October 30th, 2011
RIDGWAY â€” The Punxsutawney boys' cross country was upset by St. Marys Saturday at the District IX Cross Country Championships in Ridgway. Punxsy attempted to challenge for the district title, but it ended up taking the runner-up position after falling to the Flying Dutch.
The AAA boys had to deal with seriously muddy conditions as they were the final runners on the Ridgway course at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
RIDGWAY â€” The Punxsy girls cross country staged a valiant effort under miserable conditions Saturday at the District 9 Championships in Ridgway, falling just six points short of an upset as they placed second overall to team champion Bradford.
Punxsy finished with 38 points behind Bradfordâ€™s 32 but well ahead of DuBoisâ€™ total of 67. Clearfield placed fourth with 83 points.
MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP â€” A McCalmont Township man lost his life Sunday in a fire that spread quickly and severely damaged his home at 3498 Graffius Avenue Extension.
Harry L. Hibbard, 70, McCalmont Township, was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder.
Snyder said Hibbard died due to smoke inhalation.
According to McCalmont Township Fire Chief Orrie Manners, the home was fully involved when he arrived on scene, and there had been a fatality.
The man was unable to escape the flames, and firefighters were unable to reach him in time.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Progress continues at a rapid rate on the Grace Place senior living apartment complex located at Pine Street and North Gilpin Street as numerous public officials, including Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, 5th Congressional district, along with Rep. Sam Smith, speaker of the Pennsylvania House, received a tour Friday.
Thompson said Grace Place being constructed in Punxsy, and not out of town, makes it a great asset to the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Mere days away from Halloween, the youngsters at Creative Garden LLC, Airport Road, Bell Township, donned their costumes Friday for some special guests who helped celebrate a ribbon-cutting for their pre-school/daycare facility.
Owner Erin Cameron was joined by friends, family, staff and the children, of course, as she celebrated the culmination of a dream borne from baby-sitting children in her home in 2006, before earning her facility license in 2007.
Darlene Joy Beer, 64, Mayport, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the Clarion Hospital.
She was born August 23, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Raymond M. and Mary S. (Myers) Beer.
Ms. Beer worked at the Sher-Bren Factory in Hawthorn and also at the Big Run Shoe Factory.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Mary Pauline â€śPollyâ€ť Beer of Mayport.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth Beer, Leroy Beer and an infant brother; and three sisters, Shirley Palmer, Dorothy Firment and an infant sister.
C. Donn Schenkemeyer Jr., 63, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.
He was born June 2, 1948, in Johnstown, a son of the late Clifford D. and Malissa (Redfoot) Schenkemeyer.
He operated a private law practice and was a Jefferson County public defender.
Mr. Schenkemeyer was a member of the Lutheran Church.
He was also a member of the B.P.O. Elks No. 301, the Rotary Club, the Jefferson County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Schenkemeyer graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1966.
BROOKVILE â€” After winning the Route 36 Rivalry Trophy two years ago and retaining it last year, the Chucks football squad was forced to part ways with it Friday night in Brookville after falling victim to the Raiders' powerful, balanced running attack, 27-14.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson told the audience at Friday's "Legislative Breakfast" that despite all the doom and gloom that his constituents hear in the mainstream media regarding the economy, there is a reason to be optimistic.
Thompson was the speaker at the breakfast that was sponsored by the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, and he said that the U.S. has always had challenging times throughout its history.
Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club for Career Womenâ€™s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.