Archive - Nov 2012
Donald Edward Meneely, 88, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, after a very caring, very supportive and very comfortable stay in the â€śprivateâ€ť Assisted Care Home of Julia Nobia in Plano, Texas.
Don was born on March 3, 1924, in Punxsutawney, where he grew up and graduated from high school in 1941.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S. Navy destroyer Schbick (DD639) in the south Pacific, and he attained the rank of Ensign during the war.
After the war, Don graduated with a BA in Business Administration from University of Pittsburgh in 1949.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The weather conditions were nearly perfect for the
opening day of Pennsylvania Buck hunting season, in which 750,000 were expected to head into the woods throughout the state in pursuit of a trophy buck.
It was described as a decent turnout for the first day in southern Jefferson County, according to Andy Troutman, Wildlife Conservation officer (WCO) for southern Jefferson County. He said while making his rounds throughout the county, he checked four or five decent-sized bucks out in the field.
Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club for Career Womenâ€™s Week. 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.
Firefighters from the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company responded to a report of smoke in a house at approximately 2:20 a.m. Monday at 806 Milliron Dr., Gaskill Township.
Firefighters arrived on scene and discovered the smoke was due to a failure of a component inside the furnace in the home owned by Barbara Milliron.
The furnace was turned off and could not be turned back on before being serviced. Big Run firefighters were assisted at the scene by members of the Central Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS.
Harold W. Schurr, 82, passed into heaven in the early morning of Nov. 23, 2012, at Lillington Hospice with his bride, Annabell, by his side.
He was born on July 29, 1930, in Home, Pa., a son of George and Blanche Schurr.
Harold served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1951 during the Korean War, leaving with an honorable discharge.
He then joined the B&O Railroad and retired after 33 years of service.
He and his wife then decided to move to Sanford, N.C., to enjoy their retirement years.
Harold loved to fish and enjoyed several years of fishing in local lakes.
Following the Home for the Holidays Parade Saturday, the Rotary Club held its annual Circle of Trees lighting event. Pictured are members of the PAHS 8th- and 9th-grade Art Club posing with their best overall tree.
It was a cold, snowy day in the town of Punxsutawney, but up at FEMCO's beautiful Gingerbread House, the holiday spirit was easy to find. Inside the house could be found all the wrapped toys that have already been donated â€” toys that will bring smiles to the faces of children in need. For Marine Doug Fricker, this is his eighth Toys for Tots event. Teaming up with Janeen Love, who is the Senior Corps RSVP Director at Community Action, they will gather and distribute the toys. Some examples of the toys they would like to receive are board games, dolls, action figures and even bicycles.
Saturday evening, the Home for the Holidays Parade, sponsored by the F.O. Eagles No. 1231, was held, entertaining all who attended. After Santa (pictured) came cruising into town to conclude the parade and a fireworks show was held, sponsored by the Walston Club, the winners were announced at an after party at the Eagles.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you haven't noticed, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with the Home for the Holidays parade scheduled for tonight, and the free tickets will be available beginning Monday for theÂ 20th edition of the Living Christmas Tree (LCT) at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
"In 20 years, the Living Christmas Tree has been performed to over 60,000 people from Punxsutawney and the surrounding area," said Mark Kephart, Living Christmas Tree director.
Kephart said that the LCT is a team effort by many members of the church congregation.
Ted Lee Harriger, 59, of Leander, Texas, died unexpectedly on Nov. 17, 2012.
Ted was born in Brook-ville on Sept. 8, 1953, spent his childhood years growing up with his family in Sigel, Pa. and is a graduate of Brookville High School, Allegheny College and SUNY in Fredonia, N.Y. He moved to Texas after college to pursue his career as a â€¨geologist.