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June 17th, 2011

Borough earns grant for S. Main Street project

June 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Miners send four to tonight's All-Star game

June 17, 2011

HOMER CITY — 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 leagues’ 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.

MESORACO WATCH

June 17, 2011

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.

June 16th

Punxsy Little League announces All-Stars

June 16, 2011

BASEBALL

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)

County eyes axing jury commissioner posts to save money

June 16, 2011

BROOKVILLE — This week, the Jefferson County Commissioners said eliminating the positions of jury commissioner would save the county $12,000.

“Twelve-thousand dollars — that is the savings. That, in and of itself, is enough for me,” 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 “duplication of services.”

Rain visits ‘Third Thursday,’ but there’s always next month

June 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The kickoff of the first-ever “Third Thursday” 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 d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks. Most businesses even promoted a sale on merchandise.

The next “Third Thursday” Festival will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, with all festivities being held on Mahoning Street.

Punxsy Theatre Arts Guild presents ‘Skin of Our Teeth’

June 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” 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.

Charles E. Knopick, 74

June 16, 2011

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.

June 15th

Miners top Grays after strong start, 6-4

June 15, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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.

Fla. man returns long-lost class ring to Punxsy grad

June 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tom Poore was convinced that the 1944 Punxsutawney High School class ring that his father found near West Palm Beach, Fla., in the early 1970s belonged to Blair Richards.

The only person who wasn’t convinced that the ring was his, was Blair Richards.

“I thought it was a scam,” Richards said Wednesday evening, just a few hours after Poore drove all the way from Roseland, Fla., to return the ring to him. “He called me a year ago, and I didn’t believe him.”

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