®ljc <3lnbiamt (gazette / Tuesday, May 9, 2000 — Page 19 Obituaries indianagazette.com Grievance over closing of alley heard The Indiana Gazette on the Internet Mary Berkey Mary S. Berkey, 79, Orchard Point, Windber, died Monday, May 8,2000, at her home. The daughter of Murray C. and Florence Davis Stewart, she was bbrn June 6,1920, in Homer City. Mrs. Berkey was a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Cambria-Rowe Business College. She also studied at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. ' She was a financial officer for Cbnemaugh Hospital, the former Glosser Bros, and the Sunquest Information Systems. L^She was a member of Roxbury Church of the Brethren, Richland Square Dance Club, the U.S. Humane Society and the Greater Johnstown Saddle Club. ' She is survived by her husband, William A.; a sister, Alice, the wife of Walter Harrison, Rochester, N.Y.; a brother, Fred E., who is married to the former Jane Greenawalt, Homer City, and a brother-in-law, Alton Berkey and his wife, Nancy J. Cober, Shippensburg. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Ruth Gray. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Meek Funeral Home Inc., Windber, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. John Hess will officiate, and interment will be in Berkey Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to either Roxbury Church of the Brethren or the charity of your choice. Elizabeth Myers Elizabeth Lucille Hollobaugh Myers, 84, Indiana, died Monday, May 8,2000, at the Indiana Hospital. A daughter of J. Elaine and Margaret B. Hilty Hollobaugh, she was born on Oct. 8,1915, in Sagamore. Mrs. Myers was a homemaker and member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Indiana. She and her husband, Edgar Lee Myers, had been married for 63 years before his death last month on April 12. Surviving are two daughters, Shurley A. Hagler, of Bedford, Texas, and Laurie LaFontaine and her husband James, of Indiana; a grandson, Raymond Scott Hagler, of Dallas, Texas, and a great-granddaughter, Cahdice Lee Hagler. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and a sister: Carl Hollobaugh, Velma Weaver, Eugene Hollobaugh and Johnnie Hollobaugh. Friends are invited to attend her Christian burial service at noon Wednesday at the Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum, Indiana. Pastor Skip Dodson will officiate and interment will follow in the cemetery. - Arrangements are being handled by the Bence-Mihalcik Funeral Home, Indiana. •"Memorial contributions may be . made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Indiana County, 1265 Wayne Ave.,- 119 Professional Center, Indi- .ana, PA 15701. Alice Ray Alice M. Libengood Bennett Ray, 74, of Blairsville, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her home. Friends will be received today from 7-9 p.m. at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Blairsville, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Rev. E. Earl Anderson officiating. Interment will be made in Blairsville Cemetery. . In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American • Cancer Society. Hospital notes INDIANA Births May 8,2000 Steve Renninger and Angela Marie Gearhart, Clymer, girl; Louis and Debora Ann Tate, Clymer, boy; Christina M. Smith, girl; Scott and Faith Ann Meckley, Commodore, boy; James and Rebecca A. Randolph, Indiana, girl. Admissions May 8 Jean Bash, 160 StormerRoad, Indiana; Faye Darlene Bernard, 1021 Sexton Road, Indiana; Marie Dellapenna, Hillsdale; Alverda M. Fetterman, Homer City; William Blair Good, Dayton RD 1; Mary Alice Groomes, 830 Harvest Lane, Indiana; Delores Jane Livingston, Homer City; Ruth B. McCurdy, 482 Hammersmidi Drive, Indiana; Sue Ann Patterson, Clymer; Paul William Piccolini, Homer City. t Discharges May 8 < Frances Elizabeth Boston, Ernest; Annette Marie Ferchalk and baby, Revloc; Walter James Stancombe, 445 N. Ben Franklin Road, Indiana; Sharon Elizabeth Wilson, Homer City; Girl Joseph Kochik, 741 Oak St., Indiana. LATROBE Discharges May 8 Chris S. DiGirolamis, New Alexandria. PUNXSUTAWNEY Admissions and Discharges : None. i MINERS Admissions and Discharges None. Philip Runco Philip A. "Phil" Runco, 51, of Beyer, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at the Conemaugh Hospital, Johnstown, as a result of an automobile accident. A son of Frank W. and Susanna K. Kuffa Runco, he was born April 6, 1949, in Beyer. Mr. Runco was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Sagamore, and the Pennsylvania Fire Police of Indiana County; He was a member of the Plumville Volunteer Fire Co. A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He was employed by Eastern America Energy Co. for the past 20 years. Surviving are his wife, Margaret "Ether" Elkin Runco, whom he married Nov. 3,1973; two sons: Jamie N. and David A., both of Beyer; one' daughter, Regina Runco, Reston, Va.; his parents, Beyer; two brothers and two sisters: Anna Runco, Blairsville, and Frank W. Jr. and Ms wife Shirley, of Washington; Rita Lavis and her husband Thomas, of Seward; his twin brother, William E, and his wife Eileen, of Indiana, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Ms maternal grandparents, Frank J. and Anna Kuffa, and his paternal grandparents, Philip and Laura Runco. