.
Mrs. Kunselman was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for more than 30 years. She also volunteered at many of the church function. She was a member of the Christian Friends group. Mrs. Kunselman was a former bank teller employed by the National Bank of the Commonwealth.
BROOKVILLE â During a Jefferson County Jail Inspection-Intermediate Punishment Board meeting Monday, county Commission Chairman Paul Corbin congratulated the jail staff and Warden Tom Elbel on the results of the jailâs bi-annual inspection.
For the third consecutive time, the Jefferson County jail scored 100 percent on its inspection, which took place June 6.
The State Depart-ment of Corr-ections performs the inspection.
To achieve the perfect rating, the jail had to spend some money on routine maintenance items, such as painting.
Angie Roginela (left), who attends West End Elementary School, and Anna Newman, who attends Mapleview Elementary, display their funky hats during the Punxsy Fire Departmentâs Old Home Week Carnival Thursday night on the grounds near the Punxy Plaza. The carnival continues tonight, beginning at 6 p.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Girls just want to have fun, and thatâs exactly what Mercy Smith of Punxsy did Wednesday at her home during a baby shower for her baby doll, Cinderella.
The Punxsutawney Aglow International group supported Mercy in her request to have a baby shower for her doll by inviting members of the group and their grandchildren.
Aglow International is a group of women, teens, youth and men who meet once a month for worship and monthly speakers. The group focuses on different outreaches such as providing gifts to children on Christmas.
BROCKWAY â Punxsy pitchers Andrew Britton and Ethan Blose threw a combined one-hitter, and Punxsy received an offensive spark from Derek Huey, who was 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run and six RBIs, to defeat Brockway, 10-0, in four innings in Minor League baseball All-Star action Thursday at Brockway.
Brockway was eliminated from the tournament with the loss, and Punxsy will play St. Marys at 6 p.m. tonight in St. Marys.
Tonight's game will be a rematch from the tournament's first round, a game Punxsy lost, 10-4, at home.