June 13th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Every year prior to the start of summer, a huge amphitheater canopy is set up by members of the Lions Club, the Groundhog Festival Committee, REACT and the community in preparation for the summerâ€™s festivities.
â€śWe all owe a huge part of the help to the Lions Club,â€ť Groundhog Festival Committee Chairman Roger Steele said. â€śThey provide us the manpower to get this thing up. We also consult Punxsy Phil for the best day for weather.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With more than 3,500 votes counted for The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever 2010-2011 Fall and Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players, the public will now have an opportunity to choose the initial 2011 Spring Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players.
Two athletes have been chosen from each of Punxsy's five spring sports: Baseball, boys' tennis, boys' track and field, girls' track and field and softball.
Readers will have a chance to decide one boy among six and one girl among four to create one winner for each gender.
1. Although both the Punxsy baseball and softball teams fell a few wins short of a state title, the success of the teams they lost to year after year is astounding. The Lady Chucks lost to Valley, which just reached the state final Monday after Caitlyn Neeler threw a no-hitter during a 1-0 victory over Bellefonte in the semifinals. Neeler held Punxsy to just two hits â€” both by senior Kristen Fedder â€” during a 1-0 win. The Chucks lost 6-1 to Northern York last week, and the Polar Bears are in the final, too, after they upset undefeated WPIAL Champion Elizabeth Forward, 6-4.
Charles E. Knopick, 74, 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.
B. Joyce Dunmire, 81, Punxsutawney, died Monday, June 13, 2011, at her home in Juneau.
She was born Sept. 9, 1929, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Eli Blackman and Mary Elizabeth (Tyler) English.
April 10, 1948, she married William Dunmire, who survives.
Mrs. Dunmire was a member of the Chestnut Grove Independent Church and was a member of various vocal groups, including Harmony Four, Joy Bells, the Harmony Trio and Ladies' Ensembles. She sang in choirs and performed countless solo work at weddings, funerals and churches.
Robert Murray, 89, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late George W. and Edith (Coy) Murray.
He was married to Mabel (Young) Murray, who preceded him in death in 1998.
Mr. Murray loved working in his garage and doing mechanic work. He was employed at Jefferson Grocery for many years and also the B&O Railroad. He enjoyed spending time with his family and looked forward to their visits.
Theresa "Tootsie" A. (Gagliardi) Astorino, 83, Walston, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Jefferson Manor following a short illness.
She was born July 1, 1927, in Walston, the youngest child of the late John and Mary (Demyan) Gagliardi.
April 29, 1950, she married Guy M. Astorino, who passed away July 11, 2007. They were married for 57 years and lived in Walston and bestowed their traditional values while raising their four sons.
Jeffrey Allen Getch, 46, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011.
He was born Aug. 1, 1964, the son of the late James and Joanne (Beatty) Getch.
Mr. Getch was a lumber grader for Brookville Wood Products and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
He is survived by two sons, Brock of Punxsutawney and Chase; a brother, Jay Getch and wife Annette of Punxsutawney; and three sisters, Joleen Getch of Salisbury, Md., Jeneen Phillips of Salisbury, Md., and Joy Getch of Clarion.
Rossiter, passed away Friday, June 10, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center after a long battle with cancer.
Mr. Hawk was born June 13, 1952, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Edith A. (Hawk) Lewis.
May 29, 1981, he married Barb (Bennett) Hawk, who survives, of Rossiter.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two aunts, Josephine Gaffney of Punxsutawney and Tilly Hawk of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; cousins Helen Latta of Punxsutawney, Janet Kunselman of Summerville, Linda Orr of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Kerri and Kevin Hawk of Aliquippa; and a step-brother, Allen Lewis Jr. of Ohio.
Plantation B&B is Juneâ€™s â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The winner of the June "Garden of the Month" is Julie Branken's Plantation Bed & Breakfast along Route 119, just south of Punxsutawney.
"I love the plants, but I never research, or I'm (not) one of those people who go and learn about what flower goes where," she said. "I just do what I feel."
Arriving from South Africa more than 13 years ago, Branken moved into where the plantation is now and started to "fix the place up."