May 19th, 2011
Mayor James Wehrle (right), here with Pat Rougeux (center), American Legion Ladiesâ€™ Auxiliary Unit 62 secretary and poppy chairperson, and Brenda Scarantine, Unit 62 treasurer (left), has issued a proclamation declaring today and Saturday as American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days. Members of the post and Unit 62 will conduct their Poppy Program from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. today and Saturday at Wal-Mart, Comet Market and County Market.
BIG RUN â€”The members of Big Run Borough Council said Monday they would pursue the perpetrators of vandalism throughout town and prosecute them if they are caught.
Council member John Smeal said vandals tipped over a Porta-John at Centennial Ball Field this past weekend.
Council will continue to monitor the parks and ball fields within the borough, and will prosecute anyone who is found damaging or defacing public property, Smeal said, adding that the borough will incur an additional charge since the company that owns the porta-john had to come out Sunday to put it back up.
The Rev. J. Richard Hackenberry, 87, Summerville, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at home.
He was born June 23, 1923, in Lewistown, a son of the late Charles Elmer and Carrie E. Hackenberry.
Dec. 21, 1949, he married Joyce Vivian Klinger, who preceded him in death Jan. 26, 1998.
Rev. Hackenberry attended the Western Pennsylvania Conference of United Methodist Churches and served for 60 years in ministry, serving 33 churches in eight charges. After his retirement, he served five other churches.
Donald Joseph DeSandro, 84, Sun City West, Ariz., passed away peacefully with his wife, Ann, and son Brad at his side May 4, 2011, at the Hospice of the Valley after an extended and valiant battle with COPD.
He was born May 29, 1926, the eldest of four children born to Elmer and Dora (Test) DeSandro.
Upon graduating from Punxsutawney Area High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he enrolled in Penn State University and graduated in 1950 with an industrial engineering degree. He then served as an officer in the Air Force Reserves.
Lisa (Noerr) Rivera, 33, Kearneysville, W.Va., formerly of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va.
She was born Aug. 10, 1977, a daughter of Harry E. and Carol (Stahlman) Noerr, who survive, of Punxsutawney.
May 5, 2006, she married Daniel R. Rivera, who survives.
She was an elementary school teacher at the Prince William County School District in Virginia.
Rose (Hetrick) Zimmerman, 88, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney's Tyler Skerkavich is moving from one successful baseball program to another, as the senior will attend Frederick Community College in Maryland to play for the Cougars, who were recently ranked the No. 1 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II school in the nation.
The Cougars, who finished the season with a 43-7 record and a No. 10 ranking in the national poll, were ranked in the top 20 in the nation over the past 13 years. That includes five trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series and one trip to the national title game in 2002.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough and school district officials heard PennDOTâ€™s plans for replacing Sawmill Run bridge on Route 36 (West Mahoning Street) at a public meeting Wednesday in council chambers.
Bob Kozlenchar, Gannett & Fleming project manager for the bridge replacement, said the replacement of the bridge will not occur until the 2013 construction season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During its meeting Wednesday at Maryâ€™s Place, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club named Shana Maines, daughter of Samuel and Virginia Maines of Big Run, as the recipient of the Glenn M. Means Outstanding Vocational Student Award.
A member of the Jeff Tech Class of 2011, Maines participated in the Career and Technical Student Organization; the National Technical Honor Society; the National Society for High School Scholars; the Cosmetology Shop; Dance Committee and Colorguard.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Republican and Democratic incumbent candidates for Jefferson County commissioner withstood a strong challenge from a field of nine candidates for the sought-after posts.
Incumbent Paul Corbin was the top vote-getter on the Republican ballot, with 2,799 votes, or 32 percent of the vote. Fellow incumbent James P. McIntyre received 2,336 votes, or 26 percent.
Challenger Paul A. Bishop received 1,057 votes (12 percent).
Corbin and McIntyreâ€™s names will appear on the November ballot as the top two Republicans.