April 29th, 2012
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council began the search for another person to fill a vacancy after receiving a resignation letter from council member Robert Reesman Thursday.
Reesman had served on council previously, but did not seek re-election because he was moving out of the borough. However, council President Larry Chenoga asked him to return to council when former president Susan Glessner resigned at the end of last year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” April 19, eight members representing the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1951 visited the North Findley Street campus to make a monetary â€” and a symbolic and heartfelt â€” contribution.
â€śOn behalf of the Boles Foundation, we are grateful to the Class of 1951 for their generosity and thoughtfulness,â€ť PAHS Principal and Boles Foundation Board President David London said. â€śIn the spirit of Margaret Boles, her students from the Class of 1951 are continuing her work and assisting PAHS students to further their education.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The only forewarning the Chucks baseball team needed that it'd have its work cut out for it against Altoona Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney came April 16 when Punxsy eked out a 1-0 win over the Lions in Altoona. Altoona's record was a pretty good indicator, as well, as the Lions entered Friday's contest with just that one loss.
A strong effort in all facets of the game by the Chucks, though, meant Altoona headed back home with a pair of losses to the Chucks this year, as Punxsy earned a 6-1 victory.
CURWENSVILLE â€” After five innings Friday night in Curwensville, the Lady Chucks softball team trailed the Golden Tide 3-1, but a bit of offensive spark from some unfamiliar faces at the varsity level led Punxsy to a come-from-behind, 5-3 victory in the end.
Facing the two-run deficit, Punxsy's Johnna Depp led off the top of the sixth inning with a single, and Sydney Phillips followed with a walk.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After more than a full week off â€” thanks in part to a snowed-out match against Johnsonburg Monday â€”Â the Punxsy boys' tennis team returned to action Friday against a difficult squad in the DuBois Beavers, and DuBois earned a 9-0 victory.
Despite the zero on the score sheet, the Chucks did have a number of close matches, and Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said it was difficult to keep the rhythm that his team had been building over the course of the season with such a long layoff.
Charles Thomas "Turtle" Kime, 62, Luthersburg, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at home.
He was born May 1, 1949, in Cherry Tree, a son of the late Charles S. and Emma (Hertzog) Kime.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam conflict.
Mr. Kime was an avid outdoorsman and love to hunt and fish.
John Frederick Rylke, 67, Punxsutawney, diedÂ Friday, April 27, 2012,Â at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. Â
He was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Revloc, the youngest of eight children born to Carl and Josephine (Janiszewski) Rylke. Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While every move Punxsy's high school athletes make on the court is accessible for all to see, a number of PAHS student athletes are also excelling in other areas off the court â€” areas such as academics.
This past week, Punxsy senior Alex Fedigan, son of Tom and Melissa Fedigan, was informed by head football coach Alan Nichol of an honor he received for displaying leadership not only on the football field last fall but in the classroom, as well: Being named to the Pennsylvania Football News All-Academic Team - Gold Level.
While open season for spring gobbler doesn't begin in Pennsylvania until Saturday, junior hunters were allowed an opportunity to get an early start with a mentored youth hunt last Saturday. Fifteen-year-old Hailey Brady was among those who cashed in on the head start, bagging this 19-pound gobbler with a 9 1/2-inch beard while hunting with her step-father, John Yenzi, near her home in Knox Township.