Archive - Jan 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This past weekend, Punxsutawney Area High School played host to more than 550 total wrestlers for a pair of youth tournaments: The Groundhog Classic, open to wrestlers ages eight to 15 of all experience levels, and the Groundhog Novice Tournament, limited to wrestlers between six and 12 years of age who are in their first two years of wrestling.
Wrestlers came from all over the state to participate, and the event was a success, with the parking lot at PAHS so packed that it was difficult to find a parking space: A good problem to have at such an event.
Mulberry Square announced its 2012 Groundhog King and Queen Tuesday: Macklin Snyder (seated, left) was crowned the king, and Rose Goyette was crowned the queen. They were also heralded by â€śPhilâ€™s Dancers,â€ť the Inner Circle, and Mulberry administration. They are (back, from left): â€śSnowburstâ€ť Sierra Milton; â€śTropicalâ€ť Tori Martin; â€śMistyâ€ť Marisa Stockdale; â€śSolarâ€ť Samantha Winebark; Ron Ploucha holding Punxsy Phil; Mulberry Administrator Karen Brown; Jason â€śBig Chillâ€ť Grusky; â€śKatastropheâ€ť Keaton Mohney; â€śSunshineâ€ť Shaina Reddinger; â€śCelsiusâ€ť Calena Spearing; and â€śEvaporationâ€ť Emily Smith.
â€˘ 3 to 8 p.m. â€” The 18th Annual Groundhog Day Souvenir Sale. Pantall Hotel, 135 E. Mahoning St. Everything groundhog made by 20 local artists.
â€˘ Ongoing events â€” Worldwide Adventures of Phil, Phind Phil, Cookie Decorating, Philâ€™s Friends in Barclay Square.
â€˘ 9 a.m. to midnight â€” Punxsutawney Philâ€™s Souvenir Shop, 102 W. Mahoning St. Everything groundhog and Punxsutawney Phil! Official souvenirs sold here.
â€˘ 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. â€” 2012 Groundhog Day Art Show. Punxsutawney Art Association Inc., 401 W. Mahoning St.; Punxsutawney Historical Societyâ€™s Lattimer House.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, State Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) announced he will run for re-election to Pennsylvaniaâ€™s House of Representatives this year.
â€śIt is a privilege to serve the hardworking men, women and families of the 66th Legislative district in the state legislature,â€ť Smith said.
Paul Wachob, 52, Prospect, Tenn., passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.
He was born Feb. 7, 1959, a son of Viola L. (Blondie) Bodenhorn Wachob and the late Lyman Wachob.
Mr. Wachob was a truck driver.
In addition to his mother, surviving relatives include a daughter, Charity Hollingsworth and husband Mike of Minor Hill, Tenn.; a son, Kent Wachob and wife Leslie of Prospect; a sister, Helen Booth and companion Ron Baker of Salem, Ind.; two brothers, Harry Boyd Wachob and wife Carolyn, and Jacob E. Wachob and wife Wanda, all of Punxsutawney; and four grandchildren.
NEW OXFORD â€” Traveling across the state to a top-tier tournament can be intimidating for young wrestlers, but for the Punxsutawney Chucks, it was an opportunity to show their skills in front of some of the best teams in the states.
Twelve Chucks traveled Friday and Saturday to New Oxford, and six of them walked away with medals.
"Half of the guys that participated made the medal rounds," Chucks head coach Eric Eddy said. "They performed well, and the losses we suffered were usually only to kids that should've beaten us."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Where in the world are you today? Why, you're in Punxsutawney, the Weather Capital of the World, the home of Punxsutawney Phil, of course.
Certainly, there are cities and towns all over the world that have unusual highlights and notable residents or natives, but none of those cities and towns have the fame and notoriety possessed by Punxsutawney.
Oh, you don't believe it? Well, consider these â€śPunxsy-isms,â€ť and ask yourself the following:
WHERE IN THE WORLD â€¦
BROOKVILLE â€” A Punxsutawney man who served as the jury foreman in the Steven Rebert double-homicide trial, which concluded late Friday, said the jury became deadlocked while deliberating whether or not Rebert should be put to death.
Rebert was sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora, after the jury could not come to a consensus as to whether or not he should be put to death in the murders of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, Brockway, who were found shot to death in their home April 12, 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If there was only one word to describe Ella Whitaker, the most appropriate choice would have to be â€śdetermined.â€ť From her choice of careers, to her decision to marry, to her travels across the globe, to her ability to deal with major physical problems, the remarkable 99-year-old lady has consistently demonstrated a strong will to deal with life head-on.
Frank Albert Hetrick, 92, Brookville, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Golden Living in Clarion.
He was born Nov. 10, 1919, in Knox Township, a son of the late Gilbert Jackson and Clara Etta (Wolfe) Hetrick.
April 22, 1944, he married the former Betty Jane Himes, who preceded him in death Nov. 8, 1996.
Mr. Hetrick was a member of the First Baptist Church.Â He was a man of strong faith and encouraged others in their own faith.
He worked on the Pittsburgh and Shawmut Railroad.