June 15th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With a newly-renovated childrenâ€™s section, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library is ready to begin its summer reading program this week.
Through the efforts of Director Coral Ellshoff, new furniture has replaced disintegrating items that had been used in the library since the early 1970s.
â€śThe older furniture was original to the library when it was built in 1974,â€ť she said. â€śIt had served us really well, but it had started to show its age because this is a really well-used area of the library.â€ť
BIG RUN â€” Those who attended the Big Run VFW Post 9044 Flag Day program Tuesday learned that patriotism has no age requirement.
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” Vandals struck a remote portion of the Mahoning Shadow Trail recently, as someone drove a truck into the gates of the trail located between Bair Road and Elbell Road, Bell Township.
Two of the trailâ€™s directors, Howard Glessner and Bob Anibaldi, said the group that maintains the trail, the Rails-to-Trails Association, is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those who are responsible for the damage.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s a two-award year for Thomas R. Chelgren.
Just four months after he was named Punxsyâ€™s 2010 Man of the Year during the annual Groundhog Eve banquet Feb. 1, the Punxsutawney chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution named him the recipient of its Community Service Award during its annual Flag Day Dinner Tuesday at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
The chapter also saluted The Punxsutawney Spirit and Editor Tom Chapin with its first-ever Certificate of Appreciation for the newspaperâ€™s continued coverage and support of the chapter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Four Chucks were named to the District IX Northern Allegany Baseball Large School All-Star team, including two Punxsy players who nearly broke school records with the Chucks.
Seniors Brodi Lowmaster (outfield), Jordan Mesoraco (catcher), Tyler Skerkavich (designated hitter) and sophomore Ty Zimmerman (second baseman) were each honored as district All-Stars after they led the Chucks to their eighth consecutive District IX Class AAA Championship and berth in the state quarterfinals.
Ruth M. (McAninch) Hartzfeld, 70, DuBois, died Monday, June 13, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 21, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Glenn W. and Ruth Elizabeth (Walls) McAninch.
In 1967, she married J. Allen Hartzfeld, who preceded her in death in 2003.
Mrs. Hartzfeld was a graduate of Sykesville-Henderson High School. She was born and raised in the R.D. 3 Punxsutawney area and came to DuBois in 1962.
She worked as a sales clerk in local retail stores and enjoyed crocheting, sewing and crafts.
Ruth Ann (Amos) Holben, 72, Indiana, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at her home.
She was born July 3, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edwin C. and Elizabeth Amos.
She was married to Edward H. Holben, who survives.
Mrs. Holben was a graduate of the Indiana State Teachers College, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees. She then taught business education for 25 years.
She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council announced news that everyone has been waiting to hear for the last six years: That the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal in Punxsutawney is ready to move ahead with construction within the next few weeks.
Monday, council President Susan Glessner said it has been six years since the project first began, which involved the demolition of a group of buildings along North Findley Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Punxsutawney school board member and administrator recently learned that while public education business and issues may be challenges, thatâ€™s also the case for those who work, raise families and serve their countries in the National Guard or Reserve.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Every year prior to the start of summer, a huge amphitheater canopy is set up by members of the Lions Club, the Groundhog Festival Committee, REACT and the community in preparation for the summerâ€™s festivities.
â€śWe all owe a huge part of the help to the Lions Club,â€ť Groundhog Festival Committee Chairman Roger Steele said. â€śThey provide us the manpower to get this thing up. We also consult Punxsy Phil for the best day for weather.â€ť