February 9th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Unfortunately for the Punxsy Chucks junior high wrestling team members, they knew entering Wednesday night's match against St. Marys that they would have to perform flawlessly to defeat the Dutch, earning pins in every bout due to six classes the Chucks would have to forfeit.
While Punxsy didn't win on the scoreboard, the Chucks took to the mats with fury and picked up wins in seven of the eight bouts that took place, making what could have been a blowout a close match at 42-31.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Despite outscoring Ridgway 19-10 in the second half, Punxsy's ninth-grade basketball team was unable to overcome a 15-2 Elkers' halftime lead Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney, and the Chucks fell, 25-21.
"Being down 13 at halftime, we came out, made some adjustments, worked their zone and almost came back for the win," Punxsy head coach Brandon Krug said after the game. "The kids played hard, but that first half was the difference. If we play harder in the first half, we win that game."
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Police seized heroin, crack cocaine, cash and more in a search of a South Main Street residence where two men were also taken into custody Thursday morning.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the Troop C Vice Unit executed a search warrant at the residence at 6:05 a.m. Thursday as the result of an undercover drug investigation.
Taken into custody were Kenneth Edward Ball, 60, Punxsy, and Aaron Albert Meanor, 28, Pittsburgh.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ Since its inception, the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging (JCAAA) has tried to provide county residents with resources that would allow them to stay in their homes longer.
But for the agency to continue to be a vital asset to the county‚Äôs older citizens, it is seeking help from one specific source ‚ÄĒ the county‚Äôs oldest resident.
‚ÄúI think there‚Äôs so much history out there that we need to embrace,‚ÄĚ JCAAA Executive Director Randy Davis said. ‚ÄúWe want to ask, ‚ÄėHow‚Äôd you make it? How‚Äôd you get there?‚Äô We want to know the secrets to his or her success.‚ÄĚ
Clair R. Shaffer, 96, DuBois, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born June 14, 1915, in DuBois, a son of the late Harvey and Martha (Horn) Shaffer.
He was married to Dora (Waite) Shaffer, who preceded him in death Feb. 29, 1980.
Mr. Shaffer was a retired self-employed farmer.
He served in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart for his service in World War II.
He was Methodist by faith and a member of the Reynoldsville American Legion and Reynoldsville Eagles. He enjoyed farming and hunting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ When the starting lineups were announced Wednesday night at PAHS, it appeared as if the Punxsy Chucks wrestling team would be at a severe disadvantage with three scheduled forfeits and two regulars out of the lineup. But Punxsy shuffled the lineup around and managed to pull off a surprising 39-30 victory over St. Marys in Punxsutawney.
"I'm really proud of the way these guys wrestled tonight," Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy said after the match. "We didn't give up a bunch of pins where we couldn't afford to, and it was just a great team effort."
Unlike last year, when my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, the team I was cheering for this season was actually victorious.
Of course, I wasn't as emotionally invested in this year's game, but there were definitely a few reasons I was cheering for the New York Giants over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
John W. Jenks, 91, Leechburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at West Haven Manor.
He was born July 18, 1920, in Yatesboro, a son of Eugene H. and Sara (Evans) Jenks.
In 1937, at the age of 16, Mr. Jenks graduated from Punxsutawney High School as his class‚Äô valedictorian and, four years later, graduated as valedictorian of his class at Penn State University, where he also earned the rare honor of being an industrial engineer inductee into Phi Beta Kappa.
Ardovino "Ardy" Racchini, 98, Brookville, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
He was born Jan. 17, 1914, in Conifer, a son of the late Joseph and Madelina (Beducci) Racchini.
July 9, 1950, in Clarion, he married Cecilia Jacqueline (Jackie) Moore, who preceded him in death March 11, 2001.
Mr. Racchini was employed as a barber, a clock maker and repairman, and he also worked on lawn mowers and small engines. He also delivered coal and worked as a coal miner.
Eleanor M. Rayle, 91, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
She was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Corning, N.Y., a daughter of the late Arlan and Margaret (Perry) Cole.
Aug. 14, 1937, she married Encil ‚ÄúGene‚ÄĚ Rayle, who preceded her in death April 26, 1998.
She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Punxsutawney.
Mrs. Rayle was a member of the Punxsutawney Country Club and the B.P.O. Elks No. 301 of Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include a son, Dale Rayle; a daughter, Linda Theakston; and three grandchildren.