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August 1st, 2012

SS.C.D. gearing up for annual festival

August 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It must be August when you see back-to-school commercials on television and the 73rd Saints Cosmas & Damian (SS.C.D.) Lawn Festival is ready to begin. The festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday with the proceeds going to the SS.C.D. Catholic School.

"This is my 19th year as the festival chairman; I succeeded Tom and Joanne Uberti after having been their assistant for several years," said Frank Hetrick, festival chairperson.

Hetrick said both of his children, Ryan and Shawn, attended school at SS.C.D. Elementary School and now live in Los Angeles, Calif.

Brockway library presents new methods of accessing genealogies and old newspapers

August 1, 2012

BROCKWAY — Have you ever wondered if you are descended from someone famous? Do you ever wonder if your great-great grandparents did something significant — fought in a war, served in the political system, immigrated to America with nothing but the clothes on their backs or started their own business?

If you want to find out, you may have to travel only as far as your local library. The Mengle Memorial Library in Brockway presented a genealogies program last Tuesday.

July 31st

Every Pirates fan’s dream come true! Walker throws out first pitch at Buccos game

August 1, 2012

PITTSBURGH — Many Little Leaguers and other baseball players in western Pa. have had the dream to one day pitch in the Major Leagues at PNC Park.

Lesa Walker, owner of Walker's Auto Parts, didn't get to play a game at the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates; however, she was the winner of a contest that allowed her to throw out the first pitch of a game July 23 between the Pirates and Chicago Cubs as the winner of a promotion with Uni-Select — an auto parts warehouse with which she deals.

RIDING FOR A GOOD CAUSE

July 31, 2012

The Eagle Riders of Punxsutawney raised $2,000 on its annual motorcycle ride that was held recently, along with $1,000 donated by the FOE Eagles No. 1231, for Special Olympics. Jim Burton, WJAC TV meteorologist, member of the Special Olympics board of directors and a member of the Eagles Riders in Johnstown, said he was grateful for the money that was raised, which is used year round and not just during the Special Olympics games.

Burton said it is more than just providing athletics and exercise for special needs people; it is also used for medical screenings.

July 30th

Rapid response salvages house, garage ‘a loss’ in daytime fire on Rockland

July 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thanks to the quick thinking of a passerby and a quick response from the Punxsutawney Fire Department, a garage fire on Rockland Avenue failed to spread to the owners' nearby house.

Central, Elk Run and Lindsey fire companies responded to a working garage fire at 1:56 p.m. Monday at 401 Rockland Ave. The property is owned by Jim and Janice Blose.

There were smoke and flames seen inside the garage when firefighters arrived on scene, said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

Changes coming to your small games of chance

July 30, 2012

OLIVER TOWNSHIP — If you have an organization that relies on your small games of chance license to raise funds, then be prepared for some major changes that occurred as the result of Act 2 of 2012 — changes that were revealed in a presentation last Wednesday by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement at the Oliver Township Firehall.

Faculty stipends a hot topic with school board

July 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Stipends for faculty members who are involved with special student projects and the amount they should be paid were discussed at a recent Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting.

Punxsutawney Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said following the meeting that the stipend, which is a fixed sum paid periodically for services or to defray expenses, came about years ago when there was a play that was put on at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS), and then for multiple years it wasn’t put on.

July 29th

Punxsy woman, 43, dies in wreck

July 29, 2012

RINGGOLD TWP. — A 43-year-old Punxsutawney woman died following a crash that occurred at 5:26 a.m. along Route 536 near Reed Road, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Linda Marie Godo died as a result of blunt force trauma, according to Jefferson County Coroner Bernard P. Snyder.

Police said two juveniles also suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The crash occurred as Godo was traveling east on Route 536 and failed to negotiate a left-hand curve on the wet road, police reported.

Water Street fire

July 29, 2012

Punxsutawney firefighters were called to a basement fire at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at 102 Water St.

The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters and caused mostly smoke damage in the basement.

Joe Defelice, Punxsutawney Fire Department assistant chief, said the fire was due to a sump pump that had overheated.

There were no injuries and the family was able to return to their home once the basement was ventilated.

Above,firefighters Austin Pate (from left) and Mark Powell, of the Central Fire Dept., and Steven Kostok, of the Lindsey Fire Company, assist at the scene.

Crowd gathers for Church in the Park

July 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The weather was stormy throughout the week in Punxsutawney, so much so that the canopy that covers the bandstand in Barclay Square was nearly destroyed in 60 mph winds.

Apparently, someone had other plans, as the canopy was put back in place thanks to the help of many community volunteers — including the Groundhog Festival Committee; Punxsy Lions Club; Smith Hauling, which brought in a crane; and volunteers from Church in the Park — so the program could continue.

Pictured here are members of the Catholic Daughters of America — a group celebrating its 95th anniversary this year.
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