July 19th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As an event in conjunction with its Firefighters Vacation Bible School, the Punxsutawney Alliance Church will host its first-ever Firefighter Appreciation Day this weekend.
The day-long event begins at 1 p.m. and runs until whenever Saturday at the church, located at the intersection of Route 436 and Alliance Drive.
Pam Smorey, who is coordinating the event, said the appreciation day is not just for children; itâ€™s for everyone, regardless of age, and there is no charge to attend.
Wearing matching outfits, sisters Adisen (right) and Reise Jackson (left), of Sigel, enjoy the Jefferson County Fair Tuesday night with their parents. The fair continues today, beginning with the horse halter and riding show at 9 a.m. and the special celebrity visitors judging contest at 1 p.m. The carnival opens at 5 p.m.
Thomas J. Steel, 58, Morning Glow Manor, Reynoldsville, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at DRMC, DuBois.
He was born July 22, 1952, in Hawthorne, a son of Wilma E. Smith Steel, who survives, of Knox Dale, and the late John A. Steel Sr.
Mr. Steel worked in construction with his brother, William S. Steel.
With heavy hearts, we bid goodbye to father,husband and friend David Paul Mottorn. July 16, 2011, Dave died suddenly, but doing something he loved best, biking along the Freeport-Butler Trail.
Dave was a great lover of nature and a great storyteller. Frequently, these passions came together, when he would spin an entertaining tale along a hiking trail or while dipping his kayakâ€™s oar into the water. He loved singing, too, but his wry mantra, â€śIf you donâ€™t sing good, sing loud,â€ť should be an indicator of his choral abilities.
CLEARFIELD â€” The previously undefeated Punxsy 13- and 14-year old Teener League All-Stars are undefeated no more after a 2-1 loss in eight innings to Clearfield Monday night in Clearfield.
"There was just really good pitching the whole way through," Punxsy coach Doug Byers said. "That pretty much sums up the whole game."
Thomas Summers pitched a complete game for Clearfield, allowing just one run on five hits to earn the win.
Dakota Byers pitched six strong innings for Punxsy, allowing one run on four hits. Byers also struck out six Clearfield hitters.
A few months ago, someone asked me what my dream job would be. I told them that being a sports reporter would be the ideal position for me.
My passion for sports, writing and photography could all be blended together somehow to make the perfect position to fit my talents.
Unfortunately, I didn't realize this truth before I pursued my advanced education, and when I went to college, I studied mathematics and earned a master's in religious studies afterward.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Both construction and demolition continue to move along at a fast pace at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets at what is to be known as Grace Place, a senior living facility.
Demolition began Monday on a portion of the former Grube Hospital building. The portion of the building that is adjacent to Pine Street is being razed to make room for Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors.
The $6.5 million project is being constructed by the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry and Trek Development.
Natalie Haney (right) visits the petting zoo at the Jefferson County Fair Monday night with her step-mom, Stacey Haney.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsutawney Little League took home the 9-and-10 year old bracket championship Saturday at the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament. It beat Elk County Tool and Die I from St. Marys, 14-4 in four innings, to win the title.
Punxsy's eight-run second inning led it to the victory. Punxsy totaled 14 runs on 18 hits throughout the game.
"That second inning was one of the best innings we've seen all year," Punxsy manager Mark Ewing said. "The boys really came to life with the bats."
BROOKVILLE â€” The Punxsutawney Bombers went into Saturday's Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament 11-and-12 championship game undefeated, meaning they needed just one victory over Brookville's Team Skittlez to secure the trophy.
It took only four innings to finish off Team Skittlez, 21-7, before the Bombers swarmed the field in celebration.
Dylan Huey led Punxsy's offense, going 3-for-5 at bat, scoring twice and recording three RBIs. He hit two doubles and a single.