March 30th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The process of recording music can, at times, become tedious, especially when the producer wants a performer to sing or play a certain part â€” a vocal or a drum part, for example â€” over and over again in order to catch the right take.
That wasn't the case for the duo known as Randy Paul â€” Randy Thompson and his father, Paul Thompson, a popular vocalist in this area who is also the pastor of the Cloe, Covode and Steffy United Methodist Churches.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Christian and Missionary Alliance Church is offering a free showing of the movie â€śCourageousâ€ť at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church's Family Life Center.
"Our purpose for showing the â€śCourageousâ€ť movie started out as an in-church fund-raiser for our youth group and its trip to LIFE 2013 in St. Louis, Mo.," said Melanie McBee, one of the event organizers, along with Mary Hoover and Connie Neal.
Ralph E. Miller, 69, Smicksburg, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
He was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Charles H. and Vera (Neal) Miller.
He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Trade City.
Mr. Miller was employedÂ for 30 years by PennDOT, where he worked as an inspector before retiring.
HeÂ loved playing Bingo and maintained his home on the farm where he was born.
Mr. Miller made his home at Mahoning Riverside Manor in Punxsutawney for the past four years.
Charles "Spark" Seger, 77, Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born July 26, 1934, in Rossiter, a son of the late Sherman and Robina (Johnson) Seger.
July 14, 1956, he married, Virginia L. (Stiteler) Seger, of Punxsutawney, who survives.
Mr. Seger was a member of the Rossiter Sportsmans' Club. He was also an avid gardner and, most of all, a loving husband, father and grandfather.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Two Republican candidates seeking the 66th Legislative District seat in the state House of Representatives said Thursday night that Harrisburg regulates its constituents too much and is not pushing a conservative agenda, despite the Republican majority.
Meanwhile, the man they hope to unseat â€” incumbent House Speaker Sam Smith â€” stood on his record and as a leading voice for rural Pennsylvania.
It was a â€śCartoon Catastropheâ€ť at the 2012 Variety Show Thursday night, as Spongebob Squarepants (Kevin Byars, left) and Patrick Star (James Doverspike) took center stage amongst their cartoon friends. The Variety Show continues tonight at 7 p.m. at PAHS.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board say they dislike the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA ) mandating price increases for school lunches.
District Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist said the USDA eventually wants all of the school districts to get to $2.51 as the price per lunch.
She said she thinks the district should raise the price of a lunch for next year by 10 cents.
â€śWe can raise it a nickel like we did last year,â€ť Geist said, adding that the operative number for last year was $2.46 per lunch.
DUBOIS â€” Coming off a convincing win against DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday, the Punxsy boys' tennis team knew it'd have its hands full Thursday against the DuBois Beavers in DuBois, and the Beavers proved to be too much in a 7-2 victory over the Chucks.
"We knew DuBois would be a little more polished, because they were a little more experienced," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said after the match.
One thing stood out to Heigley as an area the team could have improved its chances: Being more aggressive on the offensive end.
Lula P. Hetrick, 94, Dora, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Brookville Hospital.
She was born April 23, 1917, in Dora, Ringgold Township, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Winfield and Edna Pearl (Reed) Mowrey.
She was a lifetime resident of Dora.
Last week, I wrote about the fact that some things never seem to change, as witnessed at a wiffle ball game in my great-grandmother's backyard.
This week, I'm unfortunately writing about the fact that some things are just bound to change.
Some change, I must admit, is a good thing. But in some sports, it just seems like they're trying to mess with my nostalgic remembrance of the way things ought to be.
One area in which I've noticed a reasonable change this year is in one of my favorite holidays: Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season.