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Thomas B. Barkley, 79

December 24, 2011

Thomas B. Barkley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at home with his family at his side.

He was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph H. and Sarah Ruth (Orr) Barkley.

Dec. 20, 1953, he married Joan Work, who preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1970.

Feb. 3, 1974, he married Louise Lewis, who survives.

Mr. Barkley was a member of the Presbyterian Church, where he served as a church elder.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1950.

All I want for Christmas is a new clubhouse: Mesoraco's contribution aids in continued Kuntz Field improvements

December 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Current Cincinnati Reds' and former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco, known for his generosity to the Make-A-Wish campaign in Punxsutawney over the years, is displaying his Christmas spirit in another manner related to his lifelong-dream-turned-career this year by contributing to the renovation of the Rich Kuntz Memorial Field complex this week.

The Zak Zone

December 24, 2011

This Christmas is a very special one for me, as it is my first as "Uncle Zak."

My gorgeous niece came into the world in January of this year, so this is her first Christmas, and although she lives more than 2,000 miles away in Canada, she's spending her first Christmas in the States with us.

Emma Jean has brought joy into the lives of us all, and we're all incredibly excited that she is visiting us.

And personally, she has given me a renewed sense of the giving aspect of the Christmas holiday.

Council president Glessner resigns

December 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After 12 years as a member of Punxsutawney Borough Council, President Susan Glessner resigned Friday as president and as a member of council, effective immediately.

Glessner, who had two years left on her term, said the reason she decided to resign at this time is because with the new council coming in, it would be a good time for her to move on so the incoming council will have the chance to start fresh.

Glessner said she was originally approached to join council by current Councilman William Spencer, and she was appointed in 2000 when Jim Infantino resigned his seat.

Even on holidays, 911 dispatchers ensure county’s safety

December 24, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Sasha Young grew up listening to a police scanner.

So it seemed only natural when she followed in the footsteps of her family members and became a fifth-generation firefighter.

But that's not the only hat she wears.

Three to four times a week, she puts on a headset a little different from her firefighting helmet and assumes the role of a 911 dispatcher.

December 22nd

Chucks JH out-numbered by Bison

December 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite fighting its way to a virtual tie on the mat with Clearfield, Punxsy's junior high wrestling team fell victim to a number of forfeits over a much-larger Bison squad and lost Wednesday's match 66-30.

8th-graders move to 3-1, 7th- still seeking first win

December 22, 2011

ALTOONA — The Punxsy seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams have worked hard to earn their Christmas break, which will run until Jan. 4, 2012. But before the break came a pair of tough games against Brookville and Altoona-White.

In the eighth-grade game at Altoona Wednesday, Punxsy hung with Altoona in the first half to trail by just five points at halftime, but Al- toona broke the game open against the Chucks to outscore them 25-12 in the second half and earn a 43-25 win.

New deacon ordained at Ss. Peter & Paul

December 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Had Steven White’s mail route not taken him to Sutton Street, he may not have discovered a spiritual path that led to his recent ordination as a deacon in the Byzantine Catholic Church.

“I was a mailman, and I parked out front (of the church),” White, of Juneau, said. “He saw me and said, ‘Do you want to see our restoration?’” 

Officers qualify for AR weapons usage

December 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Several area police officers recently spent a day qualifying on handguns, shotguns and assault rifles (ARs) at the Punxsutawney Borough Police firing range in Young Township.

Sheriff and range master Carl Gotwald Sr. said his job as range master individually gives instructions to the shooters.

“We try to limit it to five to six individuals shooting at one time per instructor during daylight hours,” he said. For night shoots at the firing range, they try to have one instructor for every three shooters for more control.

Dale Houser Brink, 79

December 22, 2011

Dale Houser Brink, 79, Brookville, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

He was born May 16, 1932, in Thompsontown, a son of the late Lawrence and Bernice (Houser) Brink.

July 15, 1954, in Berwinsdale, he married Beverly L. Lewis, who survives.
He was a member of the First Church of God in Brookville.

Mr. Brink spent 28 years in Jamestown, N.Y., working at Crescent Tool Co. until 1976, when the company moved its operation to Sumter, S.C.

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