May 18th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney's Tyler Skerkavich is moving from one successful baseball program to another, as the senior will attend Frederick Community College in Maryland to play for the Cougars, who were recently ranked the No. 1 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II school in the nation.
The Cougars, who finished the season with a 43-7 record and a No. 10 ranking in the national poll, were ranked in the top 20 in the nation over the past 13 years. That includes five trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series and one trip to the national title game in 2002.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough and school district officials heard PennDOTâs plans for replacing Sawmill Run bridge on Route 36 (West Mahoning Street) at a public meeting Wednesday in council chambers.
Bob Kozlenchar, Gannett & Fleming project manager for the bridge replacement, said the replacement of the bridge will not occur until the 2013 construction season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â During its meeting Wednesday at Maryâs Place, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club named Shana Maines, daughter of Samuel and Virginia Maines of Big Run, as the recipient of the Glenn M. Means Outstanding Vocational Student Award.
A member of the Jeff Tech Class of 2011, Maines participated in the Career and Technical Student Organization; the National Technical Honor Society; the National Society for High School Scholars; the Cosmetology Shop; Dance Committee and Colorguard.
BROOKVILLE â The Republican and Democratic incumbent candidates for Jefferson County commissioner withstood a strong challenge from a field of nine candidates for the sought-after posts.
Incumbent Paul Corbin was the top vote-getter on the Republican ballot, with 2,799 votes, or 32 percent of the vote. Fellow incumbent James P. McIntyre received 2,336 votes, or 26 percent.
Challenger Paul A. Bishop received 1,057 votes (12 percent).
Corbin and McIntyreâs names will appear on the November ballot as the top two Republicans.
BROOKVILLE â What looked to be a tightly-contested race for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners in the Republican primary election turned into a runaway for incumbents Paul Corbin and James McIntrye.
The Tuesday election saw Corbin and McIntyre receive 2,799 and 2,336 votes, respectively. Those totals outpaced their Republican rivals, including Paul Bishop (1,057 votes), David Black (996) and Ira Sunderland (929).
Corbin and McIntyre both expressed gratitude to their voting constituents, and saw the primary victories as affirmation that they are performing their duties well.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet will present a Dance Showcase 2011 featuring âThe Red Shoes,â at 7 p.m. Friday at Punxsutawney Area Middle School.
The Dance Showcase 2011 will feature the ballet, modern, jazz and tap students from Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet.
Featured will be senior dancers Taylor Hopkins and Samantha Osikowicz with choreography by April Astorino, Nancy Jones, Melanie McBee, Sarah Parker and guest artists Todd Englander and Trevor Runco.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Senior A.J. Meterko, junior Kevin Byars and the Punxsy boys' track and field team's 4x800 relay squad enter Thursday's District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championship meet in Brookville as the Chucks' No. 1 seeds.
Meterko has the best shot of heading to states, as individually, he is seeded No. 1 in two events and No. 2 in another.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy girls' track and field team's strength in numbers in the distance events will be a key at Thursday's District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championship meet in Brookville.
Punxsy senior Milea Schall, a two-time cross country district champion, is the top seed in the 3,200-meter run. She is Punxsy's best shot at sending a competitor to next weekend's state championships.
Schall's seeded time of 11:39.48 is more than a half-minute better than Bradford senior Myriah Wiseman (12:13.90). Not too far behind is another Punxsy senior â Shannon Byerly (12:22.74).
Donald Joseph DeSandro, 84, Sun City West, Ariz., passed away peacefully with his wife, Ann, and son Brad at his side May 4, 2011, at the Hospice of the Valley after an extended and valiant battle with COPD.
He was born May 29, 1962, the eldest of four children born to Elmer and Dora (Test) DeSandro.
Upon graduating from Punxsutawney Area High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he enrolled in Penn State University and graduated in 1950 with an industrial engineering degree. He then served as an officer in the Air Force Reserves.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ Punxsy baseball coach Mike Dickey said anyone who comes to watch the Chucks play this season needs to keep one thing in mind about his team.
Punxsy isn't a team where any opponent can feel safe with its lead.
After failing behind 8-0 in the second inning, the Chucks (8-7) scored 21 runs over the next five innings to earn a five-inning, 21-11 mercy rule decision over Hollidaysburg Monday.