January 17th, 2012
ST. MARYS â The Punxsy Chucks rode a five-game winning streak into St. Marys for a District-IX league game against the Flying Dutchmen, and in what Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal called a "flat out war," the Chucks headed home with six in a row with a 44-38 win.
"It was a blood bath," Neal said. "We had two starters foul out in Garrett Zimmerman and Alex Fedigan early in the fourth quarter."
Punxsy's sharp-shooting sophomore Brandon Mancuso also missed the game due to illness, but Neal said his squad stepped up and did what they had to do to earn the victory.
Eileen McDonald, 90, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at AM/PM Personal Care Home.
She was born May 15, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James L. and Mary (Bonner) Long.
July 26, 1944, she married Kenneth McDonald, who preceded her in death in March 1995.
Mrs. McDonald was a member of the Steffy United Methodist Church and a member of the Steffy United Methodist Women.
She enjoyed working outdoors, children and cooking.
Francis R. Russell, 95, Brookville, formerly of Timblin, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
He was born April 17, 1916, in Emlenton, a son of the late James and Della (Porter) Russell.
He married Florence (Bennett) Russell, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Russell was a clergyman and a member of the Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Brookville.
Walter R. âPeteâ Weaver, 94, Brookville, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
He was born Sept. 22, 1917, in Brookville, a son of the late Raleigh J. and Edna (Vandervort) Weaver.
Oct. 6, 1944, in Brookville, he married Margaret L. âPegâ Crawford, who survives.
Mr. Weaver was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and the U.S. Army Reserves in Pittsburgh for more than 20 years, retiring as a colonel.
BROOKVILLE â After almost two years, the double-murder trial of Steven Patrick Rebert Monday, began Monday, with the prosecution guiding the jury into what it could expect to hear, and the defense noting that the prosecution presented its opening arguments with no evidence of Rebertâs guilt.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
BROOKVILLE â The first to testify in the double murder trial of Steven Patrick Rebert was Michelle Bright of DuBois, formerly of Coudersport, who works for the Brady Street Florist, DuBois.
Bright began to work for Flowers & More in Brockway in 2007, after she was hired by Vickie Shugar, who, along with her husband Wayne Shugar, was killed around April 10, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Snyder Township.
Bright said before she moved, she sent flowers from Flowers & More to her boyfriendâs mother and got to know Vickie.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Bill Deeley and Alex Park have shared a remarkably similar career path.
Both graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Neither of them entered the funeral business through a family member, and both worked for other funeral homes before purchasing them.
And as of Jan. 1, the path of Park, 24, a graduate of Brookville Junior-Senior High School, has caught up with Deeleyâs, as he is the new owner of the Deeley Funeral Home, Hillcrest Drive.
Although the winter sports schedule isn't quite as hectic as the fall sports season, a night with no events â such as Monday night â is still a rarity. Faithfully attending all home events, and some on the road, Punxsy's cheerleaders rarely see a day off. This season's middle school cheerleaders are (front, from left) Kassi Niver, Kylee Knox, Hailyn Fye, Emily Travis; (middle) Laura Keller, Brianna Roy, Jalynn Mineweaser, Savannah Wolfe, Libby Anderson; (back) Tabitha Windsor and Sarah Malberg.
BROOKVILLE â Heading into Monday night's game, the Brookville Raiders knew they were facing one of the district's best basketball squads in the Johnsonburg Rams.
But the Raiders prevailed, putting up 11 points in overtime and holding the Rams to just four to earn the 64-55 victory.
"I thought it was a pretty fierce game, physical underneath, and you had two teams out there that didn't want to lose," Brookville head coach Bud Baughman said. "Fortunately, we had a few lucky breaks for us; that was the difference in the game."
Delmont "Smokey" Woods, 79, Rossiter, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born April 8, 1932, in Rossiter, a son of the late John and Edith (Oaks) Woods.
July 5, 1980, he married Elizabeth (Vandervort) Woods, who preceded him in death Sept. 23, 2011.
Mr. Woods was an avid baseball fan and also loved football and fishing.