April 18th, 2012
Last Sunday at church, our pastor asked us to take a few minutes to reflect on the things we're afraid of in a message that drove home the point that allowing our fears to paralyze us is not a healthy way to live.
As I sat there pondering the laundry list of things I fear â€” or have feared in the past â€” several fears â€” both rational and irrational â€” came to mind.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Punxsutawney Phil predicts when spring will begin, the Big Run Peepers tell us when it has begun, but it's not until the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) orange barrels and flaggers show up that we know spring is here for real.
Pennsylvania's Work Zone Safety Awareness Week marked the unofficial start of the road construction season, said Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 Safety Press officer.
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Borough Council agreed to assist the McClure Cemetery Association with paving and maintenance during Monday's council meeting.
Tom Berryhill, member of the McClure Cemetery Association, said there was a ditch that needed cleaned out, and the road needs oiled and to be chipped or paved.
Bob Buffington, former council member, said he believed an ordinance already exists that indicates the borough will take care of the cemetery and the road.
"We considered it to be a borough street and took care of the plowing during the winter," Buffington said.
Evelyn Mae Clinger, 87, Brookville, Laurelbrooke Landing, formerly of Clark Street, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at McKinley Health Center.
She was born Sept. 25, 1924, in Anita, a daughter of the late Thomas and Lotta (Humm) Whitfield.
July 22, 1950, in Reynoldsville, she married Myron E. (Mike) Clinger, who preceded her in death April 13, 2011.
Mrs. Clinger was a homemaker and previously worked at Brookville Sylvania as an inspector.
A member of the Brookville Order of the Eastern Star, she enjoyed family, gardening, crocheting, reading and puzzles.
BRADFORD â€” Despite having to shake off the after-effects of a long ride to Bradford, the Chucks tennis team earned a convincing 8-1 victory over the Bradford Owls Tuesday afternoon.
"It was a nice little win, a nice trip to Bradford," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said after the match. "The big thing today was just the ride. You're in the van for so long, and you have about 20 minutes when you get there to get ready. We looked a little sluggish to start, but once we got warmed up and started making a few shots, I really thought we played OK."
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy Chucks traveled to DuBois Tuesday afternoon for a pair of dual meets against D-IX foe DuBois and non-league opponent Northern Cambria, and while the Chucks earned a split, it was the Beavers who bested them, 88-62.
"There were just a few events where they really hurt us today," Punxsy head coach John Smith said, referring to the Beavers. "They were very strong in the sprints and hurdles, as well as in the long jump."
Punxsy's win came over Northern Cambria, where the Chucks won convincingly, 110-40.
DUBOIS â€” Much like the boys' track team, the Punxsy girls' squad traveled to DuBois Tuesday evening to pick up a split in a pair of dual meets between the DuBois Lady Beavers and Northern Cambria.
While the Lady Chucks came up short on the score sheet against the Lady Beavers, 111-39, Punxsy head coach Barry Young said his team likes to focus on the positive, which came in the form of a 97.5-52.5 victory over Northern Cambria.
Clifford Dale "Bee Man" Allshouse, 76, Brookville, lost his courageous battle with leukemia Monday, April 16, 2012, at home, prayerfully surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 19, 1935, in Brookville, a son of the late Harold Hubert and Gertrude Isabelle (Maze) Allshouse.
June 8, 1956, he was united in marriage to the former Mary Jane Croyle Haugh, who survives. His wife was by his side every step of the way and honored his wishes.
Mr. Allshouse was employed for 23 years with Penelec at the Piney Dam hydroelectric plant as an assistant switchboard operator.
Thelma Jane (Crawford) Barnett, 87, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 14, 2012.
She was born Aug. 30, 1924, in Hawthorne, to the late Ellwood and Catherine (Lankerd) Crawford.
July 17, 1951, she married Dale Barnett, who preceded her in death Jan. 25, 1990.
The couple had built their home just south of Brookville, off Route 36.
Beatrice Marie (Snyder/Minich) Gray, 94, Plumville, formerly of Porter Township, went to be with her Lord Monday, April 16, 2012, at her residence surrounded by her family.
She was born Nov. 29, 1917, in Erie, the eldest daughter of John Wesley and Emma Virginia (Gray) Snyder.
Beatrice was a devoted Christian who, over her lifetime, was active in a number of churches and organizations. In recent years, these included the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Sagamore, Godâ€™s Missionary Church of Millmont, Colton Wesleyan Church of Colton, N.Y., and Penn View Bible Institute of Penns Creek.