Archive - 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Leading for only the second time all night with 1:16 left in the game, Punxsy played stifling defense for the next 1:08 but it turned out to not be enough, as DuBois Central Catholicâs Aundrea Snyder took advantage of a late home defensive breakdown to drive the right baseline for a layup with approximately 7.6 seconds to regain the lead for her team, 34-33 Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.
âDCC set a screen, and we didnât jump out and get to jump it, and the girl made a nice shot,â said Lady Chucks coach Randy Reitz.
Theresa Marie Bianco of West Middlesex passed away in her sleep at home at 11:19 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. She was 98.
Mrs. Bianco was born July 12, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Carmen and Carmella Cappella Ferra.
She attended Punxsutawney School Systems.
Following school, Theresa lived and worked in Punxsutawney at a silk mill, a dress store and a five and dime until her marriage to Ralph Bianco on Sept. 25, 1937.
The couple moved to Sharon, Pa., in 1952.
After moving to the area she worked at Ben Franklin and later retired from Treasure Island.
It started 29 years ago with a little ceramic cottage made by her then-16 year-old-daughter.
That cottage would mark the beginning of a lifelong Christmas project for Judy Long of Home, Pa.
After receiving that cottage from her daughter, she began to buy other cottages to sit beside it. What started as something small, soon grew into what she refers to as her Christmas Village.
After moving to Pennsylvania, Long purchased a larger cottage to add to her collection. With each year, â¨her passion for collecting cottages grew.
BROOKVILLE â When members of the Willow Run Sanctuary for Animals in Coolspring found Angel, a terrier mix, she was "very, very bony, just a walking little skeleton," said Margo Stefanic, the founder and president of the organization.
Stefanic said the dog was "very unhealthy" and seriously malnourished, a description that was backed up by a veterinarian after she was discovered. Angel had been left restrained in the backyard of her former owner's residence in Rose Township, where she had not been given water or food.
It was a bright sunny day as the students from the Playhouse Children's Center came out to spread some holiday cheer. The children stood in front of County Market and sang Christmas carols, as numerous customers stopped to watch and listen to their angelic voices last week. This was a special event that the Center performed alongside the Salvation Armyâs bell ringer to help raise more money for the Salvation Army during the holiday season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Improvement across the board. The junior Chucks' wrestlers recorded four falls and five wins in nine matches Tuesday afternoon against the Mountain Lions of Altoona in Punxsutawney.
Altoona claimed the match, 68-33, as Punxsy gave the visiting squad eight forfeits on the day.
"We saw a lot of improvement tonight compared to last week," noted Punxsy head coach Bill Burke. "We ended up giving them eight forfeits, and they gave only one back so we surrendered a total of 42 points due to our numbers."
BIG RUN â The Big Run Volunteer Fire Companyâs "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday not â¨only allowed children to deliver their Christmas wish lists personally to the jolly old elf, but also â¨raised funds for two Big Run-area non-profit organizations and provided everyone with a delicious breakfast.
"This is the second year for 'Breakfast with Santa,' and we collected a total of $902.60 from hungry people in the Big Run area," said Rick Smith, Big Run Area Volunteer Fire company vice â¨president.
Members of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) recently enjoyed packing 50 cheerful holiday stockings that they, in turn, distributed to senior members (80 and above) throughout the area from Brockway to Falls Creek to Reynoldsville, Big Run, Brookville, Punxsutawney and other communities. Each stocking contained a small stuffed animal, a notepad and pencil, a Yuletide hand towel, twin packs of Kleenex, small chocolate bars, a fresh clementine, a holiday cup or mug and a greeting card.
Peggy Sue (Rodgers) Bailey, 54, of Clearfield, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.
She was born on Nov. 7, 1958, the daughter of William S. and Judith Rodgers.
On Sept. 9, 1983, she married Joseph Bailey, who survives.
Peggy donated much time to several charitable causes and to the church over the years.