June 8th, 2011
NEW BETHLEHEM â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Boroughâ€™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 boroughâ€™s entitlement funds.
During Tuesdayâ€™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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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.
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The approach of summer means the approach of construction, as discussed Tuesday by members of Punxsutawney Borough Councilâ€™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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Nick Gillung, a 2007 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate, kept an eye on the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday just in case any of the athletes he played with on summer teams were selected.
Little did he know, his own name would come onto his computer screen in the 19th round.
Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2010-11 Winter Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Jenna Reitz, girls' basketball; Kissy Wright, cheerleading; (back) Kody Young, wrestling co-MVP; Logan Weaver, boys' basketball; and Seth Spack, wrestling co-MVP. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the Most Valuable Player awards. The winners are determined by a vote of all members of each team based on team leadership, character and athletic performance.
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.
She was married to her husband of 61 years, Howard C. Pearce, who preceded her in death in December 2007.
Mrs. Pearce was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ambridge.
Darrell F. Bowser, 66, Mahaffey, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Aug. 14, 1944, in Mahaffey, a son of the late Frank M. and Dorothy Mae (Peace) Bowser.
April 26, 1969, he married Lana N. (Russell) Bowser, who survives, of Mahaffey.
Mr. Bowser was the owner of Bowser Precision in Mahaffey. He loved turkey hunting, fishing, weekends at camp with the guys, riding horses, gardening and the outdoors. He drove racecar No. 89 and was the former Rookie of the Year in the coupe division.
BROCKWAY â€” The Chucks have had a recent history of receiving big games in the state playoffs from unlikely heroes.
In 2007, No. 6 hitter Alex Cressley went 4-for-4 and drove home the game-winning run during a 3-2 victory in eight innings over undefeated West Allegheny in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. In the state title game that year, No. 9 hitter David Pisano hit a game-tying triple with two outs in the seventh inning, and he later scored the winning run to propel the Chucks to the state championship.