There were many moments that Punxsy sports fans have cherished and won't soon forget from 2010. The following are Punxsutawney's greatest triumphs and achievements from this year.
Pennington honored by state
Punxsy's Braedon Pennington was named to the 2009 Associated Press All-State Class AAA First Team as a defensive back following his senior season by Pennsylvania sports writers after helping send the Chucks to their first District IX Class AAA title since 1991.
Freda L. Cowie, 89, Southington, Ohio, died at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Gilletteâ€™s in Warren, Ohio.
She was born May 15, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James Mallus and Eleanor Graul Mallus Lender.Â
July 3, 1940, she was united in holy matrimony with her husband, Ronald Cowie, who preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1980.
Erma A. Shaffer, 94, Reynoldsville, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born May 12, 1916, in Wishaw, a daughter of the late Thomas and Josephine (Marocci) Ghezzi.
Nov. 27, 1954, she married Levi Shaffer Jr., who preceded her in death May 26, 2003.
Mrs. Shaffer was a retired employee of the former Jackson China, Falls Creek, and a member of the St. Maryâ€™s Church of Reynoldsville and its Rosary Society.
Surviving relatives include a son, Thomas A. Shaffer of Reynoldsville; and several nieces and nephews.
â€˘ In a poll conducted by The Punxsutawney Spirit, readers chose the terrorist attacks of 2001 as the top event of the last decade.
Locally, readers cited the closure of Mahoning Hardware, the opening of Wal-Mart and the Quecreek Mine rescue as the top local events over the past decade.
â€˘ Jan. 3, William Paul Anthony, son of C.J. Adams and Craig Anthony, was born at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, the first baby of 2010.
â€˘ Jan. 4, Punxsutawney Borough Council members again elected Susan Glessner as president.
BROOKVILLE â€” For the second time in three years, the Jefferson County branch of the Penn State Cooperative Extension returned funds to the Jefferson County Commission.
Tuesday, the commissioners were presented with a check from Rick Kralj, director of the county cooperative extension, and Louise Christofor, extension board member.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department has its share of adversity this past year, but it also had many positive developments and programs that occurred at the same time.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan noted that some of the biggest accomplishments of 2010Â came when drug arrests took place during the early morining hours of Sept. 10.
â€˘ Drug arrests â€” Fedigan said that 10 local residents from the Punxsy area were arrested on drug charges by officers from his department and with help from members of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority met Wednesday, and the possibility of constructing a new, 10-year action plan was discussed.
The catch: Deve-loping an action plan that meets the state Depar-tment of Enviro-nmental Protection standards is likely to cost upwards of $30,000.
For the cash-strapped waste authority, investing that amount of money may serve to only hasten the day when operating funds no longer exist and the countyâ€™s recycling program is forced to cease. The authority typically has an annual operating budget under $150,000.
Just as days and months pass, so do the four sports seasons in Punxsutawney. As the cold winter of basketball and wrestling brightens with the thought of spring's baseball and softball, cool spring weather becomes even warmer as summer provides even more baseball and softball.
Then, once the days again grow crisper and shorter, football, soccer and volleyball are the main feasts, as the holidays are soon to arrive.
Agnes M. Piekielek, 90, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Piekielek was born Dec. 22, 1920, in Adrian, a daughter of the late Michael Skarbek and Mary (Sekula) Skarbek.
June 10, 1944, she married John L. Piekielek, who preceded her in death Dec. 13, 2000.
Mrs. Piekielek was a member of the St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church and was devoted to her faith and her loving family. She enjoyed reading and caring for her flower gardens.
John V. â€śVicâ€ť Pasley, 88, Springfield, Va., passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010.
He was born March 24, 1922, in Big Run.
He was married to Ruth Frances Kemper Pasley, who preceded him in death in September 2008.
A colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.