January 13th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â From now until the snow melts, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library ... or the dogs are going to the library.
Beginning this past Thursday, the library kicked off its âTail Wagginâ Tutorsâ program for children ages six through nine.
During the program, the youngsters not only get to take part in reading and crafts, but also work with Sadie and Sara, the stars of âTail Wagginâ Tutors.â
DUBOIS â Reynoldsville resident Douglas Giles recently received a brand-new 2012 Ford Mustang GT for an extremely discounted rate â $5.
It was a normal day for Giles when he went into Backstreet Beer Distributor, in Reynoldsville, and bought a $5 Mustang instant lottery ticket.
He scratched off the ticket and felt the feeling that anyone who has ever bought a ticket hopes for: The excitement of winning a grand prize.
Giles had the choice between $60,000 and a brand new 2012 Mustang GT. The choice was easy for Giles.
âIâve always wanted a Mustang,â he said.
Rebecca Larraine Phillips, 70, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Dec. 22, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Harry and Marie (Mitchell) Johnson.
She married Kenneth Ray Phillips, who preceded her in death July 14, 2003.
Mrs. Phillips worked as a nurse's aide for the Blose-McGregor Health Care Center.
WESTOVER â After the Harmony Owls missed a buzzer-beating shot that would have given them a win over the Punxsy boys' basketball team last season, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal pegged Harmony â a much smaller school in Westover â a scrappy school that will play a team hard until the end. And Thursday night in Westover, the Owls gave the Chucks a run for their money, especially in the first half.
MOON TOWNSHIP â You can call him THE Rick Weiss â thanks to his wife, Debe â but it might embarrass him a little bit.
Weiss, the man behind hundreds of Punxsutawney Phil cartoons, posters, postcards, banners and the model of the âPhantastic Phil!â statues in town, recalled visiting an art show during the Groundhog Festival a number of years ago, when he and his wife began talking with a person at the show.
âWe introduced ourselves, and my wife said, âHeâs the one who does the groundhog artwork,ââ he recalled. âThe person said, âAre you THE Rick Weiss?â Iâve never lived that down.â
BROOKVILLE â From the time the child abuse allegations against former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky were revealed Nov. 5, prompting his arrest, Jefferson Countyâs director of Children & Youth Services, Brian Mowrey, has seen a spike in the number of reported child abuse cases.
According to Mowrey, in the last two months, there has been an increase in referrals to the office of Children & Youth Services â some of the highest numbers heâs ever seen.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Representatives from PennDOT District 10 presented plans for work on Margiotti Bridge this summer during a public event Thursday at the Mahoning East Civic Complex.
According to John McCombie, senior civil engineer supervisor-transportation for PennDOT, the scope of the project entails retrofitting certain parts of the barriers on the 75-year-old bridge that spans Mahoning Creek, Water Street and part of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.
ST. MARYS â Entering Wednesday night's girls' basketball game between Punxsy and Elk County Catholic, something had to give with ECC a perfect 9-0 and Punxsy riding the wave of a three-game winning streak. In the end, the Lady Crusaders did what they had to do to preserve their perfect season with a 47-29 victory.
"We just didn't match their intensity playing on the road against a very good Elk County team," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said after the game.
From the start, Elk County jumped out to an early lead, and at the first break, Punxsy found itself in a 12-5 hole.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Jan. 4, Pennsylvania Football News announced its annual PFN All-State football teams for the 2011 season, and this year, two Chucks â defensive lineman Jacob Shiock and quarterback Garrett Zimmerman â were among those named as statewide honorable mentions.
"Any time athletes are recognized for their hard work, it's a good thing," Punxsy head football coach Alan Nichol said in an interview Wednesday. "PFN is not as media-driven as some of the other awards. They're more based on opposing coaches nominations and statistics. So it's a nice honor for these guys."
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 â a sign that the way you look at a situation really does depend on whose side you call your own.