May 5th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â These kids are an inspiration for all of us. They demonstrate to us examples of incredible effort to achieve,â Brookville Superintendent Sandy Craft said at the start of the 33rd-annual DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics.
The games started Thursday morning, with youth from Brookville, Brockway, Punxsutawney, DuBois and private schools competing in track and field events and playing games in the Olympic Park.
MAHAFFEY â A ceremony Thursday authoritatively designated a bridge on State Route 3011 over the Chest Creek in Clearfield County as the âSergeant Major Morton Shea Landy Bridge,â in honor of a 32-year Marine.
State Sen. Don White was among those honoring Landy, 82, of Mahaffey.
Landy entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946 and is a highly-decorated veteran. When he retired after serving for 32 years and 30 days, he had attained the rank of major and was only the second person to serve two years beyond the 30-year limit.
BROOKVILLE â The Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority is not sure how it will be funded in the future, but it is clear residents are taking advantage of the services offered.
The authority, which maintains and operates more than 20 recycling collection sites in the county, reportedly turned in nearly 626 tons of recyclable materials last year.
The figure marks a new high for the authority, which collected 65.7 tons of recyclables in 1996, its first year in existence.
Gaynelle (Nanz) Borts, 93, Punxsutawney, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.
She was born July 1, 1917, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late William F. Nanz and LaRue (Bhe) Nanz Thomas.
June 17, 1944, she married Marley B. Borts, who preceded her in death Oct. 7, 2008.
Mrs. Borts was a life member of the First English Lutheran Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For the third time in four years, the Punxsy boys' tennis team will compete in the District IX Class AAA Team Tournament Championship.
Behind a No. 1 singles win by senior Dave Roberts and victories in both doubles matches, the Chucks defeated Bradford in the semifinals Wednesday in Punxsutawney, 3-2.
Just a year ago, Punxsy was playing without a senior and lost to Bradford, 4-1, in the team semifinals. This season, behind one of its deepest and most experienced squads under head coach Todd Heigley, the Chucks are in search of that elusive team championship.
BROOKVILLE â Neither the players nor coaches for the Brookville and St. Marys softball teams were happy after the Lady Dutch beat the Lady Raiders 14-0 Wednesday in Brookville.
Tempers flared after St. Marys scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to extend its lead to 14-0.
Brookville coach Earl Ross objected to St. Marys coach Manny Gerarge continuing to run the bases aggressively, despite leading by double digits.
BROOKVILLE â The candidates for the Jefferson County Commission participated in a candidateâs forum Tuesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
The forum was sponsored by the Brookville and Punxsutawney Area and the Greater DuBois Area Chamber of Commerce, TURN (Taxpayers United for Representation Now) and Pennsylvana Freedom Fighters.
Each candidate was given time to answer several questions read by moderator Randy Bartley.
Wednesdayâs Spirit featured the first question, regarding how government should be transparent for the people to easily follow.
BROOKVILLE â A former Brookville Junior-Senior High School math teacher and coach was sentenced to five to 10 years in a state correctional facility after she pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated indecent assault Wednesday.
During Wednesdayâs plea and sentencing court, Judge John H. Foradora sentenced Karin Hetrick, Summerville, to no less than five to a maximum of 10 years in a state correctional facility for the first count of aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age.
The Punxsutawney Rotary Club saluted members of the PAHS chapter of the National Honor Society during the clubâs spring banquet Wednesday at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Senior NHS members are (front, from left) Jocelyn Hughes, Lauren McGarvey, Katrina Anderson, Sue Ann Smith, Stephanie Young, Alexandria Heitzenrater, Melissa Blose, Keri Dinsmore, Shannon Byerly, Krystin Vanderpool, Milea Schall, Timi Shiock, Danielle Knopick, Jacquelyn Barnett, Danica Refernce, Emily Forrest, Kayla Knox; (back) Superintendent and NHS advisor Dr.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A word from Borough Manager Ben White to busy motorists and pedestrians as the boroughâs summer construction season draws near: âPatience ... lots and lots of patience this summer.â
During Punxsutawney Borough Councilâs Public Works Committee meeting Tuesday, Chairman Roger Steele said the Torrence Street widening project is going as planned, and crews hope to pave the soon-to-be two-way street this week â weather-permitting, of course.