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June 8th, 2011

David D. Geer, 55

June 9, 2011

David D. Geer, 55, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Jan. 20, 1956, in Brookville, a son of the late David E. and Betty J. (Smith) Geer.

July 18, 1987, in Punxsutawney, he married Leona M. “Sue” Courson, who survives.

Mr. Geer was employed by Humphrey Charcoal in Brookville and was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie No. 983 in Brookville.

Lilly “Sue” Pearce, 81

June 9, 2011

Lilly “Sue” Pearce, 81, a resident of Beaver Elder Care & Rehab Center, Hopewell Township, and formerly a lifelong resident of Ambridge, died Monday, June 6, 2011.

She was born Oct. 26, 1929, in Sykesville, a daughter of the late Frank E. and Maude (Craft) Fleeger.

For 61 years, she was married to Howard C. Pearce, who preceded her in death in December 2007.

Mrs. Pearce was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ambridge.

Douglas H. Snyder, 56

June 9, 2011

Douglas H. Snyder, 56, Mayport, died suddenly Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Newark, N.J.

He was born July 26, 1954, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Howard D. “Snitz” and Sarah Josephine “Jo” (Caylor) Snyder.

Dec. 13, 1997, he married Doris J. (Hendricks) Snyder, who survives, of Mayport.

Mr. Snyder drove a truck for J&B Leasing Company of Toledo, Ohio.

Chucks' pitcher in question entering quarterfinals

June 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Senior right-hander Joe Pisano has proven to be the Punxsy baseball team's No. 1 pitcher this season, but entering today's PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal game against Northern York, the Chucks may have to rely on another pitcher to send the Chucks into the state semifinals for the third time in seven years.

Who Punxsy's starter will be at 4 p.m. today at Replogle Field in New Enterprise against Northern York is up in the air, as Chucks manager Mike Dickey said Wednesday that the decision has yet to be made.

2011 PUNXSY SPRING SPORTS MVPs

June 9, 2011

Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2011 Spring Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Nickita Martz, high points in field for girls' track and field; Shawnna Crago, softball; Milea Schall, high points on track for girls' track and field; (back) Dave Roberts, boys' tennis; A.J. Meterko, high points on track for boys' track and field; Ty Zimmerman, baseball; and Brody Morgan, high points in field for boys' track and field. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the Most Valuable Player awards.

Reports: Marine from New Bethlehem killed in Afghanistan

June 9, 2011

NEW BETHLEHEM — A local Marine who was a graduate of Redbank Valley High School, New Bethlehem, was killed Monday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Joseph M. Garrison, 27, of New Bethlehem, was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force of Camp Lejeune, N.C., according to the 2D Marine Division Public Affairs.

Borough must know how much CDBG funds to expect before exploring projects

June 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for this year has yet to be determined along with what construction projects could be accomplished with the borough’s entitlement funds.

During Tuesday’s Legal & Finance Committee meeting, Borough Manager Ben White said the borough has yet to receive its CDBG allocation for this year, but has been advised by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which runs the program, that it should be known soon.

June 7th

Brookville council hires Weaver as part-time police officer

June 8, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Almost a year after he was denied a full-time job as a police officer in Punxsy, Sean Weaver has a job in Brookville.

After calling an executive session to discuss personnel matters Tuesday, Brookville Borough Council hired Weaver as a part-time police officer for the Brookville Borough Police Department.

Weaver worked as a Pennsylvania State Police officer from 1991 to 2010, after which he retired and worked for Punxsy police on a part-time basis.

UP FROM THE ASHES

June 8, 2011

Crews from Dobson Construction continued work Friday on building at the site of the former New Anchor Inn, according to owner Dave Setree. He said crews have already removed debris from the former more-than-50-year-old restaurant destroyed by a fire in November 2010 and have poured footers and placed beams for the deck floor. Setree said a new establishment owned by his family will hopefully be completed by January 2012.

Committees outline upcoming summer projects

June 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The approach of summer means the approach of construction, as discussed Tuesday by members of Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety and Public Works committees.

Borough Manager Ben White said Public Works crews are almost done painting crosswalks throughout the borough.

He also said he received a request from PennDOT District 10 about painting crosswalks on Mahoning Street where the traffic signal upgrade project will take place.

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