June 13th, 2012
Every once in a while, you're a part of something that you know is special â€” a little piece of history.
One such occurrence from my past comes to mind.
It was Saturday, July 27, 1997, and I was spending the weekend camping with my grandparents in Cook Forest.
My grandparents, my cousins, my brother and I had just finished a game of cards, and as was usually the case in the evenings at camp, we were listening to the Pirates game on the radio.
More than 100 youngsters and family member visited the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Wednesday for a party to kick off the annual summer reading program, this year titled, â€śDream Big, Read!â€ť They also enjoyed snacks, crafts, face-painting and visits with alpacas from Rainbow Mountain Alpacas. Here, Peggy Johnston (right), the vice-president of the Friends of the Library and summer reading volunteer, paints the face of six-year-old Rylee Grimes, who will start first grade at Jenks Hill in the fall. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Serving as the only provider of obstetrical care in the county, Punxsutawney Area Hospital officials are concerned about a decision by the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) that could threaten the service.
DPW recently changed its formula for reimbursing hospitals for the care of mothers and their babies.
Until May 1, the state paid an average of $5,712 for the motherâ€™s care and $1,155 for the babyâ€™s care for families on medical assistance.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Last Saturday, the Fezell Enterprises Indiana Youth County League team dropped a close game to Walbeck, 7-5.
Walbeck led 4-0, but Fezell battled back to cut the lead to one run before a three-run inning put Walbeck comfortably ahead â€” a lead it would hold throughout the remainder of the game.
Joey DiPietro and Keeston Perry led the Punxsy offense with two hits apiece.
DiPietro added an RBI, and one of Perry's hits was a double.
Lucas Ambler also went 1-for-4 with two RBIs, and Kevin Hutton added an RBI walk for the visiting team.
Bob Greslick, of Mahaffey, recently bagged this 400-plus pound black bear while bow hunting in Canada. The bear was killed in the early part of May.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council has been given a choice to either pay for a study to re-certify the Mahoning Creek flood levee, or have much of the borough classified as a flood plain by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
â€śIf we donâ€™t get the levee certified to the current federal standards, FEMA will decertify the dike as if it doesnâ€™t exist,â€ť said Borough Manager Ben White.
BROOKVILLE â€” Although the state budget is due to be completed June 30, Jefferson County Commissioners were hesitant to offer comments during Tuesdayâ€™s county commission meeting.
Commissioner Jim McIntyre said itâ€™s â€śtoo prematureâ€ť to make a comment; however, they are urging support of the $27.65 million proposed Senate Bill 1466.
The spending plan restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas.
Chairman Paul Corbin said the commissioners have been encouraged to e-mail, phone or send a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett, urging support of the new bill.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tuesday, the Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution named Katie Laska as the recipient of its Community Service Award.
Mae Jean Beck, 87, Brockway, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at Highland View Health Care, Brockway.
She was born May 20, 1925, in Westville, a daughter of the late Donald D. and Florence (Hetrick) Dobson.
Sept. 2, 1950, she married Archie B. Beck, who preceded her in death March 19, 2007.
Mrs. Beck was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hormtown.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Mary P. Karkosy of Freemont, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, William O. Dobson.
Beverly D. â€śBeaâ€ť Hinderliter, 69, Coolspring, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born Jan. 3, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Dee Glenn and Elizabeth Amy (McCana) Sutter.
Nov. 9, 1963, she married Charles Franklin Hinderliter, who survives.
Mrs. Hinderliter was a 1960 graduate of the Punxsutawney Area High School and worked for several years at Pramco and Punxsy Sportswear, as well as with her husband at Hinderliterâ€™s Garage for more than 20 years.