February 1st, 2012
EDINBORO â€” Last Saturday, the Punxsutawney Indoor Track and Field team opened its season by traveling to Edinboro University to compete along with more than 40 other Western Pennsylvania schools at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association's (TSTCA) Meet No. 2.
The TSTCA's Edinboro meet No. 1, scheduled for two weeks ago, had been cancelled due to extreme snow and weather conditions in Edinboro, and Punxsy coach John Smith said, "The kids were ready to go and were just glad to get a chance to run, jump or throw in an actual meet."
Donald Jacob Brocious, 85, Brookville, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
He was born March 22, 1926, in Mayport, Redbank Township, Armstrong County, a son of Oren C. and Mary (Milliron) Brocious.
He attended the Salem school and worked in the coal mines and construction.
He served his country during World War II with the U.S. Army.
Carole M. Hipps, 71, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at home.
She was born May 6, 1940, in Clearfield, a daughter of the late Presley J. and Carolyn (DeHaas) Strunk.
June 2, 1962, she married William G. Hipps, who preceded her in death Dec. 23, 2002.
Mrs. Hipps was a graduate of Curwensville High School.
Gale L. Shields, 64, Rossiter, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in San Tan Valley, Ariz.
He was born April 1, 1947, in Indiana, a son of the late Lynn Shields and Velma (Gowin) of Glen Campbell.
June 4, 1966, he married Donna (Filler) Shields, who survives.
Mr. Shields attended the Canoe Ridge Church of God and was a member of the John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534.Â He earned his B.S. in education from Slippery Rock University, where he also played baseball for four years.
He still holds a record there for catching his senior year with no errors.
GREENSBURG â€” Warm clothes and protection against the elements are necessary for attending Groundhog Day, but with former Rusted Root drummer Jim Donovan attending this year, guests may also want to bring a drum.
â€śWeâ€™re going to have a big-good time,â€ť said Donovan, who will appear at Gobblerâ€™s Knob early Thursday morning and with his band, Sun King Warriors, from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight in the Celebration Tent in Barclay Square. The bandâ€™s performance is sponsored by S&T Bank.
This yearâ€™s observation of Groundhog Day will be marked for several reasons: Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s visit to the Weather Capital of the World; good weather, which could draw more guests today and tomorrow; and the fact that the annual celebration falls closer to the weekend.
â€˘ Ongoing events â€“ Worldwide Adventures of Phil, Phind Phil, Cookie Decorating, Philâ€™s Friends in Barclay Square.
â€˘ 9 a.m. to midnight â€“ Punxsutawney Philâ€™s Souvenir Shop, 102 W. Mahoning St. Everything groundhog and Punxsutawney Phil! Official souvenirs sold here.
â€˘ 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. â€” 2012 Groundhog Day Art Show. Punxsutawney Art Association Inc., 401 W. Mahoning St.; Punxsutawney Historical Societyâ€™s Lattimer House.
â€˘ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. â€“ Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, 201 N. Findley St.
â€˘ 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. â€” Gilsonâ€™s Stained Glass & More, 101 W. Mahoning St.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The last time the Lady Chucks basketball team faced Brookville Dec. 15, 2011, the Lady Raiders were just too much for Punxsy's young squad to handle.
The rematch took place Tuesday night in Punxsutawney, and a more confident, experienced Lady Chucks team that has shown much improvement since that first meeting struggled to find it's rhythm early and couldn't overcome the deficit put up by Brookville's steady offense, as the Lady Raiders cruised to a 51-38 victory.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy grapplers faced even match-ups Tuesday night against Hollidaysburg, and the Chucks edged just one more victory on the mat than the Tigers and earned themselves a 43-28 win.
The Tigers are running a small squad this year, and they knew going into Tuesday night's match-up they'd be giving up four forfeits. But the Chucks were having numbers issues themselves and returned the favor with three. Only seven matches took place on the mat.
WINGATE â€” The Punxsy Chucks basketball team traveled to Bald Eagle High School Tuesday night for an out-of-league contest and picked up a 72-63 road win to improve their record to 12-4 this season.
Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal was pleased with his team's performance, as he said the entire team contributed to the win.
"It was just a great win," he said. "We controlled the boards, and the big guys took over. We have players just coming in off the bench and giving their all when they're in there. Individual guys had big games, and all the pieces of the puzzle are really falling together."