Archive - 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Being a volunteer fire chief is a very difficult job, but being a chief in a rural fire department can be even tougher.
Just ask Bruce Baughman, who is retiring as the chief of the Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company, Jefferson County Station No. 5, following 17 years at the helm.
Baughman said he first joined the fire company in 1987 â€” a year after Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company was formed.
INDIANA â€” When your team is outscored by 14 points in the opening 5:23 of the game, it is a hard hill to climb to come back against a talented foe.
A resilient Punxsy boys' basketball team almost climbed to the top of the high comeback mountain on Wednesday night. The Chucks battled back to within four points, 40-36, with four minutes but could not continue the climb.
Punxsy misfired on its last five shots and turned the ball over on the other possession, as Indiana (8-1) netted eight of the last nine points of the contest for the 48-37 victory.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After a close first half, the Punxsy eighth graders took charge in the second half to post their third victory of the season.
The junior Chucks outscored the Cardinals of DuBois Central Catholic 28-13 in the latter two frames for their 43-26 win.
"We play hard. We come to practice and play hard every day," said Punxsy coach Glenn Good.
"We are learning what we are supposed to do on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. We rebound well on both ends every game."
The Punxsy scoring was a team effort, led by Patrick Fedigan's eight points.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The improvement continues to be seen in the youngest of the middle school boys' basketball teams. Punxsy secured its third win of the season by riding a first-half lead to a 33-22 victory over DuBois Central Catholic on Wednesday afternoon.
"We won and showed a marked improvement, especially on the fundamentals," commented Chucks' coach Darren Sherry.
Anthony Cipolla, 85, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Mt. St. Maryâ€™s Hospital in Lewiston, N.Y.
Born in Dayton, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph and Christine (Altimore) Cipolla. Anthony attended schools in both Rossiter and Punxsutawney.
Afterwards, he served in the United States Army from Jan. 9, 1946, until his honorable discharge on June 20, 1947, and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Japanese Occupation Medal.
HARRISBURG â€” Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) was elected Tuesday to his second term as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The unanimous vote was taken during the official convening of the 197th Session of the House, where 201 duly elected legislators took the oath of office.
During his address to the members and guests assembled on the House floor,
Smith talked about the meaning of liberty and freedom.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Nominations are currently being accepted for Man of the Year and Woman of the Year, honors that are presented annually at the Groundhog Banquet.
Nomination criteria and applications are available at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, the Chamber of Commerce and the office of the Punxsutawney Spirit.
The application is also available on the home page of punxsutawney.com.
The deadline for nominations for both the Man and Woman of the Year is Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Nominations should be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce, 102 West Mahoning St.
John R. Kennis, 91, Henderson Township, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at his residence following a short illness.
He was born Dec. 10, 1921, in Soldier, Pa., a son of the late Peter Kennis Sr. and Mary (Gilga) Kennis.
May 4, 1946, he married Ora Mae Shepler Kennis, who survives.
Mr. Kennis was a dairy farmer and a laborer for Interstate Amesite.
He was a member of the Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church in Sykesville.
He had a love of land.
Jessie A. Waggoner, 64, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mrs. Waggoner was born April 17, 1948, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Ward Glen Manners and Lottie Mae (Riley) Manners.
She was married to Walter E. Waggoner, who survives, of Punxsutawney.