August 19th, 2011
BUTLER â€” He wasnâ€™t there in person, but Punxsutawney Phil was well-represented during last weekendâ€™s first-ever Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the worldâ€™s first Jeep.
Chris Phillips, a Punxsy native now living in Chicora, about nine miles east of Butler, was among the more than 1,100 Jeep owners and drivers seeking to break the Guinness record for the longest Jeep parade.
Amid the souped-up, tricked-out Jeeps in the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival parade, Phillips said he wanted his Jeep â€” a 2007 Wrangler â€” to be different from the rest.
The PAHS Marching Band wrapped up its annual band camp this week after working hard on its new show, â€śFunk 2011,â€ť featuring songs from the film â€śShaft,â€ť as well as â€śTell Me Somethingâ€ť and â€śBrick House.â€ť Director Kurt Cessna and Assistant Director Kyle Plansinis said upcoming events include a parade Monday at Kennywood Park; the Indiana County Band Night Aug. 30; and Band Fest 2011 Sept. 17. The band will debut its new show for the home crowd during the first home football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Even the approaching storm couldn't stop the Punxsy boys' golf team and its opponent, Redbank, from completing the first match of the season. With each team scoring its three top players, Punxsy defeated Redbank 130-187 to earn the win at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Redbank's squad consisted of just three players, but Punxsy was still allowed to send five onto the course and take the top three players' scores. The players each played the front nine holes at the Country Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While representatives from the telecommunications industry, the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the state Office of Consumer Advocate offered views Thursday in a public hearing about proposed changes to the 814 area code, no one from the public did so.
Administrative Law Judge Katrina Dunderdale, who was assigned by the PUC to conduct the public hearings, closed the hearing after about 30 minutes because no one from the public had signed up to testify.
On an evening when organizers thought of moving Music in the Park indoors due to possible showers, not a drop appeared, and Rock Top brought its old-time country classics to the Barclay Square audience Thursday night. The last installment of Music in the Park for the season will be held next Thursday, with The LaVelles performing swing and country/rock. Hang on to your lawn chairs for one more night in the park.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The 2011 Punxsutawney girls' golf team is hard at work preparing for its first tournament of the season, the Bolton Tournament in State College Aug. 22, and head coach Katie Irwin likes what she sees so far.
She also knows why she likes what she sees: Hard work by her players to prepare throughout the summer.
"I've seen a lot of work from these girls during the off-season, and it's showing now that we've turned in some scores," she said.
Punxsy lost three seniors from last year's squad, which went 14-3, but eight players will still be returning.
BROOKVILLE â€” Residents from Brookville and the surrounding communities gathered Thursday night to show their support for U.S. servicemen and women.
The Brookville Volunteer Fire Company hosted an Armed Forces Community Covenant Service in the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium.
Before the ceremony, members from the community stood together for a picture in the shape of a heart.
Francis J. â€śWoodyâ€ť Brauer, 65, Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.
He was born Feb. 2, 1946, in Long Island, N.Y., a son of the late Francis S. and Margaret M. (Schneider) Brauer.
He was married to Elizabeth Ann (Bonfanti) Brauer, who preceded him in death Jan. 9, 2009.
Mr. Brauer served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and later served many years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tennis is a sport that is most often considered an individual one, except in the case of doubles, but Punxsy girls' tennis coach Rose Graffius is using the so-called individual sport to instill lessons about teamwork in her girls this year.
Entering her fourth year as Punxsy's girls' tennis coach, Graffius is optimistic about the way her girls are playing, despite limited practice so far.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Big Run firefighter who was arrested and charged with setting an Aug. 9 fire along Pennsylvania Avenue in Big Run has been charged in most of the other arson and undetermined fires that occurred in the Big Run area within the past year, including the Little Canada and Big Run Carpet fires.