PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bill Cooper recalled Thursday that his mother used to have a needlepoint pillow bearing the words, â€śAfter 40, itâ€™s patch, patch, patch.â€ť
â€śForty sometimes becomes 50, but this year, Iâ€™ve had a lot of patches,â€ť said Cooper, 64, who is retiring after a 35-year career with S&T Bank. â€śI want to retire while I have the health to enjoy it.â€ť
Having undergone quadruple bypass surgery in July 2008, he said, â€śThat gets your attention.â€ť
His last day at the bank, where he serves as regional vice-president for commercial lending, is Monday.
â€˘ May 1, PAHS was the scene of the annual mock crash, an event sponsored by SADD, in which the results of drinking and driving are graphically portrayed.
â€˘ A fire destroyed a home at 144 Lower Clinton St., in Rossiter. The house was occupied by William Travis Jr., Marie Ondoua and their 19-month-old son, Domenic. It was ruled accidental by Punxsutawney-based State Police fire marshal Mick McCracken.
â€˘ May 3, PAHS juniors and seniors named Kaylyn Means as the prom queen, and Kyle Straub as the prom king at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior tandem of Daniel Triponey and Logan Weaver combined for 40 points during the Chucks' 61-48 triumph over Clarion during the first day of the 16th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.
Triponey led with a game-high 23 points, and Weaver followed with 17 points, as the Chucks returned to the tournament's championship game after missing out last year.
Punxsy will face Marion Center at 7:45 p.m. tonight with the title on the line. Marion Center is coming off a 61-42 victory over Redbank Valley earlier Wednesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team was unable to crack 30 points before missing out on the Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic Championship Game for the third-straight season during a 41-29 loss to Westmont Hilltop Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago scored 18 points, but she didn't receive much help, as the rest of the Lady Chucks' roster combined for 11 points.
Junior Alex Magill added seven points, and Parris Kernich tallied two.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners met Tuesday and discussed possible projects, or rather, a lack thereof, on the horizon in 2011.
The commissioners reported that there are no large scale projects involving county-owned property for the upcoming year.
The commissioners were forced to make emergency repairs to the courthouse, 911 center and jail this past year.
Jean Douthit, 80, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Shippenville.
She was born Aug. 17, 1930, a daughter of the late Carlton and Jane (Lewis) Reitz.
She was married to Howard Douthit, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Douthit was a member of the Cloe United Methodist Church.
There were many moments that Punxsy sports fans have cherished and won't soon forget from 2010. The following are Punxsutawney's greatest triumphs and achievements from this year.
Pennington honored by state
Punxsy's Braedon Pennington was named to the 2009 Associated Press All-State Class AAA First Team as a defensive back following his senior season by Pennsylvania sports writers after helping send the Chucks to their first District IX Class AAA title since 1991.
Freda L. Cowie, 89, Southington, Ohio, died at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Gilletteâ€™s in Warren, Ohio.
She was born May 15, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James Mallus and Eleanor Graul Mallus Lender.Â
July 3, 1940, she was united in holy matrimony with her husband, Ronald Cowie, who preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1980.
Erma A. Shaffer, 94, Reynoldsville, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born May 12, 1916, in Wishaw, a daughter of the late Thomas and Josephine (Marocci) Ghezzi.
Nov. 27, 1954, she married Levi Shaffer Jr., who preceded her in death May 26, 2003.
Mrs. Shaffer was a retired employee of the former Jackson China, Falls Creek, and a member of the St. Maryâ€™s Church of Reynoldsville and its Rosary Society.
Surviving relatives include a son, Thomas A. Shaffer of Reynoldsville; and several nieces and nephews.
â€˘ In a poll conducted by The Punxsutawney Spirit, readers chose the terrorist attacks of 2001 as the top event of the last decade.
Locally, readers cited the closure of Mahoning Hardware, the opening of Wal-Mart and the Quecreek Mine rescue as the top local events over the past decade.
â€˘ Jan. 3, William Paul Anthony, son of C.J. Adams and Craig Anthony, was born at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, the first baby of 2010.
â€˘ Jan. 4, Punxsutawney Borough Council members again elected Susan Glessner as president.