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December 22nd

Officers qualify for AR weapons usage

December 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Several area police officers recently spent a day qualifying on handguns, shotguns and assault rifles (ARs) at the Punxsutawney Borough Police firing range in Young Township.

Sheriff and range master Carl Gotwald Sr. said his job as range master individually gives instructions to the shooters.

“We try to limit it to five to six individuals shooting at one time per instructor during daylight hours,” he said. For night shoots at the firing range, they try to have one instructor for every three shooters for more control.

Dale Houser Brink, 79

December 22, 2011

Dale Houser Brink, 79, Brookville, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

He was born May 16, 1932, in Thompsontown, a son of the late Lawrence and Bernice (Houser) Brink.

July 15, 1954, in Berwinsdale, he married Beverly L. Lewis, who survives.
He was a member of the First Church of God in Brookville.

Mr. Brink spent 28 years in Jamestown, N.Y., working at Crescent Tool Co. until 1976, when the company moved its operation to Sumter, S.C.

Ruth Marie Digges, 81

December 22, 2011

Ruth Marie Digges, 82, Brookville, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

She was born Jan. 11, 1929, in DuBois, a daughter of Lester J. Haney and Mabel M. Heberling.

She married David (Dick) McManigle, who preceded her in death.

May 12, 1962, she married G. Edwin Digges, who also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Digges was a member of the Brookville Hospital Auxiliary and the Jefferson Manor Auxilary.

She was an avid golfer and bowler who enjoyed entertaining friends and family.

December 21st

LONG TIME COMING!

December 21, 2011

Josh Neal celebrates his victory via pin in the 220-pound class during Punxsy’s 43-32 win over Clearfield Wednesday, the Chucks’ first wrestling victory over the Bison since 1977. For more, see Spirit Sports. (Photo by Zak Lantz)

Post Office buckles down for holiday rush

December 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There is no normal way that carriers and staff of the U.S. Postal Service prepare for the holiday rush that hit its peak Tuesday.

How did the staff at the Punxsy Post Office prepare?

“Buckle down,” said Tim Chiodini, who is the postmaster in Brookville and acting postmaster in Punxsy while John McBee supervises the Bradford post office for a short period of time. “We will normally use different staffing, but we just have to get it done.”

Just for Jesus pastor refutes claims

December 21, 2011

BROCKWAY — Wednesday, the pastor for the Just for Jesus Challenge Homeless Outreach Center fired back at the barrage of criticism leveled at him during a public hearing by the Jeffe-rson County Commission and Snyder Township Supervisors Monday.

The Rev. Jack Wisor, pastor of Just for Jesus ministries in Brookville and Snyder Township, said he didn’t attend Monday’s hearing because he has routinely answered the questions that were brought up.

December 20th

Indiana picks up the pace to beat Chucks

December 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After an important, emotional win over the Brookville Raiders last Friday night in Punxsutawney, the Chucks basketball team was riding on cloud nine entering its non-league matchup against the Indiana Indians Tuesday night in Punxsutawney. Unfortunately for the Chucks, the Indians' high-power offense and pressure defense proved to be too much, and Indiana pulled off a 61-39 win.

Investigation continues; foul play not suspected in Hotel Punxsutawney fire

December 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The cause of the fire that destroyed the Hotel Punxsutawney earlier this month is listed as undetermined, and foul play is not suspected at this time as the investigation continues.

The fire began in the kitchen area and could possibly be electrical in nature, said Cpl. Chuck Gross, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.

Residents map out Just for Jesus concerns

December 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — About 100 Brockway and Snyder Township residents and public officials attended a hearing Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse pertaining to the Just for Jesus (JFJ) Challenge Homeless Outreach Ministry in Snyder Township.

The hearing was held jointly by the Jefferson County Commission and the Snyder Township Board of Supervisors, co-chaired by Ed Ferraro, Snyder Township solicitor, and James Dennison, county and Brookville Borough solicitor.

Antoinette (Belott) Astorino, 88

December 20, 2011

Antoinette (Belott) Astorino, 88, a lifelong resident of Walston, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

She was born Oct. 12, 1923, a daughter of the late Samuel and Rachel (Bianco) Belott.

June 6, 1946, she married Ross Astorino, also a lifelong resident of Walston, who preceded her in death Nov. 13, 2001, ending a union of 55 years.

Mrs. Astorino graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1941. She was employed by Jordan’s Furniture Store, which required a daily walk from Walston to Punxsy.

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