May 8th, 2011
Randall L. Sharp, 63, Dudley, N.C., formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at his home after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrigâ€™s Disease.Â
He was born Jan. 18, 1948, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of Clifford and Marion Sharp.
Mr. Sharp was an accomplished athlete at Jamestown High School, where he starred as a tailback in football and a sprinter in track.
He then went to Clarion University, where he continued his football career.Â
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Sharp was a longtime self-employed carpenter in Punxsutawney and then in Dudley, N.C.Â Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For as well as junior Randa Depp pitched Friday against Clearfield, it doesn't appear as if the Punxsy softball team will be suffering through a losing streak anytime soon.
Depp pitched her second complete-game shutout against at District IX Class AAA opponent this week, and the Lady Chucks bounced back from their first defeat this season with a 7-0 victory over the Lady Bisons.
The junior followed up her last start â€” which was a three-hit shutout of St. Marys Monday â€” by recording a four-hitter Friday. She didn't walk a batter and struck out four.
Punxsutawney baseball standout and Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco reached base eight times during six games this past week while batting .250 with the Class AAA Louisville Bats.
Mesoraco, who is a 2007 first-round draft pick with the Reds, once again saw his batting average dip below .300 after the week.
Through 25 games this season, the slugger is hitting .293 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. After hitting three home runs and driving in eight during his first eight games, Mesoraco has not hit a home run and has four RBIs in his last 17 games since that hot start.
BROOKVILLE â€” Michael McNulty, a consultant who reviews the countyâ€™s 911 system and advises funding, recently reported that the countyâ€™s justification of wireline surcharges was approved.
The plan will be good for the next three years, he said. Each resident with a land-based telephone line pays $1.50 per month, and that money is used to upgrade and maintain the 911 phone system in the county.
McNulty said the plan was reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A three-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:40 p.m. Friday on East Mahoning Street in front of the Punxsutawney Eagles left one of the drivers with minor injuries.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Lucy Young, of Punxsy, was traveling west on East Mahoning Street when she came upon traffic that was stopped ahead. She was unable to stop in time and struck a Dodge Dakota driven by Janice White, Punxsutawney, that was stopped in front of her.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A two-vehicle accident that occurred at noon Friday along Route 36/North Main Street sent a Punxsy woman to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, Erika Berringer, Brookville, was driving a Dodge Durango south on North Main Street when she was unable to stop when her brakes locked up, and she struck the rear of a Chevrolet Cavalier stopped in front of her driven by Bill Williams.
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.