January 12th, 2012
WESTOVER ‚ÄĒ After the Harmony Owls missed a buzzer-beating shot that would have given them a win over the Punxsy boys' basketball team last season, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal pegged Harmony ‚ÄĒ a much smaller school in Westover ‚ÄĒ a scrappy school that will play a team hard until the end. And Thursday night in Westover, the Owls gave the Chucks a run for their money, especially in the first half.
MOON TOWNSHIP ‚ÄĒ You can call him THE Rick Weiss ‚ÄĒ thanks to his wife, Debe ‚ÄĒ but it might embarrass him a little bit.
Weiss, the man behind hundreds of Punxsutawney Phil cartoons, posters, postcards, banners and the model of the ‚ÄúPhantastic Phil!‚ÄĚ statues in town, recalled visiting an art show during the Groundhog Festival a number of years ago, when he and his wife began talking with a person at the show.
‚ÄúWe introduced ourselves, and my wife said, ‚ÄėHe‚Äôs the one who does the groundhog artwork,‚Äô‚ÄĚ he recalled. ‚ÄúThe person said, ‚ÄėAre you THE Rick Weiss?‚Äô I‚Äôve never lived that down.‚ÄĚ
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ From the time the child abuse allegations against former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky were revealed Nov. 5, prompting his arrest, Jefferson County‚Äôs director of Children & Youth Services, Brian Mowrey, has seen a spike in the number of reported child abuse cases.
According to Mowrey, in the last two months, there has been an increase in referrals to the office of Children & Youth Services ‚ÄĒ some of the highest numbers he‚Äôs ever seen.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Representatives from PennDOT District 10 presented plans for work on Margiotti Bridge this summer during a public event Thursday at the Mahoning East Civic Complex.
According to John McCombie, senior civil engineer supervisor-transportation for PennDOT, the scope of the project entails retrofitting certain parts of the barriers on the 75-year-old bridge that spans Mahoning Creek, Water Street and part of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.
ST. MARYS ‚ÄĒ Entering Wednesday night's girls' basketball game between Punxsy and Elk County Catholic, something had to give with ECC a perfect 9-0 and Punxsy riding the wave of a three-game winning streak. In the end, the Lady Crusaders did what they had to do to preserve their perfect season with a 47-29 victory.
"We just didn't match their intensity playing on the road against a very good Elk County team," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said after the game.
From the start, Elk County jumped out to an early lead, and at the first break, Punxsy found itself in a 12-5 hole.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Jan. 4, Pennsylvania Football News announced its annual PFN All-State football teams for the 2011 season, and this year, two Chucks ‚ÄĒ defensive lineman Jacob Shiock and quarterback Garrett Zimmerman ‚ÄĒ were among those named as statewide honorable mentions.
"Any time athletes are recognized for their hard work, it's a good thing," Punxsy head football coach Alan Nichol said in an interview Wednesday. "PFN is not as media-driven as some of the other awards. They're more based on opposing coaches nominations and statistics. So it's a nice honor for these guys."
In the blink of an eye last Sunday, the Steelers' season and my hopes of a seventh Lombardi trophy traveling to Pittsburgh came crashing down when Steeler Nation was "Tebowed" on a quick pass that ended the first-ever overtime game in NFL playoff history that wasn't sudden death in sudden death fashion.
Steelers fans across the nation Monday probably complained of the need for a further-revamped overtime system, while Broncos fans probably pledged their full allegiance to the new system ‚ÄĒ a sign that the way you look at a situation really does depend on whose side you call your own.
Ethel Mae Haney, 91, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born June 11, 1920, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late John T. and Elizabeth (Molnar) Vadasy.¬†
Sept. 23, 1936, she married Vincent L. Haney, who survives, of Punxsutawney.¬† They were married for 75 years.
Mrs. Haney attended the Cloe United Methodist Church.¬† She worked for the former Adrian Hospital and Rosenthal Dress Shop.¬†
She loved crosswords, bingo, music, reading and dancing.
Phyllis C. McCabe, 79, Brookville, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 27, 1932, in Norristown, a daughter of the late Arnold and Clara Crabtree.
Jan. 31, 1953, in Norristown, she married Regis F. McCabe, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. McCabe work at the Refractory in Norristown, her father‚Äôs yarn factory and as a pork roll vendor in Atlantic City. She was also the bookkeeper for McCabe Drug Store, which she owned, and she also worked briefly for Nationwide Insurance in the 1950s.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Borough residents can expect major changes to be made by Punxsutawney Borough Council during its Feb. 13 meeting.
‚ÄúMajor changes are about to occur by council that will surprise a lot of people,‚ÄĚ council President Larry Chenoga said Monday.
‚ÄúThis is going to be a great council, and at our next meeting, we are going to make some changes that will surprise a lot of people,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to move forward, and we‚Äôre going to move forward in the right direction.