Archive - Jan 22, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Inner Circleâ€™s Groundhog Ball is quickly approaching, and the Groundhog Club would like to remind patrons that tickets are still on sale.
The dance is scheduled for Saturday, with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. and live entertainment by Rudy and the Professionals kicking off at 9 p.m. and running through 1 a.m.
Tickets are available for this formal event at The Groundhog Club, 102 W. Mahoning St., or online at www.grounghog.org.
Tickets cost $30 and include hors dâ€™oeuvres.
A cash bar will also be available.
Miriam Hickox Blose, 91, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Woodridge, Va., after a brief illness.
She was surrounded by her family and passed peacefully.
She was born in Punxsutawney on Oct. 1, 1921, a daughter of the late
Howard and Martha (McGonagle) Hickox.
After graduating from Punxsutawney High School, she married Irwin N. Blose.
She was a homemaker and a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co., and she also worked as an operator for the B & O Railroad.
Jenevie L. Depp, 90, of Manor, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in her home.
She was born May 2, 1922, in Ringgold, a daughter of the late Carl and Myrtle Gaston Yeager.
She was a member of the Manor First United Church of Christ and the Eastern Star of Jeannette.
She worked with Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years in Greensburg.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Vern, Walter, Carl, William and John Yeager; and a sister, Dorothy Miller.
Ronald Alan Hook, 67, of Deckerâ€™s Point, Pa., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, Ill., with his loving wife by his side following a courageous battle with cancer.
The son of Michael and Mary (Betsa) Hook, he was born on Feb. 10, 1945, in Banks Twp., Indiana County, Pa.
Ron was a lifetime member of the SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Urey, Pa., where he would assist with the reading of the Epistle.
Hazel Johnson Reed, 96, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, surrounded by family.
She was the owner of The Nut Shop in Punxsutawney from 1936 to 1963.
Beloved mother, teacher and friend to many, Dr. Sally Solomon (1940-2013), died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, suddenly and unexpectedly of complications related to the flu.
Solomon was a chemistry professor at Drexel University (still teaching classes this semester), a published author and an avid sports fan.
Solomon ran a cooking school in Philadelphia in the 70s and appeared on many cooking shows and in articles related to food, including in the Inquirer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy Chucks' strong effort on the glass Monday night led to a big 60-37 win over the rival Brookville Raiders.
After falling 57-49 to Bradford Friday night, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal was unsure how his players would respond to face Brookville Monday night.
"It was a real concern with players being players. We broke down the Bradford tape yesterday (Sunday), and addressed some issues to get better," said Neal. "We had a good practice and the guys were upbeat. We wanted to give a good effort and forget about last Friday."
WESTOVER â€” The temperatures may have been dropping Monday night, but the Lady Chucks' shooting percentage and play on the court was rising.
Punxsy jumped out early and kept building its lead as the game went on to make quick work of host Harmony, 67-22, in Westover.
â€śThe girls played solid for 32 minutes on both ends of the floor,â€ť explained Lady Chucks head coach Randy Reitz. â€śThe kids shot the ball really well inside and outside. We also did a nice job on the break.â€ť
The Lady Chucks (9-6) scored eight of the opening 10 points of the contest and never looked back.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was the end of an era at the Presbyterian Church in Punxsutawney, as the longtime clerk of the session, Guy Lester, passed the torch to his successor Doug Chambers on Sunday.
Lester, who had been the magisterial judge in Punxsutawney, has held the position of clerk of session for the Presbyterian Church for more than 20 years and has been a stabilizing force during times of transition, said the Rev. Brett Swanson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney.
"Guy is a committed servant, which comes along once a generation for this kind of church," he said.
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Borough Council voted to rent the Big Run War Memorial for free to non-profit organizations that are based in Big Run.
Council approved a motion to allow Big Run-based non-profit organizations to use the Big Run War Memorial rent-free for a one-day-only event, such as meetings, said Nick Lantz, Big Run Borough
Lantz said the groups that are included in the motion for using the building for free are: Big Run VFW, winter/summer recreation programs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Beta Sorority.