May 22nd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board Athletic Committee listened to a proposal presented by the Punxsy VFW Teener League board about the lease and some changes that would help in completing a major renovation at the field.
"Four years ago, we entered into a 10-year agreement with the use of Rich Kuntz Field and the district for use by the high school baseball teams beginning in 2008-09," said Doug Mesoraco, commissioner of the Punxsutawney VFW Teener League.
Mesoraco said the total due on the lease was $53,500, with an initial lump-sum, one-year payment of $24,000.
Punxsy pitcher Cory Geer delivers a pitch during an April 4 game against St. Marys in Punxsutawney. The Chucks, who swept the season series over the Dutch with a 5-2 victory in Punxsutawney and a thrilling 7-5 victory in St. Marys, were expected to play the Dutch once more for their ninth-consecutive District IX title today. However, a postponed AA playoff game Tuesday forced Punxsy and St. Marys to postpone their AAA title game to next week.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One year of teaching at the Punxsutawney Area High School was apparently enough time for Rodney Thompson to make an impact on students and the community, as he was named the high school â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť in The Punxsutawney Spiritâ€™s annual contest Tuesday.
After 11 years of teaching at Clearfield County Career & Technology Center (CCCTC), Thompson was hired at PAHS to teach computer applications, introduction to business and accounting in grades eight through 12.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thus far, Kerin Mesankoâ€™s teaching career has consisted of two very what she calls â€śshockingâ€ť moments.
The first was being named the valedictorian of her class at Penn State University in 2005. The second was Tuesday, when she was named the elementary â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť in The Punxsutawney Spiritâ€™s annual contest.
â€śI am so blessed to be here,â€ť Mesanko said in front of her class of â€ś14 amazing studentsâ€ť in kindergarten at the Punxsutawney Christian School. â€śThis is such an awesome class, and itâ€™s easy to teach when the kids are eager to learn.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One would think that after 35 years in the same job, a person wouldnâ€™t be surprised by anything. But ask Alan Major, who was chosen as The Spiritâ€™s middle school â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť Tuesday, and heâ€™ll say thatâ€™s not the case.
Major, who has taught in the district for 35 years, has previously won The Spirit award, as well as Wal-Martâ€™s â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť contest several years ago.
Major teaches fourth-grade standard math, mixed science and social studies.
Elizabeth Bonfanti, 87, Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Fezell Enterprise scored multiple runs in four of its five trips to the plate en route to its first win of the young season Monday evening in Punxsutawney â€” a 14-4, five-inning affair against Union in Indiana County Youth Legion action.
"It was great to get our first win," Punxsy coach Joe DiPietro said after the game. "These guys have been getting better with every practice and every game."
While Fezell scored early and often, it was actually Union that drew first blood, putting up a two-spot in the visitor's half of the first.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While the Punxsy varsity baseball squad advanced to Wednesday's District IX championship game at Brookville, the JV squad ended its season last Friday on a disappointing note with an 11-1 loss to Hollidaysburg in six innings in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy head coach Rodney Thompson said it was a "rough last game for us," as the Chucks produced just one hit on the day.
That hit came off the bat of Dylan Orcutt, driving in Punxsy's only run.
On the mound, Matt Burkett started the game, pitching five innings. Burkett allowed eight hits, three walks and fanned three.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thanks to quick action by members of the Central Fire Department, damage was held to a minimum when a laundry basket caught fire in the back seat of a vehicle at 11:30 a.m. Monday on South Findley Street.
Scott Depp, Central Fire Department chief, said a neighbor reported seeing smoke inside of a vehicle owned by Heather Fox, Ray Lane, Punxsutawney, while it was parked on South Findley Street.
Fox said she had been at the laundromat and most of the clothes were dry, and some were still damp.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council recognized Joe Steiner, Punxsutawney Borough Police warden/dispatcher for his 25 years of service at last Monday's meeting.
"I want to thank you for your 25 years of service to Punxsutawney Borough Police and proclaim May 14 as Joe Steiner Day in Punxsutawney," said Jim Wehrle, Punxsutawney Mayor.