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January 15th, 2012

Jeffrey (Petey) S. Peterman, 39

January 16, 2012

Jeffrey (Petey) S. Peterman Sr., 39, Punxsutawney,died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 30, 1972, in Indiana, a son of Margaret Diane (Peterman) Anderson, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Mr. Peterman was a roofer.

He was a member of the Punxsutawney FOE, the American Legion and the Walston Club.

Miriam Poole, 87

January 16, 2012

Miriam Poole, 87, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Lancaster, a daughter of the late Samuel Z. and Nora May (Hersh) Shaub.

She married Warren D. Slaybaugh, who preceded her in death in 1991.

She then married Bruce Poole, who preceded her in death in 2010.

Mrs. Poole was a registered nurse.

She was a member of the Punxsutawney Chapter No. 72, Order of the Eastern Star.

January 13th

Lady Tigers pounce on Lady Chucks early

January 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks basketball team knew it had its hands full when the Lady Tigers of Hollidaysburg — defending District VI champion and perennial powerhouse — rolled into town on snow-covered roads Friday night.

Punxsy (3-9, 0-2) wasn't able to break the Lady Tigers' press, and Hollidaysburg scored eight points in the first minute and opened with a 13-0 run on its way to a 78-32 win.

Back to .500 — Punxsy takes down Ridgway

January 14, 2012

RIDGWAY — After a tough loss to Brookville put the Punxsy junior high wresting team below the .500 mark for the season at 2-3, Punxsy rebounded with a victory Thursday night in Ridgway to return to .500.

As has been the case for Punxsy in more matches than not this season, it dominated the bouts that took place on the mat. But in an interesting move, Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said Ridgway opted to exchange several forfeits as opposed to allowing its wrestlers to take to the mat during regulation.

Local troops celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting with new cookie

January 14, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Look out Thin Mints, a new cookie is vying for the spotlight.

In celebration of their organization’s 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts across America are going door-to-door today, and every day for the next couple of weeks, trying to sell a new cookie: Savannah Smiles.

The new lemon-wedge cookie, described as “cool and crisp, with just the right amount of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor,” was introduced to pay homage to the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.

‘Tail Waggin’ Tutors’ offers another way to help kids with their reading skills

January 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — From now until the snow melts, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library ... or the dogs are going to the library.

Beginning this past Thursday, the library kicked off its “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” program for children ages six through nine.

During the program, the youngsters not only get to take part in reading and crafts, but also work with Sadie and Sara, the stars of “Tail Waggin’ Tutors.”

The $60,000 or the car? Lottery winner takes the car

January 14, 2012

DUBOIS — Reynoldsville resident Douglas Giles recently received a brand-new 2012 Ford Mustang GT for an extremely discounted rate — $5.

It was a normal day for Giles when he went into Backstreet Beer Distributor, in Reynoldsville, and bought a $5 Mustang instant lottery ticket.

He scratched off the ticket and felt the feeling that anyone who has ever bought a ticket hopes for: The excitement of winning a grand prize.
Giles had the choice between $60,000 and a brand new 2012 Mustang GT. The choice was easy for Giles.

“I’ve always wanted a Mustang,” he said.

Rebecca L. Phillips, 70

January 13, 2012

Rebecca Larraine Phillips, 70, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 22, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Harry and Marie (Mitchell) Johnson.

She married Kenneth Ray Phillips, who preceded her in death July 14, 2003.

Mrs. Phillips worked as a nurse's aide for the Blose-McGregor Health Care Center.

January 12th

Janocha's 13 & 10 give Punxsy fifth straight

January 13, 2012

WESTOVER — After the Harmony Owls missed a buzzer-beating shot that would have given them a win over the Punxsy boys' basketball team last season, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal pegged Harmony — a much smaller school in Westover — a scrappy school that will play a team hard until the end. And Thursday night in Westover, the Owls gave the Chucks a run for their money, especially in the first half.

Weiss’ Punxsy Phil cartoons show all facets of Groundhog Day

January 13, 2012

MOON TOWNSHIP — You can call him THE Rick Weiss — thanks to his wife, Debe — but it might embarrass him a little bit.

Weiss, the man behind hundreds of Punxsutawney Phil cartoons, posters, postcards, banners and the model of the “Phantastic Phil!” statues in town, recalled visiting an art show during the Groundhog Festival a number of years ago, when he and his wife began talking with a person at the show.

“We introduced ourselves, and my wife said, ‘He’s the one who does the groundhog artwork,’” he recalled. “The person said, ‘Are you THE Rick Weiss?’ I’ve never lived that down.”

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