February 22nd, 2012
Jake (played by Dan McGinley) pauses a minute with "The Mollies:" Grown daughter Molly (Kimberly Robinson, right) and Molly as a 12-year-old (Elissa Hill, left) in this scene from "Jake's Women" by Neil Simon. The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild's first production of 2012 begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs again Saturday, as well as March 2 and 3, in the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are available at the door.Â This dramatic comedy is intended for mature audiences and contains some adult language and situations. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” A Punxsutawney woman was flown by emergency medical helicopter to an area trauma center following a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday on Bells-Cloe Road, Bell Township, along with a rash of other accidents due to icy road conditions.
BROCKWAY â€” Wednesday, the Shale debate came into clear focus as residents of the Borough of Brockway expressed their concerns about a proposal by Flatirons Resources to drill a well in the borough.
Residents were given this opportunity at a public meeting that took place at the urging of Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-78).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After an exciting night Monday at the elementary boys' basketball tournament at PAHS, Tuesday's action lived up to the hype, with a number of close games taking place throughout the evening.
Sixth-grade: Michigan State 30, Ohio State 16
The sixth-graders took the court first Tuesday night, and the opening game was a high-scoring affair, with Michigan State putting up 30 points to earn a 30-16 victory.
MSU was led by a triple scoring threat, as Brandon Matthews scored 10, Kyle Burkett scored nine, and Willie Hoover scored eight to lead the way.
BRADFORD â€” The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team rode into its season finale last Friday at Bradford on a five-game winning streak, but unfortunately for the Chucks, the Owls snapped the streak to end the season with a 43-34 victory in Bradford.
Punxsy played evenly with the Owls in the first quarter and actually led 10-9 at the first break. But Bradford won the next two quarters, 12-6 and 11-6, respectively, to set a lead the Chucks just couldn't overcome.
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.