January 18th, 2012
Academics is something that I have always held very near and dear in my life.
I grew up a bookworm, always reading every chance I could â€” a habit I wish I had continued throughout my adolescent and college years â€” and have always loved to study anything and everything.
Growing up, my favorite parts of the newspaper were the agate of the sports pages, where I could analyze the statistics and standings of each of my favorite sports, and the "Today in History" section, where in such a short amount of time I could learn so much about the history of a single day on the calendar.
Mary Jane Miller, 68, Brookville, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born Dec. 11, 1943 in Tonawanda, N.Y., a daughter of the late Marcel Russell and Hilda Madelyn (Lewis) Wazelle.
May 25, 1974, she married the love of her life, Wayne Arthur Miller, who preceded her in death Oct. 1, 2009.
Mrs. Miller was a member of the Nazerene Church in Anita, as well as a member of the Gentian Chapter No. 23 of the Eastern Star in Wyoming.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jurors during the third day of Steven P. Rebertâ€™s double-homicide trial learned how he left a video trail of surveillance of him stopping at Sheetz as he made his way to the home of Wayne and Vickie Shugar, Coal Tipple Road, Brockway.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of the Shugars, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their home.
BROOKVILLE â€” The son of a slain Snyder Township couple took the witness stand Tuesday during the second day of Steven P. Rebertâ€™s double-homicide trial, saying that when he arrived at his parentsâ€™ home and found both of their vehicles parked in the driveway, he began fearing the worst.
Jason Shugar, a son of the victims â€” Victoria and Wayne Shugar, Coal Tipple Road â€” said he last spoke to his parents Saturday, April 10, 2010, and described how his mother had asked him to help removing some items in second-floor room that the couple wanted to refurbish.
BROOKVILLE â€” A forensic pathologist testified Tuesday that while gunshot wounds to the neck and trunk killed Wayne Shugar, there were also two areas of hemorrhaging under his scalp.
He also testified that Wayne Shugarâ€™s wife, Vicky, died of a gunshot would to the trunk, and chipping defects on her fingernails were defensive wounds, suggesting that perhaps she was fighting off an attacker.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ Dec. 22, the PAHS senior class chose six senior girls to represent the 2012 Winter Formal Queenâ€™s Court.
This yearâ€™s court includes Tori Brooks, Cassandra Cook, Kaitlyn Cressley, Randa Depp, Sydney Jekielek and Samantha Winebark.
The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen, and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess after the official crowning during halftime of the boysâ€™ basketball game Friday against Bradford.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite giving up a nine-point halftime lead in the third quarter, the Punxsy girls' basketball team battled back and outscored the Lady Dutch of St. Marys 20-8 in the final stanza to claim a 62-50 victory Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.
After the game, Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said battling back and not quitting are traits his young team possesses as a strength.
"These girls battle the entire game, whether we're up or down," he said. "They're going to play hard for 32 minutes. It's just a trait of this team."
NEW BETHLEHEM â€” Punxsy wrestling coach Eric Eddy told anyone who asked him this week it would take "a perfect match" to beat Redbank Valley when the Chucks traveled there Tuesday night. Punxsy came within four points of reaching that match but fell just short in a 33-29 loss â€” one which saw Punxsy's Seth Spack reach the 100-win milestone to become just the fourth Chuck to do so.
Spack earned his 100th tonight, joining Neko Cappella, who did it this season, as well, and Matt Means and Kody Young as the only wrestlers in Punxsy history to reach the mark.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy Chucks rode a five-game winning streak into St. Marys for a District-IX league game against the Flying Dutchmen, and in what Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal called a "flat out war," the Chucks headed home with six in a row with a 44-38 win.
"It was a blood bath," Neal said. "We had two starters foul out in Garrett Zimmerman and Alex Fedigan early in the fourth quarter."
Punxsy's sharp-shooting sophomore Brandon Mancuso also missed the game due to illness, but Neal said his squad stepped up and did what they had to do to earn the victory.
Eileen McDonald, 90, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at AM/PM Personal Care Home.
She was born May 15, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James L. and Mary (Bonner) Long.
July 26, 1944, she married Kenneth McDonald, who preceded her in death in March 1995.
Mrs. McDonald was a member of the Steffy United Methodist Church and a member of the Steffy United Methodist Women.
She enjoyed working outdoors, children and cooking.