Archive - Dec 22, 2010
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On a silent winterâ€™s night, with only the soft jingle of silver bells to disturb the stillness, Punxsutawney native Betty Daughenbaugh would set out along Sprankle Mills Road on a horse-drawn sled. That cherished childhood memory of a lovely, snow-white sleigh ride is a recollection that Daughenbaugh has revisited often in her 90 years. It is one she was certain was meant to remain only a memory as she is now just a decade shy of a century.
Nevertheless, this year, all Daughenbaugh really wanted for Christmas was a trip down memory lane.
ROSSITER â€” After many years of trying, the Rossiter Playground Association completed its goal this year of constructing a playground at the Rossiter Ball Field.
Barbara Mack, association secretary, said it might never have happened if not for the help of the late John J. Mizerock Jr. of Punxsutawney.
John Mack, president of the association, said Mizerock donated money and a stone for the historical marker that was placed in Rossiter, and then encouraged the group to construct a playground in the village.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the game knotted at 40 and two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Punxsy's Logan Weaver stepped to the free throw line for a chance to become the hero for the Chucks.
That's exactly what he did.
Weaver knocked down the front end of a one-and-one and drilled the second shot, and the Chucks picked up an exciting 42-40 victory over Harmony Wednesday night in Punxsy.
The Chucks were looking to drive the ball into the paint when they took over possession with seven seconds remaining in the game, and were fouled along the baseline with four seconds on the clock.
Janet M. Seger, 78, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
She was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Smicksburg, a daughter of the late Virgil Stiteler and Bessie (Gray) Stiteler.
She was married to Ronald Seger, who survives.
Mrs. Segar worked as a seamstress at Pramco, and at Punxsutawney Sportswear and Ideal Products in Sykesville.
She was a member of Rossiter United Presbyterian Church.
Harold Clayton Hoffman, 94, Summerville, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.
He was born April 23 1916, a son of the late Clarence and Mary (Burkett) Hoffman.
Aug. 28, 1937, he married Geneva Pearl (Dinger), who preceded him in death Nov. 9, 2008.
Mr. Hoffman worked at L.A. Leathers and Gould Ford and retired as a mechanical welder from Hanley & Bird Gas Co. in 1980.
In addition to bowling with the senior citizens every Tuesday, he enjoyed woodcrafts, puzzles, hunting, fishing and cars.
Sandra Jean Burge, 61, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Nov. 12, 1949, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Aden and Betty Hoffman.
Mrs. Burge was married to Donald Burge, who preceded her in death Nov. 3, 2001.
She was a caregiver.
Ronald L. Skinner Sr., 79, Home, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 30, 1931, in South Mahoning Township, a son of the late James Nelson and Velma Arlene (Johnston) Skinner.
He was married for 59 years to Violet J. (Foltz) Skinner, who survives.
Mr. Skinner was a graduate of Marion Center High School, the class of 1949; he served in the Korean War and was a corporal in the 25th Infantry Division.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior-varsity girls' basketball team outscored Clearfield during every quarter while earning a 35-23 victory Monday night.
Punxsy led 8-2 after one quarter before distancing itself by two points during each of the next three quarters.
Alison Jones scored a team-best 10 points, while Emily Horner, Emily Reitz, Mary Sloniger and Ashley Reitz provided balanced scoring by managing six points apiece.
Brittany Renaud tallied a team-best 10 points for Clearfied.
Punxsy (2-2) visits Harmony for a 5 p.m. start Thursday.
Punxsy JV girls 26, Brookville 24
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team surrendered four forfeits Monday, but overcame the deficit and earned an impressive 57-45 victory over Altoona at home.
"We were pretty pleased with our performance on the mats. Obviously, to win this one after giving up a total of four forfeits is a big win," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Not that we still don't have room for improvement in many areas, but we're definitely happy with the final outcome, and we saw a lot of nice things out there. We looked rather aggressive and ready to wrestling."