January 17th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Dec. 22, the PAHS senior class chose six senior girls to represent the 2012 Winter Formal Queenâs Court.
This yearâs court includes Tori Brooks, Cassandra Cook, Kaitlyn Cressley, Randa Depp, Sydney Jekielek and Samantha Winebark.
The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen, and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess after the official crowning during halftime of the boysâ basketball game Friday against Bradford.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Despite giving up a nine-point halftime lead in the third quarter, the Punxsy girls' basketball team battled back and outscored the Lady Dutch of St. Marys 20-8 in the final stanza to claim a 62-50 victory Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.
After the game, Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said battling back and not quitting are traits his young team possesses as a strength.
"These girls battle the entire game, whether we're up or down," he said. "They're going to play hard for 32 minutes. It's just a trait of this team."
NEW BETHLEHEM â Punxsy wrestling coach Eric Eddy told anyone who asked him this week it would take "a perfect match" to beat Redbank Valley when the Chucks traveled there Tuesday night. Punxsy came within four points of reaching that match but fell just short in a 33-29 loss â one which saw Punxsy's Seth Spack reach the 100-win milestone to become just the fourth Chuck to do so.
Spack earned his 100th tonight, joining Neko Cappella, who did it this season, as well, and Matt Means and Kody Young as the only wrestlers in Punxsy history to reach the mark.
ST. MARYS â The Punxsy Chucks rode a five-game winning streak into St. Marys for a District-IX league game against the Flying Dutchmen, and in what Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal called a "flat out war," the Chucks headed home with six in a row with a 44-38 win.
"It was a blood bath," Neal said. "We had two starters foul out in Garrett Zimmerman and Alex Fedigan early in the fourth quarter."
Punxsy's sharp-shooting sophomore Brandon Mancuso also missed the game due to illness, but Neal said his squad stepped up and did what they had to do to earn the victory.
Eileen McDonald, 90, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at AM/PM Personal Care Home.
She was born May 15, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James L. and Mary (Bonner) Long.
July 26, 1944, she married Kenneth McDonald, who preceded her in death in March 1995.
Mrs. McDonald was a member of the Steffy United Methodist Church and a member of the Steffy United Methodist Women.
She enjoyed working outdoors, children and cooking.
Francis R. Russell, 95, Brookville, formerly of Timblin, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
He was born April 17, 1916, in Emlenton, a son of the late James and Della (Porter) Russell.
He married Florence (Bennett) Russell, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Russell was a clergyman and a member of the Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Brookville.
Walter R. âPeteâ Weaver, 94, Brookville, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
He was born Sept. 22, 1917, in Brookville, a son of the late Raleigh J. and Edna (Vandervort) Weaver.
Oct. 6, 1944, in Brookville, he married Margaret L. âPegâ Crawford, who survives.
Mr. Weaver was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and the U.S. Army Reserves in Pittsburgh for more than 20 years, retiring as a colonel.
BROOKVILLE â After almost two years, the double-murder trial of Steven Patrick Rebert Monday, began Monday, with the prosecution guiding the jury into what it could expect to hear, and the defense noting that the prosecution presented its opening arguments with no evidence of Rebertâs guilt.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
BROOKVILLE â The first to testify in the double murder trial of Steven Patrick Rebert was Michelle Bright of DuBois, formerly of Coudersport, who works for the Brady Street Florist, DuBois.
Bright began to work for Flowers & More in Brockway in 2007, after she was hired by Vickie Shugar, who, along with her husband Wayne Shugar, was killed around April 10, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Snyder Township.
Bright said before she moved, she sent flowers from Flowers & More to her boyfriendâs mother and got to know Vickie.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Bill Deeley and Alex Park have shared a remarkably similar career path.
Both graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Neither of them entered the funeral business through a family member, and both worked for other funeral homes before purchasing them.
And as of Jan. 1, the path of Park, 24, a graduate of Brookville Junior-Senior High School, has caught up with Deeleyâs, as he is the new owner of the Deeley Funeral Home, Hillcrest Drive.