November 27th, 2012
Punxsutawney Area Middle School teacher Jeff Kuntz was recently rewarded for his creative curriculum â€śGeometry: Survival Styleâ€ť by First Energyâ€™s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) grant program with a $500 grant.
Kuntzâ€™s curriculum intends to add some fun to the education process, and the grant will be used to defer the cost of books and materials.
Pictured during the check presentation are (from left) Richard Britten, PAMS Principal; Kuntz; and John Shimko, manager of external affairs, First Energy.
Charles â€śJoeâ€ť Vassallo, 87, of Cherry Street, Emporium, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
He was born Nov. 22, 1925, in Emporium, a son of the late Charles and Rose Gennacaro Vassallo.
On Sept. 25, 1952, in Emporium, he married Mary A. Johnson, who passed
away April 28, 2003.
On July 31, 2004, in Brockway, he married Jeanne Krauss, who survives.
Mr. Vassallo was a veteran of two wars, having served during World War II for three years with the Merchant Marines and during the Korean War for 26 months with the U.S. Army.
Donald Edward Meneely, 88, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, after a very caring, very supportive and very comfortable stay in the â€śprivateâ€ť Assisted Care Home of Julia Nobia in Plano, Texas.
Don was born on March 3, 1924, in Punxsutawney, where he grew up and graduated from high school in 1941.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S. Navy destroyer Schbick (DD639) in the south Pacific, and he attained the rank of Ensign during the war.
After the war, Don graduated with a BA in Business Administration from University of Pittsburgh in 1949.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The weather conditions were nearly perfect for the
opening day of Pennsylvania Buck hunting season, in which 750,000 were expected to head into the woods throughout the state in pursuit of a trophy buck.
It was described as a decent turnout for the first day in southern Jefferson County, according to Andy Troutman, Wildlife Conservation officer (WCO) for southern Jefferson County. He said while making his rounds throughout the county, he checked four or five decent-sized bucks out in the field.
Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club for Career Womenâ€™s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.
Firefighters from the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company responded to a report of smoke in a house at approximately 2:20 a.m. Monday at 806 Milliron Dr., Gaskill Township.
Firefighters arrived on scene and discovered the smoke was due to a failure of a component inside the furnace in the home owned by Barbara Milliron.
The furnace was turned off and could not be turned back on before being serviced. Big Run firefighters were assisted at the scene by members of the Central Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS.
Harold W. Schurr, 82, passed into heaven in the early morning of Nov. 23, 2012, at Lillington Hospice with his bride, Annabell, by his side.
He was born on July 29, 1930, in Home, Pa., a son of George and Blanche Schurr.
Harold served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1951 during the Korean War, leaving with an honorable discharge.
He then joined the B&O Railroad and retired after 33 years of service.
He and his wife then decided to move to Sanford, N.C., to enjoy their retirement years.
Harold loved to fish and enjoyed several years of fishing in local lakes.
Following the Home for the Holidays Parade Saturday, the Rotary Club held its annual Circle of Trees lighting event. Pictured are members of the PAHS 8th- and 9th-grade Art Club posing with their best overall tree.
It was a cold, snowy day in the town of Punxsutawney, but up at FEMCO's beautiful Gingerbread House, the holiday spirit was easy to find. Inside the house could be found all the wrapped toys that have already been donated â€” toys that will bring smiles to the faces of children in need. For Marine Doug Fricker, this is his eighth Toys for Tots event. Teaming up with Janeen Love, who is the Senior Corps RSVP Director at Community Action, they will gather and distribute the toys. Some examples of the toys they would like to receive are board games, dolls, action figures and even bicycles.
Saturday evening, the Home for the Holidays Parade, sponsored by the F.O. Eagles No. 1231, was held, entertaining all who attended. After Santa (pictured) came cruising into town to conclude the parade and a fireworks show was held, sponsored by the Walston Club, the winners were announced at an after party at the Eagles.