November 18th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It is a common practice for sports teams, from the high school level to the professional level, to select a Most Valuable Player.
The title of team MVP is the ulitmate honor, as it carries with it the assumed characteristics of leadership, talent and heart all embodied in one award.
Last year, The Punxsutawney Spirit launched its inaugural Fall Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Player awards, and after an overwhelming response, Punxsutawney Area High School athletes were selected as winter and spring sports MVPs, as well.
Melvin Q. âBartâ McFarland, 99, Sykesville and Laurelbrooke since 1986, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born May 19, 1912, in Rochester Mills, Indiana County, a son of the late John and Bessie (Gaston) McFarland.
Dec. 11, 1944, he married Margaret âPegâ (Cooper) McFarland, who survives.
Â Mr. McFarland was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and he was employed as a punch press operator with H-H Robertson Steel Fabricating Company.
William F. McCracken Jr., 88, Brookville, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at home.
He was born May 26, 1923, in Brookville, a son of the late William Floyd and Harriet Edna (Ballentine) McCracken Sr.
June 11, 1949, in Corsica, he married Mary R. Temchulla, who survives.
Mr. McCracken was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific Theater, 2nd Division, with campaigns in Saipan and Okinawa.
He worked as an engineer for the Pittsburgh & Shawmut Railroad in Brookville.
Dr. Richard âDickâ Franklin Hoover Sr., 76, formerly of DuBois, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada.
He was born July 6, 1935, in DuBois, the son of the late Marion (Harold) and Josephine (Saunders) Hoover.
July 6, 1956, he married Dannalene Gearhart, who survives, of Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada.
In 1999, Dr. Hoover retired from Shopost Ironworks of Winnipeg, Canada. He was the president of the company.
He served as pastor for churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Canada.
Elsie Baker, 64, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler.
She was born Sept. 20, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John Boyd Geer and Elsie (Bradshaw) Baker.
Ms. Baker was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include a son, Clyde Edward Baker of Punxsutawney; three brothers, Athur Evans and John Geer, both of Punxsutawney, and James Evans of Pittsburgh; a sister, Rachel Heckman of Punxsutawney; and a grandchild, Joshua Snaiir.
George Samuel Sawyer, 73, Hilton Head, S.C., passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, with his wife of 50 years by his side.
Born and raised in Punxsutawney, he graduated from Grove City University in 1959.
He then married the former Carol McCullough, and they began their teaching in the Pittsburgh area, where they resided until retiring and moving to Sun City, S.C.
Sam (as he was known to family and friends) enjoyed living in S.C., the weekly breakfast club with the guys, his cats â Tico and Fiona and collecting books.
Both the Punxsutawney Chucks and the Brookville Raiders alumni teams honored their most valuable players Nov. 5 after the Route 36 Rivalry alumni game. Eric Painter (left) was given the award for the Raiders as he led the defensive core and served as a captain for Brookville. Bret Rankin (right) was named the MVP for the Chucks; Rankin was called an "animal" on defense by Chucks head coach Tim Zimmerman.
Elizabeth M. Daughenbaugh, 91, Frostburg, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Mulberry Square & Elder Care Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
She was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Frostburg, a daughter of the late Clyde and Minnie (Newbold) Means.
Feb. 12, 1944, she married Walter G. Daughenbaugh. who preceded herÂ in death Dec. 20, 2007.
Mrs. Daughenbaugh spentÂ the early marriedÂ years of her life in Monument, before moving to Punxsutawney in 1944.
BROOKVILLE â Itâs a rarity for hunters.
But 19-year-old Brookville native Wyatt Long saw an unusual sight on one of his most recent hunting trips.
âI couldnât believe what I was seeing whenever it showed up,â Long said.
âItâ being an albino buck, with stark-white fur and bright pink eyes.
âI was all right until after I made the shot, and then I started shaking and breathing heavy, and I got real nervous afterwards,â he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ Parents and guardians who wish to continue to receive information about school delays and cancelations must register for the program again, even if they did so last year.
Monday, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe told the school board while the district will again use the SchoolReach telephone notification system, even those who registered last year must register again.
When board member Bob Pascuzzo asked why, Wolfe said all registrations from the 2010-11 school year will be purged from the system.