May 8th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Pedestrian safety has a new look in downtown Punxsutawney with the completion of PennDOTâ€™s traffic signal project.
â€śThe new signals may not seem important to many people, but for someone who has some type of special needs, itâ€™s very important for them to get across the street safely,â€ť Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 press safety officer, said during a downtown pedestrian safety effort Tuesday.
He said with the new system, even a child can now press a button and know where the exact physical location he or she is in case he or she becomes lost or needs assistance.
Anna Kathryn Blayer, 84, Tecumseh, Mich., formerly of Ann Arbor, Mich., passed away Monday, May 7, 2012, surrounded by her family.
She was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Adrian, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary (Brudnock) Midock.
May 7, 1955, in Punxsutawney, she married John Richard Blayer, who preceded her in death after 47 years of marriage.
In 1955, the couple moved to Ann Arbor, where Mr. and Mrs. Blayer began their family.
Shawna M. Marshall, 52, Mahaffey, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at her home.
Miss Marshall was born Sept. 4, 1959, in Dodge City, Kan., a daughter of Betty Clover and step-father Phil Clover, who survive, and the late Harold Marshall.
She was a graduate of Calvary Christian Bible School.
Diane Lee Trithart, 64, passed away Friday, May 4, 2012, at her home near Custer, S.D.
After growing up in Punxsutawney, Ms. Trithart attended Grove City College, where she met the man she would marry, Ron.
Over the course of her life, Ms. Trithart had three separate careers: First, as a mother raising a child; second, as a businesswoman with Consumer Credit Counseling Service, in which she rose to the level of CEO; and finally, as a small business owner, where she ran her own bed and breakfast.
Punxsy boys' tennis players Michael Blose (left photo) and Tim Pearce (right photo), pictured here returning volleys while playing together at No. 1 doubles last Wednesday against Clearfield in Punxsutawney, were each supposed to take their shots at a District IX singles title Monday in DuBois. Unfortunately for all competitors, rain postponed the event to Thursday morning. The Chucks' baseball game scheduled for the afternoon against State College was also postponed due to thunderstorms in the area.
BIG RUN â€” If there's anyone who has been as consistent as the Big Run Peepers, it's Joe Buterbaugh, who has been the mayor of Big Run for the last 30 years and is currently the longest-serving mayor in Jefferson County following the death of Worthville Mayor Forest L. Mauer in 2009.
"I first became the mayor in 1982, and me and the Big Run War Memorial building still look basically the same," Buterbaugh laughed.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After riding an undefeated season together as doubles partners to the PIAA State Championship Tournament in doubles in 2011, Punxsy's top pair of tennis players â€” Michael Blose and Tim Pearce â€” will each aim for a different goal today in DuBois: A District IX singles championship.
In a week that will see the Chucks team travel to DuBois Wednesday as well, with hopes of bringing a D-IX team title back to Punxsutawney, Blose and Pearce hope to kick off the week on a positive note.
ALTOONA â€” Several members of both the Chucks and Lady Chucks track and field teams earned their personal bests during Friday's 63rd-annual West Central Coaches Invitational in Altoona.
"Every event had many top performers, which made placing extremely difficult," boys' head coach John Smith said. "What we were looking for was each individual just doing their best."
For the Chucks, Brody Morgan had a personal best in the shot put, throwing 46-9.5 for third place overall. Morgan also placed seventh in the javelin, one of his strongest events, with a throw of 158-11.
Saturday evening, Devin Mesoraco â€” an athlete who many remember watching play baseball in Punxsutawney as he grew up â€” was playing for the Cincinnati Reds in a game played in Pittsburgh. Throughout the day leading up to Saturday's night cap, though, some of Punxsy's youngest Major League hopefuls took to the field to begin their Machine Pitch League season. One of many athletes playing in the eight-team league this year, Easton Gula dons his catcher's gear and makes a throw to first after fielding a ball hit in front of the plate.
At the 2012 PAHS prom, â€śA Starry Night,â€ť Landon Kauffman (left) and Sara Jane Depp-Hutchinson were named the Prom King and Queen, an annual tradition for Punxsy's senior class.