April 8th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gary Astorino, a 1976 graduate of PAHS, is among the six inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.
During his high school career, Astorino was a three-year letterman/starter and captain in wrestling, football and senior legion baseball. He was a four-year starter in wrestling for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and was captain during his junior and senior years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's junior varsity softball team used a six run third inning to cruise past St. Marys 12-2 in five innings Thursday afternoon in Punxsy.
The Lady Chucks (2-0), who finished the game with 14 hits, limited St. Marys (0-1) to five hits.
Punxsy's Sarah London and Ashley Bacha combined to shut down the Lady Dutch's line up, striking out eight batters. London struck out three batters over the first three innings, allowing two runs, but picked up the win.
Gary Lee Pontani, 65, Starford, went to be with his Lord Thursday, April 7, 2011, at UPMC-Shadyside, Pittsburgh.
He was born March 25, 1946, in Indiana, a son of the late Herman Armand and Dorothy Aileen (Shaw) Pontani.
Mr. Pontani started his career as a postmaster in Starford, then went on to Clymer, Homer City and finally retired as postmaster of the Punxsutawney Post Office.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Indiana VFW Post 1989, a former member of the 40-8 Club and NAPUS.
Mr. Pontani was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
â€” Gary Astorino.
â€” Dominic Barilar.
â€” Roger Raybuck.
â€” William Vassallo.
â€” George Work.
â€” Bruce Chambers (posthumous inductee).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 11th induction banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Punxsutawney High School Cafeteria.
The keynote speaker for the evening will be Les Shoop.
Shoop is the former basketball coach at Punxsutawney with a record of 198-96. His record includes five District IX Class AAAA Championships.
He coached his last Dapper Dan Round Ball classic at the Civic Arena.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commission recently received word that it will likely not be responsible for debt in excess of $1.5 million.
Elk County has agreed to purchase a Ridgway building that Jefferson County was partly responsible for. Elk County plans to use the facility as its 911 headquarters, and the purchase will eliminate Jefferson Countyâ€™s liability for a bond issued to purchase that building.
BIG RUN â€” Police are releasing further details about a Wednesday incident in which a home was damaged along Main Street in Big Run.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred at 9:03 a.m. along East Main Street.
Police said William G. Dixon, 59, Indiana, was negotiating a left curve in the road traveling north when his 1999 Western Star tri-axle truck traveled off the right side of the road, striking a PennDOT sign.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Down 11-4 in the seventh inning, having suffered through four 1-2-3 innings and not scoring since the second inning, the Punxsy baseball team seemed destined to lose its first game of the season to State College Tuesday.
Not these Chucks.
For the second-straight year, the Chucks (3-0) erased a seven-plus run deficit at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field by scoring eight runs in their final inning Tuesday to shock the Little Lions, 12-11.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago wasn't going to let the Lady Chucks softball team lose to St. Marys Thursday afternoon.
Her optimism kept the team going. While it trailed early, she smacked a triple that gave Punxsy a jump start on offense, and her pitching sealed the game.
Crago struck out nine Lady Dutch batters and scored a run to lead the Lady Chucks to a 4-3 win.
Timothy Huntley King (also known as Timothy MacIsaac), 63, died of cancer Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at his home in Creekside.
He was born Feb. 11, 1948, in Syracuse, N.Y., a son of the late Hamilton and Bettye King, both of whom were trained as teachers at Oswego State College. Mr. King's mother taught in the North Syracuse School System until she and her two sons moved to Rochester Mills in 1960, with her second husband, Don MacIsaac, who survives, of Rochester Mills.