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July 17th, 2011

Jefferson County Fair Queen

July 17, 2011

This year’s Jefferson County Fair Queen is Logan Taylor Snell (left), 19, of Brookville. Logan sang the country song "Leave the Pieces" while also playing guitar. She is joined by Danielle Jean Troutman, who took second place in the pageant.

Vincent P. Hill, 69

July 17, 2011

Vincent P. Hill, 69, Kiski Township, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at home.

He was born Nov. 22, 1941, in Kittanning, a son of the late Ernest and Henrietta (Kriser) Hill.

Mr. Hill lived in Kiski Township for the past 30 years.

He married Darcia Lynn (Hyrtanski) Hill, who preceded him in death March 18, 2003.

Mr. Hill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1958 through 1964 as an equipment mechanic.

For most of his life, Mr. Hill was a heavy equipment operator for various companies in the Kiski Valley.

Walter Pollock, 93

July 17, 2011

Walter Pollock, 93, Hood River, Ore., passed away of natural causes Dec. 19, 2010, at home.

He was born June 2, 1917, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Robert J. and Flora (Jordan) Pollock. He was the oldest of four children.

Mr. Pollock was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corps in Africa as a weather forecaster.

He was married to Virginia Reese Pollock for 58 years. She preceded him in death in March 2003.

Dean “Dino” Allen Yohe, 75

July 17, 2011

Dean “Dino” Allen Yohe, 75, Big Run, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at home.

He was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Big Run, a son of the late Edward B. and Helen M. (Vanetta) Yohe.

Feb. 6, 1955, he married the former Wilma “Wink” LaRue Peace, who survives.

Mr. Yohe was a member of the First Christian Church in Big Run.

He was also a member of the John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge in Punxsutawney and the United Mine Workers/construction.

He worked as a carpenter constructing  mine shafts for the Williamson family company in Ebensburg. He retired from Central Cambria Drilling Company in 1991.

July 14th

District Champs

July 14, 2011

Punxsutawney’s 10-& 11-year old baseball All-Stars pose with the District 10 banner after winning the District title with a 12-2 win in four innings over St. Marys Thursday night in Punxsutawney.

Bidders may move forward on ATA project

July 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Plans for the construction of a new ATA terminal continue to proceed as the successful low bidders have received notice to proceed with the project.

Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said the contractors are about to receive the notice to proceed.

After the contractors receive the notice to proceed, they have 10 days to begin construction, Glessner said.

She added that this might be the light at the end of a very long tunnel.

Music in the Park

July 14, 2011

Midlife Crisis singer Jesse DeChurch (left) had some help on percussion from Kaylah Burke, who leaped onstage from the audience Thursday during the band’s performance to kick off Music in the Park.

Blose is star-of-show; Punxsy wins District title, 12-2

July 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 10-& 11-year old baseball All-Stars are on a roll, and if manager Brad Gigliotti has things his way, the hits will just keep coming at Sectionals.

Punxsy defeated St. Marys 12-2 in four innings Thursday night in Punxsutawney to clinch the District 10 Championship and advance to the Section One tournament which will be held in Cranberry.

Punxsy's first game will be Thursday at 2 p.m. against McLane. The winner of the Section 1 tournament will move on to the state tournament in Latrobe.

Barenchick, Mesoraco voted Spirit spring MVPs

July 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The votes have been counted and recounted, and your voices have been heard. The 2011 Spirit Spring Sports MVPs are Ashley Barenchik and Jordan Mesoraco.

The Spirit received a record-breaking number of votes in comparison to the number received for the fall and winter competitions.

Eight-hundred and forty-two votes were recorded for the female MVP voting, and 922 were recorded for the male voting.

Barenchik won the female portion in a landslide, receiving 458 votes, 54 percent of the overall total, from Spirit readers.

William E. "Bill" Smochek, 59

July 14, 2011

William E. "Bill" Smochek, 59, Mahaffey, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011, at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born April 11, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of William P. Smochek of DuBois, who survives, and the late Jane (McGregor) Smochek.

Nov. 20, 1971, he married Darlene (Painter) Smochek, who survives, of Mahaffey.

Mr. Smochek was the co-owner of BD&D Specialty Fabrication & Machine and was a member of the Mt. Carmel Church.

He loved playing and listening to bluegrass music, golfing and his work.

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