January 16th, 2012
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 Deeleyâ€™s, 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.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â Brookville senior Jordan Young lined up on offense every Friday night during the 2011 football season.
He helped lead the corps, serving as a team captain, and dominated game in and game out, and recently, he was recognized for his efforts.
The Pennsylvania Football News released its All-State Football teams Jan. 4, and Brookville senior Jordan Young was named to the third team as an offensive lineman.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. â€” Many children grow up playing baseball and dream of someday playing in the major leagues.
Brookville's Ryan Barrett is one step closer to achieving that dream, as he was selected recently to play in the California Winter League (CWL), a prestigious instructional league from which many players are selected to play professionally.
"I'm hoping to get picked up by a team," Barrett said before leaving for Palm Springs, Calif., today. "It's my dream to play professional baseball; that's what I've been working for my entire life."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Break out the red carpet for the Groundhog Day trek to Gobbler's Knob for two important figures: Punxsutawney Phil and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
The Groundhog Club's Inner Circle confirmed last week that Corbett and his wife, Susan, will indeed attend Groundhog Day 2012, serving as the guest speaker at the annual Groundhog Banquet Feb. 1 and making the trek with the Inner Circle the morning of Feb. 2.
The official announcement from the Inner Circle coincides with the first day â€” today â€” that tickets for the banquet will be available.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jury selection was completed Friday for the trial of Steven Patrick Rebert, as 12 jurors and four alternates were chosen for the trial, which is set to begin with opening arguments at 9 a.m. today at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and her husband, James Shugar â€” also known as Wayne Shugar â€” both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 22, 1896)
FIRST TO ENTERâ€¦
The 206 Regiment Enjoys
Helen Bobette (Sutter) Lechner, 90, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Anchorage.
Â Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Punxsutawney.