November 25th, 2010
Gerald C. Justice, 74, formerly of Oliveburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born Feb. 20, 1936, in Punxsutawney, a son of Mary Josephine Justice.
Jan. 5, 1957, he married Mary Elbel, who survives.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Justice served in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A retired postal carrier and member of the Oliveburg Presbyterian Church, Mr. Justice, an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and following them in their sporting events.
Vance Hankinson, 51, formerly of Punxsutawney, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, surrounded by his loving family at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Mr. Hankinson was born Oct. 30, 1959, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of Dorothy (Cameron) Painter, of Rossiter, who survives.
He was married to Carol (Byerly) Hankinson, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Hankinson was a devoted family man who adored his sons and granddaughter. He touched the lives of many people and will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.
Ernest R. Caldwell, 88, formerly of Brookville, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Highland View Health Center, Brockway.
He was born Dec. 29, 1921, a son of the late Wayne J. and Carrie Reed Caldwell.
Mr. Caldwell was married to Lois M. Evans, who survives, for 65 years.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Caldwell served in World War II and in the Philippines.
He worked for Humphrey Gas Co., Brookville, and later in the Business/Clerical Department of Brookville Equipment.
The Punxsy boys' golf team had its banquet last week at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Pictured are (front, from left) Kyler Smathers, Mike Blose, Ryan States, David Roberts, Nick Roberts, Brandon Mancuso; (back) Ian Miller, Brandon Bish, Jesse Verdill, Micky DeChurch, Adam Murdock and coach Josh Conrad. Missing from the photo are Troy Cameron, Austin Couser, Josh Greek, Tanner Lewis and Seth Spack. (Photo submitted)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy wrestling team will be the first to admit that it isn't as technically-sound as District IX Class AAA rivals Clearfield and DuBois.
To make up for that, the Chucks strive to be the most well-conditioned, determined and toughest team around.
As the Chucks are a few days into their first week of 2010-2011 preseason, the words of Dan Gable are often spoken by head coach Eric Eddy and assistant coach Buddy Young, who have been coaching Punxsy wrestling for nine years now.
John M. Hazlett, 82, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Boardman, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, in Columbus.
He was born April 6, 1928, in Frostburg, the son of Mark and Helen (Gould) Hazlett.
He was married to his wife of 56 years, F. Louise Hazlett, who preceded him in death.
A 1946 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Mr. Hazlett earned a private pilotâs license at age 17 and served the U.S. Navy as an Air Corps V-5 flight officer, then V-6 Reservist.
Vance Hankinson, 51, Elk Run, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Everyone has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but two families in particular are thankful to have their lives, thanks to a four-year-old boy.
Four-year-old Kolton Renegade Powers and his family used to live in a duplex along Graffius Avenue until a fire destroyed their home Nov. 2. Neighbors Jim, Peggy and Elizabeth Trayer lived on the other side.
SYKESVILLE â The Sykesville Lions Club was gearing up for its 57th-annual Pancake Fry Tuesday. The fry will start Friday, and run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets to the event, which is held at Town Hall in Sykesville, are available in advance and at the door. Customers receive a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, and the crowd of many hunters readying for deer season exchange outdoor stories over coffee.
BROOKVILLE â Miss Pennsylvania 2010, Courtney Thomas, graced her Hickory Grove Elementary alma mater with a visit last Friday, leaving students with the message, âDonât COPP out.â
The acronym stands for the 22-year-old Sigel nativeâs personal platform on the consequences of peer pressure (COPP).
While an eighth-grader at Brookville Junior-Senior High School, Thomas said she experienced the serious repercussions of falling to peer pressure first hand. The 2007 graduate decided to leave a high school football game, against her better judgment, to join friends for a car ride.