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Plumville, where a parish wake service will be held Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. A Funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Sagamore, with the Rev. Fr. Robert Moslener, as celebrant. Interment will be made in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sagamore. William Miller William R. Miller, 77, of Indiana, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Ms home. ' The son of Walter and Mary Miller, he was born in Summit Hill in Carbon County. Mr. Miller lived most of Ms life in Indiana County, where he worked as a purification plant operator for American Waterworks prior to re tiring in 1987. He was a member of the Indiana Fraternity of Eagles Aerie No.'1468, the Red Barn Sportsmen's Club and the Sons of Italy in Homer City. Surviving are a son, William R. Miller Jr. and his wife Kim,. of Portage; and a number of brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy M. Stumbaugh Miller, in 1985; and a stepdaughter, Mary Ellen Stumbaugh Stano. Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson- Lytie Inc., where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Reid S. Blystone officiating. Interment will be in the Armagh Cemetery. Geraldine Holmes Geraldine W. Ashbaugh Holmes, 83, of Route 553, Clymer, died Sunday, May 7,2000, at the Indiana Hospital. Friends will be received from 5-9 p.m. today at the Rairigh Funeral Home Ltd., Hillsdale, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. James D. Patten officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Alverda. James Greggi Dr. James Greggi Jr., 53, died Saturday, May 6,2000, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Born in Spangler, he had lived in Pittsburgh before moving to Aiken, S.C., six years ago. Dr. Greggi was a metallurgical engineer with Westinghouse at the Savannah River site. Previously, he had worked in research and development at the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center in Pittsburgh. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, where he studied Russian. He received his Ph.D.. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 and was an accomplished woodworker, racquetball player and pianist. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Susan Wood, Aiken; a sister, Dr. Carmy Carranza, Indiana; a nephew, Paul Carranza, University of Pennsylvania, and a niece, Erica Carranza, Princeton University. A memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at George Funeral Homes, Downtown Chapel, Aiken. Memorial donations maybe made to the American Cancer Society, 115 Greenville St. NW, Aiken, S.C. 29801. By PATRICK O'MALLEY Gazette Staff Writer PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Borough Council will schedule a special meeting regarding a resident's grievance over the closing of an alley. At last night's borough council meeting, Genevieve Harriger of Carlton Avenue urged council members not to close an unnamed alley along North Main Street that she uses to access her mother's residence. After hearing Harriger's concerns, council voted 4-3 to hold the special meeting. At the council meeting in April, committee members voted to close the alley because of traffic-safety concerns made by the Smith and Johnson families, who live on each side of die two-way alley's entrance. In the past, the residents have complained about motorists driving into their yards, because the 16-feet wide alley is too small. The families said it is dangerous for their children to play, and that their yards are being destroyed. Under section 1742 of the borough code book, if the majority of home owners in a specified area petitions for a road to be closed, the council can vote at its regular meeting to close a road, as they did in April, without a special hearing,. However, under section 1741, residents also have 40 days to appeal the council's decision to close the road and ask for a special hearing. Harriger's request for the hearing was approved with board members Donna Lellock, John Sisk, William Spencer and James Stello voting in favor. . The council must schedule a time for die hearing, arid as required by law, advertise it in a newspaper. Three other residents also voiced grievances at the meeting. Punxsutawney Rod and Julie Branken of Carter Avenue were displeased with the estimate they received on their