March 27th, 2011
Richard "Dick" Lithgow, 82, Lakeland, Fla., died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, of respiratory failure.
He was born June 26, 1928, in Derry, a son of the late John and Carolyn Lithgow.
He was married to his wife of 46 years, Jeanne Anne (Ferguson) Lithgow, who preceded him in death. He then married Trudi (Robinson) Lithgow, who survives, of Lakeland.
Mr. Lithgow was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army as chief pharmacist for the 2nd Division while serving in the Korean War.
WILKES-BARRE â Two of Punxsutawney's three wrestlers are still competing after Day One of the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
Kaleb Young, a state runner-up the past two years, has once again advanced to the championship semifinals after a 2-0 day Friday.
Troy Peace won his first two bouts before a loss dropped him to the consolation bracket, while Josh Schuckers lost both of his matches Friday and has been eliminated.
All three of Punxsy's wrestlers are competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division.
The Play of the Week will be put on hold until next Saturday due to the lack of Punxsutawney varsity events.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Richard Peirce wonât take credit for the idea to use his 1991 Cadillac DeVille to bring a message from God to people everywhere.
âGod put this idea in my mind,â he said.
And if you havenât seen the vehicle, youâre not looking hard enough.
With yellow lettering emblazoned against the carâs maroon body color, the message is clear and startling: Judgment Day is Saturday, May 21, 2011 â eight weeks from today.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The fences are up, funding has been approved, and the demolition of the existing buildings is set to make way for the construction of Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors.
Tim Spence, a member of the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry (JALSM), said the $6.5 million project will be constructed at the corner of Pine and Gilpin streets on the site of the former Parenteâs Pool Hall, directly across from First English Lutheran Church.
JALSM is constructing the apartment complex in partnership with TREK Development of Pittsburgh.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsy cross country and track and field coach George Wehrle doesn't envision seniors Milea Schall or Shannon Byerly using treadmills to stay in shape.
Both girls enjoy running outside way too much.
After successful Punxsutawney Area High School cross country and track careers, both Schall and Byerly will be taking their enjoyment of competitive running to the next level next fall.
BROOKVILLE â A former Punxsutawney man was sentenced to a maximum of nine years in a state correctional facility after pleading guilty to a variety of charges, including identity theft, with a total of $99,000 owed in restitution.
Michael J. Lainey, c/o the Jefferson County jail, pleaded guilty to numerous counts of identity theft, access device fraud and various other charges mostly involving Gilman Lainey of Punxsy, the defendantâs father, from whom he stole $90,771.
BROOKVILLE â Historic Brookville Inc. (HBI) will present the designs for the planned town square at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Brookville Volunteer Fire Hall.
HBI made that announcement this week after more than six months of design work and several years of dealing with environmental issues.
The final site plan includes:
âą Pedestrian amenities, including a decorative walkway between the courthouse and town square.
âą Lighting and adequate electricity for public performances, such as concerts and plays.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â âAll the worldâs a stage,â according to Shakespeare. Now, the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild Inc. (PTAG) is proving the truth of that famous comment through its new Web site, punxsytheatre.org.
Developed through the efforts of Guild member Jef Dinsmore and Web site designer John McManigle of Brookville, the site is a âone-stop location for all news and information about PTAG,â according to Dinsmore.
Maurice E. George, 87, Johnstown (formerly of North Freedom), died early Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the Maple Winds Care Center in Portage.
He was born Nov. 2, 1923, in Redbank Township, Armstrong County, a son of the late William M. and Carrie (Dinger) George.
Jan. 31, 1945, he married Betty M. Brocious, and they recently celebrated their 66th anniversary.
Mr. George was a member of the North Freedom United Methodist Church. He was the secretary and treasurer of the Redbank Township (Armstrong County) supervisors for 35 years and was a scoutmaster.