March 4th, 2011
Douglas M. "Gunny" Craft, 53, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the VA Medical Center in Oakland.
He was born Dec. 9, 1957, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James Craft and Sarah (Cameron) Craft-Bartlebaugh.
He was married to Susan L. (Snyder) Craft, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Craft served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant from 1975 until 1995, before retiring as a career Marine.
Margaret (Peg) Laura Waggett, 90, widow of Earl H. Waggett, died March 2, 2011, at Hospice Care Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Ky.
Born in Hamilton, Pa., June 1, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Hamilton and Lilian Blose Stear.
She lived in Sharon, Pa.; Akron, Ohio; Hamilton, Pa.; and Seminole, Fla., prior to moving to Lexington, Ky., to be near her daughter, Sandra W. Miller.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Chucks will send eight to the Northwest Region Class AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament today and Saturday in Altoona, but all eyes will once again be on the trio of senior Kody Young and juniors Seth Spack and Neko Cappella.
Young, a four-time district champion and the school record holder in career victories, is in search of his second and final state berth. He placed fourth at regionals in 2008 and 2010, with his only state qualification taking place in 2009 when he finished in third place.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy elementary boys' basketball tournament came to a close with three narrow finishes and a pair of decisive victories Thursday night at PAHS Gym A.
Pittsburgh 20, Michigan State 18
Brandon Matthews provided 13 points, and Pittsburgh started the last day of the tournament with a 20-18 victory over Michigan State.
Also scoring for Pitt was Walter Mock (three points), Jacob Ward (two), Adam Haught (one) and Garrett Smith (one).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For Bruce Breth, life was always on the move while he was employed at Harvey Company in Punxsutawney, as a nitrogen truck driver during his younger years.
Today, however, life has slowed down a bit for Breth, 88, and the walls of his room at Wellington Heights are adorned with 70 finished puzzles. His current work in progress is uncompleted on his table.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Scam season appears to be in full swing, as more victims in the Punxsutawney area have reported receiving letters asking them to send money.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department has received reports of area residents whoâ€™ve been scammed through the mail and via telephone.
Fedigan said thereâ€™s such a large variety of scams occurring that itâ€™s hard to identify any one in particular.
If someone receives a letter offering a chance to win money, that person should proceed with caution, he said.
Burton L. Mottern Sr., 83, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at his home.
He was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Dora, a son of the late Irvin M. and Dora (Geist) Mottern.
Mr. Mottern was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Air Force.
March 30, 1949, he married Betty (Vallies) Mottern, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Mottern was a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles and the United Mine Workers Union.
Oliver H. Snyder Jr., 72, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his home.
He was born March 1, 1939, in DuBois, a son of the late Oliver H. and Margaret M. (Mirandi) Snyder Sr.
He was married to Heidi (Scarletta) Snyder, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Snyder was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a private in the U.S. Army.
He was a truck driver for Krise Bus Company and a member of the National Rifle Association.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Day Three of the Punxsutawney Elementary boys' basketball tournament had two closely contested contests, including two games decided by one possession Wednesday night.
Washington 12, Pitt 9
Brandon Matthews scored seven of his team's nine points, but Pitt was unable to prevent Washington (3-0) from moving to 3-0 in the first of three match-ups between fourth- and fifth-grade teams Wednesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council continues to discuss the possibility of appealing Judge John Foradoraâ€™s ruling regarding the reinstatement of terminated Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich.
Last week in a written opinion, Foradora denied councilâ€™s appeal of the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commissionâ€™s order to rehire Andrekovich.
According to Brian Gabriel, of Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo & Miller, P.C., Pittsburgh, the law firm representing the borough in its appeal, no decision has been made whether or not to appeal Foradoraâ€™s opinion.