home when the borough conducted appraisals in December and January. The Brankens reside in an area that will receive flood-mitigation assistance from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. It was declared a hazardous flood area after flooding hit Punxsutawney in 1996. On a voluntary basis, residents can elect to sell their homes to the government and receive funds for relocation. The council had retyped and forwarded letters from PEMA to residents to sign if they elected to sell. Borough, Solicitor Timothy Morris told the Brankens to have an independent appraiser provide an estimate on the home. The borough will then send both appraisals to PEMA for final approval. . The other resident with a grievance was Bertha Gushing of North Mitchell Avenue. Gushing said a daughter of her neighbor has repeatedly sounded the horn of her vehicle when leaving the residence. She said mat on April 26, while Gushing attempted to ask her to stop, the woman retaliated by sounding it even more. Gushing then said she went to the police office to file a complaint and was instructed to tell the, borough council. Because the accused party was not present at the meeting, Morris urged Gushing to consult her lawyer. The accused also was out of town when attempted to be reached in the morning. - . . In odier action, the council: . • Accepted a Growing Greener grant for $90,000 from PEMA to begin a study in June for developing plans to remove acidic mine drainage from Elk Run. Councilman William Spencer was appointed to oversee the project. • Opposed a petition filed by the AFL-CIO to represent the borough's working foreman, who's name wasn't mentioned at the meeting, in its bargaining union. The council has 20 days to submit its decision. The working foreman, who oversees all borough construction, receives an annual salary of $31,000. • Approved the removal of three trees in the downtown area because they are too large for conditions. The council said 27 new trees will be planted as soon as possible. • Appointed solicitor Morris as its interim corporate secretary until further notice. • Hired Mary Neal as a full-time secretary and Jill Carey as a part-time secretary. • Decided to begin research on selecting a candidate to replace former borough manager Susan J. Maczko, who resigned in April. • Agreed to provide paint and brushes May 13 and 20 to students from Abraxas of Marionville, a school for juveniles with minor delinquent offenses. They will be painting hand railings along Indiana and Cherry streets and posts on borough parking meters. Mayor John S. Hallman commended the students for their prior efforts of removing garbage in the borough. • Granted a request for a sewage tap at the residence of David Bodenhorn of 401 Main St. • Approved a request by Jenks Hill PTO to use Harmon Field in June for its annual picnic. • Approved requests by the mayor to use Barclay Park on May 29 for Memorial Day festivities and on June 14, Flag Day, for the Elks and American Legion to hold a memorial service; and council chambers May 13 and 20 for wedding ceremonies. Punxs'y man held in assault, animal abuse PUNXSUTAWNEY — A man hit a •• woman, pulled a knife on her and shot and killed three dogs at their North Mahoning Township home Sunday, state police from Punxsutawney reported. Troy James Kramer, 32, of 1587 Smith Road, held a knife to the throat of Angela Marie Broadstreet, 25, then hit her in the face several times at about 6 p.m., police reported. Broadstreet fled to a nearby residence and contacted police. She returned home to find Kramer- stand- .ing with a shotgun in his hands. According to police, he had shot and killed three dogs chained in the front yard. When Broadstreet told him she had called police, Kromer ran into nearby woods. Police searched the woods but didn't find Mm. Kromer turned himself in later. He was arraigned before Blairsville District Justice Dolores DeGruttola on charges of aggravated and simple assault, harassment and cruelty to animals and was committed to Indiana County Jail in lieu if $2,500 bail. Broadstreet later went to Kramer's mother's residence, police reported. Police were called and cited Broadstreet for disorderly conduct. McINTYRE — Tools estimated to be worm $1,500 were stolen between Friday and Monday from a well- drilling site along Hill Road near Mclntyre, state police from Indiana reported. The tools included an 8-horsepower Briggs and Stratton/Homelite water pump. The stolen property belongs to Key Energy Services of Indiana. Somebody pulled a white flaming azalea bush from the ground Monday at die Historical Society of Indiana County's building, 621 Wayne Ave., Indiana Borough Police reported. The loss was set at $49.99. Three landscape lights and a picnic table were damaged Monday at Cambria-Rowe Business College, 422 S. 13th. St., Indiana Borough Police reported. Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police reported that somebody stole an executive desk chair valued at $300 to $400 from Folger Hall on campus Wednesday or Thursday. Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police are investigating the reported rape of a female student Sunday morning in a residence hall. Police said that the rape occurred in Scranton Hall between 3 and 5 a.m. and that the victim knows the rapist. An 11-year-old boy from the Indi- Two cars collide near Clarksburg CLARKSBURG — Nobody was injured in a two-vehicle collision Monday morning on state Route 3002, state police from Indiana reported. A pickup truck driven by Steve Bondra, 70, of Josephine and a sport-utility vehicle driven by Denise Kiebler, 46, of Apollo, collided at 8:30 a.m. near Country Meadows Golf Course. KECKSBURG — A driver from Deny was injured Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident along Route 982 in Westmoreland County, state police from Greensburg reported. Neil Woody, 44, received outpatient treatment at Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant hospital after the. car he was driving struck a rock and signal 11:25 p.m. Kecksburg Fire Department assist- ed at the scene. Woody was wearing a seat belt. CREEKSIDE — An unidentified. Jeep struck a utility pole along Route 954 in Washington Township, then backed across the road, at about 3:45 p.m. Monday, state police from Indiana reported. The driver, who was also not identified, drove away. The Creekside Volunteer Fire Company was called to the scene. PUNXSUTAWNEY — Cars driven by Scott Martin, 22, and Julie Smith, 18, both of Punxsutawney, collided at 10:15 p.m. Monday on Ridge Avenue. Both drivers refused treatment for injuries, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police and Jefferson EMS personnel. Public meeting tonight on revitalization plan By WENDY SZAKELYHIDI Gazette Staff Writer The Conemaugh, Loyalhanna, Saltsburg Growth and Revitalization Plan is nearing completion. Comments will be taken tonight in a public meeting — one of a series held to discuss the project — at 6:30 p.m. at the Loyalhanna Township building. Residents' ideas will be taken into consideration, and a final draft of the plan will be ready by early summer. It will be presented at another public meeting in June. Maps of the three municipalities also need to be gathered for the final plan. This work will be completed by Benatec Associates, a Greensburg consulting firm involved in the project, with help from the Indiana County Office of Planning and De- Funerals HOLMES, Geraldine W. Ashbaugh, 1 p.m., Rairigh Funeral Home, Hillsdale KIEBLER, P. Eugene, 11 a.m., Poke Run Presbyterian Church, Washington Township (Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home, Apollo) MILLER, William R., 2 p.m., Robinson-Lytle MYERS, Elizabeth Lucille Hollobaugh, noon, Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum, Indiana PEARD, Thelma "Peg," 11 a.m., Thomas E. Morgan Funeral Home, Union City RAY, Alice M. Libengood Bennett, 11 a.m., James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Blairsville velopment, which is coordinating the pi an. A 45-day public-comment period is expected to take place later this summer. During that time citizens can find the plan at the three municipal buildings of the areas involved arid register their opinions. Then the plan will get final approval and will be submitted to the state Department of Community and Economic Development. After that, probably by September, the three local municipalities will give their formal approval. The project, which was launched with the first public meeting in August 1999, is designed to give the area a comprehensive, formal plan to increase the region's chance of attracting funding. Alex Graziani of Benatec said the top concern addressed by the project is infrastructure. Both Loyalhanna and Conemaugh townships need sewage, and some areas are affected by poor-quality Water, or by supply problems, including wells that run dry in bad weather. Another big issue is continuing the development of tourism and recreational opportunities. That affects Canal Park in Saltsburg, as well as the Loyalhanna and Conemaugh clams, Graziani said. ana area pulled a knife on a guard April 19 at the Indiana Roller Rink on Shelley Drive, state police from Indiana reported. The guard had been trying to break up a fight between two juveniles at the rink at 8:40 p.m. There was no report on whether anyone was injured. The incident happened during a private gathering of local students. Police filed juvenile charges Monday with Indiana District Justice Richard G. Orendorff. Coaches praise athletics director By CHAUNCEY ROSS Gazette Staff Writer PUNXSUTAWNEY — There were words of praise for veteran Punxsutawney Area School District Athletics Director Bill Cuba