February 2nd, 2012
While Punxsutawney was hosting the sixth-grade basketball tournament Jan. 21-22, a team of third-grade girls' basketball players traveled to compete in the Penns Manor basketball tournament and saw great success, finishing with a 3-1 record. The girls worked hard to reach their 3-1 record, Ben White, who submitted the above photo, said. Pictured (from left) are Ryley Casaday, Riley Franklin, Olivia Roberts, Abby Stello, Katelyn Griebel, Murphy White, Riley Presloid and Sarah Weaver.
Judy Kay Bowser, 58, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born July 20, 1953, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Charles and Emily (Strawcutter) Lingenfelter.
She was married to Richard W. Bowser, who survives.
Mrs. Bowser was a nurse's aide.
Joseph M. Carney Jr., 49, Norfolk, Va., died Jan. 26, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va.
He was born in DuBois.
Mr. Carney was a concrete supervisor for J.M. Briggs Concrete Company.
He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed riding his Harley with his friends. He enjoyed life to the fullest.
Timothy M. Kellert, 48, Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
He was born Nov. 22, 1963, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Warren A. and Mary E. (Gigliotti) Kellert.
Mr. Kellert was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Punxsutawney Moose 954 and the Walston Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY -- This morning at Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, thus declaring six more weeks of winter. See tomorrow's Spirit for more.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to quickly stop by Punxsutawney Area High School to snap some pictures at a pair of youth wrestling tournaments: The Groundhog Classic Saturday and the Novice Tournament Sunday.
Thinking back on the events, two things stood out to me.
First, I discovered that you can pack a lot of people into the gymnasium at PAHS.
Much to the events' credit, a total of nearly 600 wrestlers ages six-to-15 turned out for the annual tournaments, and the parking lot wasn't the only area that was nearly full.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When presented with the 2011 Woman of the Year Award, Katie Laska said she felt very undeserving.
But with her long list of contributions to Punxsy, the place she calls her home, the community would be hard-pressed to find anyone more deserving than she.
Wednesday night at the annual Groundhog Banquet, the 2010 Woman of the Year, Charlotte S. Fye, read over Laskaâ€™s many accomplishments and the qualities for which she is known.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.
â€śWhen I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldnâ€™t get â€” not in North Hills,â€ť said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. â€śWe always hoped for more winter and snow so we could play outside.â€ť
During the annual Groundhog Day assembly at Punxsutawney Area High School Wednesday, Kelsey Young (seated, left) was crowned the Groundhog Queen, and Alex Fedigan was crowned the Groundhog King. Assisting with their coronation were (back) Punxsy Phil and his co-handlers, John Griffiths (left) and Ron Ploucha.
During halftime at Tuesday's girls' basketball game, the winners and runners-up of the Elks Hoop Shoot held Jan. 5 at PAHS were honored. Participants in three different age groups â€” eight- and nine-year-olds, 10- and 11-year-olds and 12- and 13-year-olds â€” participated in the annual event.