February 9th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â Since its inception, the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging (JCAAA) has tried to provide county residents with resources that would allow them to stay in their homes longer.
But for the agency to continue to be a vital asset to the countyâs older citizens, it is seeking help from one specific source â the countyâs oldest resident.
âI think thereâs so much history out there that we need to embrace,â JCAAA Executive Director Randy Davis said. âWe want to ask, âHowâd you make it? Howâd you get there?â We want to know the secrets to his or her success.â
Clair R. Shaffer, 96, DuBois, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born June 14, 1915, in DuBois, a son of the late Harvey and Martha (Horn) Shaffer.
He was married to Dora (Waite) Shaffer, who preceded him in death Feb. 29, 1980.
Mr. Shaffer was a retired self-employed farmer.
He served in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart for his service in World War II.
He was Methodist by faith and a member of the Reynoldsville American Legion and Reynoldsville Eagles. He enjoyed farming and hunting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When the starting lineups were announced Wednesday night at PAHS, it appeared as if the Punxsy Chucks wrestling team would be at a severe disadvantage with three scheduled forfeits and two regulars out of the lineup. But Punxsy shuffled the lineup around and managed to pull off a surprising 39-30 victory over St. Marys in Punxsutawney.
"I'm really proud of the way these guys wrestled tonight," Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy said after the match. "We didn't give up a bunch of pins where we couldn't afford to, and it was just a great team effort."
Unlike last year, when my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, the team I was cheering for this season was actually victorious.
Of course, I wasn't as emotionally invested in this year's game, but there were definitely a few reasons I was cheering for the New York Giants over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
John W. Jenks, 91, Leechburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at West Haven Manor.
He was born July 18, 1920, in Yatesboro, a son of Eugene H. and Sara (Evans) Jenks.
In 1937, at the age of 16, Mr. Jenks graduated from Punxsutawney High School as his classâ valedictorian and, four years later, graduated as valedictorian of his class at Penn State University, where he also earned the rare honor of being an industrial engineer inductee into Phi Beta Kappa.
Ardovino "Ardy" Racchini, 98, Brookville, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
He was born Jan. 17, 1914, in Conifer, a son of the late Joseph and Madelina (Beducci) Racchini.
July 9, 1950, in Clarion, he married Cecilia Jacqueline (Jackie) Moore, who preceded him in death March 11, 2001.
Mr. Racchini was employed as a barber, a clock maker and repairman, and he also worked on lawn mowers and small engines. He also delivered coal and worked as a coal miner.
Eleanor M. Rayle, 91, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
She was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Corning, N.Y., a daughter of the late Arlan and Margaret (Perry) Cole.
Aug. 14, 1937, she married Encil âGeneâ Rayle, who preceded her in death April 26, 1998.
She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Punxsutawney.
Mrs. Rayle was a member of the Punxsutawney Country Club and the B.P.O. Elks No. 301 of Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include a son, Dale Rayle; a daughter, Linda Theakston; and three grandchildren.
Say! What is that white material on this Phantastic Phil!âs paws, nose and top hat? Oh yes, itâs snow, as evidenced by flurries Wednesday, almost a week after Punxsutawney Philâs prognostication of six more weeks of winter. And some people thought Punxsy Philâs Groundhog Day prediction was off the mark. Well, turns out he was right again â as usual! (Photo by Dan Long)
YOUNG TOWNSHIP âThere were no injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday near Nelsonâs Mini-Mart on Route 119 north, Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a Dodge Neon driven by Elise V. Butler, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 when traffic was stopped ahead, and she struck the rear of a Ford Ranger driven by Leonard T. Lang, Rochester Mills.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The environmental clean-up of the Mahoning Shadow Trail will finally be completed this week, months after a fuel spill that occurred when a box truck crashed over the side of a bridge and landed on the trail, according to Borough Manager Ben White.
During Tuesday's Public Safety meeting, the environmental cleanup which will be completed this week.
"The company that was contracted to clean up the spill should be finished this week," White said during Tuesday's Public Safety meeting. The trail cleanup was supervised by Tracy Zents and Jefferson County Emergency Services.