April 5th, 2011
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.
INDIANA â€” TheÂ Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will bring award-winning actor, dancer, singer and humanitarian Bernadette Peters as next seasonâ€™s Helwig Distinguished Artist.
Â Peters will open the new 2011-12 Lively Arts touring artist season with a performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in Fisher Auditorium of IUPâ€™s Performing Arts Center.
Â Petersâ€™ appearance will mark the 18th for a Helwig Distinguished Artist since the program endowment was created in 1987 by Punxsutawney native and Indiana resident Florence Lattimer Helwig in honor of her late husband, Wilfred E. Helwig.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Although Easter is the holiday that is approaching, it may seem more like Christmas to the American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who receive any of the care packages or â€śgoodie boxesâ€ť being prepared and shipped abroad thanks to the generous response of area residents to a Â campaign sponsored by the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).Â
Etta L. Kramer, 78, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Feb. 23, 1933, in Troutville, the daughter of the late William and Virginia (Frantz) Kramer.
In September 1950, she married Charles Kramer, who preceded her in death June 16, 1987.
Mrs. Kramer was a dental assistant and a member of the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church in Juneau.
Mary Leotta Reiter, 79, Big Run, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Bell Township, a daughter of the late Russell Vern and Ethlyn Ruth (Nupp) Timblin.
March 5, 1954, she married Kenneth Olan Reiter, who preceded her in death Aug. 15, 2007.
Mrs. Reiter was a member of St. Phillips United Methodist Church, where she had also been a Sunday School teacher.
She had previously worked in the chenille department at Standard Pennant.
James Ronald "Papa Ron" Stiver, 67, Anita, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Stiver was born May 29, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James H. and Dolores (Noerr) Stiver.
April 17, 1963, he married Andrea C. (Zeedick) Stiver, who survives, of Anita. They were married for nearly 48 years.
Mr. Stiver was a lifetime member of the McCalmont Township Fire Company and was a truck driver for Regent Trucking Company. He was known for his great sense of humor. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.
WEST MIFFLIN â€” Led by one medal winner, nine members of the Punxsy girls' track and field team competed in snowy and cold conditions at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Outdoor Championship Meet Saturday at West Mifflin High School.
Sophomore Alexis Young earned a seventh-place medal in the 1,600-meter run, as she finished with a time of 5:45.1.
"Alex ran very well considering the weather conditions," Punxsy first-year head coach Barry Young said. "She ran well during the indoor season and has carried that into the outdoor season."