April 4th, 2012
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.
HARRISBURG â€”Â The state House voted Wednesday 140-49 to cut its own ranks from 203 to 153, and to reduce the number of senators from 50 to 38.
â€śI believe that by reducing the size the House, it will make the legislative process more efficient, because members would communicate better and understand the other personâ€™s problem,â€ť said Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana), who authored the bill. â€śAnd I think that will create better legislation at the end of the day.â€ť
With 253 members, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is the second-largest in the country.
Just in time for Easter, Jeanne Curtis, Punxsyâ€™s resident expert on the art of pysanky eggs, finally has her PT Cruiser eggs-actly the way she wants it, complete with pysanky egg decals placed on the body to match the eggs she is known for designing in the area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On another perfect day for a track meet weather-wise, Punxsy hosted the boys' track teams from Altoona and Brookville, and despite being out-powered by the Lions, 128-22, Punxsy picked up a dual win over the Raiders, 98.5-51.5.
While the team score didn't look so good against Altoona, Punxsy head coach John Smith said their well-tuned team overshadowed a lot of individual performances for the Chucks.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Hosting a pair of impressive track squads in the Brookville Lady Raiders and the Altoona Lady Lions, Punxsy knew it'd have to work for a victory in either dual meet Tuesday night in Punxsutawney. Unfortunately for the Lady Chucks, they fell short in each match.
The Brookville meet was the closest, with Punxsy being edged 81-69.
Tuesday evening, the 2011-12 Punxsy Chucks boys' basketball team gathered for a well-deserved final meal at their banquet at Neko's Restaurant & Lounge in Punxsutawney. Along with earning the final recognition, the players who earned letters this season were also honored. Pictured here are letter-winners (from left) Daniel Triponey, Tim Pearce, Brandon Mancuso, Garrett Zimmerman and Luke Janocha. Missing from the photo are fellow letter winners Alex Fedigan, Ian Miller, Michael Rosenberger and Jesse Venturini.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Friday, four friends pooled their money together for a shot at the coveted Mega Millions prize.
Around 7 p.m., after enjoying a pizza dinner, the four hopefuls walked to Mikeâ€™s BiLo in Reynoldsville and purchased $100 in tickets, $25 apiece.
Although they didnâ€™t come out as millionaires, five out of six numbers on one of the tickets matched, making the group $250,000 richer.
â€śThe Mega Millions game is all over the country, so we were really fortunate to have one of the winners here,â€ť Mikeâ€™s Bilo co-owner Theresa Kister said.