April 10th, 2011
Blaine E. Todd, 79, Salem, N.J., passed away Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Memorial Hospital of Salem County.
He was born in 1932 in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John and Edna (Lingenfelter) Todd.
He was the fifth child of three brothers and four sisters.
In 1951, Mr. Todd graduated from Punxsutawney High School and began a two year stint in the U.S. Army, where he served a 16-month tour in Korea.
In 1953, he was the Fort Worth Golden Gloves Boxing Champion.
SYKESVILLE â€” The weather may have mimicked more winter than spring this past week, but the sky opened up and poured forth warmth instead of rain Sunday afternoon for the 32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special.
The event broke records in both attendance and fund-raising, bringing out 412 participants and raising over $45,000 for ARC of Jefferson County and Camp Friendship, according to event organizer Frank Hetrick.
"We shattered the record," Hetrick said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission approved several draft changes at Friday's special meeting that the state has proposed.
Bill Leiberton, commission chairman, said that the commission had to incorporate the new Civil Service rules and regulations that have suggested by Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, to be approved by Punxsutawney Borough Council at tonight's meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The last of nine suspects that were arrested last Wednesday and accused of distributing a controlled substance â€” mainly marijuana â€” was arrested Saturday in Oliver Township.
Vincent Bernard Myrick, 39, Punxsutawney, was arrested by Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police at 11 a.m. Saturday.
According to police, the Troop C Vice Unit, from a warrant sweep conducted in the Punxsutawney area, were able to arrest Myrick thanks to an anonymous tip it received.
Police said Myrick was arrested at a trailer located along River Road, Oliver Township without incident.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite the unpredictable weather, thereâ€™s one event that canâ€™t be stopped: The stocking of trout in area creeks, streams and Cloe Lake.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission made its traditional trek from Bellefonte to the Bell Township lake located Tuesday, with the season scheduled to open at 8 a.m. next Saturday.
Rick Vlazak, Jefferson County waterways conservation officer, said the commission has been stocking since March, and next week, will conclude the pre-season trout stockings throughout the Commonwealth.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gary Astorino, a 1976 graduate of PAHS, is among the six inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.
During his high school career, Astorino was a three-year letterman/starter and captain in wrestling, football and senior legion baseball. He was a four-year starter in wrestling for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and was captain during his junior and senior years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's junior varsity softball team used a six run third inning to cruise past St. Marys 12-2 in five innings Thursday afternoon in Punxsy.
The Lady Chucks (2-0), who finished the game with 14 hits, limited St. Marys (0-1) to five hits.
Punxsy's Sarah London and Ashley Bacha combined to shut down the Lady Dutch's line up, striking out eight batters. London struck out three batters over the first three innings, allowing two runs, but picked up the win.
Gary Lee Pontani, 65, Starford, went to be with his Lord Thursday, April 7, 2011, at UPMC-Shadyside, Pittsburgh.
He was born March 25, 1946, in Indiana, a son of the late Herman Armand and Dorothy Aileen (Shaw) Pontani.
Mr. Pontani started his career as a postmaster in Starford, then went on to Clymer, Homer City and finally retired as postmaster of the Punxsutawney Post Office.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Indiana VFW Post 1989, a former member of the 40-8 Club and NAPUS.
Mr. Pontani was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
â€” Gary Astorino.
â€” Dominic Barilar.
â€” Roger Raybuck.
â€” William Vassallo.
â€” George Work.
â€” Bruce Chambers (posthumous inductee).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 11th induction banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Punxsutawney High School Cafeteria.
The keynote speaker for the evening will be Les Shoop.
Shoop is the former basketball coach at Punxsutawney with a record of 198-96. His record includes five District IX Class AAAA Championships.
He coached his last Dapper Dan Round Ball classic at the Civic Arena.