GOODYEAR, Ariz. â When Punxsy native Devin Mesoraco hit an eighth-inning home run during the first week of spring training with the Cincinnati Reds March 2, manager Dusty Baker said that the slugger hit the ball a mile, a mile-and-a-half.
The home run broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Reds a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.
The lengthy blast was the first of many impressive spring training cuts from Mesoraco, who is primed to make the jump to the majors for the first time this season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Will reducing the number of legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives actually help to streamline the legislative process?
Thatâs what state House Speaker Sam Smith, of Punxsutawney, believes, as he has introduced a bill to begin the lengthy process required to reduce the size of the 203-member chamber by about 25 percent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For almost 50 years, Harry Barnett has faithfully attended the Variety Show, and this year was not one to miss.
Walking into the debut of the Class of 2011âs show Thursday night, Barnett reminisced about his own classâ Variety Show in 1962.
âOur 1962 Variety Show had the theme, âGoing On a Sentimental Journey,â with âSentimental Journeyâ being the class song,â he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Students in Lisa Kellerâs third-grade class at Longview Elementary School demonstrated Wednesday their successful use of copyright, reading and technology, all wrapped up in one project.
âIâve watched technology at the high school, and have seen many good programs, but Mrs. Kellerâs class just blew me away,â Longview Principal Travis Monroe said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ Rather than choosing a single physician for Doctorsâ Day this year, Punxsutawney Area Hospital chose to celebrate the diversity of all doctors employed in Punxsy.
Many would expect the doctors employed at Punxsutawney Area Hospital to be from western Pennsylvania.
However, as Dan Blough, hospital CEO, noted, using a map arrayed with push pins, the doctors are from various parts of the world, showing much diversity at the local hospital.
Red push-pins on the map depicted where each doctor was born, while blue pins displayed the medical schools they attended.
Lloyd G. Williams, 96, Johnstown, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Arbutus Park Manor, Johnstown.
He was born Nov. 2, 1914, in Spangler, a son of George S. and Bertha (Breth) Williams.
Nov. 5, 1939, he married Lucille E. Worrell, who preceded him in death Nov. 24, 1994.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II in Southeast Asia Theatre.
Mr. Williams was a member of St. Davidâs Evangelical Lutheran Church of Davidsville, as well as the Punxsutawney B.P.O. Elks No. 301, the American Legion and the VFW.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Seniors taking the stage for their Variety Show tonight will bring something to the annual show that has been missing for some time: The singing of the alma mater.
âI went in just to direct the alma mater,â said James Colonna, who taught music theory, band and worked with the Variety Show in one way or another every year he taught at PAHS, âand then I got really into it.â
The return of the historic alma mater to the Variety Show program is indeed warranted, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the annual show.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Those who attended the Marcellus Shale gas drilling presentation Wednesday at the IUP-Fairman Centre learned that there are numerous opportunities for business owners to service the gas well drilling industry.
Marlene Lellock, executive director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, said the program was not about the pros and cons of Marcellus drilling, but how businesspeople and entrepreneurs can take advantage of the large natural gas formation located in the Jefferson County area and throughout Pennsylvania.
JOHNSTOWN â Miss Elizabeth, she isnât.
While Brandy Way â a professional wrestler known on several independent circuits as Brittany Force â grew up watching and admiring Miss Elizabeth â the gorgeous valet of WWF star Randy âMacho Manâ Savage â her tough side told her that if she ever broke into the business, she wouldnât just be standing at the side of the ring, all dolled-up and fragile.
WILKES-BARRE â Kaleb Young's search for a Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state championship will have to wait another year.
Young, a 102-pounder competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division, finished fourth this year at the PJW State Championship Tournament this past weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
The wrestler finished as a state runner-up the past two years.
Young, a seventh-grader, was one of three Punxsutawney grapplers to compete in the state tournament.
Also wrestling were Josh Schuckers (107 pounds) and Troy Peace (212 pounds).