June 29th, 2011
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.
Lloyd F. Stover, 90, DuBois, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born May 25, 1921, in Luthersburg, a son of the late J. Frank and Iva (Marshall) Stover.
Oct. 1, 1949, he married June (Gillung) Stover, who preceded him in death Dec. 18, 1997.
Mr. Stover graduated from Luthersburg High School and joined the U.S. Army Air Force, in which he served during World War II.
He was employed with Rockwell Manufacturing as an electrician until he retired in 1983.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Wednesday is considered the best day during the annual Old Home Week Carnival by members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department and employees of J&J Amusements, as youngsters and adults from the Arc of Jefferson County Camp Friendship visited for fun and lunch.
Campers from Camp Friendship near Reynoldsville were invited to ride the carnival rides for free, and members of the fire department served campers, parents and counselors a free lunch.
Ranee Sikora, director of the Punxsutawney Camp Friendship, said the campers enjoyed the carnival as much as any day of camp.
A young girlâs recitation of a Biblical passage encourages refugees seeking safety during the Ice Age in Act I of âThe Skin of Our Teeth.âÂ The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild will stage the final three local performances of Thornton Wilderâs Pulitzer Prize-winning satiric fantasy at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday nights at the auditorium of Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are sold at the door. Pictured are (front, from left) Debra Dinsmore, Laura Chelgren, Doug Fye, Jef Dinsmore; (back) Terry A. Fye, Sandy Hill-Gearhart, Alexa Valkosky, Mallory Croasman and Alice S. Morris.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its $38.7 million general fund budget â with no tax increase â for the 2011-12 school year at Wednesdayâs board meeting.
The budget was passed 6-0, with board members Lesa Conner, Penny Pierce and Penny Pifer excused from the meeting.
The $38,713,742 will be funded by the $5 per capita school laws section 679; $5 per capita Act 51; one percent Earned Income Tax Act 511; 600 mills Occupational Assessment Tax Act 511; and a one-percent real estate transfer Tax Act 511.
The Reds' Peyton Hetrick (left) tries to throw out the Red Sox's Ashton Stonbraker during a Machine Pitch baseball game Tuesday night at Bob Roberts Field in Punxsutawney. For the first year, Punxsy's six- and seven-year-old Machine Pitch League is part of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The John J. Fisher Post 62 Punxsy American Legion team scored 10 of its 11 runs in the first two innings and held off a late rally by DuBois to win, 11-10, Tuesday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's offensive outburst was just what manager Mike Dickey wanted to see from his team with the playoffs just around the corner.
"Hitting from top to bottom, that was refreshing to see," Dickey said. "Of course, we know they're not throwing the guys they will in the playoffs, but regardless, it gives us some confidence."
BROOKVILLE â The Brookville Minor League Baseball All-Stars had a landslide 32-1 win in four innings over Brockway during their first home tournament game Tuesday night.
Every player for Brookville scored at least once. Every batter also had one or more hits. Brookville totaled 29 hits on the night.
"It was a real good way to start (the tournament at home)," Brookville manager Jeff Caylor said. "It was a good win; the kids hit the ball really well."
Brookville's next game will be at 6 p.m. Friday at DuBois, which took down St. Marys 10-0 in four innings Tuesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â About 18 months after the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club issued a cease-and-desist order to prevent an ad for TruTVâs new show âNFL Full Contactâ from airing during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, the case has been settled.
Monday, Groundhog Club Vice-President Mike Johnston said the club, working with the Pittsburgh law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, settled with TruTV and its parent companies, Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner and Grey Global Group.
Lisa Styslinger, of Punxsutawney, enjoyed her ride on the flying dragons at Tuesdayâs Old Home Week Carnival. The carnival continues tonight at 6 p.m. at the grounds located behind the Punxy Plaza.