October 30th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Progress continues at a rapid rate on the Grace Place senior living apartment complex located at Pine Street and North Gilpin Street as numerous public officials, including Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, 5th Congressional district, along with Rep. Sam Smith, speaker of the Pennsylvania House, received a tour Friday.
Thompson said Grace Place being constructed in Punxsy, and not out of town, makes it a great asset to the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Mere days away from Halloween, the youngsters at Creative Garden LLC, Airport Road, Bell Township, donned their costumes Friday for some special guests who helped celebrate a ribbon-cutting for their pre-school/daycare facility.
Owner Erin Cameron was joined by friends, family, staff and the children, of course, as she celebrated the culmination of a dream borne from baby-sitting children in her home in 2006, before earning her facility license in 2007.
Darlene Joy Beer, 64, Mayport, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the Clarion Hospital.
She was born August 23, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Raymond M. and Mary S. (Myers) Beer.
Ms. Beer worked at the Sher-Bren Factory in Hawthorn and also at the Big Run Shoe Factory.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Mary Pauline â€śPollyâ€ť Beer of Mayport.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth Beer, Leroy Beer and an infant brother; and three sisters, Shirley Palmer, Dorothy Firment and an infant sister.
C. Donn Schenkemeyer Jr., 63, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.
He was born June 2, 1948, in Johnstown, a son of the late Clifford D. and Malissa (Redfoot) Schenkemeyer.
He operated a private law practice and was a Jefferson County public defender.
Mr. Schenkemeyer was a member of the Lutheran Church.
He was also a member of the B.P.O. Elks No. 301, the Rotary Club, the Jefferson County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Schenkemeyer graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1966.
BROOKVILE â€” After winning the Route 36 Rivalry Trophy two years ago and retaining it last year, the Chucks football squad was forced to part ways with it Friday night in Brookville after falling victim to the Raiders' powerful, balanced running attack, 27-14.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson told the audience at Friday's "Legislative Breakfast" that despite all the doom and gloom that his constituents hear in the mainstream media regarding the economy, there is a reason to be optimistic.
Thompson was the speaker at the breakfast that was sponsored by the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, and he said that the U.S. has always had challenging times throughout its history.
Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club for Career Womenâ€™s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.
BROOKVILLE â€” Another chapter in the appellate process of Robert Gene Rega has concluded, as Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora on Thursday denied Regaâ€™s amended petition for Habeas Corpus Relief.
June 21, 2002, Rega was convicted of first-degree murder and various other offenses.
Upon the sentencing juryâ€™s recommendation, the court sentenced him to death. Since that time, Rega has been housed at SCI-Greene awaiting execution.
Rega was convicted of killing night watchman Christopher Lauth at the Gateway Lodge in the Dec. 22, 2000, robbery and shooting at the lodge.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Wednesday, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board received a recommendation from the districtâ€™s maintenance department regarding the replacement of a cold water storage tank at Longview Elementary School.
The tank was leaking, but when a maintenance crew went to fix it, another leak started, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said.
The 1,000-gallon tank is the original to the building, and now, the district is on borrowed time as far as its reliability â€” maybe a year, said Phil Heitzenrater, district maintenance supervisor.
DUBOIS â€” The Lady Chucks' volleyball team ended its season on a high note â€” winning five in a row to lock up the second seed in the District IX playoffs â€” with a convincing three-game sweep of the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals, 25-11, 25-5, 25-11, Thursday night in DuBois.
"It was nice to see everyone getting stats this match," Punxsy head coach Lisa Kephart said of her team's all-around effort. "The girls played well tonight and had fun. Our serving was really tough, as we only missed four serves the entire match."