January 4th, 2012
Although it seems a bit late to be saying this, "Happy New Year, everyone!"
Five days into 2012, I hope all your New Year's resolutions are still going strong. Only 361 days left after today, thanks to the extra one thrown in for the leap year.
Personally, I'm not much for making resolutions, because for the most part, I stink at following through with them.
For myself, the turning of the page on the calendar and in my life is more about reflecting on the things that have happened over the past year and looking forward to what lies ahead in the next chapter.
Alma J. McLaughlin, 84, a lifelong resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at UPMC-Hamot in Erie.
She was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Paul and Marie (Mahan) Melchick.
She was married to William McLaughlin, who preceded her in death in 1999.
Mrs. McLaughlin was a seamstress at Pramco in Punxsutawney for many years. She enjoyed shopping, sewing and traveling.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Thereâs a new fire chief in town, as Bryan Smith was sworn in as the new Punxsutawney Fire Department chief during Tuesdayâs borough council reorganization meeting.
Smith, who had been chief of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company for the last seven years, was nominated by the Elk Run firefighters to become the chief of the entire department, a post that is chosen on a rotation basis among the three fire companies, Central, Elk Run and Lindsey.
Smith, who joined the fire department in 1991, is the son of firefighter Pete Smith, Central assistant chief.
Tuesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council reorganized for 2012 and welcomed three new council members (front, from left): Toby Santik, Michele Lorenzo and Eric Story Sr. Incumbent council members are (back, from left) William Spencer; Larry Chenoga, new council president; Mayor James Wehrle; Mike Porada, new council vice-president; and Robert Reesman, who did not run for a seat but was appointed Tuesday to fulfill the unexpired term for former council President Susan Glessner, who resigned her seat in late December. Councilâs next meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday. (Photo by Larry McGuire)
BROOKVILLE â Marianne Snedden and John Robinson, spokespersons for the Just for Jesus Challenge Homeless Outreach Center, said âfalse accusations,â were presented at a recent public hearing involving the controversial group home.
âWe just wanted to let you (the commissioners) know, regarding the Dec. 19 meeting, there were many false accusations brought up at that meeting, and they were very misleading, and we wanted to assure you of that,â Snedden said at last Thursdayâs Jefferson County commission meeting.
DUBOIS â Entering Tuesday night's contest with Punxsy, DuBois Central Catholic's record was 1-7, but Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal and his squad knew that meant the Cardinals would be gunning for a win to kick off the 2012 calendar year's schedule. The Chucks fought hard to earn a 25-22 halftime lead and outscored DCC 14-6 in the third quarter to open the game up and went on to grab a 50-38 win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With their second child actually due this coming Saturday, Jan. 7, Candice Burkett and Anthony Boggs Jr. of Punxsy didnât think he would be the first baby born in Punxsy in 2012.
But Monday, Candice had a 1 p.m. appointment at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, and then, about six hours later, Gavin Alan Boggs was born â indeed, the first baby born in Punxsy in 2012.
âWe asked when we got here, âHas there been a New Yearâs baby yet?ââ Candice said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A new Punxsutawney Borough Council began its new year, as three newly-elected members were sworn into office by Mayor James Wehrle at Mondayâs reorganization meeting.
New members Michele Lorenzo, Toby Santik and Eric Story took the oath, conducted by Wehrle, who chaired the meeting until a new president was elected.
On a motion by Mike Porada, Larry Chenoga was elected president unanimously with a 6-0 vote. The recent resignation of former council President Susan Glessner created a vacant seat, thus the 6-0 vote.
BROOKVILLE â The swearing-in ceremony for Jefferson County elected officials took place Tuesday in the large room of the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Bob Sisk, Tipstaff, opened court, and chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Elections Jim âMoonâ VanSteenberg introduced the Honorable John B. Leete, the senior judge of Potter County, who administered the oath of office to the Honorable John Henry Foradora.
Nittany Lion safety Drew Astorino (left) poses with teammate Devon Still after they both won awards at the Penn State University Football Senior Awards Banquet Dec. 11 at the Penn Stater. Astorino, whose father is a Punxsy local, was presented the Ridge Riley Award for "sportsmanship, scholarship, leadership and friendship." Astorino ended his collegiate career Monday at the TicketCity Bowl, during which Penn State fell 30-14. Monday's game was Astorino's 40th career start, making him the leader on the Penn State team in starts.