January 22nd, 2012
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 nightâ€™s Chucks versus Owls basketball game. Their escorts were Tyler Milliron (far left) and Jesse Reinhart (far right), respectively.
Members of the PAHS 2012 Winter Queenâ€™s Court are (from left) Randa Depp, with escort Jesse Reinhart; Kaitlyn Cressley, with Luke Spack; Sydney Jekielek, with Micky DeChurch; Samantha Winebark, with Tyler Milliron; Cassandra Cook, with Tyler Presloid; and Tori Brooks, with Brody Morgan.
BROOKVILLE â€” Testimony on the fifth day of Steven Rebertâ€™s double homicide trial revealed that while performing a DNA profile, Pennsylvania State Police forensic scientists found the DNA of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, on Rebertâ€™s work boots.
Rebert, 46, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
BROOKVILLE â€” Two acquaintances of Steven P. Rebert took the witness stand for the prosecution in his double murder trial Thursday, both testifying to Rebertâ€™s abuse of drugs â€” mainly Oxycontin.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces charges in the shooting deaths of Wayne and Vickie Shugars, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010 in their home on Coal Tipple Road, Brockway.
First, District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett called Marc Cirrincione of Clarence, N.Y., a friend of Rebertâ€™s since the late 1980s.
BROOKVILLE â€” Testimony about a jail-house confession by Steven P. Rebert emerged during his Aug. 11, 2010, preliminary hearing in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, and Thursday, the man who allegedly heard the confession testified for the prosecution.
Joel Eagleson, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., now residing in Batavia, N.Y., told the jury about a 15- to 20-minute conversation he and Rebert had in early June 2010, after Rebert had been arrested by authorities in Genessee County, N.Y., for possession of a weapon.