January 27th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ An important part of the Groundhog Day festivities is the excitement generated by a group known as Philâs Dancers, selected each year at PAHS by math teacher and Inner Circle Stump Warden Ron Ploucha.
This yearâs dancers were selected in November and include Mia Anderson, Melissa Blose, Tawnee Bowers, Danielle Knopick, Megan Muth, Samantha Osikowicz, Allie Shields and Krystin Vanderpool.
ALTOONAâ The Punxsy eighth-grade boysâ basketball team couldnât keep up with Altoona Maroon during the second half of a 30-20 loss Wednesday in Altoona.
With the game tied at 13 at halftime, Punxsy had kept up with Altoona.
In the second half, Punxy couldn't keep up, and Altoona outscored the Chucks (5-6) 17-7.
Ryan Sloniger scored a team-best nine points for the Chucks, and Dakota Thomas added six points.
Adam Ferko hit the boards for Punxsy and added some extra hustle, and Andrew Fedigan also helped keep Punxsy competitive.
LEWISTOWN â The Punxsy wrestling team had its share of ups and downs at the Lewistown Duals last Saturday, and by the end of the tournament, the Chucks registered a 3-2 record.
Punxsy started out strong by beating Wellsboro, 42-27, and upsetting host school Lewistown, 37-30. What followed were a pair of losses to Altoona, 45-33, and Greensburg Salem, 35-29.
The Chucks then finished strong at the end of the tournament, blowing by Harrisburg, 51-17, thanks to five forfeits.
During the event, both Kody Young and Neko Cappella went undefeated, as both grapplers finished 5-0.
KNOX â The Punxsy boys' basketball team played a complete game on both sides of the ball while wiping away Keystone Wednesday night in Knox, 57-23.
The Chucks (5-9) led 24-10 at the break when their 20-7 third quarter all but clinched their second victory on the road this season.
"That was our best team effort, without a doubt," Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said. "The guys just really, really stepped up."
Punxsy had struggled to score in recent games. It managed 27 points during a 17-point loss last Friday at Bradford and was defeated by DuBois Central Catholic Monday at home, 56-34.
CLARION â After a close beginning to its match with Clarion Tuesday night, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team hit its stride during an easy victory over the Bobcats, 67-27.
The match was tied at 15 through six weight classes before the Chucks scored 52 of the final 64 points to improve to 12-1 on the season. Punxsy has now won 12-straight matches.
Liliana Rose Black, infant, Duncansville, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Altoona Hospital.
She was born Jan. 10, 2011, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Dustin Black and Laurie Buhite.
In addition to her parents, surviving relatives include a brother, Brian, at home; her grandparents, Mark and Dee Buhite and Hidi and Mark Black; her great-grandmother, Linda Urick; and her great-great-grandmother, Rose Eyler.
Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the Sorge Funeral Home, Hollidaysburg.
Charles M. âChuckâ Hommey, 65, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Brookville Hospital. After suffering a stroke in August 2009, he was residing at Jefferson Manor Nursing Home in Brookville.
He was born May 7, 1945, in North Charleroi, a son of the late Charles and Margaret (Martin) Hommey.
Mr. Hommey was a 1963 graduate of Rostraver High School in Belle Vernon and earned a B.S. degree in animal science from West Virginia University in 1968.
Betty Mae Manners, 73, Callahan, Fla., died suddenly, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.
She was born May 15, 1937, in Covode, a daughter of the late John and Edna (Sutter) Willard.
She was married to Max Lloyd Manners, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Manners was a housewife and a graduate of Punxsutawney High School.
She was Baptist by faith and had resided in Florida for 11 years.
Norman L. Troutman, 55, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
He was born Feb. 18, 1955 in Kittanning, a son of the late Austin and May (Kunselman) Troutman.
Surviving relatives include a brother, Raymond Troutman; and three sisters, Dessie Harmon, Elsie Christner and Alice Robinson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Troutman.
At the family's request, there will be no visitation.
Services are private and at the convenience of the family.
PUNXSUTWNEY â Even though the contract doesnât expire until the end of the school year, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board of Directors and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) have been meeting to begin negotiating a new contract.
The current contract, which was approved in June 2007, and was retroactive to July 1, 2004, and expires June 30.
Board President Gary Conrad said the state must be notified six months in advance when the contract will expire.