July 20th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â After the first two innings, it appeared as if Punxsy's 15- and 16-year-old VFW team might cruise to a victory over Clearfield in the opening round of the playoff tournament â€” one hosted by Punxsutawney â€” with the host leading 5-1. But Clearfield never rolled over and battled back to ensure Punxsy would need every run it scored in its 7-6 win to advance to the winners' bracket championship today.
After the game, Punxsy coach Mike Klingensmith said he thought the team played well, and that its only flaw was that, at times, it struggled to string the hits it needed together.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If youâ€™re looking for a location to hold your summer family picnic close to home instead of driving a long distance, did you ever think about holding your event at one of the parks operated by the Borough of Punxsutawney?
There are five parks that may be reserved free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, said Mary Neal, borough secretary.
The parks that are operated by the borough are Barclay Square, Harmon Field, Patsyâ€™s Park, the Thomas Barletta Skate Park and the Carter Avenue (Chris Mills) Playground.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â The balmy, humid temperatures as of late have taken tolls on all things connected to nature, causing the regionâ€™s gardeners to take extra care in watering their work.
It was during this period of time that Michele Lorenzo and Jan Zamperini learned that their work â€” including taking an hour each evening to water, due to the lack of rain â€”Â has earned them the title of â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť for July from the Punxsutawney Garden Club.
â€śWe were horrified,â€ť since the weather had been so cruel, Zamperini joked.
Wanda M. DeLancey, 49, DuBois, died Friday, July 20, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Aug. 21, 1962, in DuBois, a daughter of Daniel A. and Ida (Williams) Zurenda, who survive, of Punxsutawney.
May 24, 1993, she married Gordon L. DeLancey, who survives.
Mrs. DeLancey worked at ELCAM in DuBois for the past 11 years.
She loved to garden and belonged to the Garden Club of America.
Melanie Mae Brooks Bartley, 54, Brookville, died Thursday, July 19, 2012, at home.
She was born April 20, 1958, in Meadville, a daughter of the late Howard G. and Marion (Gordon) Brooks.
May 28, 1994, in Cooksburg, she married Frank E. Bartley, who survives.
Mrs. Bartley was a 1976 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and attended DuBois Business College, where she received an associate's degree in medical transcription.
She retired from Brookville Hospital after 33 years of service.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Groundhog Day is still a few months away, but Gobblerâ€™s Knob â€” Punxsutawney Philâ€™s home away from his burrow at the library â€” will be busy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday during the first-ever Gobblerâ€™s Knob Community Yard Sale.
Katie Donald, the executive director of the Groundhog Club, said anyone and everyone is invited to sell items, provided that they stop at the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce and sign up.
If thatâ€™s not possible, vendors or residents may come to the knob at 8 a.m. Saturday to do so.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Lions Club honored several of its members at a recent dinner.
The club is 67 years old, founded Jan. 4, 1945, and is still going strong at Camp Little Leo in Bell Township, said President Mike Ruffner.
Joe Molitierno, first vice-president and past governor, said Lions Club International has been around since 1917.
The 59-member Punxsy club is the only one in the area that meets year-round, while most of the other clubs take the summer off, Ruffner said. Secretary Denny Rebuck said membership is by invitation only from a current club member.
Itâ€™s a good thing for that canopy ... When the rain crept into Barclay Square Thursday evening, guests pulled their chairs close to the stage to dodge the drops, while others had umbrellas on hand. Nevertheless, the rain did not chase the second installment of Music in the Park indoors, as the featured band, Ridinâ€™ Shotgun, kept the crowd entertained despite the elements.
Rossiter reserve and first base coach Billy Fegley (left) and right fielder Austin Furman bump fists prior to a second-inning at-bat by Furman. Smith, Fegley, Furman and the remainder of the Miners' roster hoped to even the series at two games apiece Thursday, but Mother Nature postponed Game 4 to tonight at 6 p.m.
Joseph Gresock Jr., 90, of Tonawanda, N.Y., passed away at home July 12, 2012.
A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Cemetery, near DeLancey, with Fr. Ronald Larko, nephew of Mr. Gresock, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in his memory to the American Cancer Society or Erie County (N.Y.) Hospice.