April 5th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When the last track event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay, arrived Tuesday in Brookville, Punxsy boys' head coach John Smith wasn't sure if his team would be able to pull out a victory.
That's when he urged his 4x400 runners â€” Tom Wagner, Derick Kelly, Nathan Ward and A.J. Meterko â€” to finish strong, considering their victory and the five team points the foursome could earn would push the overall win in the Chucks' favor.
BROOKVILLE â€” Brookville's speed on the track compensated for the Punxsy girls' track and field team's power in the field during the Lady Raiders' 78-72 victory at home Tuesday.
Punxsy (1-1) was in control of nearly every field event, but the Lady Raiders (1-0) swept both the 100- and 200-meter dashes and won all three relays.
Connie L. Grimes, 73, Brookville, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Aug. 11, 1937, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Orval W. and Lillian (Carroll) Grimes.
Ms. Grimes worked as a registered nurse at Brookville Hospital, Punxsutawney Hospital, the Pennsylvania Memorial Home in Brookville, and for the Brookville Area of the Aging.
She was a member of the Port Barnett United Methodist Church in Brookville, and she enjoyed reading and playing the piano.
Kenneth C. Ishman, 80, formerly of Claremont, Calif., and Pinehurst, N.C., died Saturday April 2, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Knox Dale, a son of the late Wayne and Sara (Chapman) Ishman.
He was married to his wife of 54 years, Rose M. Ishman, who survives.
Mr. Ishman was an avid golfer, and a loving, quiet, caring man with a humorous side. His deep blue eyes expressed his love and thankfulness to those who grew to become a part of his life.
Stanley E. Piekielek, 79, Punxsutawney, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 20, 1931, in DeLancey, a son of the late Anthony and Josephine (Pogwizd) Piekielek.
July 14, 1979, he married Shirley Edmondson, who survives.
Mr. Piekielek was a member of St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church, where he was an usher. He also delivered Meals on Wheels.
He was retired from North American Carbon Company.
Genevieve C. Roach, 78, Sykesville, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born June 17, 1932, in Nanty Glo, a daughter of the late James and Carey (Himes) Whitsell.
She was married to Robert Roach, who preceded her in death.
Surviving relatives include five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a daughter, Louise Vandervort; and several nieces and nephews.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Councilâ€™s Public Works Committee is looking at upcoming street paving projects.
Tuesday, committee Chairman Roger Steele said liquid fuel bids for the projects will be opened at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.
Steele said at this time, there is no update on what is being bid, nor how much the borough can afford to do.
Ben White, borough manager, said the bids were advertised, and there have been many contractors who have picked up bid packages.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” March 26, teams and individuals took part in the annual â€śBowl for Kidsâ€™ Sakeâ€ť to enable mentoring for local youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County (BBBS).
To participate in the bowling event, each member had to raise a minimum of $35. Each individual who raised $50 was rewarded with a T-shirt. Further, the participant who raised the most money was awarded the top prize donated by local businesses. This year, the top prize package consisted of a Sony digital camera.
Attendants enjoyed two games, as well as food, entertainment and prizes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As passage of the 2011-12 Pennsylvania budget looms, the Punxsutawney Area School District is seeking to keep funds in check as it eyes a possible loss of almost $2 million, should Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed budget pass.
A period of discussion focused on a building and grounds vehicle, which has seemingly been replaced with a vehicle that has fewer than 2,000 miles on it after two years, board member Bob Pascuzzo said.
Phil Heitzenrater, maintenance supervisor, said he would like to keep a 1994 GMC, citing it as more of an asset instead of selling it.
HOLLIDAYSBURG â€” Inside and out, the Punxsy boys' tennis team couldn't catch a break Monday afternoon in Hollidaysburg.
The Chucks (0-2) were unable to hang with District VI foe Hollidaysburg, as the Golden Tigers earned a 7-0 victory at home.
Unlike in District IX play, which includes five singles matches and four doubles matches, Monday's contest featured four singles matches and three doubles matches. Punxsy and Hollidaysburg also played pro sets to 10 points, rather than the usual two-set, first-to-six matches.