February 2nd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A.J. Dereumeâs new Inner Circle name has a familiar ring to it.
Or is that a familiar rain?
Dereumeâs nickname â The Rainmaker âÂ as the newest member of the Inner Circle was the one once held by his father, Jack Dereume Jr., who was also an Inner Circle member.
During Tuesdayâs Groundhog Banquet, President Bill Deeley gave the younger Dereume his nickname, explaining his rationale.
âIf you knew Jack Dereume, you knew everywhere he went, it rained,â he said.
Any truth in that?
PUNXSUTAWNEY â More than 600 grapplers competed during a pair of Punxsutawney Groundhog Wrestling tournaments this past weekend, including nearly 100 from Punxsutawney.
Saturday, more than 350 competed in the Youth Classic portion of the tournament, which had the more experienced wrestlers. Sunday, more than 300 wrestled in the Novice tournament, which featured grapplers who are new to the sport.
In all, 49 Punxsy wrestlers competed Saturday, with 14 winning at least one match and placing in the top four.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A dominant second half helped the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team win for the 10th time this season Monday, 55-24, over Clearfield.
The Chucks (10-3) were ahead 19-12 at halftime before blowing out the Bisons with a 36-12 second half, starting with a 20-point third quarter.
"Overall, it was a good game," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "We really broke it open in the third and never looked back."
Brandon Mancuso matched Clearfield's score with 24 points.
Kevin Hughes added eight points.
Robert Clair Campbell, 94, of Brookville, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at McKinley Heath Center, Brookville.
The son of the late Preston and Olive (Lewis) Campbell, Mr. Campbell was born Aug. 5, 1916, in Punxsutawney.
Mr. Campbell was married to Elizabeth (Shaffer) Campbell, who preceded him in death in 1992.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a manager a United Refinery.
Harold Don Gaston Sr., 84, of Winchester, Va., died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at the home of his daughter.
He was born June 9, 1926, in Canoe Township, Rossiter, a son of the late Aaron and Minta (Seger) Gaston.
He served in the Navy during World War II.
Joyce D. Craig, 78, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
She was born July 20, 1932, in Stockton, N.Y., a daughter of the late Doyle Frary and Margaret (Clark) Davis.
Ms. Craig was a member of the Light of Life Mininstry.
John V. Taladay, 75, Rockville, Md., passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.
He was born in Punxsutawney and graduated from Penn State University. He moved to Baltimore in the 1950s and later moved to Rockville, where he lived for more than 40 years.
Mr. Taladay spent several years working for the railroad, and worked with some of the first computers in existence. He also worked for the Vitro Corporation for 30 years where he met his wife, Joann, and many wonderful friends.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Appropriately beginning a day that pretty much saw all forms of weather â wind, snow, freezing rain, fog and sunshine â in the Weather Capital of the World, Punxsutawney Phil stunned shivering and wet fans at Gobbler's Knob and proclaimed Wednesday that no, he did not see a shadow, and yes, an early spring is on its way.
"The sky is clear; prepare yourself for warmth," Inner Circle Vice-President Mike Johnston said following Punxsy Phil's prognostication, which came on the heels of severe winter storm warnings for the Midwest, Pennsylvania, New York and the Northeast.
Thomas R. Chelgren
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Thomas R. Chelgren was named the 2011 Punxsutawney Man of the Year at Tuesdayâs Groundhog Banquet.
Bob âOralâ Roberts, the 2010 Man of the Year, said Chelgren is a Punxsy native and a graduate of PAHS and Jeff Tech.
Â Roberts said itâs almost easier to describe what services and activities in which Chelgren has not been involved, but, âIn everything he has done, he has served our community in a very selfless and humble manner, always avoiding the spotlight or any praise for his enormous efforts.â
Bad weather â which continues as such â and the Pittsburgh Steelersâ upcoming Super Bowl were running themes during the annual Groundhog Banquet Tuesday evening, where Inner Circle President Bill Deeley cautioned those who would be attending todayâs prognostication by Punxsutawney Phil.
âTomorrow, I have no idea what will happen,â as to whether Punxsy Phil will predict six more weeks of winter or an early spring. âIâll tap on the door, and heâll tell me what it will be. If itâs wrong, itâs because I misinterpreted.â