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Demystifying Veterans’ Day

November 12, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Veterans’ Day ceremony was held by VFW Post 2076, American Legion Post 62 and Punxsutawney Ladies’ Auxiliary at First Baptist Church, Thursday.

Guest speaker Ira Sunderland, a Korean War veteran and past county commissioner, addressed the audience with the simple question of: “What is Veterans’ Day?”

“I’ll venture to say if we go down the street and ask 10 people, ‘What does Veterans’ Day really mean,’ I’ll bet there would be nine people who’d say, ‘I really don’t know,’” Sunderland said.

The soldier — not the hippie — defined a generation

November 12, 2010

BIG RUN — If you think Woodstock defined a generation, think again, according to Marine Capt. James H. Hales Jr. (Ret.), who was the guest speaker during VFW Post 9044’s annual Veterans’ Day observance Thursday.

Hales said Woodstock was a division — not a definition — of a generation. While young people were singing, swaying, using illicit drugs and making love in the rolling hills of New York State, the same day,
“Other young people were serving their nation, consistent with loyalty, humanity and honor” in Vietnam.

Joy Burke’s not a nurse, but still provides care

November 12, 2010

Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club for Career Women’s Week, which this year runs through Nov. 13. 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.

Undefeated Chucks aspire to defend district title against unbeaten Clearfield

November 12, 2010

DUBOIS — A year after surprising District IX with a Class AAA Championship Game win over Clearfield last season, the Chucks have an opportunity at defending their title for the first time ever at 7 p.m. at E.J. Mansell Stadium in DuBois.

The Chucks are in search of their third district title, as after winning their first crown in 1991 — a Quad-A championship over DuBois — Punxsy didn't return to the title game in 1992. Instead, DuBois beat Clearfield.

Fred D. Runco, 66

November 12, 2010

Fred D. Runco, 66, Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at UPMC-Mercy, Pittsburgh.

He was born Aug. 1, 1944, in Toledo, Ohio, a son of the late Dominic and Colomba “Clo” (Perfili) Runco.

March 14, 1972, he married Linda (Smith) Runco of Punxsutawney, who survives.

Mr. Runco was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

He loved the outdoors, wildlife and fishing.

John James Landolfi, 82

November 12, 2010

John James Landolfi, 82, Gainesville, Fla., died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at the Veterans Hospital in Gainesville.

He was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of the late Anthony and Antoinette (Cinque) Landolfi, who later moved to Edinburg.

He was married to Bonnie (Swanson) Landolfi, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Landolfi was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.

He was a carpenter for a local union based out of Pittsburgh for many years, as well as the owner of the Town Pump Tavern in Punxsutawney for more than 25 years.

Dominic V. Fernichio, 93

November 12, 2010

Dominic V. Fernichio, 93, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

He was born July 11, 1917, in Mt. Jewett, a son of the late Anthony and Angeline (Ignota) Fernichio.

Mr. Fernichio was married to Grace (Gigliotti) Fernichio, who preceded him in death.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Normandy Landings and the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Fernichio was a clerk at Brown’s Boot Shop and a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church in Punxsutawney.

Charles Ivan “Tippy” Dinger, 97

November 12, 2010

Charles Ivan “Tippy” Dinger, 97, Grove City, formerly of Knox Dale, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.

He was born Aug. 27, 1913, a son of the late Joseph W. and Rachel E. (Wolfe) Dinger.

April 4, 1936, Mr. Dinger married Anna Mae Catherine (Miller) Dinger, who preceded him in death Dec. 10, 1993. Dec. 17, 1994, he married Georgia A. (Tanner) Dinger, who preceded him in death Aug. 28, 2007.

He was a welder by trade and attended the She-Muel Church in Worthville.

Mr. Dinger was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Mary Ann Bishop, 63

November 12, 2010

Mary Ann Bishop, 63, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at her home.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Brenda Shumaker Funeral Home, Big Run.

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