June 29th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The 46th-annual Groundhog Festival will get underway Sunday morning in Barclay Square.
â€śI can always remember which anniversary it is, because itâ€™s the same number as the Super Bowl,â€ť said Roger Steele, Groundhog Festival Committee chairperson. â€śWeâ€™re the summer Super Bowl festival, because weâ€™re the same age.â€ť
This summer, however, committee members prepared for the week-long event with heavy hearts, following the passing of long-time committee member Ursula Albino.
Betty L. (Caldwell) Frantz, 90, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she had resided for the last 39 years.
She was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Punxsutawney,Â and she was always a proud daughter of Punxsutawney.
Sept. 5, 1948, she married Robert Frantz, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Frantz graduated from high school in 1938 andÂ became a certified teacher in 1940, then a registeredÂ nurse in 1943.Â
In 1944, she entered the U.S. Army as a generalÂ nurse and served as a flight nurse fromÂ 1945 to 1947.Â
ROSSITER â€”Â With the standings tight at the top of the Federation League and three teams vying for the two coveted first-round byes, the Rossiter Miners did their part Thursday night to come one step closer to the time off with a 16-4, five-inning victory over NAPA Auto Parts of DuBois â€” pulling them within 0.5 games of first place.
ST. MARYS â€” In the second round of the 11- and 12-year-old baseball All-Stars tournament, Punxsy picked up a convincing 11-6 victory over St. Marys to earn a berth in the winners' bracket championship and the right to play for the tournament's king seed Monday in DuBois.
After the game, Punxsy head coach Brad Gigliotti had lots of positives to point out about his team's performance.
Anyone who even vaguely knows me could tell you with 100-percent certainty that fashion sense is not exactly my fortĂ© â€” and that is probably even putting it nicely.
Sandals with socks made my family cringe when I was a teenager, yet I donned them regardless of their opinions.
Even earlier â€” in my pre-teen years â€” I owned a pair of shoes that were a color I had never seen before. They were a mix between red and purple â€” a color I belovingly called "cherry cola."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For the first time, the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâ€™s Old Home Week Committee will welcome a free concert by country-rock band Ridinâ€™ Shotgun, which will perform at 7 p.m. tonight at the carnival grounds behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.
The band has been together for five years and performed at various functions throughout the Punxsy area.
According to guitarist Ray â€śPokeâ€ť Long, last year, the group opened for The Clarks at the Dayton Fair, and has performed on the local club scene, at the Reynoldsville Street Fair and the Farmersâ€™ Market in Punxsy.
A large group of happy campers from Camp Friendship, Reynoldsville, are shown at the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâ€™s Old Home Week Carnival Wednesday, saying thank you to those who participate in the Run/Walk for Someone Special, which pays for camp every year.
Thursday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club gathered at the country club to recognize special award-winners, to welcome incoming officers and thank outgoing officers, and to celebrate its accomplishments over the past few months.
Paul Leon (Poke) Heitzenrater, 72, of Annapolis, Md., and Punxsutawney, died Monday, June 25, 2012, at home.
He was born April 20, 1940, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Vaughn H. and Ethel J. (Bodenhorn) Heitzenrater
Dec. 20, 1965, he married Ruth Ann (Whitesell) Heitzenrater, who survives.
Mr. Heitzenrater graduated in 1958 from the Punxsutawney Area High School.
During high school, he worked for Fleckâ€™s Beverages.
After graduation, he worked at Freas Brothers Garage before joining the U.S. Navy in 1959.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Although Punxsy was the host for Wednesday evening's nine- and 10-year-old All-Star game against St. Marys, the coin toss before the game determined that St. Marys would be the home team, and thus get last at-bats. But Punxsy used the momentum that came with a big first inning to go on to earn a 6-3 victory over St. Marys in a game the host never trailed.