November 29th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just as western Pennsylvania has been inundated with deer hunters this week, itâ€™s the job of Jefferson Countyâ€™s new Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) to protect the lives of deer hunters and make sure they follow rules when it comes to the two-week rifle season.
â€śThis is my dream job, the best job in the world,â€ť said Andy Troutman, of Summerville, the new WCO for the southern portion of Jefferson County.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Taegan Ludwig had all the traditional birthday party favors: Cake, multiple guests, a DJ and gifts.
There was one big difference though: The gifts werenâ€™t for Taegan.
For Taeganâ€™s 10th birthday party, held Nov. 19, she asked her 40-some guests that instead of giving her gifts, they donate the gifts they had brought to Toys for Tots.
She said she felt â€śgreedyâ€ť receiving all the gifts from the people who were invited.
â€śInstead of receiving gifts for myself, I decided to give gifts to others,â€ť she said.
Blair Irvin Askey, 87, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born Dec. 12, 1923, in DuBois, a son of the late Clyde and Blanche (Johnston) Askey.
March 28, 1944, in Penn Township, he married Helen M. (Ritz) Askey, who preceded him in death July 21, 1988.
Mr. Askey was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in Central Europe in the 326th Glider Infantry.
He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and liked to fish and hunt. He loved tending to the farm and his animals.
Karen Elaine Campbell, 61, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born April 6, 1950, in Starford, a daughter of the late Darl and Alice (Paul) Pounds.
Ms. Campbell was a homemaker and a member of the F.O. Eagles. She was also a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church.
Joan Wilma Schopperth, 78, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Aug. 5, 1933, in Patterson, N.J., a daughter of the late Joseph and Ann Degelman.
She married Timothy Schopperth, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mrs. Schopperth was a homemaker and a member of the Chestnut Grove Independent Church in Punxsutawney.
Brayden Grabany, of Punxsutawney, wasted no time harvesting his first buck this deer season when he shot this 185-pound, eight-point at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning hunting in Gaskill Township.
Weather-wise, the conditions for the opening day of buck season werenâ€™t exactly ideal, but that didnâ€™t stop Dustin Brooks (left) from successfully harvesting this 10-point, 150-pound buck at 7:38 a.m. Monday at the BB Ranch, Gaskill Township. Helping display the deer is his two-year-old daughter, Brielle Brooks (right). For more success stories from the first day of buck season, pick up today's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
One of the highlights of this past weekendâ€™s Home for the Holidays kickoff was the official lighting of the community Christmas tree in Barclay Square by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club. Guest are invited to check out the tree in person, as well as the entries in the clubâ€™s annual Circle of Trees event, which are situated around Memorial Bandstand.
The Punxsutawney girls' cross country team held its annual banquet Tuesday night to honor the hard work and effort put forth by the team's members this season. The team also handed out awards to some of ITS players. Pictured are (front, from left) Logan Brooks, Kaston Mohney, Kirsten Dean, Elissa Hill, Ala Small (All-District Second Team), Juliann Boddorf (All-District First Team); (back) Alexis Young (Most points and All-District First Team), Hannah Rummel (Most Improved), Marissa Greenblatt, Kayla Carpenter (Most Seasonal Bests), Jenna Knox, Tamara Anthony and Heidi Rodgers.
The Punxsutawney boys' cross country team held its annual banquet Tuesday night to honor the hard work and effort put forth by the team's members this season. The team also handed out awards to some of its players. Pictured are (front, from left) Bo Dinger, Dane Baker (Team leader in points); (middle) Jerad Meterko, Nathan Ward, Derik Kelly; (back) William Boddorf, Seth Burkett, Zachary Moore, Eric Ingros and Luke Fugate. The athletes were given personalized plaques commemorating their accomplishments this season by head coach John Smith.