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June 30th, 2011

Hazel M. Smith, 89

July 1, 2011

Hazel M. Smith, 89, formerly of Hamilton, died Thursday, June 30, 2011, at AM/PM Personal Care Home, DeLancey.

She was born March 12, 1922, in Coolspring, a daughter of the late Lucas S. and Alma H. (Wonderling) Hall.

Nov. 17, 1939, she married Dwight S. Smith, who preceded her in death Dec. 9, 1994.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Hamilton United Methodist Church.

June 29th

DuBois advances to District 10 final behind big fifth inning

June 30, 2011

DUBOIS — DuBois scored 11 runs on seven hits in the fifth inning, and Riley Assalone allowed only four hits to defeat Punxsy, 17-5 in five innings Wednesday, and advanced to the District 10 Little League softball All-Stars final against the winner of tonight's Ridgway/Bradford game.

Punxsy had three errors in the fifth inning and could have gotten out of the high-scoring inning much earlier, but DuBois took advantage of the errors with three hits and aggressive base running.

Punxsy beats Ridgway to advance to winners' bracket final

June 30, 2011

RIDGWAY — Punxsy scored 11 of its 13 runs during its final three at-bats to defeat Ridgway, 13-9, to move on to the winners' bracket final in Little League baseball All-Star action Wednesday night in Ridgway.

With the win, Punxsy advances to the winners' bracket final where it will play at 4 p.m. Sunday at DuBois. Ridgway falls to the losers' bracket where it will travel to Reynoldsville/Sykesville for a game Friday. Punxsy committed a number of errors in the game, but it still held on for the four-run victory.

DuBois scores three late to beat Brookville All-Stars

June 30, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Minor League softball All-Stars was taken down by DuBois, 11-8, in a competitive game Wednesday night in Brookville.

Brookville came back from a five-run deficit to tie it at eight in the fourth, but DuBois added three additional runs in the bottom of the fourth.

"I was real impressed with the way we fought," Brookville manager Carl McManigle said. "We never got down; we kept fighting, and I think the final score shows that."

James Richard Pifer, 90

June 30, 2011

James Richard Pifer, 90, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Nov. 24, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Merle Philip and Ida Elizabeth (Smith) Pifer. 

He is the last member of his family.

Mr. Pifer was a corporal with the U.S. Army Air Force, having served during World War II. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the American Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Nov. 15, 1946, he married Doris Ruth Bair, who survives.

Lloyd F. Stover, 90

June 30, 2011

Lloyd F. Stover, 90, DuBois, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

He was born May 25, 1921, in Luthersburg, a son of the late J. Frank and Iva (Marshall) Stover.

Oct. 1, 1949, he married June (Gillung) Stover, who preceded him in death Dec. 18, 1997.

Mr. Stover graduated from Luthersburg High School and joined the U.S. Army Air Force, in which he served during World War II.

He was employed with Rockwell Manufacturing as an electrician until he retired in 1983.

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.

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