August 28th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks girls' cross country team is prepared for another important season after missing its third consecutive District 9 championship.
The Bradford Lady Owls had just the slightest edge over Punxsy to secure the district title.
But the Lady Chucks head coach George Wehrle has high hopes for the future.
"My overall impression of this year's team so far is that it is easily one of the most talent teams we've had," Wehrle said. "If the work ethic and desire are there, they should do quite well."
David Walter Snyder, â€śThe Duke,â€ť 76, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at home.
He was born March 22, 1935, in Nescopeck, a son of the late Charles and Bernice (Laycock) Snyder.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in October of 1954, and was trained as an aircraft mechanic. After serving his country for 20 years, he retired as a Master Sergeant.
June 20, 1957, he married the love of his life, Brenda Joyce Jordan, who preceded him in death Oct. 16, 2007.
BANKS TOWNSHIP â€” The family members of a 63-year-old man maintained a silent vigil on the shores of Hemlock Lake Saturday and Sunday as rescue crews and dive teams from area fire departments continued to search for him after he disappeared when the boat from which he was fishing overturned at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State police, the man, whose name has not yet been released, and his son were fishing at Hemlock Lake when, for reasons unknown, the boat capsized. The man's son was able to swim the 100 yards to shore.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 is the new coordinator of the Groundhog Fall 50K trail run, which in the past has been managed by the Punxsy Road Runners Club.
Bob Lott, Big Run post quartermaster, said over 1,000 runners have participated in the race in the past, but the running club had decided to discontinue operating it.
The race will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, in Punxsutawney.
A 63-year-old man is presumed dead following a boating accident at Hemlock Lake Saturday afternoon, according to Punxsutawney-based State Police.
Police said the man, whose identity has not been released, was fishing in a boat with his son in Banks Township, Indiana County, around 3:30 p.m. yesterday when the boat capsized.
The victim's son was able to swim to shore, police said, and the victim was last seen by witnesses in the water near the boat.
Police suspended their search at nightfall Saturday but resumed it this morning.
The investigation is continuing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Students moving into IUP-Punxsutawneyâ€™s Living-Learning Center today and Friday arenâ€™t the only new faces on campus.
Terry Appolonia began his tenure as the dean at IUP-Punxsy July 25, after serving in various positions at the main campus since 1986. More recently, he served as the dean of students and associate vice-president for student development at the universityâ€™s main campus.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Solid Waste Authority of Jefferson County is hoping to make some headway with local lawmakers in its quest for funding.
Donna Cooper, solid waste/recycling coordinator, wants to schedule a meeting with state Rep. Sam Smith and state Sen. Joe Scarnati to update them on the authorityâ€™s funding status.
Since losing its administrative fee, the authority has been trying to stay afloat.
For 2011 drop-off donations, $11,208 has been committed, and the authority has already received $10,708 of that money. Last year, the authority received only $8,450.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's boys' golf team won its second home match of the season with a convincing 165-197 win over Brookville Friday morning at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
The match was played on the front nine holes at the course and was a varsity-only match.
Punxsy's Ian Miller was the low scorer for the tournament, shooting an even-par 37.
Miller had seven pars, bogeyed the par-three seventh and bounced back with a birdie on the par-five eighth.
Well, Devin Mesoraco fans, decision-day is less than a week away for the Cincinnati Reds.
The question remains whether Mesoraco will be called up when the rosters expand Thursday, or will he spend more time with the AAA-affiliate Louisville Bats polishing his game?
One encouraging sign was reported Thursday night by Danny Knobler of cbssports.com: Reds' catcher Ramon Hernandez was placed on waivers Thursday.
Richard Babco, 67, of Logan, Indiana County, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown.
He was born Oct. 14, 1943, in Logan, Banks Township, a son of the late John W. and Elizabeth (Kraynak) Babco.
Aug. 28, 1965, he married Laura Belle Huey, who preceded him in death April 9, 1999.
Mr. Babco was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Glen Campbell.
He worked in the coal strip mining industry doing augering with Andy Freno and then working with the Kraynak Coal Company prior to his employment with Hoffman Diamond Products of Punxsutawney.