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Dannie Allen Austin, 65

December 15, 2011

Dannie Allen Austin, 65, Punxsutawney, passed away, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.

He was born June 14, 1946, in Hanson, Ky., a son of the late Rufus Elbert and Girdie Lee (Ruby) Austin.

He was married to Christine J. (Stoffella) Austin, who survives, for 31 years.

Mr. Austin loved his family and friends above all else. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Donald J. Frye, 65

December 15, 2011

Donald J. Frye, 65, DuBois, died suddenly at home Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

He was born July 8, 1946, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Blair and Edna (Leasure) Frye.

He was married to Karen (Shaffer) Frye, who survives.

Mr. Frye served for 15 years with Company B, 728th Maintenance Battalion of the Clearfield National Guard. He was a retired railroad trackman for the B&O and Conrail Railroads.

He was a volunteer for the AARP and Protestant by faith, an active member of the Tri-County Church of God.

John A. Pape Sr., 93

December 15, 2011

John A. (Bid) Pape Sr., 93, of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at St. Andrews Village in Indiana.

He was born April 5, 1918, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Carmen and Concetta (Nace) Pape.

Feb. 3, 1940, he married Carolyn (Brown) Pape, who preceded him in death April 9, 1991.

Mr. Pape was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

He was an avid boxer and baseball player in his youth and went on to play professional baseball as a catcher with the Detroit Tigers in 1941.

Dan ‘The Packer Man’ will don Black & Gold for Make-A-Wish

December 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — So far, SS.C.D. School has raised more than $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign, but according to Principal Jessica Newcome, today will “make a big difference.”

The students’ challenge: Convince SS.C.D. employee — and Punxsy’s biggest Green Bay Packers fan — Dan Prutznal to at least appear to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

As Prutznal will surely tell you, his beloved Packers defeated the Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XIV. But today, he will will wear one piece of Steelers attire for every $25 the students raise.

Bright Christmas mornings ahead, thanks to Toys for Tots

December 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY —The Toys for Tots distribution was held Wednesday at Gobblers Knob by Community Action Inc., so children will receive gifts for Christmas.

Community Action has been the primary sponsor, along with the U.S. Marine Corps, for more than 10 years in Jefferson County, said Janeen Love, Senior Corps RSVP director.

Love said there were a total of 160 families from Jefferson County who were helped by Toys for Tots, with a total of 330 children who will receive gifts.

SINGING FOR MAKE-A-WISH

December 15, 2011

SS.C.D. Choir Director Arlene Stewart directs the students while they sing Christmas carols at Mulberry Square Wednesday afternoon. Both Mulberry Square and SS.C.D. have raised more than $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo by Natalie Bruzda)

December 13th

It's good to be home: Chucks win home opener

December 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After the Punxsy Chucks basketball team won its first game Saturday at the Marion Center Tip-Off Tournament, one of its goals was to carry the momentum from the win into its home opener, and Tuesday night, the Chucks did just that with a convincing 52-33 win over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs in Punxsutawney.

Ruth L. McHenry-Coe, 95

December 14, 2011

Ruth L. McHenry-Coe, 95, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Dec. 9, 2011, at Lincoln Glen Nursing Home in San Jose, Calif.

She was born Oct. 14, 1916, in North Point, a daughter of the late Aubrey Gould and Lucy Marie (Cassiday) McHenry. She was the second of seven children.

She married Robert Coe, who preceded her in death in 1996.

Mrs. McHenry-Coe served in the Navy in World War II.

William Paul Smochek, 88

December 14, 2011

William Paul Smochek, 88, DuBois, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at home.
He was born July 16, 1923, in Mahaffey, the son of the late Frank and Rose (Mrozek) Smocek.

He was married to Lois Pearl (Bell) Smochek, who survives.

Mr. Smochek was a famer and miner, and he worked in the construction business, retiring from PennDOT.

He was Catholic by faith.

County holds line on 2012 taxes

December 14, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners adopted the county's final operating budget for 2012, which calls for no tax increase.

It was amended only slightly from the proposed budget, which was advertised three weeks ago.

According to Director of Finance & Human Resources Debby Hackett, she anticipated a deficit of $53,752 at the end of 2012 in the proposed budget; however, some changes were made in both "increased revenues, and some reduction in expenditures," slashing the deficit by about $13,000, she said.

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