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December 30th

Occupy Wall St. inspires new book

December 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Phil Mennitti never thought he’d write a book, but all it took was a bit of inspiration.

Motivated by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, Mennitti, who works for the Punxsutawney Area School District, wrote “A Commoner’s Guide to Defeating the Aristocracy,” a book about Wall Street’s influence on the government and how its influence has destroyed the highest standard of living in the world.

“I was kind of inspired (by the OWS Movement) because I saw that everybody else felt the way I did,” he said. “And it didn’t die off. It kept growing — day after day.”

Geraldine Sara Porter

December 30, 2011

Geraldine Sara Porter died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

She was the daughter of the late Gerald and Sara Braund.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Porter; mother of Michael, Kathleen and Daniel Porter, Susan (James) Mullins and Sean Porter; and sister of the late Patricia Johnston. 

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

Relatives and friends are invited to Gerri's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, P.A., 6160 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, Md.

December 29th

Another close one: Chucks win tourney

December 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Carl A. Truance, for whom the Punxsutawney Holiday Classic has been named since 1995, was an avid fan of Punxsutawney sports.

He would have been pleased with the performance the Chucks gave Thursday night to be crowned tournament champions.

Punxsy's Cory Geer, playing off the bench, hit a shot with 38 seconds on the clock to give the Chucks a 53-52 lead, and the Chucks held on to win by that same score.

Under pressure: Lady Chucks fall to Hazleton

December 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks fell behind early for the second day in a row and were unable to overcome the deficit to lose 39-33 in the consolation game against the Lady Cougars of Hazleton at the 17th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

The Lady Cougars' intense full-court pressure defense was a key factor in shutting down the Lady Chucks in the first quarter, and Hazleton converted early to jump out to a 13-5 lead in the first quarter.

2011 Year in Review, July though September

December 30, 2011

JULY
June 30
• Close enough — Gov. Tom Corbett signed a new state budget, reaching his goal of enacting a 2011-12 spending plan before the new fiscal year began — by 15 minutes. It was the first time a state budget had been passed on time in eight years, those eight during the administration of former Gov. Ed Rendell.

July 2
• With the help of Punxsy Phil, his co-handler John Griffiths and a fake front page, Jeff White proposed to his girlfriend, Sarah O’Donnell, both of Pittsburgh, in front of The Spirit’s “Phantastic Phil!” And she said yes.

July 5

TRUANCE CHAMPS

December 30, 2011

The Punxsy boys’ basketball team overcame a late Clarion lead to win the 17th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic, 53-52, Thursday in Punxsutawney. Pictured here is the entire team with the championship trophy.

Doris Irene Dixon, 86

December 30, 2011

Doris Irene Dixon, 86, Sykesville, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 5, 1925,in Sykesville, a daughter of the late John B. and Annie (Hughes) Morgan.

April 17, 1941, she married Richard Franklin Dixon, who preceded her in death Nov. 23, 1978.

Mrs. Dixon was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing, cooking and baking. She taught her grandchildren how to cook and bake. She loved to spend time with her family, and was also a loyal Pirates fan.

December 28th

Chucks to play for Truance Championship

December 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the winter weather finally hitting Punxsutawney just after Christmas, the weather seemed fitting for the opening day of the 17th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic.

Truance was an original member of the Booster Club and was known for his support of Punxsutawney athletics.

The Punxsutawney Jaycees originally ran the Holiday Tournament for 26 years be- fore the Booster Club took over in 1995. In 1996, the tournament expanded to include the girls' bracket, as well.

Rosemary L. Bower, 70

December 29, 2011

Rosemary L. Bower, 70, Brookville, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in Falls Creek.

She was born Jan. 5, 1941, in Williamsport, a daughter of the late Joseph W. and Josephine M. (Paternostro) Gramling.

She was married to Wayne Flack, who survives.

Mrs. Bower was a 1958 graduate of St. Marys Catholic High School in Williamsport and worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart in DuBois.

She was Catholic by faith.

YEAR IN REVIEW: APRIL • MAY • JUNE

December 29, 2011

APRIL
April 5
• Director Christopher Nolan announced that parts of the next Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” would be filmed in Pittsburgh.

April 10
• Participants and supporters raised more than $45,000 for Camp Friendship and the ARC of Jefferson County during the 32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special in Sykesville.

April 11
• Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the borough’s new solicitor to succeed Timothy Morris, who resigned and moved to California.
Morris had served as the borough’s solicitor since 1999.

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