February 21st, 2012
HARRISBURG â€” As if there were any doubts, Punxsutawney Phil again sits as the only Pennsylvania groundhog that matters, as his lottery-pitching wannabe has apparently scratched his last ticket.
Tuesday, during a hearing on the state Department of Revenue budget, Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci said that the lottery has pulled the plug on spokesgroundhog Gus, dubbed â€śThe Second-Most Famous Groundhog in Pennsylvania.â€ť
Rucci said that the TV campaign featuring Gus ended this month, although Gus will still appear on the lotteryâ€™s Web site for a period of time.
HARRISBURG â€” Despite the lack of snow, winter maintenance and snow removal in this area, most municipalities have met the minimum requirements regarding their salt procurement contract through COSTARS, Pennsylvaniaâ€™s cooperative purchasing program.
â€śThrough the state contract, a municipality tells COSTARS what its expected needs are, and the contract is flexible that they only have to purchase 60 percent of what it needs,â€ť said Bruce Beardsley, manager of Marketing and Constituent Relations for COSTARS.
BIG RUN â€” A newly-elected member of Big Run Borough Council walked through Veteransâ€™ Park recently, and he didnâ€™t like what he observed.
â€śI walked through the park, and itâ€™s in bad shape,â€ť said Stan Derise, chairman of the councilâ€™s Park Committee.
He said there was only one swing left on the sets, and the rest of the chains are wrapped around the cross bar at the top.
â€śItâ€™s not viable to put swings out there anymore,â€ť Derise said, adding that thereâ€™s an old park bench that should be removed.
Betty J. (Rader) Shaffer, 87, of Sligo, formerly of Mayport, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.
She was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Ringgold Township, a daughter of the late John and Lucetta (Bodorf) Rader.
She was the beloved wife of William C. Shaffer, whom she married Sept. 6, 1941, and who preceded her in death July 4, 2005.
Mrs. Shaffer had been employed during her lifetime at Hawthorn Manufacturing, Rola Manufacturing and Sylvania.
She was a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church in Salem.
She cherished times spent with family and friends.
Mervin T. Martz, 82, Mayport, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Brookville Hospital.
He was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Worthville, a son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Nellie J. Richards Martz.
Mr. Martz was a 1947 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, and he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
June 2, 1961, in Strattanville, he married the former Shirley M. Smith, who survives.
Mr. Martz worked as a mechanic for Ringgold Equipment in Ringgold for more than 30 years.
He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, trapping and spending time with his family.
GLEN CAMPBELL â€” While this town of just over 300 people may not be listed among those sites for famous artists, Glen Campbell is the home of one local artist and retired teacher serving as president of a nationwide organization dedicated to advancing the cause of fine arts in America.
â€śI was reluctant to take the position,â€ť said Larry Mallory, of Glen Campbell, who added that his biggest issue has always been the distance from Glen Campbell to New York City. But he realized being president of a prestigious art association is not something that happens every day, so he accepted.
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Borough Council heard a possible solution to its police problems at Mondayâ€™s meeting, but actual funding for such a program is still the main obstacle.
Brian Lyons, a former Sykesville and Summerville police officer who also served as a police chief of a regional police department, said heâ€™s been following councilâ€™s discussions about hiring a police officer for the borough.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the boys' and girls' varsity teams preparing for their respective playoff games this coming Friday (girls') and next Saturday (boys'), Punxsutawney basketball fans can get their fix at the elementary boys' basketball tournament taking place all week at PAHS.
Monday night, the action kicked off with a full slate of exciting games.
Recaps for each game follow:
Fourth- and fifth-grade: UConn 25, Villanova 23, OT
The evening started with an exciting game that couldn't be settled in regulation time, as UConn snuck by Villanova in a 25-23 overtime victory.
Saturday, PAHS' cheerleading squad traveled to Elk County Catholic for the District IX Cheerleading Team Championships. Five D-IX schools competed, with ECC taking first place. Punxsy's squad, seen here performing its routine, was coached by Julie Baun and Tracy Smith and consisted of Erin Butler, Kristen Mack, Heidi Rodgers, Holly Waltman, Morgan Smith, Tessa Spearing, Tiana Smith, Haley Hartman, Madi Meterko, Kelsey Snyder, Brittnee Tenon, Darriene London, Jade Kunselman and Kaili Wolbert.
William Brian Dinger, 47, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born May 10, 1964, in Punxsutawney, a son of Everett Eugene Dinger of California and Marie (Wright) Swanson of Punxsutawney, who survive.
Mr. Dinger was the owner of Dinger House Painting.
He was Protestant by faith.