June 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s a two-award year for Thomas R. Chelgren.
Just four months after he was named Punxsyâ€™s 2010 Man of the Year during the annual Groundhog Eve banquet Feb. 1, the Punxsutawney chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution named him the recipient of its Community Service Award during its annual Flag Day Dinner Tuesday at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
The chapter also saluted The Punxsutawney Spirit and Editor Tom Chapin with its first-ever Certificate of Appreciation for the newspaperâ€™s continued coverage and support of the chapter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Four Chucks were named to the District IX Northern Allegany Baseball Large School All-Star team, including two Punxsy players who nearly broke school records with the Chucks.
Seniors Brodi Lowmaster (outfield), Jordan Mesoraco (catcher), Tyler Skerkavich (designated hitter) and sophomore Ty Zimmerman (second baseman) were each honored as district All-Stars after they led the Chucks to their eighth consecutive District IX Class AAA Championship and berth in the state quarterfinals.
Ruth M. (McAninch) Hartzfeld, 70, DuBois, died Monday, June 13, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 21, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Glenn W. and Ruth Elizabeth (Walls) McAninch.
In 1967, she married J. Allen Hartzfeld, who preceded her in death in 2003.
Mrs. Hartzfeld was a graduate of Sykesville-Henderson High School. She was born and raised in the R.D. 3 Punxsutawney area and came to DuBois in 1962.
She worked as a sales clerk in local retail stores and enjoyed crocheting, sewing and crafts.
Ruth Ann (Amos) Holben, 72, Indiana, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at her home.
She was born July 3, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edwin C. and Elizabeth Amos.
She was married to Edward H. Holben, who survives.
Mrs. Holben was a graduate of the Indiana State Teachers College, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees. She then taught business education for 25 years.
She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council announced news that everyone has been waiting to hear for the last six years: That the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal in Punxsutawney is ready to move ahead with construction within the next few weeks.
Monday, council President Susan Glessner said it has been six years since the project first began, which involved the demolition of a group of buildings along North Findley Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Punxsutawney school board member and administrator recently learned that while public education business and issues may be challenges, thatâ€™s also the case for those who work, raise families and serve their countries in the National Guard or Reserve.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Every year prior to the start of summer, a huge amphitheater canopy is set up by members of the Lions Club, the Groundhog Festival Committee, REACT and the community in preparation for the summerâ€™s festivities.
â€śWe all owe a huge part of the help to the Lions Club,â€ť Groundhog Festival Committee Chairman Roger Steele said. â€śThey provide us the manpower to get this thing up. We also consult Punxsy Phil for the best day for weather.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With more than 3,500 votes counted for The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever 2010-2011 Fall and Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players, the public will now have an opportunity to choose the initial 2011 Spring Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players.
Two athletes have been chosen from each of Punxsy's five spring sports: Baseball, boys' tennis, boys' track and field, girls' track and field and softball.
Readers will have a chance to decide one boy among six and one girl among four to create one winner for each gender.
1. Although both the Punxsy baseball and softball teams fell a few wins short of a state title, the success of the teams they lost to year after year is astounding. The Lady Chucks lost to Valley, which just reached the state final Monday after Caitlyn Neeler threw a no-hitter during a 1-0 victory over Bellefonte in the semifinals. Neeler held Punxsy to just two hits â€” both by senior Kristen Fedder â€” during a 1-0 win. The Chucks lost 6-1 to Northern York last week, and the Polar Bears are in the final, too, after they upset undefeated WPIAL Champion Elizabeth Forward, 6-4.
Charles E. Knopick, 74, Bridgeport, Conn., died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Presbyterian Columbian Hospital, New York, N.Y.
He was born Oct. 12, 1936, in Iselin, to Michael and Mary (Poycock) Knopick.
Mr. Knopick was a veteran of the U.S. Army, an avid golfer and a gourmet cook. He also volunteered at the Thomas Merton Center for Homeless Men.
Mr. Knopick was a claims adjuster with Allstate insurance.
Surviving relatives include two sisters, Frances Albecht and husband Paul and Geraldine Poydence; a brother, Robert Knopick and wife Dorothy; and numerous nieces and nephews.