October 18th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A recent rash of burglaries continued in Punxsutawney when sometime late-night Monday or during the early morning hours Tuesday, someone entered and caused damage inside Punxy Philâ€™s Family Restaurant, 116 Indiana St.
According to police, unknown actor(s) forcibly entered the restaurant, and once inside, attempted to remove items and caused damage to property.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said local residents have several options in attempting to prevent a burglary from happening at their home or business.
BROOKVILLE â€” A new building, a new start. And a time to dream big.
Jefferson Countyâ€™s own child advocacy center (CAC), Western PA CARES for Kids, has a good reason to celebrate.
Sunday, the center opened the doors to its new facility and welcomed about 100 people to take part in the ceremony.
â€śItâ€™s a dream come true,â€ť Jefferson County District Attorney and Western PA CARES for Kids Board President Jeff Burkett said. â€śWeâ€™ve been dreaming about this basically since 2004. The new facility really gives us the ability to dream big.â€ť
Roy E. Elbel, 94, Rockford, Ill., died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Willows Health Center in Rockford.
He was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Titusville, a son of the late Louis El and Florence M. (Frisbee) Elbel.
He was a 1941 graduate of Penn State University.
Mr. Elbel was a mechanical engineer and retired from Sundstrand Aviation in 1984.
He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Ruth J. Willert of Glendora, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty Jean McHenry, 88, Brookville, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Edward and Effie (Hoop) Holben.
March 1, 1947, she married Robert R. Mchenry, who preceded her in death Jan. 11, 2000.
Mrs. McHenry was a member of the First English Lutheran Church.
She enjoyed her flowers.
ST. MARYS â€” The Lady Chucks junior varsity volleyball team traveled to the home of the Elk County Catholic Crusaders for their volleyball tournament Saturday and put on an impressive show. Punxsy went 11-1 in pool play and finished second overall in the tournament.
The Lady Chucks opened pool play against Redbank earning two close victories, 25-20, 25-20. Punxsy head coach Megan Decker said it was a "sleepy, early game," and her team members didn't communicate as much as they usually do, but they did finish strong to earn the win.
ST. MARYS â€” The Lady Chucks tennis team met the Lady Beavers of DuBois Monday afternoon in blustery conditions at Benzinger Park in St. Marys for the District IX team championship, and DuBois won 5-0 to earn the title.
Despite the loss, Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius was happy with finishing second in the district and saw great improvement in her team throughout the year, especially since DuBois handed the Lady Chucks a 9-0 loss in their first match of the season.
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Council received word at Monday's meeting that the chances of hiring a part-time police officer for the borough are pretty slim.
Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said that he spoke with Sykesville borough officials, and that the only thing they could help Big Run with is selling the borough a used police cruiser.
Buterbaugh said it's quite expensive to hire an officer.
"We'd be only foolish to think we can afford one," Buterbaugh said, adding that to begin with, the borough would have to pay for the officer to go through approximately 800 hours of training.
DUBOIS â€” Punxsy's seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams played well on both sides of the ball again, using solid defense and consistent scoring from a variety of players to earn a pair of wins against the Lady Beavers in DuBois Monday afternoon.
In the eighth-grade game, Punxsy led 21-10 after three quarters and held off a late rally by DuBois to win 24-17.
"The girls played really well," Punxsy head coach Mike Carlson said after the game. "Our man-to-man defense was the best it's been all season."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Nearly 50 years of firefighting came to a close for two members of the Lindsey Fire Company, who recently submitted their resignations for the purpose of retirement to Punxsutawney Borough Council.
Frank Davis and Don Ross have decided to call it a career as volunteer firefighters. Both were members of the original scuba team that formed in 1974.
Ross said he became a member of Lindsey in 1962, and was the first in his family to do so.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Jessica Newcome got a jump start on her teaching career as soon as she graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, having majored in early childhood education.
"A friend of mine had called and said there might be a position for an aide for the day care," Newcome said Monday. "Ann (Smith, retired SS.C.D. School principal) hired me right out of college. I called about being an aide, and Ann hired me as the director."