April 29th, 2011
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 â€śMommy Raeâ€ť and â€śNanaâ€ť 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 â€” First-year PAHS girlsâ€™ 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.
â€śThereâ€™s nothing you can do about it, so try to keep a positive attitude,â€ť he said Thursday, one of the few days rain didnâ€™t fall.
When asked what the rain gauge in his backyard said Thursday night, Charles Hoeh, the boroughâ€™s emergency management supervisor, replied, â€śSwim.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Taxpayers United for Representation Now (TURN) organized a public educational meeting to explain how the county commissioners determine the countyâ€™s 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 â€” 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.,Â 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.Â
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 â€” 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.
Robert E. Bennett, 86, Rossiter, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at home.
He was born March 30, 1925, in Clymer, the son of the late Perry and Margaret (Shields) Bennett.
Jan. 12, 1946, he married Avanell Humble, who survives.
Mr. Bennett was a member of the former Rossiter Presbyterian Church. He served as a church elder, Sunday School teacher and former church treasurer.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was also a member of the American Legion of Rossiter and the Carpenters Union Local No. 2274 of Pittsburgh.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With all the budget cuts predicted from the state education budget, the Punxsutawney Area School District is proposing $2.7 million in cuts for its 2011-12 budget.
The Punxsy district, along with other districts in Pennsylvania, are having to create budgets that deal with a large number of cuts from the state as proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Wednesday, Business Administrator Susan H. Robertson told the school board that the proposed 2011-12 expenses are $38,713,742, a decrease of $2,739,013, which represents a 6.61-percent decrease over last yearâ€™s budget.