May 25th, 2012
Emma Jane Larimer, 89, Punxsutawney, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at Wellington Heights, Punxsutawney.
She was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Stanton, a daughter of the late Richard and Emma Ruth (Thrush) Shields.
Oct. 25, 1947, she married Lawrence James Larimer, who preceded her in death Oct. 19, 2008.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney.
She was a very active member of Shoregate Methodist Church in Willowick, Ohio, where she was a leader within the church.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” The Jefferson County-DuBois AVTS Class of 2012 is looking at a different take on an ancient Mayan philosophy that suggests 2012 will mark the end of the world.
â€śThe world is not ending; weâ€™re just taking over,â€ť said class President Karissa Dinger, of Punxsy, as 93 students from the Brockway, Brookville, DuBois and Punxsutawney school districts received their diplomas Thursday night at Jeff Tech.
BROOKVILLE â€” While human services, higher education and basic education may endure significant cuts once the stateâ€™s final budget is approved, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is seeing a little relief from the cuts this year.
â€śAll in all, we did OK; we fared OK,â€ť said Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. â€śThere are still some areas of concern, but at the end of the day, weâ€™ll right-size the organization and do what we have to do, to maintain a high level of service.â€ť
Thursday evening, members of the Punxsutawney Garden Club planted flowers in the first half of the hayracks around town. They will plant the second half whenever new hayracks are placed at the new light posts. Pictured are (from left) Kerri Stebbins, Kim Neigh, Grace Neigh, Tanga Hopkins, Rose Osikowicz and Dottie Jekielek.
ROSSITER â€”Â In the first of four regular-season rematches scheduled to take place between the two teams that played for the Federation League championship last season â€”Â the Rossiter Miners and the DuBois Rockets â€”Â the reigning champ held its own, as the Rockets earned a 5-3 victory Thursday evening in Rossiter to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Rossiter starter Brodie Lowmaster pitched a pretty solid game, scattering 10 hits over his seven innings of work, but in the end, it was control problems that cost Lowmaster the victory.
STRATTANVILLE â€”Â After winning the District IX Class AA Championship three years in a row, the Brookville Raiders went on a five-year dry spell. That dry spell ended this season.
Thursday night, the Raiders rallied from an early deficit to take the district title, 15-9 over Karns City.
"They wanted the district title, and they've been phenomenal, working together and picking each other up," Raider head coach Kenny Lindermuth said. "It's just a great team atmosphere that we have going on, and it's been an amazing season. Hopefully, we can keep it rolling next week."
David Allison Brown, 87, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at AM/PM Personal Care Home in DeLancey.
He was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late David Earl and Grace (Williamson) Brown.
May 31, 1946, he married the love of his life, Carrie Irene â€śScoopâ€ť Hodgson, who preceded him in death Oct. 15, 2006.
The couple enjoyed one another immensely and loved to dance together.
Mr. Brown was a Master Sergeant in the Army, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. He was very proud to be a veteran and encouraged others to be patriotic.
Nancy A. Heitzenrater, 68, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born June 18, 1943, in Reynoldsville, a daughter of the late John S. and Margaret E. (North) Heitzenrater.
She was Protestant by faith.
Ms. Heitzenrater enjoyed attending Camp Friendship, puzzles, crafts and spending time with her family.
James Robert (Bob) Sink, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, 2011.
He was the second son of Walter E. and Ethel Mae (Montgomery) Sink.
He was born April 11, 1923, in DuBois, and was raised in DuBois and Punxsutawney.
Mr. Sink lived most of his adult life in Virginia and Florida.
He never lost his love of music, golf and the Elks organization. He was twice the Past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge No. 2672 in Ruskin, Fla.
Four Punxsy athletes â€” two Chucks and two Lady Chucks â€” are bound for the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. (From left) Kevin Hughes (400-meter dash), Juliann Boddorf (200-meter dash), Alexis Young (1600-meter run) and Brody Morgan (javelin), pictured here taking a break from their preparation during a track and field get-together Wednesday afternoon at Jack LaMarca Stadium, will make the trip today in preparation for Friday's preliminary rounds on the track. The AAA javelin event will be held Saturday morning.