Archive - Oct 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The reports are grim, as deadly attacks continue on American troops serving in Afghanistan.
Nearly every day, the death toll mounts; more than 2,000 military personnel have already lost their lives, an average of one fatality per day.
Providing support while training the Afghan natives to take over security so that the armies from the United States and other countries can withdraw over the next two years is proving to be a dangerous and costly mission.
Robert Bryce âRockyâ Blair, 76, of Reynoldsville, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital.
He was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Carbondale, Pa., a son of the late Rollin and Jesse (Marsh) Blair.
On Aug. 11, 1979, he married the former Cheryl Diane Boyer. She survives.
He was an excellent body shop repairman and painter. He owned Blairâs Auto Body for more than 30 years.
A carpenter by hobby, Mr. Blair built his own home and was handy at everything.
He enjoyed traveling and watching NASCAR.
Wanda Boyer, 91, of Reynoldsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at home.
She was born Oct. 21, 1920, in Summerville, a daughter of the late Lee and Dessa (Vandervort) McDonald.
She was the wife of Merle Willard Boyer. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1984.
Mrs. Boyer previously worked as a sales clerk for Gimballâs in Pittsburgh.
Wanda was a former member of the Quilt Club in Punxsutawney.
Her enjoyments were quilting and sewing.
Russell Clyde Henry Sr., 93, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born March 9, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Russell and Amy (Wolfgang) Henry.
On Aug. 21, 1946, he married Elaine (Hall) Henry, who survives.
They were married for 66 years.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.
He liked to ride his motorcycle and rode until the age of 85.
He also enjoyed hunting and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Winners of its past two contests, the Punxsy Chucks will seek to continue its 2012 gridiron improvement tonight when the Clarion-Limestone Lions come to Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.
âWe look at one week at a time. A team that improves becomes a good team,â said Chucksâ head coach Alan Nichol. âIt is important we come out and play well.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When you don't play your best the outcome is not usually good. The Punxsy boys' soccer team found this scenario out on Thursday afternoon when they were outplayed by Brookville in a 2-1 home loss.
"They wanted it more than we did," said frankly Chucks' coach Phil Shenkle. "You can't have one team want it and the other not or you lose."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â You're in bed sound asleep when youâre awakened by the beeping of your smoke alarm, and even worse, you also smell smoke.
Sadly, this isn't a dream. Your nightmare has become reality, and your house is on fire.
Hopefully, you'll never need the services of the Punxsutawney Fire Department, but if you do, you can take comfort in the fact that members are well-equipped and trained to handle your emergency, whether it's a house fire, or if you're trapped in your vehicle following an automobile accident.
BROOKVILLE â The Jefferson County History Center in Brookville picked up a new exhibit last Saturday, Sept. 29: âThe Civil War in Pennsylvania.â
It is a traveling exhibit that will be on display until Oct. 27.
While its overarching topic is the Civil War, its focus is a bit more narrow and pertinent to the local community, honing in on the perspective of war-era Western Pennsylvania.
âIt portrays an interesting aspect of Western Pa.âs Civil War,â said Ken Burkett, the director of the History Center.
Members of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guildâs upcoming show, âDaddyâs Girl,â take a break from their rehearsal to pose for a photo.
The show â which opens Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School â is directed by Guild veteran Tracey Young and features a cast of 13 local actors.
Pictured are (from left): Ilona Ball, Kimberly Robinson, Doug Fye and Tim Cooper.
Louise H. Benson, 77, of Punxsutawney, passed from this life into God's eternal glory on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.
She died at home, surrounded by family, as the music she loved so well played in the background.
She was born May 13, 1935, a daughter of the late John H. and Edna V. (Lingenfelter) Todd.
She accepted the gift of salvation early in life and was born again at the church of her childhood, Barton Chapel.
Louise grew up on the family farm in Sprankle Mills with her beloved siblings.