January 6th, 2012
The Honorable John Henry Foradora (not pictured) administers the oath of office to the Jefferson County Commissioners Tuesday at the courthouse. Pictured are (from left) Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik and Auditor Brenda Scarantine; Commissioner Jim McIntyre and his wife, Eileen; and Paula Corbin and Commissioner Chairman Paul Corbin.
Thomas E. Austen, 69, Sigel, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at home.
He was born June 15, 1942, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Edwin Armstrong and Margaret B. (Hanlon) Austen.
May 14, 1977, in Sigel, he married Barbara J. Burford, who survives.
Mr. Austen worked in elementary education for the Brookville Area School District for 10 years and retired as the safety supervisor from National Fuel Gas.
Mary D. Coblentz, 37, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at DRMC West.
She was born Sept. 8, 1974.
She was married to John R. Coblentz, who survives.
In addition to her husband and parents, surviving relatives include four daughters, Amanda, Katie Ann, Fannie and Barbara; five sons, Marvin, Mahlon, Ervin, Daniel and Henry; and her brothers, sisters and many friends.
Friends will be received from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at 2442 Canoe Ridge Rd., Rossiter.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home.
Emma Lester Hetrick, 96, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Oct. 9, 1915, in Anita, a daughter of the late Philip and Clara (Humm) Lester.
July 25, 1947, she married Fred A. Hetrick, who preceded her in death Aug. 19, 1980.
She lived all her married life in New Bethlehem.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney and was an avid quilter.
Surviving relatives include two step-granddaughters, one step-grandson, one step-daughter-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
CURWENSVILLE â€” In high school wrestling, what weight class wrestles first is determined by a random drawing. Thursday night in Curwensville, luck of the draw set the stage for the most anticipated match of the evening between Punxsy's Neko Cappella â€” who recently became just the third Punxsy wrestler to reach 100 wins â€” and Curwensville's Jake Keller â€” who is a two-time district champion â€” in the 138-pound class to be the final match of the evening.
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy boys' ninth-grade basketball team earned its second win of the 2011-12 season in it's 2012 opener Tuesday afternoon at DuBois Central Catholic, 41-26.
Punxsy (2-5) jumped out to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter, and despite a strong second quarter by the Cardinals, the Chucks led at halftime and held on for the victory.
"This was by far the best game we have played all season, so far," Punxsy head cocah Brandon Krug said. "Our defense in the first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game."
BROOKVILLE â€” A Clarion woman is facing multiple charges after leading Brookville Borough Police on a nearly 20-mile pursuit Thursday afternoon along Route 322.
Police Chief Ken Dworek said the woman, who is in her mid-60s, initially did not stop for a traffic control detail along Route 322 around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
She faces charges of driving under suspension, reckless driving, attempting to elude police and multiple other traffic citations.
Police, noticing the woman was driving a car with expired inspection stickers, attempted to pull her over â€” but she just
The swearing-in ceremony for Jefferson County elected officials took place Tuesday. Pictured are (from left) the Honorable John B. Leete, the senior judge of Potter County; Andrew Bazylak and his dad, newly-elected District Judge Greg Bazylak; District Judge Douglas Chambers; and James Henry Foradora and his dad, the Honorable John Henry Foradora.
E. Louise Kammerdiener, 72, of Northpointe, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Nov. 17, 1939, in Redbank Township, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Ray W. and Hazel E. (McDivitt) Kunselman.
June 1, 1963, she married Fred C. Kammerdiener, who preceded her in death Feb. 10, 2011.
Mrs. Kammerdiener was a housewife, devoting much of her time with her husband of 47 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Entering Wedneseday night's contest with the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals without a victory, the Punxsy Lady Chucks basketball team did what it needed to do to secure its first win of the season with another solid defensive outing, holding DCC to eight points or fewer in each quarter en route to a 33-30 victory.
Although his team earned its first win of the season in its first game of the calendar year, Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said his team wasn't going to dwell on the win too long.