March 2nd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In a sports-rich area like western Pa., playing for a district title is never a given, and the Punxsy boys' basketball team, which will do just that against the Bradford Owls at 4 p.m. today at Clarion University, isn't taking the opportunity for granted.
ALTOONA â Entering Friday's opening rounds of the Northwest AAA Regional Tournament, Punxsy's wrestling team had high hopes but no set expectations for its grapplers but to give it their all.
A pair of Chucks â sophomore Joel Bowers and senior Carl Langley â met their highest expectations and earned a pair of victories to open the tournament, putting them each one win away from the PIAA State Tournament next weekend in Hershey.
CLARION â Brookville has had just one thing on its mind since the beginning of the 2011-2012 season: To be three-peat District IX Class AA champions.
The Raiders stormed to a successful 18-6 season, worked their way into the final for the third consecutive year and gave themselves the opportunity to achieve that goal.
But Friday night at Clarion University, Brookville met its match in the Smethport Hubbers (18-5), and the Hubbers captured their first District IX Class AA championship in school history by taking down Brookville, 47-38.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Ursula Albino and her husband, Joe, have enjoyed the last 20 years of their retirement, but in that time, they have also found ways to give back to others.
Most recently, in 2010, they signed up to volunteer for the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Road to Recovery program, which pairs community volunteers with cancer patients to provide rides to and from cancer treatments.
But in the last two years, the Albinos have remained the only volunteers covering Jefferson County, so they are seeking some extra hands.
BELL TOWNSHIP â Punxsutawney Area School District elementary schools celebrated "Read Across America Dayâ and Dr. Seuss' birthday at the same time.
The National Education Association's âRead Across Americaâ is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading and the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss March 2.
âAnything that promotes reading is a wonderful thing," said Sherri Spicher, first-grade teacher at Bell Township Elementary School.
Mildred Bellas, 94, formerly of Rockland Avenue, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Wellington Heights.
She was born May 7, 1917, in Idamar, a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Cicaniak) Kutney. Â
She was the last surviving member of her family.
Nov. 25, 1939, she married Dominick Joseph Bellas, who preceded her in death July 6, 1990. They were married for 50 years.
She was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
Mrs. Bellas enjoyed her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed crocheting.
Joan Mae Hoffman, 73, Brookville, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born April 11, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late George C. and Lorraine Mary Clay Brobeck.
May 16, 1957, in Slippery Rock, she married George M. Hoffman, who survives.
Mrs. Hoffman worked for Fidelity Trust Bank in Pittsburgh, as a secretary for the Presbyterian Church in Brookville, a cashier at South Side Market in Brookville, and as a secretary for the American Red Cross in Brookville. She was also a Welcome Wagon Hostess for 10 years in Brookville.
Richard Lee Reinhart, 79, Big Run, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Big Run, a son of the late Clarence Russell and Ruth Elizabeth (Weber) Reinhart.
He was married to Shirley Ann (Weisdock) Reinhart, who survives.
Mr. Reinhart graduated in 1950, a member of the last graduating class from Big Run High School.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Thursday, Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe issued the following statement:
âOn the morning of March 1, 2012, the administrators at Punxsutawney Area High School received information regarding a bomb threat that was posted on a social media Web site. While initial evidence indicated that this threat was a âcopycatâ situation stemming from the recent Ohio school shooting and a similar bomb/gun threat incident at Jeff Tech this week, every threat is addressed as credible and investigated fully.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsy Philâs prediction this year was right, as usual, except he should have made one small edit and removed the âmoreâ from his âsix more weeks of winterâ prediction, since last week was one of the first weeks to feel like ârealâ winter.
Rumblings about global warming aside, this winter has been very unusual, and though the average citizen has enjoyed it, the average business has not.