June 20th, 2012
Mildred Jean Smith, 87, Punxsutawney, died after a short illness, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.
She was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Earl W. and Thelma (Blume) Resinger.
She married Ralph R. Smith, who preceded her in death Nov. 9, 2004.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Cloe United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving relatives include a son, Thomas R. Smith and wife Mary Kay of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a brother, Robert Resinger and wife Dorothy of Lansdale.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Punxsy's John J. Fisher Post 62 Senior Legion team had an all-around solid performance with pitcher Cory Geer throwing a three-hit shuout and the offense scoring 10 runs over four-plus innings on nine hits to pick up a 10-0, five-inning win over Creps United Publications Tuesday in Punxsutawney.
"We swung the bats pretty well; we ran the bases pretty well; and we got a pretty good pitching performance from Cory," Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey said after the game. "It's pretty simple. When you do those things, you'll usually come out on top."
INDIANA â€”Â Already ahead 10-6 entering the visitor's half of the seventh inning, Fezell Enterprises put up a 10-spot and went on to earn a 20-6 victory over United in Indiana County Youth League action Monday evening.
Fezell started the game with a six-spot right out of the shoot, and it added three more in the second to open up a 9-1 lead before things settled down until the seventh inning.
Joey DiPietro led the offensive explosion with a 5-for-5 night, which included a double, two runs scored and two driven in.
The 2012 Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival Queenâ€™s Pageant was held Tuesday night at Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School. Eight contestants from western Pennsylvania competed for the title, which is awarded annually to a young woman between the ages of 16 and 20. This year, Kathryn Steele (center), a graduate of Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School, was crowned the 2012 Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival Queen. Shannon Chandler (left) was awarded the place of first runner-up, and Christy Marks was awarded the place of second runner-up. (Photo by Natalie Bruzda)
BIG RUN â€” Monday, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh presented evidence that Big Run Borough Council had agreed in principle many years ago to take care of the road at McClure Cemetery.
Buterbaugh produced a copy of The Punxsutawney Spirit, dated Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1982, which contained a story written by Tom Chandler, in which Bob Buffington of the McClure Cemetery Association agreed to meet councilâ€™s requirement to prepare the road for oiling and chipping next spring.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â As the Senior Little League softball schedule winds down, Punxsy's pitchers' arms are heating up, as was evidenced Monday evening in Punxsutawney, where Shania DeFoor threw a complete-game one-hitter to lead the ProForm Devil Rays past Fox's Pizza Den, of Brookville, 13-0 in five innings.
In addition to DeFoor's solid pitching performance, the Devil Rays' offense poured on 13 runs over just four trips to the plate.
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Borough Council accepted the resignation of Councilman John Niver and appointed a former council member to take his place at Monday's meeting.
Former council member Rick Rinehart was appointed in a motion by council to replace Niver on borough council and as a member of the Big Run Area Municipal Authority (BRAMA).
Nick Lantz, council president, said Niver submitted his resignation from both boards for personal reasons.
WALSTON â€” The audit and investigation into the Young Township sewage and general accounts discrepancies continues, after it was revealed at last month's meeting that discrepancies were discovered when a sewage customer disputed and produced his receipts to prove that he was not delinquent.
At the May 9 meeting, Carl Vulcan, CPA, and forensic accountant of the Cantanese Group, planned to report his findings when township Solicitor Kipp Lukehart, advised the Board of Supervisors to enter an executive session before making any of the findings public.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 119 and Route 436, Young Township.
One of the vehicles involved in the accident, a Dodge Neon, appeared to have sustained disabling damage, and a Jeep Wrangler sustained front-end damage in the crash. Both were towed from the scene by Rebuck's South Side Service.
No further details regarding the accident were available at Spirit press time.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police were on scene and investigating the accident.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Punxsy starter Alli Ishman pitched five no-hit innings, and reliever Kylee Lingenfelter finished the job, pitching one inning to complete a combined no-hitter, and the Punxsy nine and 10-year-old softball All-Stars cruised to a 9-0 victory over Brockway in their opening game of the tournament.
Despite the strong pitching performance, though, Punxsy head coach Mike Ishman was sure to point out after the game that his team's victory came from a full-team effort.