at the school board meeting Monday. "This man has done a good job and I like him. But we are all replaceable," said board President Ed McGinnis. But McGinnis said die board will not reverse its earlier decision to open the athletics director position at the end of this school year. Five representatives of the adiletic community asked that Cuba be retained. "I applaud your desire to improve the athletic program, but do it widi him, not without him," said Keith Hughes, a wrestling, cross-country and track and field coach for 18 years. Tennis coach Gary Bowers told the board mat Cuba's influence on the athletic program had a more broad effect. Cuba has been with the district for more man 30 years. "You have to realize how important athletics is. Some of the best workers you will hire were high- school athletes," he said. Bowers, a pharmacist in Punxsutawney, said Cuba has done a very good job in middle management and said "it will be detrimental to the athletic department to sever his experience." Odiers spoke directly to the issues for which Cuba had faced criticism. John Knopick, secretary of the Punxsutawney Boosters Club, said the club had maintained an open line of communication and solid relations with the athletic directors for die past 25 years. Girls basketball coach Brad Constantino said "we have never been at want for equipment or uniforms. As Punxsutawney School District for the District Nine playoffs, he has run an organized program." Bill Vassallo, an assistant football coach and head basketball coach said "the athletic director makes hundreds, maybe thousands of decisions that affect teams and coaches, and it's impossible to please everyone. Dissatisfaction comes from not understanding what is involved, and the correct decisions go unnoticed." McGinnis encouraged the coaches to "direct your energies to improving your programs. Our adiletic department is much larger dian any one individual. It will survive in the future as it has in the past. The position has been declared vacant at the end of die year. That action stands, and this subject is closed." McGinnis said after the meeting that a big picture is involved. "Communication is an issue, not just with the booster club, but with everybody. That includes the administration, all die way to the top, as well as the athletic committee and the entire school board. "We talked to Bill Cuba before taking the vote to vacate the position. The athletic committee and administration had discussed tilings with him since December." McGinnis is one of five new Punxsutawney school directors who were elected to the board in November. "Some of tiiese issues have been un- addressed for four to six years," McGinnis said. "We have addressed them now." Cuba was not present at the school board meeting Monday night. Four Indiana teachers retire Continued from page 13 senior class pictures. Packets available to the seniors vary in price from $65.95 to $89.95. The district has employed Speliman for 12 years. • Accepted a series of bids for school supplies for the 2000-2001 year. The district will spend $45,974 for general supplies, $24,687 for music supplies, $4,275 for physical education supplies, $13,054 for secondary art supplies, $6,150 for elementary art supplies, $11,562 for industrial art supplies and $26,496 for adiletic equipment and supplies. • Hired 13 teachers for the district's Title I summer school program. Funding for the money is from the federal government. Each teacher will make $27.19 per hour for a total of 32 hours over a two-week period in July and August. Also hired 13 teachers for a new summer reading program to help those primary students in need of extra instruction. The teachers will be paid $26.15 for 40 hours of work in June. Funding for the program is from a state grant of $75,000 that the district received earlier this school year. • Hired four teachers to work in the district's five-week summer instrumental music program. Elizabeth Campbell, Kevin Sasala and Catherine Haller will earn $26.15 per hour for three weeks In June and $27.19 for two weeks in July. David Jeckavitch will earn $28.22 for the three weeks in June and $29.35 for the time in July. The pay differential from June to July is because of the salary increase in the teachers' contract. July 1 is the start of a new contract year. • Approved spending $1,138 to send six Key Club members and their chaperone, senior high teacher Devon Duffy, for the Key Club International Convention in Orlando, Fla. • Hired Peter Halliwell and Andrew Allen as summer maintenance workers for the district. Their pay is $5.15 per hour. • Approved new. textbooks and curriculum plans for five secondary social science courses. Textbooks for the five courses — in geography, history, world cultures and criminology — total $42,126.
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