May 4th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It was a beautiful sunny morning at Punxsutawney Area High School the day before the senior prom, and all was well, except for the rear parking lot, where two heavily-damaged vehicles could be seen as the result of the annual mock drunk driving crash.
PAHSâ SADD Club, Punxsutawney Borough Police, Punxsutawney Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS once again presented the pretend fatal traffic accident in which, as the story goes, two students lose their lives in a drunken-driving crash.
BIG RUN â A major fire that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011, might have spelled the end to the long-time family-owned business, but thanks to the help of family and friends, the store rose from the ashes with a ribbon-cutting Friday for the new store.
The former building may have been destroyed in the blaze â which was later classified as arson â but not the spirit of the London family and area residents who pitched in to help keep the store open with two small portable buildings, a storage building and a small office, said owner Jeff London.
Captain Philip Furst Carothers Jr., USN, 81, a career Naval Officer with 30 years of active service, died Nov. 10, 2011, at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wash.
He was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Somerset, a son of Philip Furst and Ruth (Goodwin) Carothers.
Captain Carothers' family moved to Cedar Springs, Lamar Township, in 1938, where he attended the local schools and graduated from Lock Haven High School, where he was named "Top Scholar" and awarded Clinton County's State Scholarship in 1948.
Ruth L. (Martz) Pierce, 93, Brookville, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 4, 2012, at Laurelbrooke Assisted Living in Brookville.
She was born May 16, 1918, a daughter of the late W.E. and Alice Martz.
May 16, 1940, she married David M. Pierce, who preceded her in death April 5, 1999.
Mrs. Pierce was employed by the Brookville Sylvania plant for many years and was the bookkeeper for the Gateway Bowling Alley for a number of years.
CLARION â Dr. Brenda Dede, vice-president of Academic Affairs at Clarion University, said Wednesday eveningâs speaker could be described by many adjectives.
Sheâs an author, a poet, a dancer and a Civil Rights activist â and Wednesday, Dr. Maya Angelou graced the stage of the Marwick-Boyd Theater on Clarion Universityâs campus, to an auditorium of 3,000 people.
âIâm here, and Iâve come to say something,â Angelou said. âAnd I wonât leave until I say it.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Instead of rain, student artists at IUP-Punxsutawney had to deal with the heat Thursday afternoon.
On the eve of finals, the students took chalk to the walk to draw different scenes portraying aspects of health, diversity, political and societal issues.
Seventeen students or student groups took part in the event, which was judged by members of the IUP-Punxsy staff and members of the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Despite not yet recording a base hit and trailing 3-2 after two innings Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Punxsy JV baseball team scored 13 runs on 12 hits over the course of the final three innings to win a 15-3, five-inning contest over Marion Center via the 10-run rule.
"Our bats started out a little bit sluggish, and it seemed like we needed a wake up call," Punxsy head coach Rodney Thompson said after the game. "When you have some pitching that's a little bit slower, you have to stay back on it. But hitting is still hitting."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It would be a "virtually impossible" feat today, according to his daughter, Mary Ann Barilar.
But from 1917-1921, Joseph (Joe) V. Harrick (1895-1958), earned 16 letters during his college career at West Virginia University, and is the one and only recognized 16-time letterwinner in WVU history.
A Punxsutawney native and former Punxsy coach, Harrick's greatest feat was earning four varsity letters each in football, baseball, wrestling and track and field.
Bernard R. âBudâ Dobson, 87, Coolspring, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.
He was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Worthville, a son of the late Jacob A. and Ida Mae (Maurer) Dobson.
April 21, 1948, in Worthville, he married his wife of 64 years, Lois G. Fike, who survives.
Mr. Dobson was a veteran of World War II, having served on the USS McCracken and USS Talladega in the Pacific Theater.
Janet T. âToddyâ Mahan, 83, Warren, entered the presence of the Lord Wednesday, May 2, 2012, after a short illness.
She was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Oliver Township, a daughter of the late John and Edna (Lingenfelter) Todd.
March 31, 1951, in Winchester, Va., she married Gordon David Mahan, who preceded her in death May 5, 2008.