April 23rd, 2013
The Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed that the month of May will be Older Americans Month in Jefferson County, a time to recognize and honor older adults and the people who care for them.
It may have been cold and windy on Saturday morning, but that didn't stop the Rails-to-Trails Cleanup.
Members and volunteers who braved the cold gathered at the Water Street Trailhead for a day of cleaning up the trail.
Among the volunteers who lent a helping hand were some local Girl Scouts.
Arthur G. âArtâ Edwards, 84, of Mars, formerly of Punxsutawney,
Reynoldsville, Sharon, St. Marys and Indiana, Pa, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born on June 4, 1928, in Home, Pa., Indiana County, he was the son of the late Giles Stephens and Luella Dick Edwards.
He was raised on a farm in Marchard, Pa., in Jefferson County and graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1946.
He honorably served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Motorcycle Military Police Division in Western Germany from 1950 to 1953.
James Stephen Lesnick, 57, of Pompano Beach, Fla., passed away at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. Lesnick was born on Oct. 10, 1955, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Francis D. and Caroline (Walchack) Lesnick.
He was a 1973 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a 1977 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in hotel management. He was also a member of St. Pious Roman Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. Lesnick held the position of concierge at the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mark Gallaher, 46, of Glen Campbell, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at his residence.
Born Nov. 9, 1966, in Spangler, Pa., he was the son of the late James Gallaher and Vivian (McCoy) Gallaher.
He was a logger by trade.
Gallaher is survived by a son, Joshua Gallaher of Rossiter; a daughter, Kayla Weakland of Cherry Tree; two granddaughters, Layla Riley Weakland
and Cameron Briel Gallaher; and two sisters, Nancy Rudy of Millersville and Caroline Atte of Pittsburgh.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Justin Gallaher.
BROOKVILLE â A tuneup game before facing your toughest district foe is always good.
The Punxsy softball team used its Route 36 rivalry game with Brookville as preparation for Wednesdayâs showdown with St. Marys by cruising to a 14-0 five-inning run-rule victory in Brookville.
âIt was nice to see some girls in different positions. A lot of the girls put the bat on the ball today,â noted Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer. âWe have St. Marys on Wednesday, which is a big rival and a big game for us. We will have to play well as they are one of the toughest games on our schedule.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â An inexperienced team goes through growing pains, which is what the Punxsy boys' tennis spring season has been.
The young Chucks fell just shy of capturing their first victory on Monday afternoon.
DuBois Central Catholic prevailed in one more match, 5-4, to edge Punxsy.
"It was nice to get some more match wins tonight than we have been. The team played well and should be proud of their efforts," pointed out Chucks coach Lisa Good.
In the top singles slot, Joe Roberts came out on fire against the Cardinals' Ben Trinkley. Roberts blazed to a 6-1 first set win.
BROOKVILLE â The Chucks' early hitting frenzy built a large enough lead to hold off the surging Raiders in a 14-7 win Monday at McKinley Field in Brook-ville.
"We hit the ball really well today early on. Our approaches late weren't as aggressive as I'd like them to be; I think that's why we cooled down a little bit. A lot of the credit goes to the guys swinging the bats early and getting us a big lead," said Mike Dickey, Chucks coach.
Mackenzie Rosenberger, 15, a student at Punxsutawney Area High School, has been chosen to perform in the national organization known as The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus.
This summer, she will travel and perform in the 2013 European Concert
Tour, which includes stops in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Luxembourg.
The cost of the trip is $6,200, and that does not include the uniform, passport and currency packs.
Rosenberger is doing her best to raise the money by having bake sales, and she hopes to have a car wash, too.
The Punxsutawney Garden Club Backyard Certification Committee (from left), Dotty Jekielek, Punxsutawney Garden Club member; Dr. Gloria Kerr, president of the Punxsutawney Garden Club; and Coral Ellshoff, Garden Club committee member, is pictured with a bird house in front of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.
A certification will be held May 4 at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.
Missing from the photo is Barb Certo.
Read more about the seminar in Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.