March 9th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€”Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native, recent- ly visited with area youth during a stop in St. Marys as the guest instructor at a catching clinic held at Beimel Baseball.
During the clinic, Mesoraco spent time instructing players on catching fundamentals emphasizing throwing, blocking and receiving.
Players also had the opportunity to ask Mesoraco questions. They were each given an autograph and had their individual photos taken with the MLB catcher.
Jack Gaston, 81, a lifelong resident of Punxsutawney, aced hole No. 9 at the East Polo Park Golf Course in Davenport, Fla., near Orlando Jan. 9. Gaston used his four-iron on the 101-yard par three. Dennis States, Gastonâ€™s brother-in-law, formerly of Punxsutawney, witnessed the shot. An avid golfer, Gaston spends several weeks each winter in Florida to keep up with his game. This is Gastonâ€™s first career hole-in-one.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â After falling in the District IX Class AA Championship game last Friday, the Raiders have been hard at work in practice this week preparing for the PIAA playoffs, which begin today.
Brookville (18-6) will face Sto-Rox (22-3), the No. 3 seed out of District VII, today in the opening round.
BROOKVILLE â€” Despite losing its emergency telephone lines, the Jefferson County 911 Center continued to function with an emergency plan overnight Thursday and Friday morning.
According to a statement from the Jefferson County Commission, the 911 Center experienced a telephone outage around 2:10 a.m. Friday at its center in Pine Creek Township.
â€śEmergency plans were activated, and all police, fire and EMS stations were notified to man their stations until further notice,â€ť the commission said.
BROOKVILLE â€” Lois Pifer and Dolly Smouse have served as 4-H program leaders for 41 and 39 years respectively.
And it's this kind of service that has kept the Pennsylvania 4-H program thriving over the last 100 years, said Mya Rushton, team program management coordinator for the 4-H program.
"One of the biggest reasons 4-H has survived for 100 years is because of the dedication of the volunteers," she said. "4-H runs on volunteers. They dedicate their time to teaching kids, guiding them and supporting them. It's incredible."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Construction of the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center in Punxsutawney continues on schedule and possibly a little ahead, thanks to mild winter weather this year.
Crews are running on a tight schedule to complete construction of the new center along North Findley Street, said John Lacny, ATA public information director.
â€śConstruction is three-quarters complete and is right on schedule,â€ť he said. The brick being placed on the building matches the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commissionâ€™s brick style that was seen on the former buildings.
Gertrude Ames, 93, Mayport, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 8, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
She was born Aug. 15, 1918, in Oliver Township, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Wilson and Edna (Brosius) Hoffman.
Feb. 29, 1936, she married Howard Ames, who preceded her in death July 2000.
Mrs. Ames was a lifetime member of the Langville Methodist Church, where she was treasurer for 55 years and enjoyed teaching Sunday School.
Burr Berringer Sr., 86, Rossiter, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Rossiter, a son of the late Blair and Nellie (Smyers) Berringer.
He was married to Betty Lou (Mullins) Berringer, who preceded him in death Feb. 16, 2007.
Mr. Berringer was employed by I.A. Construction for 34 years before retiring. He was a lifetime member of the Punxsutawney Eagles and Moose.
He enjoyed camping, fishing and was an expert homemade wine maker.
Manley Jay â€śButchâ€ť Toy, 69, Hamilton-Markton Road, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Oct. 26, 1942, in Rouseville, a son of the late John and Margaret (King) Toy.
He is the step-son of Bev Toy, who survives, of North Carolina.
In July 1968, he married Gloria Diane Carcella, who preceded him in death Nov. 19, 2005.
Mr. Toy served in the U.S. Navy.
He had previously worked as a welder for General Electric in Erie.
He enjoyed his family, playing guitar and woodworking.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Districtâ€™s use of technology â€” specifically its one-to-one, or 1:1 program, in which all students in grades nine through 12 are issued laptop computers for use at school and home â€” has attracted enough praise and recognition that it has become a model for other districts to study.