August 1st, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As it happens over time, some things begin to wear down and need to be refurbished. The same can be said about some of the "Phantastic Phils!" throughout Punxsy.
Recently, "Fireman Phil," on display in front of the Central Fire Department at the Mahoning East Civic Center, was taken into the shop for restoration by one of its original co-creators, Nance Finley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Library Days continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week, with Ice Cream Day today at Fezell's County Market in the Groundhog Plaza.
The event is a week-long fund-raiser for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.
"With all the budget cuts of other libraries, we like to do everything we can to keep our library open," library board Vice-President Barbara Burkett said.
Rose Marie Ferraraccio, 91, formerly of Spring Avenue in DuBois, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Christ the King Manor.
She was born March 12, 1920, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Joseph A. and Helen (Cook) Schalk.
June 14, 1946, she married John Rubino Ferraraccio, who preceded her in death March 17, 1998.
She was a homemaker and co-owner of Ferraraccio Bros. Service Station on Franklin Street in DuBois.
John Donald Filipovich Sr., 80, of Creekside, died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
Known to everyone as "Don," he was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Adrian, the son of William J. and Pauline (Kutoloski) Filipovich Sr.
Mr. Filipovich and his family relocated to Indiana in 1941, and at the age of 10, he began delivering newspapers.
Lois L. â€śSisâ€ť Shaffer, 78, a guest at Jefferson Manor, Brookville, and formerly of Coolspring, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Jefferson Manor.
She was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Pine Creek Township, a daughter of the late Wilbert Byron and Twila Rebecca (Osborne) Wolfe.
Sept. 11, 1952, in Brookville, she married Lee Shaffer, who preceded her in death Jan. 28, 2009.
Mrs. Shaffer was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress at the Brookville Glove Factory for more than 15 years
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars are one win away from the state championship after defeating Schuylkill County East All-Stars, 10-6, in the winners' bracket championship game Sunday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
With the win, Punxsy advanced to the state championship game against Schuylkill East today at 11 a.m. at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field. If Punxsy wins, it will be state champs, but if Punxsy loses, another game will be necessary to decide the champion. If needed, that game will be played immediately after the first today.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Huey Brothers of Punxsutawney (10 and under) and the Punxsy Scrappers (12 and under) won second place at the Groundhog Baseball Tournament this weekend.
Both teams went 4-1 through the tournament, losing only their final games.
The Huey Brothers were taken down by Williams Sanitation/Servco of Brookville, and the Scrappers were ousted by Clarion.
The Huey Brothers began their tournament Friday night, claiming victory over the Clymer All-Stars, 14-2 in four innings. The game was highlighted by Isaac Stouffer, who had a two-run homer in the first.
DUBOIS â€” The Rossiter Miners defeated the DuBois Rockets Saturday night to force a fifth game in the championship series of the Federation League, but DuBois won the fifth and championship-clinching game, 6-4, Sunday in Dubois to claim the title.
Rossiter took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the second without recording a hit thanks to one walk by DuBois pitcher Ben McGary and three errors by DuBois' defense.
Miners' starting pitcher Tommy Bush faced only one batter more than the minimum through three innings, but DuBois jumped on him in the fourth.
Daryl M. Kicher, 84, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Wellington Heights.
He was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Sykesville, a son of the late Joseph and Lydia (Burhenn) Kicher.
Aug. 19, 1948, he married E. Jean Hoover, who preceded him in death Nov. 19, 1980.
Mr. Kicher worked for Auto Parts in Punxsutawney and the U.S. Postal Service.
He attended the Chestnut Grove Independent Church and enjoyed playing tennis, gardening and traveling.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Nancy Kicher of Forest, Va., and Jackie Pryber of Knox; and two granddaughters.
BIG RUN â€” Early Saturday morning, firefighters fought a fire at a Caroline Street, Big Run, residence for the second time in a week.
This time, the fire â€“ again at the James Stellabuto Sr. residence â€“ destroyed what was left of the interior, and the house sustained heavy damage.
Firefighters from the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. It was fully involved when firefighters arrived on-scene.