January 23rd, 2012
Punxsutawney Phil and members of the Inner Circle had a special guest in town last Monday: Sara Haines (second from left), from NBCâs âToday with Kathie Lee & Hoda Kotb,â explored Philâs Souvenir Shop and also asked (from left) Inner Circle President Bill Deeley, Vice-President Mike Johnston (third from left) and John Griffiths about the phenomenon that is Groundhog Day.
Winfield Scott Harriger, 87, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
He was born April 14, 1924, in Winslow Township, a son of the late Scott and Edna (Milliron) Harriger.
July 16, 1954, he married Sarah Annabelle Pifer Harriger, who preceded him in death Dec. 30, 2001.
Mr. Harriger was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reynoldsville.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a corporal in the U.S. Army.
Betty J. Pounds, 87, Marion Center, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at St. Andrewâs Village, Indiana.
She was born April 6, 1924, in Jackson Township, Cambria County.
Jan. 23, 1943, she married her husband, Paul R. Pounds Sr. Their 69th wedding anniversary was the day of her death.
Mrs. Pounds worked at Millerâs Market in Marion Center until her retirement.
In her spare time, she liked to crochet afghans and enjoyed flower gardening. She was also a very talented cook.
Mrs. Pounds was well known for her colorful sense of humor.
BROOKVILLE â The Ultimate Duals are known as one of the most prestigious Class AA wrestling tournaments in the state.
Four of the top six teams, along with two other top-notch programs, visited Brookville for the 16th-annual Johnson Motors Ultimate Duals.
The Raiders had a successful day, most notably earning a win over second-ranked Fort LeBoeuf, 34-30, in their second match of the day.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 2012 is the year without the plush. But for those behind the scenes at Phil's Souvenir Shop, it's the people â not necessarily the items â who make a Groundhog Day successful.
"I think the tourists and the people who come into the store are the most interesting," said Mary Ann Jacobson, the shop's head clerk.
"They're all happy to be here. When they're looking at your stuff, you see them smiling and laughing, and it makes for a happy atmosphere."
Edward D. Battaglia, 95, of Brookville, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Jefferson Manor.
He was born Nov. 18, 1916, in Kane, a son of the late Charles and Mary (Gillotti) Battaglia.
May 28, 1938, he married the former Josephine F. Cesario, who preceded him in death Nov. 22, 2004.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
He was also a member of the Brookville Eagles and the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Battaglia was an entrepreneur. In the 1950s, he and his wife owned the R & J Bar in Pine Creek Township, which later became the R & J Motel.
Richard B. Elkin, 87, Punxsutawney, died Friday Jan. 20, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Oct. 14, 1924, in West Mahoning Township, Indiana County, the son of the late Duff and Nellie (Marshall) Elkin.
June 26, 1948, he married Kathryn (Nichol) Elkin, who preceded him in death Oct. 17, 1978.
Dec. 8, 1979, he married Ruth (Kight) Elkin, who survives.
Mr. Elkin was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church of Trade City, where he was a Sunday School Teacher.
He loved gardening and traveling.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â On a night when Punxsutawney Area High School announced the annual Winter Sports Queen and Princess, the Bradford Owls rained on Punxsy's processional, as the Owls pulled away in the third quarter to earn a 50-42 District-IX league win over the Chucks on their home court.
"It's especially tough to lose at home," Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said after the game. "We've talked about protecting our house and winning here, and now, we have made things interesting in league play."
BROOKVILLE â Some of the top wrestling squads in the state will be making their way to Brookville Junior-Senior High School today to participate in the 16th-annual Johnson Motors Ultimate Duals.
"It's the second-, third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-ranked teams in the state, all in our gym (today)," Brookville head coach Dave Klepfer said. "There's really no breaks."
Samantha Winebark (second from left) was crowned the Winter Queen, and Randa Depp (third from left) was crowned the Winter Princess during halftime of Friday nightâs Chucks versus Owls basketball game. Their escorts were Tyler Milliron (far left) and Jesse Reinhart (far right), respectively.