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December 14th

Patricia Perry, 63

December 15, 2010

Patricia Perry, 63, of Georgia, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

She was born June 21, 1947, in St. Petersburg, Fla., a daughter of the late Raymond B. and Charlotte L. (Perry) Tucker.

Ms. Perry is survived by Lloyd A. Pope of Georgia, two sons, David G. Pope and Daniel A. Pope, all of Georgia; a daughter, June A. Wells and husband Don of Punxsutawney; two grandchildren, Angel Wells and Harley Wells; and two great-grandchildren, Aidan West and Baily West.

Timothy Dean Sheriff, 51

December 15, 2010

Timothy Dean Sheriff, 51, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at home.

He was born Jan. 3, 1959, in Punxsutawney, a son of Ronald Sheriff of DuBois and Mrs. John (Gladys Carr) Oaks of Punxsutawney. 

Mr. Sheriff was employed at NAC Carbon Products in Elk Run.

He was a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles Club.

He adored his daughter, Carrie Sheriff of Bradford, whom he loved very much. 

Dorothy R. Zimmerman, 85

December 15, 2010

Dorothy R. Zimmerman, 85, of Custer, S.D., passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Castle Manor in Hot Springs, S.D.

Surviving relatives include a daughter, Diane Trithart of Custer; a grandson, Tim Trithart and wife Kristina Hendrickson of Rapid City, S.D.; two great-grandchildren, Ella Blue Trithart and Sawyer Gray Trithart; and two sisters, Helen Burns McConnel of Pittsburgh and Virginia Lunt of Johnstown. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at the Custer Lutheran Fellowship with Pastor Tom Opoien and Pastor Kent Narum officiating.

Doctors said Cody Kuntz wouldn’t live the life he is now

December 15, 2010

BROCKWAY — Right now, the only thing 10-year-old Cody Kuntz of Brockway is really worried about is his continuing visits to the dentist.

Due to a chromosome disorder, Cody — the son of Dan and Barb Kuntz of Brockway — has no adult teeth to fill in when his baby teeth fall out, and he’s looking at needing a palate or braces, because his adult teeth won’t replace baby’s teeth he loses.

“I just wish my mouth was normal,” he said, adding, “I just hope when my growth spurt comes, I’m going to grow.”

Sestak: We didn’t get the message across

December 15, 2010

CLARION — Joe Sestak, the recently defeated candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, visited DuBois and Clarion Tuesday as part of a state-wide tour.

The purpose of the tour, Sestak said, was to thank those who supported him. In doing so, though, he answered questions and addressed issues of concern for his constituency.

“This is my thank-you tour,” he said. “And a chance to say, ‘Yes, we can do this. We came so close in a year when every other Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania was getting smoked.’”

Brookville Hospital plans to close its ICU due to low numbers of patients

December 15, 2010

BROOKVILLE — Brookville Hospital announced this week that it will no longer offer intensive care services to extremely ill patients.

The decision to change services comes about due to little or no patient volume in the hospital’s ICU, according to hospital president and chief executive officer John Sutika.

December 13th

DeCriscio's 22 off bench helps Altoona blow by Lady Chucks

December 14, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Whether it was shooting beyond the arc, rebounding the ball offensively or defending the Punxsy girls' basketball team, Altoona had the Lady Chucks' number Monday night in Punxsutawney.

Kayla DeCriscio nailed five three-pointers and led all scorers with 19 points during the Lady Lions' 73-31 victory.

Punxsy, which trailed 40-13 at halftime, slumped to 0-3 on the season.

The Lady Chucks were held to single digits during every quarter, including five in the first frame. Altoona was ahead 22-5 entering the second quarter.

Junior-high Chucks lose a close one to Indiana

December 14, 2010

INDIANA — Indiana won seven of the 12 bouts on the mat and had just enough at the end to surpass the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team last Friday, 47-39.

The Chucks (0-1) were boosted by four-straight wins by fall from 110 to 130 pounds, but Punxsy struggled to win just one match after that once the weight classes grew larger.

Ahead 39-29 with three bouts remaining, Punxsy bumped up Austin Covatch and Troy Peace, giving Indiana a forfeit at 185 pounds. Covatch and Peace, however, each lost by fall, ultimately pushing Indiana ahead for the eight-point win.

Make-A-Wish campaign brings in more than $5,000 during first day

December 14, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY —The Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia chapter’s “Light Up a Child’s Life” week-long wish campaign set forth Monday with day one’s fund-raising total equaling nearly enough to grant two wishes.

The foundation, which grants once-in-a-lifetime experiences — such as vacations, celebrity meetings and shopping sprees — to children facing life-threatening illnesses, ages two-and-a-half to 18, calculates the cost of a wish as $3,400.

Council approves 2011 budget with no tax increase

December 14, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the 2011 budget with no tax increase at Monday’s council meeting.

Council President Susan Glessner said at last month’s meeting that council did agree to shift 0.15 mills from the recreation department budget to the library fund budget to make up for the short fall in funding from the state.

Glessner has praised the department heads and borough employees for working hard on next year’s spending plan so that they can continue with all of the borough’s services without increasing taxes.

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