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E. Louise Kammerdiener, 72

January 5, 2012

E. Louise Kammerdiener, 72, of Northpointe, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Nov. 17, 1939, in Redbank Township, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Ray W. and Hazel E. (McDivitt) Kunselman.

June 1, 1963, she married Fred C. Kammerdiener, who preceded her in death Feb. 10, 2011.

Mrs. Kammerdiener was a housewife, devoting much of her time with her husband of 47 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lady Chucks rely on 'D' to defeat DCC

January 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Entering Wedneseday night's contest with the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals without a victory, the Punxsy Lady Chucks basketball team did what it needed to do to secure its first win of the season with another solid defensive outing, holding DCC to eight points or fewer in each quarter en route to a 33-30 victory.

Although his team earned its first win of the season in its first game of the calendar year, Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said his team wasn't going to dwell on the win too long.

Wheeling Park Duals highlighted by Neko Cappella's 100th win

January 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Over the Christmas holiday Dec. 28-29, the Punxsy Chucks wrestling squad traveled to Wheeling, W.Va., for the Wheeling Park Duals, and despite a 2-5 overall record, Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy said his team "wrestled well in all the matches," as all but one of the losses was decided by one match.

The tournament was highlighted for Punxsy by four wrestlers winning each of their seven matches over the two-day tournament, including Neko Cappella, who reached the 100-win milestone during the tournament.

The Zak Zone

January 5, 2012

Although it seems a bit late to be saying this, "Happy New Year, everyone!"

Five days into 2012, I hope all your New Year's resolutions are still going strong. Only 361 days left after today, thanks to the extra one thrown in for the leap year.

Personally, I'm not much for making resolutions, because for the most part, I stink at following through with them.

For myself, the turning of the page on the calendar and in my life is more about reflecting on the things that have happened over the past year and looking forward to what lies ahead in the next chapter.

Alma J. McLaughlin, 84

January 5, 2012

Alma J. McLaughlin, 84, a lifelong resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at UPMC-Hamot in Erie.

She was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Paul and Marie (Mahan) Melchick.

She was married to William McLaughlin, who preceded her in death in 1999.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a seamstress at Pramco in Punxsutawney for many years. She enjoyed shopping, sewing and traveling.

Bryan Smith to lead Punxsy Fire Department for next two years

January 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There’s a new fire chief in town, as Bryan Smith was sworn in as the new Punxsutawney Fire Department chief during Tuesday’s borough council reorganization meeting.

Smith, who had been chief of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company for the last seven years, was nominated by the Elk Run firefighters to become the chief of the entire department, a post that is chosen on a rotation basis among the three fire companies, Central, Elk Run and Lindsey.

Smith, who joined the fire department in 1991, is the son of firefighter Pete Smith, Central assistant chief.

NEW COUNCIL

January 5, 2012

Tuesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council reorganized for 2012 and welcomed three new council members (front, from left): Toby Santik, Michele Lorenzo and Eric Story Sr. Incumbent council members are (back, from left) William Spencer; Larry Chenoga, new council president; Mayor James Wehrle; Mike Porada, new council vice-president; and Robert Reesman, who did not run for a seat but was appointed Tuesday to fulfill the unexpired term for former council President Susan Glessner, who resigned her seat in late December. Council’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

Just for Jesus reps deny claims made during Dec. hearing

January 5, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Marianne Snedden and John Robinson, spokespersons for the Just for Jesus Challenge Homeless Outreach Center, said “false accusations,” were presented at a recent public hearing involving the controversial group home.

“We just wanted to let you (the commissioners) know, regarding the Dec. 19 meeting, there were many false accusations brought up at that meeting, and they were very misleading, and we wanted to assure you of that,” Snedden said at last Thursday’s Jefferson County commission meeting.

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