June 24th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Johnny would be proud.
Music in the Park, the summertime series founded by John Serian a number of years ago, will again return to Barclay Square for seven straight Thursdays, a week after the Groundhog Festival concludes.
BIG RUN â€” Following a string of suspicious and undetermined fires that have occurred in the Big Run area over the last several months, Big Run Area Fire Department Chief Todd Peace is asking residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior.
Big Run Council President Nick Lantz said due to the suspicious fires, Peace is asking area residents to report any peculiar
activities that may be occurring â€”especially around some of the boroughâ€™s blighted properties.
The most recent fire was the Big Run Carpet fire last Sunday morning.
ROSSITER â€” The Rossiter Miners' Federation League baseball team will host the second-annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament today and Sunday at Shaffer Field in Rossiter.
Four games will be played in the tournament this weekend, with three games featuring the hometown Miners.
All proceeds from food and beverage sales will go toward the Walker's Warriors Relay for Life team. There will also be silent auctions and raffles, with a pink bat autographed by Punxsy native and current Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco being the main piece raffled off.
Former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco has become one of the top producers of doubles in the Triple-A International League, where he plays for the Louisville Bats. This week, he added four doubles to his season total.
Mesoraco's 26 doubles on the season for the Cincinnati Reds' affiliate is good enough for second in the International League, trailing Jim Gallagher of the Charlotte Knights by just one double.
Mesoraco started the week with five consecutive one-hit games, including last Saturday's 1-for-3 performance, during which he doubled and walked.
Alli Ishman delivers a pitch during the bottom of the first inning of Punxsy's Little League softball All-Star game against Brockway Thursday night. Ishman pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out seven. Ishman's one-hitter is this week's Play of the Week.
June Bianco, 88, Sharpsville, formerly of Sharon, passed away peacefully of natural causes with her family at her side Thursday, June 23, 2011, at theÂ Critical Care Unit at UPMC Horizon Hospital, Farrell.
Mrs. Bianco was born June 10, 1923, in Walston, the daughter of the late Grover and Verda Jane (Siverling) Haag.
May 21, 1941, she married Peter J. Bianco, who preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2001.
Mrs. Bianco graduated from Punxsutawney High School. In 1954 at the age of 33, she moved to the Shenango Valley area.
BROOKVILLE â€” A week after Punxsutawney Borough Council sought to halt possible sales of bath salts and synthetic marijuana in the borough, District Attorney Jeff Burkett reported that he filed a civil action Monday, asking for an injunction banning the sale and possession of various forms of synthetic drugs that are sprouting up all over Pennsylvania.
According to Burkett, the Senate passed a bill June 15 that banned a number of different drugs, including synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill Thursday, but it will not go into effect for another 60 days.
HARMONY â€” PennDOT held a public meeting at the Elk Run fire hall Wednesday to display plans for the proposed replacement of Harmony bridges No. 1 and No. 2, Route 310, in Young Township.
Ray Smith, PennDOT project manager, said the first bridge will be replaced with a concrete bridge, and the second will be replaced with a galvanized box culvert.
Smith said the bridge project is supposed to be bid in December, with construction to begin in April. Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2012.
When one of the characters in â€śThe Skin of Our Teethâ€ť decides she doesnâ€™t like the situation that is unfolding, she brings the scene to a halt much to the dismay of those around her.Â Audiences will learn what happens next when they attend a performance of Thornton Wilderâ€™s Pulitzer Prize-winning satiric fantasy that opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the auditorium of Punxsutawney Area Middle School.Â The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild will stage the show again at 2 p.m. Sunday, and it will continue next week with nightly performances at 7:30 p.m. June 30, July 1 and 2.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Alli Ishman was on point all game long, and the Punxsy Little League softball All-Stars cruised to a tournament-opening 15-0 victory in four innings over Brockway Thursday night at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.
Ishman was dominant, striking out the first five batters she faced and throwing a one-hitter. Ishman was one out away from a no-hitter when Anndi Bartlett hit a liner in the hole that glanced off a reaching Punxsy third baseman Brayden Woodrow. Ishman then retired Savannah Terwilliger to end the game.