January 7th, 2011
The PAHS senior class chose Megan Muth (second from left) as the Winter Queen and Taylor Powell (third) as the Winter Princess. They were accompanied by their escorts Adam Murdock (far left) and David Roberts. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
HARRISBURG â€”Â He may be leaving Harrisburg, but outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell said he wonâ€™t forget Punxsutawney.
â€śIâ€™ll always have a sweet spot in my heart for (Punxsutawney) Phil,â€ť he said during a conference call with Pennsylvania newspaper editors Friday. â€śPhil was in my first inaugural parade. It was freezing, 18 degrees, and Phil comes along, being driven in his warm traveling pen.â€ť
DUBOIS â€” A former death row inmate living in a Brockway shelter has been arrested again, and Pennsylvaniaâ€™s parole board says it is looking into alleged parole violations â€” again.
Ernie Simmons, 53, was convicted and sentenced to death for beating and choking 80-year-old Anna Knaze in her Johnstown home in 1992. The conviction was overturned after an appeals court determined prosecutors withheld evidence.
From the man who brought you â€śSquare Root Day,â€ť Ron Gordon is back to promote â€śStory Day,â€ť and the story must begin, â€śOnes Upon a Day.â€ť
Gordon, a teacher in the Sequoia-Union School District in Redwood City, Calif., first brought Square Root Day to the attention of Spirit readers and others around the country during Groundhog Day 2004 â€” 02.02.04, two is the square root of four.
The last Square Root Day was March 3, 2009 â€” 03.03.09, three is the square root of nine â€” and the next Square Root Day will be April 4, 2016 â€” 04.04.16, four is the square root of 16.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy wrestling team proved it is a squad that has more than one talented grappler Thursday night with a 51-21 victory over Curwensville in its first home match of the season.
The Chucks (6-6) fell behind 15-6 following the first-ever home loss of senior Kody Young before rallying off five-straight victories that carried into the decisive win.
Young (9-1), who was competing in his first home match since breaking the school record in career victories Dec. 28, 2010, was up against Curwensville's best wrestler in junior Jake Keller.
BROOKVILLE â€” Turnovers in crucial situations have crept up on the Punxsy girls' basketball team all season, and Thursday's game in Brookville was no different.
The Lady Chucks (3-7, 0-2 District IX League) were ahead by four points at halftime only to give the ball away too many times during a 40-33 loss to Brookville.
"They came out in the third quarter and turned up the heat defensively, and we didn't handle it very well," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "Their defense created some turnovers for them, they got up eight points, and we just couldn't bring it down."
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Sheriffâ€™s office recently concluded a busy year which saw the addition of TASERs to the weapons used by the deputies.
Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr. said through grants, he was able to purchase TASERs for the deputies to have a more effective means of securing offenders by a less lethal option, â€śby helping to bring the deputies home safely to their families and friends and the offender into custody unharmed.â€ť
TASERs for deputies have deterred hostility because offenders know the outcome.
Chamber board member Jodi Presloid (center, left) and Chamber Executive Director Marlene Lellock (center, right) held the red ribbon as Kevin Merrow, D.C, (center) owner of Merrow Chiropractic, made the cut Thursday. The communityâ€™s newest chiropractor conducted the ceremonial opening surrounded by his friends and family (from left): Charles H. Merrow, Pat Merrow, Tim Merrow, Lindsay Vite and Andrew Roberts. A 2009 graduate of New York Chiropractic College, Merrow, who was born and raised in Punxsutawney, said he always wanted to open a practice in the area.
Douglas S. â€śTutâ€ť Toth, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, after spending an amazing weekend with his family.
He was a son of Harry P. and Lois Jean (Stanford) Toth.
Mr. Toth was married to Rhonda Toth.
He was known for his love of sports and coaching abilities, the love of hunting and the outdoors, and his caring heart and willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need.
Mr. Toth served the youth of the area as a softball, baseball, basketball and soccer coach through the years.
Paul H. Beck, 86, Route 119, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born April 21, 1924, in Winslow Township, a son of the late Cleveland L. and Mary (Lindemuth) Beck.
May 25, 1957, he married the former Nora Lorraine Wachob, who survives.
Mr. Beck previously worked for Gaston Lumber.
He was a member of the Henderson Grange No. 1315 and the Ponoma Grange.Â He volunteered for the Jefferson County Fair for many years since the 1960s, when it was located in Sykesville and called the Town & Country Fair.