May 6th, 2011
Donald W. Finley, 72, passed away suddenly Monday, May 2, 2011, at his residence.
He was born in Charleroi, a son of William L. Finley and Ruth Little, who preceded him in dealth.
In 1956, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School.
After graduation, he served in the Army Reserve. From there, he moved to the Philadelphia area, where he became a certified technician for Thiokol Chemical in New Jersey. He also worked for Western Electric and later at ATT Bell Labs, where he co-authored a patent for one of their chemical procedures.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Taylor Neal hit a grand slam, and Ty Zimmerman drove in four runs during the Punxsy baseball team's 13-8 victory over Clearfield Thursday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks (6-4) scored five times in the first inning and never trailed during an 11-hit game that featured a home run and four doubles.
With the win, Punxsy improved to 3-1 against District IX Class AAA opponents. The Chucks beat Clearfield (5-7) and Bradford at home and split with St. Marys.
STATE COLLEGE â With 17 of the game's 20 players being upperclassmen, experience was endless between the Punxsutawney and State College softball teams Thursday in State College.
State College, however, was the team that provided the clutch hits late in the game during a 6-2 victory over the Lady Chucks, whose undefeated season came to an end.
Punxsy (7-1) scored single runs during the fourth and six innings, but the lack of big hits led to its first loss of the season.
Punxsy manager Alan Pifer said that his team seemed flat, didn't hit the ball well and hardly hit the ball hard.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For the second time this year, the Punxsy boys' tennis team exited its match against Brockway with a 9-0 victory Thursday afternoon at home.
This time, Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley tinkered with his lineup in order to provide his doubles players with some singles action. What resulted was another decisive victory over the Rovers.
BROOKVILLE â These kids are an inspiration for all of us. They demonstrate to us examples of incredible effort to achieve,â Brookville Superintendent Sandy Craft said at the start of the 33rd-annual DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics.
The games started Thursday morning, with youth from Brookville, Brockway, Punxsutawney, DuBois and private schools competing in track and field events and playing games in the Olympic Park.
MAHAFFEY â A ceremony Thursday authoritatively designated a bridge on State Route 3011 over the Chest Creek in Clearfield County as the âSergeant Major Morton Shea Landy Bridge,â in honor of a 32-year Marine.
State Sen. Don White was among those honoring Landy, 82, of Mahaffey.
Landy entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946 and is a highly-decorated veteran. When he retired after serving for 32 years and 30 days, he had attained the rank of major and was only the second person to serve two years beyond the 30-year limit.
BROOKVILLE â The Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority is not sure how it will be funded in the future, but it is clear residents are taking advantage of the services offered.
The authority, which maintains and operates more than 20 recycling collection sites in the county, reportedly turned in nearly 626 tons of recyclable materials last year.
The figure marks a new high for the authority, which collected 65.7 tons of recyclables in 1996, its first year in existence.
Gaynelle (Nanz) Borts, 93, Punxsutawney, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.
She was born July 1, 1917, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late William F. Nanz and LaRue (Bhe) Nanz Thomas.
June 17, 1944, she married Marley B. Borts, who preceded her in death Oct. 7, 2008.
Mrs. Borts was a life member of the First English Lutheran Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For the third time in four years, the Punxsy boys' tennis team will compete in the District IX Class AAA Team Tournament Championship.
Behind a No. 1 singles win by senior Dave Roberts and victories in both doubles matches, the Chucks defeated Bradford in the semifinals Wednesday in Punxsutawney, 3-2.
Just a year ago, Punxsy was playing without a senior and lost to Bradford, 4-1, in the team semifinals. This season, behind one of its deepest and most experienced squads under head coach Todd Heigley, the Chucks are in search of that elusive team championship.
BROOKVILLE â Neither the players nor coaches for the Brookville and St. Marys softball teams were happy after the Lady Dutch beat the Lady Raiders 14-0 Wednesday in Brookville.
Tempers flared after St. Marys scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to extend its lead to 14-0.
Brookville coach Earl Ross objected to St. Marys coach Manny Gerarge continuing to run the bases aggressively, despite leading by double digits.