January 4th, 2011
Teresa L. Murphy Davis Depp, 81, of Belle Valley, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at her residence following a brief illness.
A resident of Erie most of her life and Punxsutawney for 10 years, she was born Nov. 9, 1929, in Newell Creek, a daughter of the late Clement Joseph and Edith (McChesney) Murphy.
She was married to her first husband of 42 years, Theodore Davis, who preceded her in death. She then married James H. Depp, who also preceded her in death.
Alys Barr Hivick, 84, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born May 18, 1926, in Hazen, a daughter of the late Clayton and Lydia (Swineford) Barr.
Mrs. Hivick graduated from Brookville Area High School and was a member of the Brookville Presbyterian Church. She worked in the office of Dr. Kenneth Shick for many years and later in the Assessment Office of the Jefferson County Courthouse.
By a unanimous vote, state Rep. Sam Smith of Punxsutawney was elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, while state Sen. Joe Scarnati of Brockway was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Senate for a third time.
Tuesday was the opening ceremony of the 195th Legislative Session of the House, where 200 elected members took the oath of office. Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Despite the fact there has been little to no snowfall in Punxsutawney so far this winter, representatives of some of the downtown merchants spoke to the Punxsutawney Borough Councilâs Public Safety Committee at Tuesdayâs meeting regarding the possibility of snow removal.
Shirley Sharp and Joe Ferraro of PRIDE made good on a promise to bring a plan to council regarding the removal of snow from the parking meter zones in the borough.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A Martha Street house was heavily damaged by fire that began around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday.
All three Punxsutawney fire companies battled the large fire at the residence of Carol States, 207 Martha St., Punxsy.
Department Chief Paul Hense said that when he arrived on-scene, there was heavy smoke and fire coming out from the rear of the older frame house.
âIt had a lot of the older type of construction including double planked siding which made it difficult to extinguish,â he said.
DUBOIS â A strong performance from Shawnaa Crago in the post proved to be too powerful for DuBois Central Catholic Monday night as the Lady Chucks picked up a 45-37 road win over the Lady Cardinals in DuBois.
The plan was to get the ball low to Crago, and Punxsy executed all night long. The senior finished with 17 points to lead all scorers in a game that moved Punxsy's record to 3-6 on the year, with a trip to Brookville looming Thursday.
"The guards did a nice job getting her the ball in the low post," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "Shawnna did a very nice job of finishing."
MARION CENTER â Natasha Tinnette Adams, daughter of Joe and Rhonda Adams of Marion Center, was born in the nick of time.
âAt 9:45 a.m. (Saturday), my water broke,â Rhonda said. âAnd I had her at 9:55 a.m.â
Born Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, Natasha â weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and 18 1/2-inches in length â is the first baby born for 2011 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Actually, Natasha was a week early: Her due date was Jan. 8, Joe said, adding that he and his wife were surprised that Natasha arrived early.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you are looking to climb higher, you might want to talk with the Army National Guard, which offers a free outreach program in area schools.
SSG Michael Barnett, Army National Guard recruiter, said schools can take advantage of a variety of free activities and programs.
âWe offer these at no charge,â he said, adding that recruiters offer free programs on drug prevention, Prom Promise, history of the National Guard, flag ceremonies and other informational classes.
âAll of the recruiters are trained to speak on each of these classes and programs,â Barnett said.
William Walter âBillâ Steele, 81, Rochester Mills, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born Feb. 14, 1929, in North Mahoning Township, a son of the late Walter H. and Twilia M. (Hoover) Steele. He was raised in Titusville and was a graduate of Colestock High School.
Sept. 12, 1948, he married Mary E. (Gaffney) Steele, who preceded him in death.
Twila I. Meneely, 86, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Ms. Meneely was born Aug. 12, 1924, in Valier, a daughter of the late William E. Meneely and Alma (Leckburg) Meneely.Â
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Ms. Meneely worked for Capital Finance for 20 years and later for Union National Bank for 13 years before retirement. Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting and working tirelessly on family genealogy.
Surviving relatives include a sister-in-law, Doris Meneely, and many nieces and nephews.