June 26th, 2011
Glenn L. Leasure, 81, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
He was born Feb. 16,1930, a son of the late Everett J. and Margaret (Wise) Leasure.
Mr. Leasure was a mechanic at General Electric. He was also employed at Sam Jack Drilling and Fairman Drilling.
Protestant in faith, Mr. Leasure attended the Albion EUB Church.
He loved spending time with his family and friends, his cats, his bunnies and working with his hands, especially doing mechanical work.
Nancy J. Neale, 53, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born July 5, 1957, in New Martinsville, W.Va., a daughter of the late Albert and Lula (Slater) Summers.
Sept. 6, 1986, she married Jack E. Neale, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mrs. Neale loved reading and especially loved her cats.
She was a loving wife who will be greatly missed.
Calvin Dick Yount, 82, Valier, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
He was born May 6, 1929, in Ramseytown, a son of the late Charles Marvin and J. Ruth (Dinger) Yount.
March 20, 1953, he married Doris J. (Brosius) Yount, who survives.
Mr. Yount was a member of the Punxsutawney chapters of the VFW, the American Legion, the Army-Navy Club and the Loyal Order of Moose.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and attained the rank of second lieutenant with the Pennsylvania National Guard.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Johnny would be proud.
Music in the Park, the summertime series founded by John Serian a number of years ago, will again return to Barclay Square for seven straight Thursdays, a week after the Groundhog Festival concludes.
BIG RUN â€” Following a string of suspicious and undetermined fires that have occurred in the Big Run area over the last several months, Big Run Area Fire Department Chief Todd Peace is asking residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior.
Big Run Council President Nick Lantz said due to the suspicious fires, Peace is asking area residents to report any peculiar
activities that may be occurring â€”especially around some of the boroughâ€™s blighted properties.
The most recent fire was the Big Run Carpet fire last Sunday morning.
ROSSITER â€” The Rossiter Miners' Federation League baseball team will host the second-annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament today and Sunday at Shaffer Field in Rossiter.
Four games will be played in the tournament this weekend, with three games featuring the hometown Miners.
All proceeds from food and beverage sales will go toward the Walker's Warriors Relay for Life team. There will also be silent auctions and raffles, with a pink bat autographed by Punxsy native and current Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco being the main piece raffled off.
Former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco has become one of the top producers of doubles in the Triple-A International League, where he plays for the Louisville Bats. This week, he added four doubles to his season total.
Mesoraco's 26 doubles on the season for the Cincinnati Reds' affiliate is good enough for second in the International League, trailing Jim Gallagher of the Charlotte Knights by just one double.
Mesoraco started the week with five consecutive one-hit games, including last Saturday's 1-for-3 performance, during which he doubled and walked.
Alli Ishman delivers a pitch during the bottom of the first inning of Punxsy's Little League softball All-Star game against Brockway Thursday night. Ishman pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out seven. Ishman's one-hitter is this week's Play of the Week.
June Bianco, 88, Sharpsville, formerly of Sharon, passed away peacefully of natural causes with her family at her side Thursday, June 23, 2011, at theÂ Critical Care Unit at UPMC Horizon Hospital, Farrell.
Mrs. Bianco was born June 10, 1923, in Walston, the daughter of the late Grover and Verda Jane (Siverling) Haag.
May 21, 1941, she married Peter J. Bianco, who preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2001.
Mrs. Bianco graduated from Punxsutawney High School. In 1954 at the age of 33, she moved to the Shenango Valley area.
BROOKVILLE â€” A week after Punxsutawney Borough Council sought to halt possible sales of bath salts and synthetic marijuana in the borough, District Attorney Jeff Burkett reported that he filed a civil action Monday, asking for an injunction banning the sale and possession of various forms of synthetic drugs that are sprouting up all over Pennsylvania.
According to Burkett, the Senate passed a bill June 15 that banned a number of different drugs, including synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill Thursday, but it will not go into effect for another 60 days.