Archive - 2012
E. Eugene (Gene) Elbel, 82, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at home.
He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Rossiter, a son of the late Edward and Alice (Smith) Elbel.
June 25, 1949, he married Dorothy E. (Smith) Elbel, who survives. They were married 62 years.
Mr. Elbel enjoyed gardening, hunting, traveling and watching sports.
He was retired as a heavy equipment operator.
Gilbert Michael âJunieâ Piszker, 77, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Oct. 7, 1934, in Anita, a son of the late Gelly and Annie (Reves) Piszker.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. Piszker was a friendly and kind-spirited man. He enjoyed playing the lottery and keeping track of sports.
In his younger years, he was a member of the Anita Baseball team, and he liked paint-by-numbers oil painting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â All 12 of the players who saw time for the Lady Chucks basketball team Monday night scored at least two points, and Punxsy cruised to a 70-16 victory over the Lady Owls of Harmony in Punxsutawney.
Despite the large number on the scoreboard for the Punxsy, it was a balanced attack, as Emily Horner and Taylor Newcome were the only two Punxsy players to reach double-digits, with 14 and 10 points respectively.
The Lady Chucks scored 46 of their 70 points in the first half and held the Lady Owls to just nine over the first two quarters.
Brookville battles back for win over Punxsy
BROOKVILLE â Although Punxsy jumped out to an early 13-0 lead Monday night against Brookville, the Raiders made some adjustments and battled back before sealing up the 54-52 victory.
Chucks head coach Dirk Neal decided to change up his defensive scheme at the beginning of the game, electing for a triangle and two set-up. The defense worked early, and the Chucks were able to capitalize.
BROOKVILLE â Both sides in Steven Rebertâs double homicide trial rested their cases Monday following a week of testimony at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
The Commonwealth seeks the death penalty in the case in which Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
Monday, public defender John Ingros, representing Rebert, called to the stand Stephen Buttering, Brockway, who testified that he was home the night of April 10, 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, in itâs most basic sense, is the glue that holds the community together, responsible for many behind-the-scenes projects that support Punxsy.
âWe are really the front desk for the community,â Executive Director Marlene Lellock said. âItâs the place that people from out of town, if they want to know anything about the community â whether they want to move here, locate a business here, or come to visit â we are the place they call.â
Punxsutawney Phil and members of the Inner Circle had a special guest in town last Monday: Sara Haines (second from left), from NBCâs âToday with Kathie Lee & Hoda Kotb,â explored Philâs Souvenir Shop and also asked (from left) Inner Circle President Bill Deeley, Vice-President Mike Johnston (third from left) and John Griffiths about the phenomenon that is Groundhog Day.
Winfield Scott Harriger, 87, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
He was born April 14, 1924, in Winslow Township, a son of the late Scott and Edna (Milliron) Harriger.
July 16, 1954, he married Sarah Annabelle Pifer Harriger, who preceded him in death Dec. 30, 2001.
Mr. Harriger was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reynoldsville.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a corporal in the U.S. Army.
Betty J. Pounds, 87, Marion Center, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at St. Andrewâs Village, Indiana.
She was born April 6, 1924, in Jackson Township, Cambria County.
Jan. 23, 1943, she married her husband, Paul R. Pounds Sr. Their 69th wedding anniversary was the day of her death.
Mrs. Pounds worked at Millerâs Market in Marion Center until her retirement.
In her spare time, she liked to crochet afghans and enjoyed flower gardening. She was also a very talented cook.
Mrs. Pounds was well known for her colorful sense of humor.
BROOKVILLE â The Ultimate Duals are known as one of the most prestigious Class AA wrestling tournaments in the state.
Four of the top six teams, along with two other top-notch programs, visited Brookville for the 16th-annual Johnson Motors Ultimate Duals.
The Raiders had a successful day, most notably earning a win over second-ranked Fort LeBoeuf, 34-30, in their second match of the day.