June 13th, 2011
Plantation B&B is Juneâ€™s â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The winner of the June "Garden of the Month" is Julie Branken's Plantation Bed & Breakfast along Route 119, just south of Punxsutawney.
"I love the plants, but I never research, or I'm (not) one of those people who go and learn about what flower goes where," she said. "I just do what I feel."
Arriving from South Africa more than 13 years ago, Branken moved into where the plantation is now and started to "fix the place up."
Darrell F. Bowser, 66, Mahaffey, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Aug. 14, 1944, in Mahaffey, a son of the late Frank M. and Dorothy Mae (Peace) Bowser.
April 26, 1969, he married Lana N. (Russell) Bowser, who survives, of Mahaffey.
Mr. Bowser was the owner of Bowser Precision in Mahaffey. He loved turkey hunting, fishing, weekends at camp with the guys, riding horses, gardening and the outdoors. He drove racecar No. 89 and was the former Rookie of the Year in the coupe division.
David D. Geer, 55, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Jan. 20, 1956, in Brookville, a son of the late David E. and Betty J. (Smith) Geer.
July 18, 1987, in Punxsutawney, he married Leona M. â€śSueâ€ť Courson, who survives.
Mr. Geer was employed by Humphrey Charcoal in Brookville and was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie No. 983 in Brookville.
Lilly â€śSueâ€ť Pearce, 81, a resident of Beaver Elder Care & Rehab Center, Hopewell Township, and formerly a lifelong resident of Ambridge, died Monday, June 6, 2011.
She was born Oct. 26, 1929, in Sykesville, a daughter of the late Frank E. and Maude (Craft) Fleeger.
For 61 years, she was married to Howard C. Pearce, who preceded her in death in December 2007.
Mrs. Pearce was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ambridge.
Douglas H. Snyder, 56, Mayport, died suddenly Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Newark, N.J.
He was born July 26, 1954, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Howard D. â€śSnitzâ€ť and Sarah Josephine â€śJoâ€ť (Caylor) Snyder.
Dec. 13, 1997, he married Doris J. (Hendricks) Snyder, who survives, of Mayport.
Mr. Snyder drove a truck for J&B Leasing Company of Toledo, Ohio.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Senior right-hander Joe Pisano has proven to be the Punxsy baseball team's No. 1 pitcher this season, but entering today's PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal game against Northern York, the Chucks may have to rely on another pitcher to send the Chucks into the state semifinals for the third time in seven years.
Who Punxsy's starter will be at 4 p.m. today at Replogle Field in New Enterprise against Northern York is up in the air, as Chucks manager Mike Dickey said Wednesday that the decision has yet to be made.
Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2011 Spring Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Nickita Martz, high points in field for girls' track and field; Shawnna Crago, softball; Milea Schall, high points on track for girls' track and field; (back) Dave Roberts, boys' tennis; A.J. Meterko, high points on track for boys' track and field; Ty Zimmerman, baseball; and Brody Morgan, high points in field for boys' track and field. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the Most Valuable Player awards.
NEW BETHLEHEM â€” A local Marine who was a graduate of Redbank Valley High School, New Bethlehem, was killed Monday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Sgt. Joseph M. Garrison, 27, of New Bethlehem, was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force of Camp Lejeune, N.C., according to the 2D Marine Division Public Affairs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Boroughâ€™s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for this year has yet to be determined along with what construction projects could be accomplished with the boroughâ€™s entitlement funds.
During Tuesdayâ€™s Legal & Finance Committee meeting, Borough Manager Ben White said the borough has yet to receive its CDBG allocation for this year, but has been advised by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which runs the program, that it should be known soon.
BROOKVILLE â€” Almost a year after he was denied a full-time job as a police officer in Punxsy, Sean Weaver has a job in Brookville.
After calling an executive session to discuss personnel matters Tuesday, Brookville Borough Council hired Weaver as a part-time police officer for the Brookville Borough Police Department.
Weaver worked as a Pennsylvania State Police officer from 1991 to 2010, after which he retired and worked for Punxsy police on a part-time basis.