August 18th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While representatives from the telecommunications industry, the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the state Office of Consumer Advocate offered views Thursday in a public hearing about proposed changes to the 814 area code, no one from the public did so.
Administrative Law Judge Katrina Dunderdale, who was assigned by the PUC to conduct the public hearings, closed the hearing after about 30 minutes because no one from the public had signed up to testify.
On an evening when organizers thought of moving Music in the Park indoors due to possible showers, not a drop appeared, and Rock Top brought its old-time country classics to the Barclay Square audience Thursday night. The last installment of Music in the Park for the season will be held next Thursday, with The LaVelles performing swing and country/rock. Hang on to your lawn chairs for one more night in the park.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The 2011 Punxsutawney girls' golf team is hard at work preparing for its first tournament of the season, the Bolton Tournament in State College Aug. 22, and head coach Katie Irwin likes what she sees so far.
She also knows why she likes what she sees: Hard work by her players to prepare throughout the summer.
"I've seen a lot of work from these girls during the off-season, and it's showing now that we've turned in some scores," she said.
Punxsy lost three seniors from last year's squad, which went 14-3, but eight players will still be returning.
BROOKVILLE â€” Residents from Brookville and the surrounding communities gathered Thursday night to show their support for U.S. servicemen and women.
The Brookville Volunteer Fire Company hosted an Armed Forces Community Covenant Service in the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium.
Before the ceremony, members from the community stood together for a picture in the shape of a heart.
Francis J. â€śWoodyâ€ť Brauer, 65, Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.
He was born Feb. 2, 1946, in Long Island, N.Y., a son of the late Francis S. and Margaret M. (Schneider) Brauer.
He was married to Elizabeth Ann (Bonfanti) Brauer, who preceded him in death Jan. 9, 2009.
Mr. Brauer served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and later served many years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tennis is a sport that is most often considered an individual one, except in the case of doubles, but Punxsy girls' tennis coach Rose Graffius is using the so-called individual sport to instill lessons about teamwork in her girls this year.
Entering her fourth year as Punxsy's girls' tennis coach, Graffius is optimistic about the way her girls are playing, despite limited practice so far.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Big Run firefighter who was arrested and charged with setting an Aug. 9 fire along Pennsylvania Avenue in Big Run has been charged in most of the other arson and undetermined fires that occurred in the Big Run area within the past year, including the Little Canada and Big Run Carpet fires.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Growing up with parents who loved to garden has inspired Cherie Kopas to create her own gardens at her home.
Winning the Punxsy Garden Clubâ€™s Garden of the Month award is something Kopas is very proud of, since her mother and father have always loved the hobby as well.
â€śMy parents had a plant shop in Indiana,â€ť she said. â€śSo I was always there helping them water and take care of the plants.â€ť
When Kopas got old enough to move into her own place, she was shocked to see that her soon-to-be home was completely bare on the outside.
Aiden Varhola, of Apollo, has fun on the amusement rides at the Dayton Fair, which continues through Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Natalie Bruzda)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When the boys' golf team tees off Friday morning at the Punxsutawney Country Club, the Punxsutawney Area High School's fall sports regular season will officially be underway.
Under the leadership of fourth-year coach Josh Conrad, the Chucks hope to improve from last year when no Punxsy player made it through the first day of districts.
Conrad said his players understand that Punxsy's program has a history of success, and he feels confident they will give their all to make this year a successful one.