April 15th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It all began with CB radios, and now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) has become one of the premiere volunteer safety organizations in Punxsutawney and around the world.
It has been 35 years since Ken Haynes and Bill Murray first established what was known back then as Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Services (PRES), which would later become REACT.
Charlie Hoeh, REACT member, said the club originally began in 1976 by monitoring Citizens Band (CB) Radio Channel 9 for motorist emergencies.
CLARION â More than a year of investigations culminated Friday when Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron announced the arrest of 11 alleged heroin dealers.
The investigation involved anonymous informants, Clarion Borough Police, the Clarion Heroin Task Force, the Youngstown (Ohio) Police and the Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Crime Task Force.
Six of the alleged dealers are Clarion-area natives: Krystal Clark, Rimersburg; Nicholas Beichner, Rimersburg; Marla Forbes, Leeper; Sara Kirkpatrick, Leeper; Barry Beichner, Kossuth; and Thomas Novak, Marienville.
Josephine Beyo, 92, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Wellington Heights.
She was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Rossiter, the daughter of the late Nicola and Bisolina (DelPrincipe) Finamore.
In August 1953, she married Michael B. Beyo, who preceded her in death.
Although born in Rossiter, Mrs. Beyo was raised in Pescasseroli, Italy. She returned to the United States in 1939.
Mrs. Beyo was a seamstress at Pramco in Punxsutawney. She was also the co-owner of Beyo's Keystone Service Station in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When Punxsy senior Ashley Barenchik rounded first base Thursday during the fifth inning of a tie game with Altoona, she wasn't sure if she would make it to second.
Barenchik compensated for what ended up being an extremely close play at second base by sliding head first, and that extra effort led to her being safe for the double.
Barenchik's determination to get into scoring position led to her scoring the go-ahead run later that inning to help the Lady Chucks improve to 3-0 with a 5-4 victory Thursday over Altoona.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With one of its biggest opponents on the schedule, State College, in town, the Punxsy boys' and girls' track and field teams were more focused on personal best times, distances and heights than individual victories Thursday at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium.
State College controlled both of Punxsy's squads â the girls won 115-35, and the boys were 105-45 victors â but the Chucks and Lady Chucks were still pleased with their performance.
ST. MARYS â The Punxsy boys' tennis team won four of five singles matches en route to its second consecutive victory Thursday afternoon, 5-4, over Elk County Catholic in St. Marys.
Upon taking a 4-1 lead, the Chucks' No. 1 doubles tandem won to clinch the victory.
"It was a good test and a good win. You can see the team's confidence when we're playing," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said. "We really dominated the singles, which was kind of nice."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Brian Sekula, borough engineer from The EADS Group in Clarion, reported Monday that the Torrence Street widening project is going well, as the alley that runs between North Findley Street and North Jefferson Street is being widened with grant funding from PennDOT.
Public Works Committee Chairman Roger Steele asked about the drainage system for the Torrence project.
Sekula said Palo Construction is upgrading the existing drainage system that ran through the center of the alley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Now that he's completed a career as Punxsutawney Area High School's winningest wrestler, senior Kody Young is prepared to take the next step.
Young, who finished with 143 victories and the second-most falls in District IX history, signed with Division II Mercyhurst College Wednesday.
Young was interested in Division I schools Edinboro University and Clarion University, but ultimately chose Mercyhurst with a physical therapy major.
Punxsy coach and Young's father, Buddy Young, said that his son is a good fit at Mercyhurst, which is led by head coach Mike Wehler.
The Punxsy cheerleaders held a luau-themed "Cheer Night in Paradise" awards banquet last Saturday at the B.P.O. Elks. Pictured are the varsity cheerleaders (front, from left): Marcy Farmery, Samantha Caylor, Kissy Wright, coach Julie Baun; (back) Erin Butler, Brooke Grove, Morgain Holeva, Mariah Hicks, Holly Waltman and Kristen Mack. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)