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Archive - Jan 2012

January 30th

Punxsy youth tournament a huge success

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Groundhog Royalty at Mulberry Square

January 30, 2012

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 “Phil’s Dancers,” the Inner Circle, and Mulberry administration. They are (back, from left): “Snowburst” Sierra Milton; “Tropical” Tori Martin; “Misty” Marisa Stockdale; “Solar” Samantha Winebark; Ron Ploucha holding Punxsy Phil; Mulberry Administrator Karen Brown; Jason “Big Chill” Grusky; “Katastrophe” Keaton Mohney; “Sunshine” Shaina Reddinger; “Celsius” Calena Spearing; and “Evaporation” Emily Smith.

Groundhog Day 2012 Schedule

January 30, 2012

TODAY
• 3 to 8 p.m. — The 18th Annual Groundhog Day Souvenir Sale. Pantall Hotel, 135 E. Mahoning St. Everything groundhog made by 20 local artists.

WEDNESDAY
• Ongoing events — Worldwide Adventures of Phil, Phind Phil, Cookie Decorating, Phil’s Friends in Barclay Square.

• 9 a.m. to midnight — Punxsutawney Phil’s Souvenir Shop, 102 W. Mahoning St. Everything groundhog and Punxsutawney Phil! Official souvenirs sold here.

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — 2012 Groundhog Day Art Show. Punxsutawney Art Association Inc., 401 W. Mahoning St.; Punxsutawney Historical Society’s Lattimer House.

House Speaker Sam Smith announces re-election bid

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, State Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) announced he will run for re-election to Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives this year.

“It is a privilege to serve the hardworking men, women and families of the 66th Legislative district in the state legislature,” Smith said.

Paul Wachob, 52

January 30, 2012

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.

January 29th

Punxsy grapplers find success at high caliber tourney

January 30, 2012

NEW OXFORD — 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."

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Punxsy, of course!

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 “Punxsy-isms,” and ask yourself the following:

WHERE IN THE WORLD …

Jury foreman speaks out about Rebert trial

January 30, 2012

BROOKVILLE — 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.

Punxsy woman savors 99 years of memories

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If there was only one word to describe Ella Whitaker, the most appropriate choice would have to be “determined.” 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

January 30, 2012

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.  He was a man of strong faith and encouraged others in their own faith.

He worked on the Pittsburgh and Shawmut Railroad.

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police paid a visit to Punxsutawney Area High School on Tuesday to remind the...
Lisa Anderson of Punxsutawney (pictured in the center) participated in the Terrible Towel Wave at the beginning of...
NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — Second and third-graders from Longview Elementary School helped seniors at the Mahoning Hills...
This afternoon, Amber Ward (pictured) and the Lady Chucks girls' tennis squad will participate in...
Members of the Punxsy football team were recognized on the field for Senior Night, and on the field...

 

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