May 24th, 2012
Thursday evening, members of the Punxsutawney Garden Club planted flowers in the first half of the hayracks around town. They will plant the second half whenever new hayracks are placed at the new light posts. Pictured are (from left) Kerri Stebbins, Kim Neigh, Grace Neigh, Tanga Hopkins, Rose Osikowicz and Dottie Jekielek.
ROSSITER â€”Â In the first of four regular-season rematches scheduled to take place between the two teams that played for the Federation League championship last season â€”Â the Rossiter Miners and the DuBois Rockets â€”Â the reigning champ held its own, as the Rockets earned a 5-3 victory Thursday evening in Rossiter to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Rossiter starter Brodie Lowmaster pitched a pretty solid game, scattering 10 hits over his seven innings of work, but in the end, it was control problems that cost Lowmaster the victory.
STRATTANVILLE â€”Â After winning the District IX Class AA Championship three years in a row, the Brookville Raiders went on a five-year dry spell. That dry spell ended this season.
Thursday night, the Raiders rallied from an early deficit to take the district title, 15-9 over Karns City.
"They wanted the district title, and they've been phenomenal, working together and picking each other up," Raider head coach Kenny Lindermuth said. "It's just a great team atmosphere that we have going on, and it's been an amazing season. Hopefully, we can keep it rolling next week."
David Allison Brown, 87, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at AM/PM Personal Care Home in DeLancey.
He was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late David Earl and Grace (Williamson) Brown.
May 31, 1946, he married the love of his life, Carrie Irene â€śScoopâ€ť Hodgson, who preceded him in death Oct. 15, 2006.
The couple enjoyed one another immensely and loved to dance together.
Mr. Brown was a Master Sergeant in the Army, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. He was very proud to be a veteran and encouraged others to be patriotic.
Nancy A. Heitzenrater, 68, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born June 18, 1943, in Reynoldsville, a daughter of the late John S. and Margaret E. (North) Heitzenrater.
She was Protestant by faith.
Ms. Heitzenrater enjoyed attending Camp Friendship, puzzles, crafts and spending time with her family.
James Robert (Bob) Sink, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, 2011.
He was the second son of Walter E. and Ethel Mae (Montgomery) Sink.
He was born April 11, 1923, in DuBois, and was raised in DuBois and Punxsutawney.
Mr. Sink lived most of his adult life in Virginia and Florida.
He never lost his love of music, golf and the Elks organization. He was twice the Past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge No. 2672 in Ruskin, Fla.
Four Punxsy athletes â€” two Chucks and two Lady Chucks â€” are bound for the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. (From left) Kevin Hughes (400-meter dash), Juliann Boddorf (200-meter dash), Alexis Young (1600-meter run) and Brody Morgan (javelin), pictured here taking a break from their preparation during a track and field get-together Wednesday afternoon at Jack LaMarca Stadium, will make the trip today in preparation for Friday's preliminary rounds on the track. The AAA javelin event will be held Saturday morning.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â Junior Nathan St. Laurent was just shy of a perfect game, giving up only one hit and one walk, leading the Brookville Raiders (13-5) to a 9-0 victory over Moniteau (11-8) Wednesday night.
"It's the first one I've had this year, and it felt really nice to actually throw seven innings," St. Laurent said. "My arm still feels great, so it's definitely a good feeling."
With the victory, St. Laurent and the Raiders will face Karns City at 4:30 p.m. today at Clarion-Limestone to decide who will become the D-IX Class AA champions.
Out in the garage, there is an old box full of trophies that were given to my brother at one point or another in his athletic career.
When he moved to Canada, he didn't have room to take all of his loot with him in his pickup truck, so he had to prioritize and make decisions about which things were essential for the trip.
The box of trophies missed the cut, and he left us with the option of seeing if there was someone who might be able to make use of the trophies and possibly donating them to that cause.
Elizabeth Bonfanti, 87, Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Patty Calabria and Margaret (Saporito) Calabria.
She was married to Anthony â€śNinoâ€ť Bonfanti, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Bonfanti loved cooking, baking and homemaking. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.