March 23rd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Rain may be in the forecast for the immediate future, but organizers of the annual Run/Walk for Someone Special hope that Mother Nature will pour the rain this weekend, not next weekend.
â€śI think last year, we had a cloud looming over us, and it started to rain as the last runner crossed the line,â€ť said Stacy Hanzely, executive director of the Arc of Jefferson-Clearfield Counties. â€śWeâ€™ve just been so fortunate with the weather.â€ť
The Run/Walk for Someone Special, now in its 33rd year, will be held Sunday, April 1, starting at Town Hall in Sykesville (see box for details).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A proposed cut in Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s budget appears to affect funding of recreational activities in the area. But on closer inspection, many of those funds were used for special projects and not for operations of the program or the project itself.
The Keystone Parks, Recreation and Conservation Fund was approved by Pennsylvania voters to help pay for parks, trails and open space in 1993, when it passed a referendum by a ratio of 65 percent to 35 percent, said state House Speaker Sam Smith (R-66) of Punxsy.
Agness Maxine Schaper moved on from this life Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the age of 90.Â
She was a resident of Hilmar, Calif., when she passed away, but had lived in many places in California after being discharged from the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II.Â
She was born in February 1922 and raised in Punxsutawney by her parents, Zelda Rae and Thomas Otto Enterline.
Maxine, as she was affectionately known to all, spent her life as a nurse; first as a Navy nurse, then working in different doctors' offices and later specializing in obstetrics.
ST. MARYS â€” March 10, the Punxsy eighth-grade girls' volleyball team traveled to Elk County for the ECC Tournament, and the Lady Chucks finished with an impressive 9-1 record on the day.
"This was a great day of volleyball for the eighth-grade girls," Punxsy coach Megan Decker said. "They finished the day with an impressive record, and they really pulled together and worked on their individual weaknesses, as well as the teams'."
The tournament's format saw each team playing five others in two-game sets.
Several local fourth-grade girls from Punxsutawney area recently participated in the Derry Tournament Feb. 24-27. The fourth graders won the championship, defeating many solid teams, including some from the Pittsburgh area. Individual trophies and a team trophy were awarded to the girls. Pictured here with their trophies are (front, from left) Ryley Casaday, Elizabeth Stello, Allison Doverspike, Murphy White, Katelyn Griebel, Abby Gigliotti, Sarah Weaver; (back) coach Brad Gigliotti, Taegan Ludwig, Laney Monroe and coach Robb Nesbitt. Missing from the photo is Makena Nesbitt.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Representatives from PennDOT District 10 held an open house Thursday night at the Lindsey Fire Hall to show residents changes to two major projects in the borough.
Residents could see early work on the two projects â€” the Route 110/Route 310 turning lanes project and the Elk Run Bridge/Route 119 and the Sawmill Run Bridge, Route 36/Mahoning Street replacement project â€” as early as this fall.
It was a great night Thursday for doing anything outdoors, such as walking, running, Frisbee football and, as seen in Barclay Square, Zumba Fitness with Dustin Jewell (center). He holds his Zumba class in the park at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and at 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, except during inclement weather.
Ruth M. Lloyd, 83, Dayton, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Armstrong County Health Center.
She was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Redbank Township, Armstrong County, the daughter of the late Isaac Edward and Lillian (Barnette) Beck.
Mrs. Lloyd was a lifetime resident of the area and was a member of Milton Church. She was also active with the Dayton Senior Citizens' Center.
Dr. George Sabarich, 87, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at home.
He was born May 21, 1924, in the Sykesville area mining town of Cascade, a son of Croatian immigrants, the late Nik and Antonija (Godinic) Sabaric.
An industrious person since youth, Dr. Sabarich owned his own Atlantic gas station in Sykesville, while still attending high school.
His Sykesville High graduation was followed by employment in Niagara Falls.
He served in the U.S. Navy â€śSeaBeesâ€ť in New Guinea during World War II.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For a group of 14 Punxsy area wrestlers, the feat of making the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) Area V tournament last weekend in Clarion was an accomplishment in itself. More impressively, seven of those 14 qualifiers aren't quite finished wrestling yet.
Punxsy was especially successful in a pair of age brackets, with four grapplers advancing to the PJW State Championship Tournament in the 13- and 14-year-old brackets and three in the nine- and 10-year-olds. States will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hershey Park Arena in Hershey.