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June 29th, 2011

Brookville, Brockway campers travel to Punxsy for carnival fun

June 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Wednesday is considered the best day during the annual Old Home Week Carnival by members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department and employees of J&J Amusements, as youngsters and adults from the Arc of Jefferson County Camp Friendship visited for fun and lunch.

Campers from Camp Friendship near Reynoldsville were invited to ride the carnival rides for free, and members of the fire department served campers, parents and counselors a free lunch.

Ranee Sikora, director of the Punxsutawney Camp Friendship, said the campers enjoyed the carnival as much as any day of camp.

A MOMENT OF HOPE

June 30, 2011

A young girl’s recitation of a Biblical passage encourages refugees seeking safety during the Ice Age in Act I of “The Skin of Our Teeth.” The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild will stage the final three local performances of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning satiric fantasy at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday nights at the auditorium of Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are sold at the door. Pictured are (front, from left) Debra Dinsmore, Laura Chelgren, Doug Fye, Jef Dinsmore; (back) Terry A. Fye, Sandy Hill-Gearhart, Alexa Valkosky, Mallory Croasman and Alice S. Morris.

School board OKs budget with no tax hike

June 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its $38.7 million general fund budget — with no tax increase — for the 2011-12 school year at Wednesday’s board meeting.

The budget was passed 6-0, with board members Lesa Conner, Penny Pierce and Penny Pifer excused from the meeting.

The $38,713,742 will be funded by the $5 per capita school laws section 679; $5 per capita Act 51; one percent Earned Income Tax Act 511; 600 mills Occupational Assessment Tax Act 511; and a one-percent real estate transfer Tax Act 511.

June 28th

RACING TO FIRST BASE

June 28, 2011

The Reds' Peyton Hetrick (left) tries to throw out the Red Sox's Ashton Stonbraker during a Machine Pitch baseball game Tuesday night at Bob Roberts Field in Punxsutawney. For the first year, Punxsy's six- and seven-year-old Machine Pitch League is part of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League.

Punxsy breaks out the bats early, holds on to beat DuBois, 11-10

June 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The John J. Fisher Post 62 Punxsy American Legion team scored 10 of its 11 runs in the first two innings and held off a late rally by DuBois to win, 11-10, Tuesday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's offensive outburst was just what manager Mike Dickey wanted to see from his team with the playoffs just around the corner.

"Hitting from top to bottom, that was refreshing to see," Dickey said. "Of course, we know they're not throwing the guys they will in the playoffs, but regardless, it gives us some confidence."

Brookville wins 32-1, advances in winners' bracket

June 28, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Minor League Baseball All-Stars had a landslide 32-1 win in four innings over Brockway during their first home tournament game Tuesday night.

Every player for Brookville scored at least once. Every batter also had one or more hits. Brookville totaled 29 hits on the night.

"It was a real good way to start (the tournament at home)," Brookville manager Jeff Caylor said. "It was a good win; the kids hit the ball really well."

Brookville's next game will be at 6 p.m. Friday at DuBois, which took down St. Marys 10-0 in four innings Tuesday.

Groundhog Club, TruTV settle over ‘Punxsy Polamalu’ ad

June 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — About 18 months after the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club issued a cease-and-desist order to prevent an ad for TruTV’s new show “NFL Full Contact” from airing during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, the case has been settled.

Monday, Groundhog Club Vice-President Mike Johnston said the club, working with the Pittsburgh law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, settled with TruTV and its parent companies, Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner and Grey Global Group.

Fun at Old Home Week

June 28, 2011

Lisa Styslinger, of Punxsutawney, enjoyed her ride on the flying dragons at Tuesday’s Old Home Week Carnival. The carnival continues tonight at 6 p.m. at the grounds located behind the Punxy Plaza.

A home for all animals at Godot

June 28, 2011

My love for animals has grown tremendously over the past year. Last summer, I spent three months in Washington, D.C., interning at Double R Productions. I had the experience to complete a civil service project while I was there. For this project, I found an animal shelter, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, based out of Washington.

Lucky Dog is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them.

The Rev. James W. Kane, 83

June 28, 2011

The Rev. James W. Kane, 83, a retired United Methodist minister, of Erie, died Friday, June 24, 2011, after a lengthy illness.

He was born Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928, in NuMine, a son of the late William and Geneva Kane.

After the death of his parents, he went to live with his aunt, Lucille E. Klouse and her husband Andrew, and following Andrew’s death, William E. Walton.

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