November 13th, 2011
CLARION ‚ÄĒ The Brookville Raiders' season came to a close Saturday after suffering a crushing 40-25 defeat at the hands of the Karns City Gremlins in the District IX Class AA semi-finals.
Following the game, the disappointment was easily seen on the face of Brookville head coach Chris Dworek, who said there were several mistakes made.
"We needed to tackle better, and the rush defense wasn't the best effort," Dworek said. "We can't fix things and get them next week; that's the brutality of the playoffs."
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ Following a year in which his business was destroyed in an incident of arson, Jeff London, the owner of Big Run Carpet, is slowly putting the pieces back together as his store is rebuilt.
London said it took only four days from when the fire occurred early Sunday, June 19, from Monday to Thursday before he was back in business.
He had everything up and running, including two small buildings, Internet, telephone and his carpet samples, and was back in business, thanks to the generosity of the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ More than 1,200 pounds of merchandise will be on the way to American troops serving in Afghanistan, thanks to the "amazing support" that area residents gave to the month-long drive sponsored by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).
Dylan N. ‚ÄúShorty‚ÄĚ Behrendt, 19, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Armstrong County.
He was born Nov. 10, 1992, in DuBois, the son of Daniel Behrendt Sr., who survives, of Punxsutawney, and the late Roberta M. (Mietkiewicz) Behrendt.
He was a 2011 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. He was a member of the Ski Club and enjoyed dirt bikes, hunting, snowboarding and his friends. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, ‚ÄúUncle Pickle‚ÄĚ and true friend who will be greatly missed.
Sean D. McConnaughey, 18, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Armstrong County.
He was born June 3, 1993, in Punxsutawney, the son of Brian and Dotti L. (McConnaughey) Gaffney, who survive, of Punxsutawney.
He was a 2011 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a member of SS. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
He was employed by Proform Powdered Metals.
Sean loved skateboarding, swimming and his friends. A loving son, brother, grandson and true friend, he will be greatly missed.
Joel William Riggleman, 18, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
He was born Dec. 16, 1992 in Punxsutawney, a son of Drinda Sue (Stuchell) Smith and husband Brian of Punxsutawney, and Mitchell Allen Riggleman and wife Mary Beth of Trafford.
Mr. Riggleman was a 2011 graduate of PunxsutawneyArea High School and attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church.
He was employed by 5 Star Frac Support Service. ¬†He was a hard worker and spent a lot of time working.
Judith L. Tollini, 67, Rockton, formerly of Rossiter, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born Feb. 15, 1944, in DuBois, the daughter of the late George and Violet (Schrecengost) Pentz.
She married Donald Tollini, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Tollini was employed at Loree Shoe Factory and K-Mart in the accounting department.
She was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi in Rossiter and the Rossiter American Legion Auxiliary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent. The Great War which had claimed 35 million casualties was finally over.
Today marks the first time since the end of World War I that there is not a living American veteran of that conflict, said Dr. Norman A. ‚ÄúChip‚ÄĚ Hetzler, the guest speaker for the Punxsutawney Veterans‚Äô Day service at the First Baptist Church.
Hetzler said since 1775, America has relied on its citizen-soldiers and an unbroken line of those who believe in duty, honor and country.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Another appeal against giving former Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich his job back has been denied, this time by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
In an order dated Thursday, Nov. 10, the Commonwealth Court said it affirmed an order by the Common Pleas Court of Jefferson County, in which Judge John Foradora ordered Punxsutawney Borough Council to rehire Andrekovich, whom council fired Nov. 3, 2009, following the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, who died in a police cruiser Aug. 15, 2009, while in Andrekovich‚Äôs custody.
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ As the U.S. citizens again thanked their men and women in uniform for defending America‚Äôs freedoms ‚ÄĒ sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice ‚ÄĒ during Friday‚Äôs observance of Veterans‚Äô Day, the guest speaker during Big Run VFW Post 9044‚Äôs annual event said Americans need to recall a promise they made a decade ago.
‚ÄúA common thread we saw woven through countless stories in 2002 was of combat veterans of previous wars ‚ÄĒ especially Vietnam ‚ÄĒ reaching out with determination to young servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,‚ÄĚ said William H. Bowers, a U.S.