June 7th, 2011
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.
1. It was great to see Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League President Harry Noerr laughing and smiling as he talked to people at the Lady Chucks' district title game last Wednesday in Brockway. Noerr's daughter, Lisa, a 1995 PAHS graduate, passed away a few weeks ago, and I'm sure that brought much sadness to he and his extended family. For those who aren't aware, the Punxsy varsity softball and Little League softball field next to the concession stand is named Harry Noerr Field.
Punxsy senior Devan Neal (right) high-fives first base coach Dan Furman after he hit a two-run single in the second inning during the first round of the PIAA Class AAA baseball playoffs Monday in Brockway. Neal had three of the Chucks' 15 hits, and Punxsy advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 with an 11-1 victory in five innings over Hampton.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the summer traveling season upon us, many drivers will be hauling various sized trailers on area highways. The question is, are those trailers safe?
Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Kirk Brudnock, a trained expert regarding trailer safety, said many trailers both large and small are improperly hitched up.
Brudnock said one of the most important pieces of equipment involved with the hitch is the safety chains.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Have you ever thought of what it would be like to never be able to go swimming, horseback riding, or even feel the grass in between your toes? Unfortunately, some children from inner cities such as New York have never been able to do these things. Fortunately, you can be the person to help these kids gain a whole new experience of what life outside the city is like by becoming a host family.
The Fresh Air Fund is seeking host families to provide a home and an unforgettable summer experience to children.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy Lady Chucks did not start to sweat when they lost an early lead and fell behind 3-2 in the third inning Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Softball Championship.
"Go up there with confidence at the plate," senior and one of the team's leaders Shawnna Crago said she told her teammates.
The entire team stayed calm and collected, allowing the Lady Chucks to make a comeback and win it 6-4 against the St. Marys Lady Dutch. With the win, Punxsutawney (13-4) earned its fourth consecutive district title.
Gertrude McCauley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born June 11, 1931, in Vienna, Austria, a daughter of the late Karl and Theresia Geborene (Schreiner) Unmuth.
She had recollections of very hard times in Germany, which included bread rations and being made to salute Hitler in her early years of life.
July 14, 1956, she married her beloved Albert Merle McCauley Jr., who preceded her in death Dec. 31, 2002.