Archive - Jan 18, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A few years back, a Woodchuck Whittle Competition was part of the Groundhog Day festivities here in town, and this year, it is trying to make a comeback!
The Groundhog Club is looking for participants to join the competition, and the deadline is quickly approaching.
The actual competition will take place on Feb. 3 at the Punxsutawney Community Center gymnasium, with set up running from 8 to 9 a.m. and the show taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The actual judging will take place at noon.
Pictured are Kristy Anthony and her son, Hayden, holding groundhog souvenirs from Punxsy Phil's Official Souvenir Shop. Hayden's father,
Chief Warrant Officer Greg Anthony, has been deployed to Afghanistan, where he will serve for a year.
Hayden is a 5-year-old who attends the Punxsutawney Christian School and is one of Sydney Bevak's pre-school students.
Upon learning that Haydenâ€™s father had been deployed, Bevak decided to do something wonderful for the soldier and his unit.
The Annual Groundhog Day Corsage and Boutonniere Sale is once again underway.
What was started by the Women's Club 10 to 15 years ago has now been passed along to two of its most dedicated members.
Together, Jennifer Roberts and Katie Laska are working to bring an old tradition back into the town just in time for Groundhog Day.
Roberts, Punxsy PRIDE corsage coordinator, has been instrumental in starting it up again as well as putting it together.
Daryl J. Barrett, 57, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Dubois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 7, 1955, a son of Roy C. and Reatha V. (McElwayne) Barrett.
On Sept. 16, 1978, he married Janeen (Burkett) Barrett, who survives.
He was a member of the First Church of God of Punxsutawney.
He worked as a police communications officer for the Pennsylvania State Police Punxsutawney Barracks for 12 years.
Ivan D. Coblentz, 8, of Rossiter, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
He was born July 8, 2004, in DuBois, a son of David C. and Ella J. (Byler) Coblentz of Rossiter.
His paternal grandparents are Christ H. and Martha Ellen (Hershberger) Coblentz of Rossiter. His maternal grandmother is Ella (Miller) Byler of Atlantic, Pa.
Ivan loved horses, being outside from sun up till sun down and fishing and hunting with his dad and family.