January 11th, 2012
In the blink of an eye last Sunday, the Steelers' season and my hopes of a seventh Lombardi trophy traveling to Pittsburgh came crashing down when Steeler Nation was "Tebowed" on a quick pass that ended the first-ever overtime game in NFL playoff history that wasn't sudden death in sudden death fashion.
Steelers fans across the nation Monday probably complained of the need for a further-revamped overtime system, while Broncos fans probably pledged their full allegiance to the new system ‚ÄĒ a sign that the way you look at a situation really does depend on whose side you call your own.
Ethel Mae Haney, 91, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born June 11, 1920, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late John T. and Elizabeth (Molnar) Vadasy.¬†
Sept. 23, 1936, she married Vincent L. Haney, who survives, of Punxsutawney.¬† They were married for 75 years.
Mrs. Haney attended the Cloe United Methodist Church.¬† She worked for the former Adrian Hospital and Rosenthal Dress Shop.¬†
She loved crosswords, bingo, music, reading and dancing.
Phyllis C. McCabe, 79, Brookville, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 27, 1932, in Norristown, a daughter of the late Arnold and Clara Crabtree.
Jan. 31, 1953, in Norristown, she married Regis F. McCabe, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. McCabe work at the Refractory in Norristown, her father‚Äôs yarn factory and as a pork roll vendor in Atlantic City. She was also the bookkeeper for McCabe Drug Store, which she owned, and she also worked briefly for Nationwide Insurance in the 1950s.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Borough residents can expect major changes to be made by Punxsutawney Borough Council during its Feb. 13 meeting.
‚ÄúMajor changes are about to occur by council that will surprise a lot of people,‚ÄĚ council President Larry Chenoga said Monday.
‚ÄúThis is going to be a great council, and at our next meeting, we are going to make some changes that will surprise a lot of people,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to move forward, and we‚Äôre going to move forward in the right direction.
WALSTON ‚ÄĒ Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors warned that the sewer customers with the highest delinquent balances, who have not made payment arrangements, will soon receive notices from the district judge regarding their account.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to take five delinquent customers at a time to the district judge,‚ÄĚ Secretary/Treasurer Mary Ann Redding said Wednesday.
Chairman Andrew Meterko, said other delinquent customers might make arrangements once they see that other customers with delinquent bills are taken to the district judge.
The Punxsutawney Spirit‚Äôs 15 brand-new newspaper distribution boxes will be seen soon throughout the downtown area and the community. If you can‚Äôt make it into the office to buy a newspaper, keep an eye out for the bright yellow boxes that bear The Spirit‚Äôs own ‚ÄúPhantastic Phil!‚ÄĚ on the sides. The new boxes are The Spirit‚Äôs first since 2001. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Despite leading by just four points at halftime, the Punxsy boys' basketball team scored 10 unanswered points to start the third quarter, and Daniel Triponey scored 19 points to lead the Chucks to a 41-29 victory over the Elk County Catholic Crusaders Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ The Punxsy Chucks went into Tuesday night's matchup against Brookville knowing it would be a competitive one, and the Raiders handed them one with a dominating 65-6 victory.
"We were looking at the possibility of getting shut out," Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy said. "We were looking at that coming in. That was a possibility because we know how tough they are."
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒJury selection for the double murder trial of Steven P. Rebert continued at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday morning.
That morning, a few of the potential jurors interviewed by the prosecution and the defense had been called back from the night before, when proceedings in the selection wrapped up around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The day before, the first pool of jurors was asked if any one of them felt as if they could not take part on the jury. According to WJAC-TV, about 20 people stepped forward.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Several Punxsutawney business and property owners shared their concerns regarding PennDOT‚Äôs downtown traffic signal project at Monday‚Äôs Punxsutawney Borough council meeting.
Joe Ferrara, who, with his wife Joan VanDyke, owns the building at 101 East Mahoning St. that houses the studios of VanDyke & Company, expressed concern about what he believes to be a dangerous situation for property owners and pedestrians alike regarding the new traffic control devices that are being constructed on the sidewalks throughout the downtown area.