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May 10th, 2011

Jessica Smochek goes to Congress for victims harmed while serving in Peace Corps

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — In accepting the Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award, Punxsy native and former Peace Corps volunteer Jessica Smochek said a world of heroes in which she once believed was destroyed after she was brutally attacked and raped while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh.

“In the real world, no one goes around looking for people to save,” she said, saying that these days, people are taught to “mind their own business.”

Police: Man drove car into Mahoning Creek after domestic incident

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A passerby walking along Mahoning Creek saw a car submerged in the water early Tuesday morning.

Punxsutawney Borough Police recovered the late 1990s Cadillac from Mahoning Creek around 1 p.m. Tuesday behind the carnival grounds near the Punxy Plaza.

According to Police Chief Tom Fedigan, the vehicle was discovered by a passerby who was walking on the dike along the creek. The person then notified police.

Lady Chucks beat Hollidaysburg, lose to Bradford on Senior Night

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy girls' track and field team could not surmount District IX Class AAA rival Bradford, but did earn a victory over District VI Hollidaysburg during Senior Recognition Day Tuesday in Punxsutawney.

The Lady Chucks (4-5) lost to the Lady Owls, 93-57, but dominated the Lady Golden Tigers, 105 1/2-44 1/2, thanks to a great day in the field.

Knowing how talented Bradford is, Punxsy head coach Barry Young was happy with his girls and pleased with what a nice day Tuesday was after a season of rainy and cold weather.

Chucks split with Golden Tigers, Owls

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday was a bittersweet Senior Recognition Day for the Punxsy boys' track and field team, as the Chucks defeated District VI Hollidaysburg and lost to District IX Class AAA rival Bradford to conclude the regular season.

Punxsy (5-4) handled the Golden Tigers, 95-55, and was defeated by the Owls, 105-45.

The Chucks competed without distance-running senior Tom Wagner and junior Brody Morgan, who has by far been the team's finest thrower this season. Without them, Bradford earned every throwing point but one and was victorious in the 4x800-meter relay.

Fifth-inning surge helps Williamsport win

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Once Williamsport figured out Punxsy starting pitcher Shawnna Crago Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Chucks' softball team couldn't contain the Lady Millionares' offense.

District VI Williamsport (12-4) used a five-run, seven-hit fifth inning to rally past Punxsy (8-3) and won 9-4 on the Lady Chucks' Senior Recognition Day.

Punxsy manager Alan Pifer said the fifth inning was the turning point.

Kathy K. (Stewart) Simon, 63

May 10, 2011

Kathy K. (Stewart) Simon, 63, Erie, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born June 30, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Thomas and Martha (Myers) Stewart.

Ms. Simon had resided in Erie since 1968.

She retired from Seaway Manufacturing Company after 30 years of employment. She had previously been employed part-time by the Barber National Institute and Hamot Medical Center. She especially enjoyed shopping.

May 9th

Punxsy’s Cathy Riggie named Foster Parent of the Year

May 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Children and Youth Services (CYS) Advisory Board saluted foster parents from across the county during its annual Resource Parents Appreciation dinner Monday, and named a Punxsy woman as its Foster Parent of the Year.

“I think I’ve gotten a lot more out of helping them than they got from me,” this year’s award-winner, Cathy Riggie of Punxsy, said, referencing the pride and joy that she has when working with the youth for whom she has cared.

Council OKs Obbish settlement

May 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During its meeting Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a settlement in a lawsuit brought against the borough and other co-defendants in the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, Aug. 15, 2009.

Borough Solicitor Jay Lundy said the settlement involved the case of Edward Stanley Obbish Jr. individually and as the administrator of The Estate of Stephen Obbish vs. Punxsutawney Borough, Mayor James Wehrle, Dispatcher Jan Scott and Det. Brian Andrekovich.

Lundy said council approved a settlement agreement and a general release of claims.

New, wider Torrence Street now open

May 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The new two-way traffic Torrence Street opened for business Monday afternoon.

Monday, Borough Manager Ben White said the project was completed by the contractor Palo Construction to enough of a degree to open it for travel. He said there are some parts of the project that can’t be completed at this time before the road widening will be considered finished.

A new traffic signal system for the Pine Street and North Findley Street intersection is on hold due to an unforeseen delay in the arrival of the new signal posts.

Relative: Grandson wounded in Afghanistan

May 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The grandmother of a U.S. Marine and graduate of Brookville Junior-Senior High School said Monday that he is undergoing treatment after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Ryan Blochberger, 20, of Brookville, was wounded while serving in Afghanistan, according to his grandmother, Nancy Blochberger, also of Brookville.

She said following the incident, her grandson was transported to Germany, where he underwent two surgeries. He is scheduled to be transported to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

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