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May 4th, 2012

After fire, Big Run Carpet reopens

May 4, 2012

BIG RUN — 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 — which was later classified as arson — 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

May 4, 2012

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

May 4, 2012

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.

May 3rd

Maya Angelou describes ‘the rainbows in my clouds’ in Clarion event

May 3, 2012

CLARION — Dr. Brenda Dede, vice-president of Academic Affairs at Clarion University, said Wednesday evening’s speaker could be described by many adjectives.

She’s an author, a poet, a dancer and a Civil Rights activist — and Wednesday, Dr. Maya Angelou graced the stage of the Marwick-Boyd Theater on Clarion University’s campus, to an auditorium of 3,000 people.

“I’m here, and I’ve come to say something,” Angelou said. “And I won’t leave until I say it.”

IUP-Punxsy students put chalk to walk about several societal issues in annual event

May 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

After slow start, JV Chucks' bats come to life

May 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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."

Memorabilia to preserve Harrick's accomplishments for years to come

May 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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. “Bud” Dobson, 87

May 3, 2012

Bernard R. “Bud” 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. “Toddy” Mahan, 83

May 3, 2012

Janet T. “Toddy” 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.

May 2nd

Tennis squad battles back for win over Bison

May 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After looking as if it was starting to come into its own Saturday and Monday with a pair of 9-0 sweeps over DuBois Central Catholic and Johnsonburg Saturday and Tuesday, respectively, the Punxsy boys' tennis team found itself in a bit of a hole after dropping the top three singles matches against Clearfield Wednesday in Punxsutawney.

But down 0-3, the Chucks never showed any signs of quitting, and they rallied to win the last six contested matches to earn a 6-3 victory.

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