April 7th, 2011
Ryan H. Fraser, 28, Clearfield, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 3, 1983, a son of Barbara (Matzie) Irwin, who survives, of Rossiter.
Mr. Fraser attended the Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School and had been employed in retail sales.
He was Christian by faith.
In addition to his mother, surviving relatives include a son, Titan D. Fraser of Clearfield; a sister, Danielle Peace and husband Justin of Punxsutawney; two brothers, Adam Fraser and wife Ashley of Houtzdale, and Justin Neal of Rossiter; three nephews; and a niece.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney senior Kody Young and Jenna Reitz have had similar high school winter sports careers.
Young, a wrestler, was coached by his father, Buddy Young. He was also one of the top wrestlers on the team since he was a freshman.
Reitz, a basketball player, also had her father, Randy Reitz, as a coach. Midway through her freshman season, she was the starting point guard. She then started at that position for the next 3 1/2-years.
Stanley E. Piekielek, 79, Punxsutawney, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 20, 1931, in DeLancey, a son of the late Anthony and Josephine (Pogwizd) Piekielek.
July 14, 1979, he married Shirley Edmondson, who survives.
Mr. Piekielek was a member of St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church, where he was an usher. He also delivered Meals on Wheels.
He was retired from North American Carbon Company.
Marjorie Dickson Staikides, 80, West Chester, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Paoli Memorial Hospital.
She was born in New Castle, a daughter of William Campbell and Isabel C. (Cutler) Dickson.
Mrs. Staikides grew up in Punxsutawney and attended Grove City College. She was the wife of the late John James Staikides, also of Punxsutawney, who was a respected artist and art teacher in the Kennett Consolidated School District.
After marrying, the couple moved to southern Chester County, where they happily raised their family together.
BIG RUN â€” A fully loaded tri-axle coal truck caused severe damage to a home when the driver lost control while traveling north on Route 119 (East Main Street) around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Big Run.
Todd Peace, chief of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company, said the driver of the truck said he was cut off by another driver in a gray vehicle while traveling north on Route 119, which caused the truck driver to swerve, leave the road and strike the porch of a house located at 222 East Main St. and cause damage to the sidewalk in front of several other homes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A question as to whether Cranberry Alley should be changed to a one-way street was one of the items discussed at Tuesdayâ€™s Public Safety committee meeting.
Committee Chairman Mike Porada revisited the discussion of the issue from last month regarding speeding on Cranberry Alley behind the Chamber of Commerce office following a complaint from Penn Arms, whose building borders the alley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A two-year investigation has yielded the arrest of eight individuals who, police say, are accused of distributing a controlled substance â€” mainly marijuana.
During a press conference Wednesday, officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, described a drug sweep that began around 7 a.m. that morning, and concluded without incident around 9 a.m., according to Lt. Bernard Petrovsky.
Trooper Jamie LeVier, public information officer for Troop C, said the two-year investigation focused on the sale and distribution of marijuana and prescription drugs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When the last track event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay, arrived Tuesday in Brookville, Punxsy boys' head coach John Smith wasn't sure if his team would be able to pull out a victory.
That's when he urged his 4x400 runners â€” Tom Wagner, Derick Kelly, Nathan Ward and A.J. Meterko â€” to finish strong, considering their victory and the five team points the foursome could earn would push the overall win in the Chucks' favor.
BROOKVILLE â€” Brookville's speed on the track compensated for the Punxsy girls' track and field team's power in the field during the Lady Raiders' 78-72 victory at home Tuesday.
Punxsy (1-1) was in control of nearly every field event, but the Lady Raiders (1-0) swept both the 100- and 200-meter dashes and won all three relays.
Connie L. Grimes, 73, Brookville, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Aug. 11, 1937, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Orval W. and Lillian (Carroll) Grimes.
Ms. Grimes worked as a registered nurse at Brookville Hospital, Punxsutawney Hospital, the Pennsylvania Memorial Home in Brookville, and for the Brookville Area of the Aging.
She was a member of the Port Barnett United Methodist Church in Brookville, and she enjoyed reading and playing the piano.