August 30th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The sun was shining, and most of the students were smiling for the first day of classes in the Punxsutawney Area School District Tuesday.
Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said as far as the bus routes were concerned, there werenâ€™t any problems at any of the levels.
Wolfe said he visited three elementary schools, the middle school and the high school for the first student day and found teachers and students alike happy to be back to work, and students happy to be back with their friends.
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) presented a third workshop on â€śMarcellus Shale Choices: Understanding Legal Issuesâ€ť related to Marcellus Shale drilling at Camp Little Leo Monday.
Gary Lynn Korney, 63, Glen Campbell, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Banks Township, Indiana County.
He was born Feb. 8, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a son of Dorothy (Brickell) Korney, who survives, and the late Thomas Korney.
Aug. 22, 1970, he married Margaret â€śPeggyâ€ť P. (Janocha) Korney, who survives.
Mr. Korney served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.
For most of his career, he was employed in the coal mining industry, where he had worked for the Don Jury Coal Company; Johnstown Coal & Coke at Bear Run; Barnes & Tucker; and then the Greenwich Collieries.
Robert (Bob) H. Diggory III, 77, Dacula, Ga., died suddenly Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.
He was born in Albany, N.Y., a son of the late Robert H. and Annis (Sykes) Diggory Jr.
He attended Russell Sage College and served in the National Guard.
Mr. Diggory was a long-time member of the Lions Club and a volunteer for Project Share in Carlisle.
He will be remembered for his warm heart and friendship, faith in God and his volunteer contributions to the communities in which he lived.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The A. J. Parise Youth Football Senior team, behind a strong defensive effort, won its home opener overÂ Brockway 30-8 Saturday at Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's defense intercepted three passes, including one returned for a touchdown by Devin Kelly, to lead the Chucks to their first victory of the season.
"The kids came out pumped and ready to play," Punxsy head coach Joel Martin said. "We completely dominated the first half."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's boys' cross country team will kick off its 2011 season Saturday at the Big Valley Boys Invitational.
Last year, head coach John Smith had a strong team highlighted by a dual meet victory over Bradford, which Smith called "the team to beat."
This season, though, will be a change for the Chucks.
"It's going to be a totally different type of team," Smith said. "We have some experience, but we're going to be highly trying to utilize some underclassmen, so we're counting on everybody this year."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After opening its season 2-0 and finishing fourth in the Bolton Tournament in State College, Punxsy's boys' golf team lost its first match by just three strokes, 162-165, against DuBois Monday afternoon at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Punxsy's head coach Josh Conrad said his team's effort wasn't a poor one, they just went up against a tough opponent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It has been a long, hot summer for everyone, especially those who work outdoors. But there is a certain group that must deal with heat and dehydration issues throughout the year: Firefighters.
Firefighting is a tough job, work so physically intense that it demands every ounce of energy a firefighter can muster. Sometimes, it takes a toll.
BROOKVILLE â€” For the past few months, Tea Party members have been asking the Jefferson County Commissioners to research a mortgage-recording system that they believe is causing the county to lose money.
MERS, a Mortgage Electronic Registry System, is set up to allow the assignment of mortgages without recording the assignment in the county recorder's office.
Because of the concern displayed by some Brookville residents, the commissioners asked the county's solicitor, Jim Dennison, to thoroughly examine MERS.
Gerald Gilbert Waite, 67, Punxsutawney, formerly of Frenchville, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.
He was born July 20, 1944, in Madera, a son of the late Orrie and Ethel Mae (Wilks) Waite.
July 25, 1964, he married the former Darlene Kay Randolph, who survives.
Mr. Waite was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Punxsutawney.
He worked as a plumber and maintenance man for the West Branch School District and Allied Mechanical in State College.