June 27th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” More than six months of planning, day-to-day research and organization has finally come to a fulfilling completion with the recent production of Philâ€™s 125th Birthday Celebration book, "1886-2011: Groundhog Day, 125 Years" created by The Punxsutawney Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” "Someday when I grow up, I'm going to run off and join the carnival," has been a threat said by many children over the years when arguing with their parents.
Some kids actually attempted to follow through with that threat, but there are some children who were born into the carnival lifestyle, such as Tabby Fain of Mayo, Fla., who owns and operates the fried dough and funnel cake stand on the J&J Amusement midway today through Saturday during the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week Celebration.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After Brookville scored two runs to tie the score in the top of the sixth, Punxsy's McKenzie Atcheson hit a walk-off single with two outs on a bang-bang play at first base to drive in Sam Satterlee and give Punxsy a 10-9 win in Little League softball All-Star action Monday night in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's next game will be against DuBois, who sent Punxsy to the losers' bracket with an 11-0 win Saturday. The rematch will be played Wednesday night in DuBois.
ST. MARYS â€” Joey DiPietro threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and Jacob Tyger hit a two-run home run during the Punxsy Little League baseball All-Stars' 5-0 tournament-opening victory Monday night at St. Marys.
DiPietro surrendered just two hits, Punxsy didn't commit an error, and Punxsy's five hits came from four players during a total team effort.
1. I didn't get a chance to mention this last week, but the teams that Punxsy's baseball and softball teams lost to in the PIAA playoffs â€” Northern York for baseball, Valley for softball â€” both won a state title. For the Lady Chucks, that's three-straight years they were eliminated by the eventual state champion, and if you count their 2006 state title game defeat, that's four times in six years. Sometimes having bad luck schedule-wise can lead to your season ending sooner than expected.
Donald J. Buzard, 69, DuBois, died Friday, June 24, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 13, 1941, in Brookville, a son of the late John and Francis (Yeunosk) Buzard.
He was married to Rosemary Makofka, who survives.
Mr. Buzard was a member of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany.
He worked as a truck driver for the former Preston Trucking Co. and Fast Track Trucking Co. of Anita, as well as for Fullington Bus Company of DuBois.
Mr. Buzard was a member of F.O.E. of Falls Creek and enjoyed NASCAR and Steelers football.
James Richard Pifer, 90, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Nov. 24, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Merle Philip and Ida Elizabeth (Smith) Pifer.Â
He is the last member of his family.
Mr. Pifer was a corporal with the U.S. Army Air Force, having served during World War II. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the American Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Nov. 15, 1946, he married Doris Ruth Bair, who survives.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy scored two runs in the bottom half of the third inning to tie St. Marys, 2-2, but St. Marys went on to score eight runs in the last three innings to win 10-4 in Minor League baseball All-Star action Sunday at Jerry Long Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's next game will be Thursday, but it will not know which team it will play until Tuesday. St. Marys will go on to face DuBois in the winner's bracket at 6 p.m. Tuesday in DuBois.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney reigned victorious as they beat the Clearfield Chiefs 14-4 Sunday night in American Legion ball.
A seven-run first inning proved to be just the ticket for Punxsy, as the Chiefs were unable to stage any sort of comeback.
"We jumped out quick in the first inning, and we kinda never looked back after that," Punxsy manager Mike Dickey said. "It was a good win for us. We were patient when we needed to be patient, and we were aggressive when we needed to be aggressive."
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy Little League softball All-Stars had just two base runners during an 11-0 loss to DuBois Saturday in a winners' bracket contest in DuBois.
Punxsy (1-1) dropped to the losers' bracket final where it will host Brookville at 6 p.m. tonight.
Brookville defeated St. Marys, 10-7, Sunday afternoon.
DuBois (3-0) is now the king seed in the Southern tier. It will host the Punxsy-Brookville winner at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a chance to advance to the District 10 final against the Northern tier champion.