May 3rd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The 60th-annual observance of the National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, with the local observance to be held with a community prayer breakfast at 8 a.m., with a prayer service to follow from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church Family Life Center, Route 436, Young Township.
This yearâ€™s theme is â€śA Mighty Fortress is Our God.â€ť
BROOKVILLE â€” Candidates for the Jefferson County Commission participated in a forum â€” sponsored by the Brookville and Punxsutawney Area and the Greater DuBois Area Chambers of Commerce, TURN (Taxpayers United for Representation) and the Pennsylvania Freedom Fighters â€” Tuesday at the Jefferson County courthouse.
Each candidate was given time to answer several questions read by moderator Randy Bartley.
These are answers to the first question posed to candidates:
How can county government be more transparent so people can be better informed as to what is going on?
ALTOONA â€” The Punxsy boys' track and field team was strong in every event but the sprints to beat Bellefonte, 98-52, but Altoona's speed was too much for the Chucks during Altoona's 118-32 win during a tri-meet Tuesday in Altoona.
The Chucks (4-3) won every event but the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, the 110-meter high hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay while dispatching Bellefonte. Against the Mountain Lions, Punxsy won just two events â€” the 800-meter dash and the javelin.
ALTOONA â€” The Punxsy girls' track and field team was strong in the field during a 105-41 victory over Bellefonte, but the Lady Chucks couldn't keep up with Altoona during a 116-34 loss during a tri-meet Tuesday in Altoona.
Punxsy (3-4) won 14 events against Bellefonte, including sweeps in the discus, triple jump, 400-meter dash and 3,200-meter run.
Against Altoona, the Lady Chucks won five events, led by a pair of first-place distances by Nickita Martz. Martz had the best throws of all three schools in both the shot put (32-5 1/2) and javelin (106-8).
Gaynelle (Nanz) Borts, 93, Punxsutawney, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punsutawney.
She was born July 1, 1917, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late William F. Nanz and Laure (Bhe) Nanz Thomas.
June 17, 1944, she married Marley S. Borts, who preceded her in death Oct. 7, 2008.
Mrs. Borts was a life member of the First English Lutheran Church.
Raymond "Bud" Carl Steele, 85, Smicksburg, passed away Monday, May 2, 2011, while recovering from prolonged surgical problems in the intensive care unit of Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 14, 1952, in South Mahoning Township, a son of the late Alvord and Irene (Johnston) Steele.
June 12, 1948, he married Helen (Pearce) Steele, his wife of 49 years, who preceded him in death in March 1998.
Mr. Steele was a long-time member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, located in Trade City.
Daniel Joseph Shively, 23, Bishop, Calif., formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Eureka, Calif.
He was born April 25, 1988, in Punxsutawney, a son of Daniel W. Shively and Stacey R. Serian Love, who survive.
He graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 2006.
Mr. Shively was Methodist by faith and attended Calvary United Methodist Church in Rossiter.
He was an accomplished musician who played guitar, drums and keyboard, and he had recently completed recording his first 18-track rap album.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” An inning after it allowed eight runs and lost to District IX Class AAA rival St. Marys 14-3 in five innings, the Punxsy baseball team had another game to play Monday night at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field.
Instead of feeling sorry for themselves and letting a loss affect them, the Chucks responded with a five-run first inning during Game 2 and defeated the Dutch 12-3 to split the season series.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy softball team played one of its most complete games all year during a 6-0 victory over St. Marys Monday night on the road.
The Lady Chucks (7-0) recorded 10 hits, including three triples, and junior Randa Depp provided her finest varsity performance ever to lead Punxsy to a series sweep over its District IX Class AAA rival.
Punxsy was led by Ashley Barenchik, Taylor Powell and Jenna Reitz, who each tallied two hits. Barenchik scored twice and tripled, Powell drove two runners home with a triple and Tia Davis also tripled.
1. The people who maintain Rich Kuntz Memorial Field and the fields at the Frank Fairman Complex deserve a ton of credit for what they do on a day-to-day basis. Throughout April, as rain came down nearly every day, those fields were almost always ready for baseball and softball. Their dedication and time they put into maintaining those fields shouldnâ€™t be overlooked.