PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Joseph (Joe) V. Harrick (1895-1958), Punxsutawney native and former Punxsy coach, was recently inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.
The WVU Sports Hall of Fame honors former athletes and others connected to Mountaineer athletics.
Harrick attended WVU from 1917-1921 and is the only known 16-time letterman in WVU history.
His greatest feat was earning four varsity letters each in football, baseball, wrestling and track and field â€” an accomplishment unheard of in the modern sports era.
Sometimes, I wish I were around in the "Good Ol' Days."
Directly to this column's left, on Page 6, is an article that was submitted to me this week about a man, Joseph Harrick, who was recently inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame for being the only known individual in school history to earn 16 letters â€” a feat that is simply unheard of today.
First of all, athletes today have three sports seasons, and except for the occasional kicker-who-is-a-soccer-player, the idea of an athlete playing two sports in one season is practically extinct.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s a chance to take a breather from shopping, to find some new ideas for holiday decorating, or a way to see how other local residents embrace and perpetuate their own Christmas traditions.
Thatâ€™s what the annual Holly Tour is all about, and it runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at six different locations in the Punxsy area (see the accompanying box on Page 3).
The tour, which is at least 20 years old, was first established by the former Young Womenâ€™s Club, of which Katie Laska, who owns Laskaâ€™s Pizza and Caterinaâ€™s Dolce Cucina, was a member.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board welcomed its newly elected members at Wednesdayâ€™s reorganization meeting and re-elected its sitting president.
District Judge Douglas Chambers swore in new board members Melissa Snyder and Jim Baun, as well as incumbents Jack White and Penny Muth Pifer.
During the boardâ€™s annual reorganizational meeting, Lesa Conner nominated and then made a motion to re-elect current school board president Gary Conrad. Pifer seconded her motion.
Shortly after the junior high wrestlers kick off their season, the ninth-grade basketball team opens its season Friday afternoon. The ninth-grade basketball team, coached by Brandon Krug (not pictured), is (front, from left) Dakota Byers, Dakota Thomas, Ruben Taylor; (middle) Ethan Ambler, Ryan Sloniger, Brandon Blose; (back) Andy Fedigan, Adam Ferko, Jared Burkett and Logan Reed. The boys' and girls' varsity teams will also open their seasons Friday night at the Marion Center Tip-Off Tournament.
Local youngster Caleb Bodenhorn, of Punxsutawney, nabbed this high-and-wide spike, his first buck, Saturday while hunting in Bell Township. The buck weighed in at 160 pounds.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Margiotti Bridge â€” and those who travel it â€” will again see maintenance by PennDOT crews this coming summer.
PennDOT District 10 has scheduled rehabilitation for the bridge during the upcoming summer driving season, said Borough Manager Ben White, during Tuesdayâ€™s Public Works Committee meeting.
White said PennDOT has scheduled the bridge construction for next summer with a detour for northbound traffic to travel down Indiana Hill; southbound traffic reduced to one lane of the bridge; and pedestrian traffic being maintained.
INDIANA â€” Both the Indiana County Aging Services Inc. and state Rep. Sam Smith are warning local seniors about a scam in which some people are being led to believe they must pay to file a claim that in fact is free of charge.
â€śEach year, thousands of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s senior citizens benefit from the rebates they receive through the stateâ€™s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program,â€ť Smith said in a statement.
He reminds area seniors through his 66th District â€” which includes Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong counties â€” that it is not necessary to pay a private entity to fill out an application.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A pedestrian who was accidentally struck by a vehicle at 5 p.m. Tuesday while walking through the Groundhog Plaza parking lot was transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
According to Punxsy Borough Police, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up driven by Gregory Forrest, 20, Punxsutawney, accidentally struck Amy Trithart, 36, Reynoldsville, while she was walking through the parking lot.
Police said that Trithart was transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital by Jefferson County EMS for treatment of unknown injuries.
Josephine Shema, 78, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born April 11, 1933, in DeLancey, a daughter of the late John and Helen (Shutyak) Shema Sr.
Ms. Shema was a retired loan officer with S&T Bank with more than 30 years of service. She was also a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church.
Surviving relatives include a niece, Linda Wadell; and three nephews, Larry Shema, William Shema and Andy Shema.