June 8th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Although it seems to many as if the season was just beginning yesterday, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League's regular season schedule is starting to wind down for the 2012 campaign.
One group in particular â€” the 11- and 12-year-old girls' softball division â€” actually concludes its regular season a bit earlier than the rest, with the regular schedule ending this coming week.
With the end of each regular season comes an exciting time: The selection of the respective division's All-Star team.
BROOKVILLE â€” When the doors to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Punxsutawney closed in March, it signified only the beginning of numerous closings for a local franchise.
KFC restaurants in Brookville, DuBois and Clarion recently followed suit after several disputes between the storesâ€™ franchisee and KFC Corporate.
Ganesh Rao and his wife, Gita Rao, of Raoâ€™s Hospitality felt forced to close the stores, which number 14, after experiencing what he feels was â€śharassment and discriminationâ€ť from KFC Corporate.
Because of the closings, 239 jobs were lost.
BIG RUN â€” Alvin Kendall doesnâ€™t spend the fall and winter planning what will go into his garden during the spring and summer.
â€śI start early when the weather fits,â€ť he said at his home along Main Street in Big Run. â€śI have no schedules.â€ť
Kendallâ€™s schedule-less work plan has paid off, as it has been cited as the Punxsutawney Garden Clubâ€™s â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť for May, and the first of 2012.
Born, raised and still living in Big Run, Kendall has lived in his house since 1964, where the backyard was previously a vegetable garden, â€śbut I donâ€™t play with vegetables,â€ť he said.
Parnell Grant Reed, 89, Punxsutawney, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at DRMC, DuBois.
He was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Timblin, a son of the late Robert and Leona (Wonderling) Reed.
Dec. 24, 1941, he married Iona Grace (Hawk) Reed, who preceded him in death Dec. 25, 2007. They were married for 66 years.
Mr. Reed worked in the coal mines in the early part of their marriage, and was then employed by the B&O and the C&O railroads as a brakeman until his retirement after 38 years of service.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just a few weeks after 17 dogs â€” 12 Pomeranians, two Shih Tzus and a Pinscher,Â among others â€” were found abandoned in the woods in Stump Creek, police have cited a woman they believe committed the act.
According to WJAC-TV, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police issued a non-traffic citation to Tiffany Eggleston, 37, of Columbus,Â Ohio.
The moles of â€śA Year with Frog and Toadâ€ť â€” (from left) Jen Soliday, Ilona Ball, Laura Chelgren and Sierra Dinger â€” are rehearsing now, but they will soon be ready to tell you about the adventures of Frog and Toad when the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild presents its summer show at 7:30 p.m. June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, as well as a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee June 24 at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School auditorium.
Rossiter Miners' first baseman Tyler Skerkavich dives safely into second base as the ball skips past NAPA Auto Parts' shortstop Mark Guthridge in the fourth inning of Thursday's game between the two squads. Despite his dirty uniform, though, Skerkavich and the rest of the Miners will have to wait until June 24 â€” during their breast cancer awareness tournament â€” to determine the outcome, as the game was called after a downpour in the bottom of the fifth inning made the field unplayable.
Mary E. London, 89, of Cortland, Ohio, formerly of Oliveburg, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio, after a recent fall at home.
She was born March 3, 1923, in Oliveburg, a daughter of the late Norman and Fern (Mitchell) Dinger Sr.
June 27, 1942, she married Paul E. London, who preceded her in death Sept. 19, 1996.
She enjoyed baking, working in the garden and spending time with her family.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Two big innings told the story when the more-experienced I-Medical team defeated the younger Fezell Enterprises team 11-1 in five innings in Indiana County Youth League action Wednesday in Punxsutawney.
A six-run first started it, and after three zeroes on the board, I-Medical added five more in the fifth to end it.
The I-Medical offense jumped out to a fast start, scoring six runs on just two hits and five walks in the home half of the first after Ryan Jones set Fezell down in order in the top half.
Early Wednesday morning â€” and by early Wednesday morning, I mean shortly after I woke up at 10:30 a.m. â€” I was sitting on my front porch enjoying some sunshine, a cool breeze, a cup of coffee and a good book, when some background noise caught my ear.
It was a repetitive series of sounds â€” wheels whirring across pavement, feet lifting from a surface, temporary silence and, finally, a crashing sound.
Turned out, it was my next door neighbor's oldest son trying to perfect the art of an ollie on his skateboard.