April 29th, 2011
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed the month of May as Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Month in the county.
Attending the proclamation meeting were Heidi Stahl-necker, BBBS program coordinator for Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties, and LuAnn McMackin of the Guidance Center, which oversees the local program.
‚ÄúBig Brothers Big Sisters is a proven effective program and is one of the oldest prevention programs around,‚ÄĚ Stahlnecker said, citing statistics that indicate program benefits.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Once she settled in, Curwensville wasn't going to stop Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago Friday afternoon at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.
Crago allowed a run on two hits and two walks during the first inning before she controlled the Lady Golden Tide during the final six innings of the Punxsy softball team's 7-1 victory.
Crago also produced offensively for the Lady Chucks (6-0). She hit a two-run home run during Punxsy's three-run fifth inning that extended the team's lead to 6-1.
Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco returned to form and bumped his 2011 average back above .300 after he hit .421 this week.
Mesoraco, a 2007 first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds, batted 8-for-19 during six games with the Class AAA Louisville Bats this week. He improved his average from .256 to .306 following the successful week.
Saturday, he started the week with a 1-for-3 game that included a double and two strikeouts. He followed that game up with his first of three multi-hit performances this week.
Rachel M. Melillo, 80, Brookville, died, Friday, April 29, 2011, in Brookville.
She was born June 14, 1930, in Walston, a daughter of the late Ralph and Sarah (Chido) Cardamone.
June 11, 1955, in Walston, she married Eugene Melillo, who preceded her in death April 7, 1993.
Mrs. Melillo was a homemaker and special ‚ÄúMommy Rae‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúNana‚ÄĚ to many children whom she lovingly cared for in her home for many years.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Brookville, the Altar Rosary Society at the church and the Catholic Daughters of America.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ First-year PAHS girls‚Äô track and field coach Barry Young has a message for his athletes stuck on the bus or under shelter when the skies open up, as they have often this spring.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs nothing you can do about it, so try to keep a positive attitude,‚ÄĚ he said Thursday, one of the few days rain didn‚Äôt fall.
When asked what the rain gauge in his backyard said Thursday night, Charles Hoeh, the borough‚Äôs emergency management supervisor, replied, ‚ÄúSwim.‚ÄĚ
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Taxpayers United for Representation Now (TURN) organized a public educational meeting to explain how the county commissioners determine the county‚Äôs budget and property tax rates.
Attending the meeting, which was held Thursday evening at the Lindsey Fire Hall, were commissioners Paul Corbin, Jim McIntyre and Jeff Pisarcik, along with candidates for commissioner David Black, Ira Sunderland and Paul Bishop.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Clarion University softball team has received a much-needed offensive punch, as Punxsutawney Area High School's No. 3 and 4 hitters recently chose the Lady Eagles as the college they will attend next year.
Punxsy seniors Shawnna Crago and Taylor Powell have decided upon Clarion, and both will begin to compete for the Lady Eagles next spring.
Powell, who will major in business, was the first of the two girls to pick Clarion. She chose Clarion over Penn State-The Behrend College, and that choice came down to a number of factors.
The Very Rev. Gregory Allen Kirsch, J.C.L., V.F.,¬†55, who was currently serving as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Houtzdale and at Immaculate Conception Parish in Madera, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Clearfield Hospital.
He was born May 29, 1955, in Clearfield, a son of the late Clair Joseph and Ruth Ermina (Feighner) Kirsch.¬†
He attended St. Francis School from 1961 to 1969, then attended St. Francis High School, graduating in 1973.
Fr. Kirsch attended the Pennsylvania State University from 1973 to 1975 and then entered St. Mark Seminary, Erie.
ST. MARYS ‚ÄĒ The Punxsy boys' tennis team was unable to surmount St. Marys or the weather during the Dutch's 4-2 victory Wednesday at home over the Chucks.
Punxsy (3-4) lost three of five singles matches and dropped the No. 2 doubles match before rain put an end to the final three doubles matches.
St. Marys, the reigning District IX Class AA Team Champion, improved to 6-2 with the victory.