May 6th, 2011
Punxsutawney baseball standout and Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco reached base eight times during six games this past week while batting .250 with the Class AAA Louisville Bats.
Mesoraco, who is a 2007 first-round draft pick with the Reds, once again saw his batting average dip below .300 after the week.
Through 25 games this season, the slugger is hitting .293 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. After hitting three home runs and driving in eight during his first eight games, Mesoraco has not hit a home run and has four RBIs in his last 17 games since that hot start.
BROOKVILLE â€” Michael McNulty, a consultant who reviews the countyâ€™s 911 system and advises funding, recently reported that the countyâ€™s justification of wireline surcharges was approved.
The plan will be good for the next three years, he said. Each resident with a land-based telephone line pays $1.50 per month, and that money is used to upgrade and maintain the 911 phone system in the county.
McNulty said the plan was reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A three-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:40 p.m. Friday on East Mahoning Street in front of the Punxsutawney Eagles left one of the drivers with minor injuries.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Lucy Young, of Punxsy, was traveling west on East Mahoning Street when she came upon traffic that was stopped ahead. She was unable to stop in time and struck a Dodge Dakota driven by Janice White, Punxsutawney, that was stopped in front of her.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A two-vehicle accident that occurred at noon Friday along Route 36/North Main Street sent a Punxsy woman to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, Erika Berringer, Brookville, was driving a Dodge Durango south on North Main Street when she was unable to stop when her brakes locked up, and she struck the rear of a Chevrolet Cavalier stopped in front of her driven by Bill Williams.
Donald W. Finley, 72, passed away suddenly Monday, May 2, 2011, at his residence.
He was born in Charleroi, a son of William L. Finley and Ruth Little, who preceded him in dealth.
In 1956, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School.
After graduation, he served in the Army Reserve. From there, he moved to the Philadelphia area, where he became a certified technician for Thiokol Chemical in New Jersey. He also worked for Western Electric and later at ATT Bell Labs, where he co-authored a patent for one of their chemical procedures.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Taylor Neal hit a grand slam, and Ty Zimmerman drove in four runs during the Punxsy baseball team's 13-8 victory over Clearfield Thursday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks (6-4) scored five times in the first inning and never trailed during an 11-hit game that featured a home run and four doubles.
With the win, Punxsy improved to 3-1 against District IX Class AAA opponents. The Chucks beat Clearfield (5-7) and Bradford at home and split with St. Marys.
STATE COLLEGE â€” With 17 of the game's 20 players being upperclassmen, experience was endless between the Punxsutawney and State College softball teams Thursday in State College.
State College, however, was the team that provided the clutch hits late in the game during a 6-2 victory over the Lady Chucks, whose undefeated season came to an end.
Punxsy (7-1) scored single runs during the fourth and six innings, but the lack of big hits led to its first loss of the season.
Punxsy manager Alan Pifer said that his team seemed flat, didn't hit the ball well and hardly hit the ball hard.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For the second time this year, the Punxsy boys' tennis team exited its match against Brockway with a 9-0 victory Thursday afternoon at home.
This time, Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley tinkered with his lineup in order to provide his doubles players with some singles action. What resulted was another decisive victory over the Rovers.
BROOKVILLE â€” These kids are an inspiration for all of us. They demonstrate to us examples of incredible effort to achieve,â€ť 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.