April 5th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â€” Last Friday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Pat Berger, executive director and forensic interviewer for Western PA CARES for Kids, said she appreciated the month-long recognition, but reminds county residents that child abuse occurs every day.
â€śI think itâ€™s important that we as a community are watching out for children and are aware that itâ€™s happening all the time,â€ť she said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The end is in sight for the PennDOT traffic signal project, with paving scheduled. But some members of Punxsutawney Borough Council have questions regarding the new no-turn-on-red signs placed at two of the downtown intersections.
Milling, paving and line painting is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the week of April 16-20, Borough Manager Ben White said at Tuesdayâ€™s Public Works Committee meeting, while the traffic signal turn-ons are scheduled for April 25-26 at two intersections per day.
Dr. Frederick L. â€śFredâ€ť Hoover D.C. Jr., 81, DuBois, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012, at his home.
He was born Aug. 21, 1930, in Clearfield, the son of Frederick Logan and Mildred (Walker) Hoover Sr.
Oct. 31, 1953, he married Elizabeth â€śBettyâ€ť (Lash) Hoover, who survives.
Dr. Hoover graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelorâ€™s degree in agriculture and the Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa.
He was very dedicated to his profession and helped many people at his practice throughout his more than 55 years of service.
Helen M. Keller, 86, Reynoldsville, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at home.
She was born May 17, 1925, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Norman and Kathryn (Knapp) Schuckers.
Oct. 19, 1956, she married Paul E. Keller, who survives.
Mrs. Keller was a 1943 graduate of Reynoldsville High School and a homemaker.
She was a member of the Paradise Community United Church of Christ and its Ladiesâ€™ Bible Class and Womenâ€™s Service Group.
Donald L. Schuckers, 72, Brookville, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at home.
He was born Jan. 17, 1940, in Brookville, a son of the late Lorraine M. and Martha L. (Hinderliter) Schuckers.
Sept. 8, 1964, in Winchester, Va., he married Norma Wolfe, who survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Mr. Schuckers worked as a union carpenter for Hallstrom Construction in DuBois.
He was a member of the Carpentersâ€™ Union Local 947, and the John M. Read Lodge No. 536 F&AM in Reynoldsville.
Robert A. Snyder, 73, Timblin, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Sept. 19, 1938, a son of the late Elvin and Agnes (Engle) Snyder Sr.
Mr. Snyder worked at Rola-Jensen as a press operator.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 1231 of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Snyder was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed the Pirates and hunting.
Ella D. Whitaker, 99, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Jan. 8, 1913, in Josephine (Indiana County), a daughter of the late L. Edward and Bessie (Gorsuch) Doutrich.
In June 1950, she married Dale C. Whitaker, who preceded her in death Aug. 24, 1958.
Mrs. Whitaker was a graduate of Blairsville High School and Indiana State Teachers College (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania).
She retired in 1973 from the federal government as a personnel management specialist.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Strong pitching was a theme during Punxsy's baseball game against St. Marys Wednesday afternoon in Punxsutawney, with each pitching staff holding the other team to just six hits. But the deciding factor proved to be finding the strike zone, as Punxsy walked just one hitter while managing six free passes from Dutch starter Justin Beimel in a 5-2 victory.
Punxsy starter Jamie Bush pitched five innings, allowing just two runs, to earn the win for the Chucks, and reliever Cory Geer closed the deal with two no-hit innings.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks this year seem to have a flair for the dramatic â€” especially one Lady Chuck, in particular.
After hitting a pair of buzzer-beating, game-winning shots in her senior campaign for basketball, Alex Magill played a key role in the Lady Chucks' 2-1 win over the St. Marys Lady Dutch Wednesday in St. Marys.
With two outs in the top of the seventh and a runner on third â€” fellow senior Tori MartinÂ â€” Magill successfully squeezed Martin home and reached first for just the third Punxsy hit of the game.
Well, it's finally the day for which we've all been waiting so long, and by that I mean for which at least I have been waiting so long: Opening Day.
Unfortunately, this means finally giving up on any last-second trades sending PAHS grad and Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco to my beloved Buccos.
It's time to face the music and admit that from start to finish this year, I'll be rooting for the Reds.
While the checklist of career firsts winds down for Mesoraco, the first he will face today â€”Â his first Opening Day in the Majors â€”Â is definitely one worth recognizing.