April 13th, 2012
Wayne Lee Harp, 87, Summerville, died Friday, April 13, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 18, 1924, in Clarion, a son of the late Oscar Jonathan and Edna (Lyle) Harp.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, in which he earned the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal with five bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.
Jan. 27, 1948, he married the former Sara Olive Kiehl, who survives. The couple just celebrated their 64th anniversary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' tennis team hosted Elk County Catholic on a windy afternoon Thursday in Punxsutawney, and despite battling through several close matches, the Crusaders came out on top, 6-3.
After the match, head coach Todd Heigley's review of the action was simple: "Overall, we competed."
Punxsy was without one of its singles players in the match â€” Eddie Serafin â€” and because of their small numbers this season, the Chucks were forced to forfeit No. 4 doubles.
Heigley said he would like to think with Serafin in the lineup, the match would have been a different story.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It can be said that the groundhog â€” and a soldier â€” saved the day.
A potential tragedy was averted Thursday when one of the National Guardâ€™s IAV Stryker all-terrain vehicles lost its brakes while traveling down Indiana Hill.
But instead of crashing through the ramp toward a restaurant full of people at Joeâ€™s Drive-In, a steel girder supporting the huge wooden groundhog located at the edge of the parking lot stopped the vehicleâ€™s forward progress.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” American Legionnaire Lance Robinson believes Sept. 10, 2001, was â€śthe last day of freedomâ€ť in the United States, but now, heâ€™s looking to see that date recognized as something else.
Robinson, a U.S. Marine veteran and resident of Export, Westmoreland County, stopped in Punxsutawney Thursday as part of a 300-mile bicycle trek that he calls the â€śHonor Ride Across America.â€ť
MILWAUKEE, Wis. â€” Kirk Fergusonâ€™s music career began at a young age, until one day, he made a realization about what he wanted to do with his life.
â€śWhat kind of happened was, I knew I wanted to go into performance, and my goal was to be the best trombonist in the world,â€ť said Ferguson, a 1999 PAHS graduate visiting family in Punxsy this week. â€śAnd the best players play in orchestras.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The votes are in and counted, and it's official: Seth Spack and Jensen Constantino are The Spirit's 2011-12 Winter Sports Most Valuable Players.
Just over 760 ballots were cast in all, and The Spirit's readers selected Spack and Constantino for the awards.
Spack, a senior wrestler for the Chucks during the winter season, surpassed the 100-win mark, passed PAHS grad Matt Means for second all-time in Punxsy history for wins and won the District-IX championship at 152 pounds this year.
This time of year may just be the perfect time of year, as far as I'm concerned: Especially as far as the sports calendar goes.
Combining the budding of new life growing from the warm weather â€” though we've been mistreated with some colder-than-we-would-like type of weather over the past few daysÂ â€” with the sports calendar unfolding before us in early April does something to warm my heart.
After the rush of March Madness, the sports calendar quiets down a bit, though it is revving up for perhaps its busiest season of them all.
Diane M. Nagy, 52, Punxsutawney, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Nov. 16, 1959, a daughter of Gabriel Caraboolad and the late Barbara (Kassouf) Caraboolad.
July 6, 1980, she married Dale Nagy, who survives.
INDIANA â€” Before the cassette tape, the compact disc and the MP3, people listened to music with the help of a decent turntable, a good needle and a 33-, 45- or 78-rpm record.
And Saturday, April 21 â€” Record Store Day â€” is a day that independent (i.e., indie) record stores celebrate music in the vinyl medium.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Sure, itâ€™s a group of older gentlemen in top hats and tuxedoes who promote and perpetuate Groundhog Day, but Punxsutawney Phil and his prognostications are just as important for youngsters, as well.
Thatâ€™s the whole idea behind the Jr. Groundhog Club, a new club that has been established for Punxsy Philâ€™s friends who are 12 and under.