June 17th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For anyone who thinks thereâs no a difference between fighting wildfires and structure fires, just ask Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense, who will conclude his tenure as chief at the end of the year.
Hense, who works full-time for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Bureau of Forestry, recently returned from battling wildfires in Texas.
He said he was never scared while battling the blazes, but he was concerned.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council has been approved to receive a $400,000 H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the South Main Street sewer project.
Monday, borough engineer Brian Sekula, of The the EADS Group, said the total cost for the project is $795,500.
Sekula said in discussions with DCED, the $400,000 could be switched to the West Mahoning Street project, and the borough could receive money for a reduced project for South Main Street.
HOMER CITY â The Federation League All-Stars will take on the All-Stars from the Indiana County League 7 p.m. tonight at First Commonwealth Field in Homer City. Both leagues have selected standout players from each of the teams, nominated and voted upon by each leaguesâ players.
All of the proceeds will go to Pennsylvania Junior Legion Baseball regional and state tournaments, which will also be held at First Commonwealth Field.
Punxsutawney's Devin Mesoraco struggled Friday night against the Toledo Mud Hens. Mesoraco, who plays for the Class AAA minor league team, the Louisville Bats, has become known as one of the heavy hitters in the International League.
Mesoraco, the 2007 first-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds, had a tough night Friday as he went 0-for-3 from the plate, but he was struck out just once.
During the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied at one, Mesoraco was intentionally walked by relief pitcher Matt Hoffman, negating that chance at bat.
Minor League (9- & 10-year-olds)
Ethan Blose, Dallas Bond, Andrew Britton, Randon Brown, Austin Ewing, Conner Giavedoni, Willie Hoover, Derek Huey, Dylan Ishman, Logan Johnston, Chase Lorelli, Jake Skarbek and Cameron Smith. Manager: Eric Britton.
10- & 11-year-olds
Matt Blose, Kevin Constant, Tyler Getch, Sammy Gigliotti, Matt Greenblatt, Brandon Matthews, Brandon McGee, Austin McKendree, Carl Medsger, Alexander Neal, Tyler Richardson, Colton Roken and John Serian. Manager: Brad Gigliotti.
Little League (11- & 12-year-olds)
BROOKVILLE â This week, the Jefferson County Commissioners said eliminating the positions of jury commissioner would save the county $12,000.
âTwelve-thousand dollars â that is the savings. That, in and of itself, is enough for me,â commissioner Jim McIntyre said.
The elimination of this position is a statewide movement proposed a few years ago. It has passed in the state House of Representatives and is now in the state Senate.
County Commission Chairman Paul Corbin called the position a âduplication of services.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The kickoff of the first-ever âThird Thursdayâ Festival sponsored by PRIDE began Thursday night, but the weather had something to say about it. But despite the downpour of rain throughout the day, it did not stop local community members and downtown Punxsy businesses from coming out and supporting the event.
Participating businesses offered free hors dâoeuvres, desserts and drinks. Most businesses even promoted a sale on merchandise.
The next âThird Thursdayâ Festival will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, with all festivities being held on Mahoning Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For its summer show, the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild Inc. offers a unique production that alternately arouses thought, laughter and a variety of emotions.
Thornton Wilderâs âThe Skin of Our Teethâ will be staged at 7:30 p.m. June 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2 at the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. A matinee has been set for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The busy troupe will then move to the Verna Leith Sawmill Theater in Cook Forest where shows will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 6-9.
Bridgeport, Conn., died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Presbyterian Columbian Hospital, New York, N.Y.
He was born Oct. 12, 1936, in Iselin, to Michael and Mary (Poycock) Knopick.
Mr. Knopick was a veteran of the U.S. Army, an avid golfer and a gourmet cook. He also volunteered at the Thomas Merton Center for Homeless Men.
Mr. Knopick was a claims adjuster with Allstate insurance.
Surviving relatives include two sisters, Frances Albecht and husband Paul and Geraldine Poydence; a brother, Robert Knopick and wife Dorothy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
BROOKVILLE â It was a difficult day for the Brookville Grays, as they struggled against the Rossiter Miners before eventually losing Wednesday night in Federation League play.
Brookville fell behind 5-0 in the third inning before it attempted to stage a comeback. The Grays were able to cut the lead to two with a strong third, but it proved to be not enough.
The Miners went on to win it 6-4, improving their record to 5-5, while Brookville fell to 6-4.
Brookville manager Bob McCullough said the Grays' six-day break affected his team.