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REDS CALL UP MESORACO

August 31, 2011

LOUISVILLE — Punxsutawney Area High School graduate Devin Mesoraco received the call every Little League baseball player dreams of Wednesday afternoon: He’s been called up to the Major Leagues.

According to family sources, Mesoraco was in Louisville preparing for the Cincinnati Reds’ AAA-affiliate Bats’ game Wednesday when he received news that he wouldn’t be playing Wednesday night, and he’d be officially called up for Cincinnati’s 12:30 p.m. contest against the Philadelphia Phillies today in Cincinnati.

After his first year, Wolfe looks back, looks forward

August 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you think that the last year went by quickly, ask Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe: He says his first year as chief administrator of a large rural school district flew right by him.

Wolfe said his first year was smooth, and it helped that the district was left in good financial shape by his predecessor, Dr. J. Thomas Frantz, who retired at the end of 2009-10 school year.

“This was my first year as a superintendent, but quite honestly, it was one of the best years that I’ve had as an administrator,” Wolfe said.

Cunningham Road reopens today after Young Township project

August 31, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Today’s the day you can see what type of improvements Young Township made to Cunningham Road this summer, as the road has reopened to traffic.

Young Township Supervisor Andrew R. Meterko said the road was completely relocated, thanks to Robert and Barb Hanley, who approved a right-of-way with the township which allowed it to be moved from its former location.

Meterko said the road construction project eliminated two 90-degree turns that were part of the old dirt road, with much of the work performed by township workers and several contractors.

BREAKING NEWS: Cincy Reds call up Mesoraco

August 31, 2011

CINCINNATI — According members of his family, Devin Mesoraco has been called up by the Cincinnati Reds after spending this season with the AAA-affiliate Louisville Bats.

The Bats are scheduled to play this evening, but according to his dad, Doug, Devin will not play.

Mesoraco is scheduled to appear at the Reds' game against the Phillies at 12:35 p.m. Thursday.

Check back here for more information, or see tomorrow's Spirit.

August 30th

Despite traffic concerns, first day goes off well

August 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The sun was shining, and most of the students were smiling for the first day of classes in the Punxsutawney Area School District Tuesday.

Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said as far as the bus routes were concerned, there weren’t any problems at any of the levels.

Wolfe said he visited three elementary schools, the middle school and the high school for the first student day and found teachers and students alike happy to be back to work, and students happy to be back with their friends.

Speaker discusses some legal aspects of Marcellus drilling

August 30, 2011

BELL TOWNSHIP — The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) presented a third workshop on “Marcellus Shale Choices: Understanding Legal Issues” related to Marcellus Shale drilling at Camp Little Leo Monday.

August 29th

Firefighters endure strenuous conditions to volunteer

August 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It has been a long, hot summer for everyone, especially those who work outdoors. But there is a certain group that must deal with heat and dehydration issues throughout the year: Firefighters.
Firefighting is a tough job, work so physically intense that it demands every ounce of energy a firefighter can muster. Sometimes, it takes a toll.

County looks into residents’ concerns about Mortgage Electronic Registry System

August 29, 2011

BROOKVILLE — For the past few months, Tea Party members have been asking the Jefferson County Commissioners to research a mortgage-recording system that they believe is causing the county to lose money.

MERS, a Mortgage Electronic Registry System, is set up to allow the assignment of mortgages without recording the assignment in the county recorder's office.

Because of the concern displayed by some Brookville residents, the commissioners asked the county's solicitor, Jim Dennison, to thoroughly examine MERS.

BREAKING NEWS — Coroner, police ID man who drowned at Hemlock

August 29, 2011

ROSSITER — Both the Indiana County Coroner and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have identified the man whose body had been sought by numerous water rescue teams since his boat capsized Saturday afternoon on Hemlock Lake, Banks Township.

In separate reports, both Coroner Michael Baker and PSP-Punxsy said the man was identified as Gary Lynn Korney, 63, Glen Campbell.

Korney's body was difficult to find due to darkness, high winds and poor visibility, Baker said. It was discovered and removed from the lake around 8:45 a.m. Monday.

August 28th

Police: Search will continue for man missing in lake

August 28, 2011

BANKS TOWNSHIP — The family members of a 63-year-old man maintained a silent vigil on the shores of Hemlock Lake Saturday and Sunday as rescue crews and dive teams from area fire departments continued to search for him after he disappeared when the boat from which he was fishing overturned at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State police, the man, whose name has not yet been released, and his son were fishing at Hemlock Lake when, for reasons unknown, the boat capsized. The man's son was able to swim the 100 yards to shore.

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