April 30th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you consider yourself to be a leader in your field or have always wanted to be, then you'll want to attend the 12th-annual Chick-Fil-A Leadercast to be broadcast live Friday from Atlanta, Ga., at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
"It's a one-day leadership event with 10 different speakers scheduled to talk about the various aspects of leadership," said Mike Hammer, youth pastor at First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
Guy R. Siverling, Sr., 81, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Oct. 31, 1930, in Oliveburg, a son of the late Carlos and Irene (Means) Siverling.
Nov. 14, 1951, in Valier, he married Geraldine L. Phillips, who survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was a coal miner and trucker who retired in 1988.
JOHNSONBURG â€” Punxsy's junior high track team traveled to the annual Johnsonburg Junior High Track and Field Invitational Saturday, and out of 12 teams, the Chucks took fifth place overall.
A number of Chucks helped the cause, which was led by Nathan Lingenfelter, who placed second overall in the triple jump, measuring in at 35-1.
The Chucks also had two third-place finishes. In the field events, Alex Young earned third in the shot put, throwing 38-0.
DUBOIS â€” Coming off a 9-0 shutout loss to DuBois can be a difficult feat to overcome, but the Punxsy Chucks boys' tennis team was not thwarted.
Saturday, the Chucks traveled to DuBois Central Catholic and easily defeated the Cardinals, 7-2, and improved their overall season record to 4-4.
Despite cold temperatures Saturday, the rain held off for the Groundhog Little League's Opening Day, during which every team across six divisions opened its season. One common way to stay warm is to keep moving, and that's exactly what Claira Stephens (pictured here) did in the opening game of the Little League softball schedule between her Blue Jays and the Indians. Stephens, wearing a necessary hooded sweatshirt â€” an uncommon sight in softball season â€” stole second base and never stopped running until she made it home, advancing on a pair of overthrows to give her team a 3-0 lead.
BIG RUN â€” Sunday, Jefferson County residents gathered at the Big Run War Memorial to honor the annual celebration of the nation's Loyalty Day.
"Loyalty Day has become a permanent fixture on this great nation's calendar," VFW Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone said. "Though the Communist threat has greatly subsided over the years, Loyalty Day has continued to be a day worth recognizing, to reaffirm the American principles of freedom and democracy."
Previously known as Americanization Day, Loyalty Day is celebrated May 1 every year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two years and nine months ago, the Punxsutawney Area Community Center almost closed due to financing issues.
Thinking about the possibility now, Mick Mumau, center board of
directors president, muses over what a difference two years can make.
It was immediately following the Groundhog Festival in 2009 that the center actually did shut down for two weeks, Mumau said, adding that it would have been bad news for the entire community had the closure been permanent.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed May as Older Americans Month.
This yearâ€™s theme â€” "Never Too Old to Play" â€” emphasizes the important role older adults play in sharing their experiences and wisdom and passing that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways.
â€śOur goal is to encourage intergenerational activities,â€ť said Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson
Evelyn R. Faughner, 75, Rossiter, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Green Acres Personal Care Home, Rossiter.
She was born Aug. 9, 1936, in Osceola Mills, a daughter of the late Jesse Lee and Ruth L. (Fulton) Faughner.
She was a member of the Osceola Mills Methodist Church.
Surviving relatives include two sisters, Delores Shaw of Martinsburg and Betsy Lombardo and husband James of Osceola Mills; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Jolene Murawski and Lois Faughner.
Betty Jane Strong, 86, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born July 6, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Boyd Guy and Velma Jane (Crisco) Hicks.
Aug. 21, 1948, she married her husband, Paul M. Strong, who survives, of Punxsutawney. They were married 64 years.
Mrs. Strong was a very proud homemaker who took pride in keeping her home.
She was the last surviving member of her family.