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September 1st, 2011

Devin Mesoraco makes his MLB debut

September 2, 2011

CINCINNATI — Devin Mesoraco’s journey to the Major Leagues started June 1, 2007, when he was drafted in the first round with the 15th pick of the Major League Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

That journey ended Thursday, when Mesoraco was called up from the AAA Louisville Bats and placed on the Reds’ 40-man roster.
Now, a new journey has begun.

Since he was a young man, right here in Punxsutawney, Mesoraco has been a standout athlete, but at every new level comes a new question: Can he stand out at this level with the elevated competition?

Rebert’s defense seeks to suppress some evidence

September 2, 2011

BROOKVILLE — An evidence suppression hearing was held Thursday in the case of an Emporium man facing charges for the double murder of a Snyder Township couple in 2010.

Thursday, attorneys for defendant Steven Patrick Rebert filed several motions in the Court of Common Pleas to have Judge John H. Foradora suppress certain pieces of evidence that were introduced by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett through cross examination of Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. David Ray, the criminal investigation assessment officer.

County salutes senior centers in September

September 2, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed September 2011 as National Senior Community Center Month and Sept. 25-Oct. 1 2011 as Senior Community Center Week.

The commissioners are encouraging all Jefferson County residents to recognize the important role senior community centers play in the lives of older persons in Jefferson County.

“I would like to thank the commissioners and our volunteers for their continuing support of the senior centers,” Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging, said.

August 31st

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.

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