April 7th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commission recently received word that it will likely not be responsible for debt in excess of $1.5 million.
Elk County has agreed to purchase a Ridgway building that Jefferson County was partly responsible for. Elk County plans to use the facility as its 911 headquarters, and the purchase will eliminate Jefferson Countyâ€™s liability for a bond issued to purchase that building.
BIG RUN â€” Police are releasing further details about a Wednesday incident in which a home was damaged along Main Street in Big Run.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred at 9:03 a.m. along East Main Street.
Police said William G. Dixon, 59, Indiana, was negotiating a left curve in the road traveling north when his 1999 Western Star tri-axle truck traveled off the right side of the road, striking a PennDOT sign.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Down 11-4 in the seventh inning, having suffered through four 1-2-3 innings and not scoring since the second inning, the Punxsy baseball team seemed destined to lose its first game of the season to State College Tuesday.
Not these Chucks.
For the second-straight year, the Chucks (3-0) erased a seven-plus run deficit at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field by scoring eight runs in their final inning Tuesday to shock the Little Lions, 12-11.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago wasn't going to let the Lady Chucks softball team lose to St. Marys Thursday afternoon.
Her optimism kept the team going. While it trailed early, she smacked a triple that gave Punxsy a jump start on offense, and her pitching sealed the game.
Crago struck out nine Lady Dutch batters and scored a run to lead the Lady Chucks to a 4-3 win.
Timothy Huntley King (also known as Timothy MacIsaac), 63, died of cancer Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at his home in Creekside.
He was born Feb. 11, 1948, in Syracuse, N.Y., a son of the late Hamilton and Bettye King, both of whom were trained as teachers at Oswego State College. Mr. King's mother taught in the North Syracuse School System until she and her two sons moved to Rochester Mills in 1960, with her second husband, Don MacIsaac, who survives, of Rochester Mills.
Ryan H. Fraser, 28, Clearfield, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 3, 1983, a son of Barbara (Matzie) Irwin, who survives, of Rossiter.
Mr. Fraser attended the Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School and had been employed in retail sales.
He was Christian by faith.
In addition to his mother, surviving relatives include a son, Titan D. Fraser of Clearfield; a sister, Danielle Peace and husband Justin of Punxsutawney; two brothers, Adam Fraser and wife Ashley of Houtzdale, and Justin Neal of Rossiter; three nephews; and a niece.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney senior Kody Young and Jenna Reitz have had similar high school winter sports careers.
Young, a wrestler, was coached by his father, Buddy Young. He was also one of the top wrestlers on the team since he was a freshman.
Reitz, a basketball player, also had her father, Randy Reitz, as a coach. Midway through her freshman season, she was the starting point guard. She then started at that position for the next 3 1/2-years.
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.
Marjorie Dickson Staikides, 80, West Chester, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Paoli Memorial Hospital.
She was born in New Castle, a daughter of William Campbell and Isabel C. (Cutler) Dickson.
Mrs. Staikides grew up in Punxsutawney and attended Grove City College. She was the wife of the late John James Staikides, also of Punxsutawney, who was a respected artist and art teacher in the Kennett Consolidated School District.
After marrying, the couple moved to southern Chester County, where they happily raised their family together.
BIG RUN â€” A fully loaded tri-axle coal truck caused severe damage to a home when the driver lost control while traveling north on Route 119 (East Main Street) around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Big Run.
Todd Peace, chief of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company, said the driver of the truck said he was cut off by another driver in a gray vehicle while traveling north on Route 119, which caused the truck driver to swerve, leave the road and strike the porch of a house located at 222 East Main St. and cause damage to the sidewalk in front of several other homes.