Just as days and months pass, so do the four sports seasons in Punxsutawney. As the cold winter of basketball and wrestling brightens with the thought of spring's baseball and softball, cool spring weather becomes even warmer as summer provides even more baseball and softball.
Then, once the days again grow crisper and shorter, football, soccer and volleyball are the main feasts, as the holidays are soon to arrive.
Agnes M. Piekielek, 90, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Piekielek was born Dec. 22, 1920, in Adrian, a daughter of the late Michael Skarbek and Mary (Sekula) Skarbek.
June 10, 1944, she married John L. Piekielek, who preceded her in death Dec. 13, 2000.
Mrs. Piekielek was a member of the St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church and was devoted to her faith and her loving family. She enjoyed reading and caring for her flower gardens.
John V. ‚ÄúVic‚ÄĚ Pasley, 88, Springfield, Va., passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010.
He was born March 24, 1922, in Big Run.
He was married to Ruth Frances Kemper Pasley, who preceded him in death in September 2008.
A colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Ronald D. Morrison, 65, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Feb. 11, 1945, in Transfer.
He was married to Patricia Morrison, who preceded him in death.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany.
A member of the Cloe United Methodist Church, Mr. Morrison was the church‚Äôs choir director and in 2007, the director of the Christmas Cantata.
M. Gertrude Eggleston, 88, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Mahoning Riverside Manor in Punxsutawney.
She was born April 22, 1922, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Bernard Henry and Clare (Rowan) Henry.
Sept. 15, 1947, she married Joseph Eggleston, who preceded her in death Nov. 14, 1991.
Mrs. Eggleston was a parishioner at Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.
She was a member of the Homemakers Club; Catholic Daughters of America; Rosary Altar Society; and the Bell Telephone Pioneers.
James L. Behrendt, 80, Brookville, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Nov. 22, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Andrew Behrendt and Elizabeth (Morgan) Behrendt.
Mr. Behrendt was married to Annabell (Parise) Behrendt, who survives.
He was a mechanic at Cadillac Motors in Detroit, Mich., and a parishioner of Saint Anthony‚Äôs Roman Catholic Church in Walston.
H. Daniel Brickell, 92, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at home.
He was born July 9, 1918, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Clair H. Brickell and Velma (Fetterman) Brickell.
He was first married to Kathleen Campbell, who preceded him in death in 1954. He then married Anna J. (Shugars) Brickell, who preceded him in death Jan. 19, 2005.
He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Brickell was a crane operator and electrician for B&O Railroad.
Steve ‚ÄúLefty‚ÄĚ Frank Ballas, 87, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Wellington Heights.
He was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Duquesne, a son of the late John Gabor Bal√°zs and Julia (Palagyi) Bal√°zs.
He was married to Betty (Dupak) Ballas, who preceded him in death.
He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.
The co-owner of Blue Tavern in Walston, Mr. Ballas was also an assessor for Young Township. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with his grandchildren.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said that despite the many distractions faced by the borough‚Äôs governing body, there were still many accomplishments throughout the borough in 2010.
‚ÄúI feel the members of council handled themselves very graciously through adversity,‚ÄĚ Glessner said. ‚ÄúWe did have some trying times, and hopefully we‚Äôve moved past them, and we can look forward to a new year.‚ÄĚ
Glessner added that council did complete a lot of projects ‚ÄĒ some of which took several years to complete.
CLEARFIELD ‚ÄĒ The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team wasn't happy with the way its match against Clearfield ended, but the Chucks still picked up a huge victory over a squad it has lost to many times.
Behind five wins by fall, Punxsy built a 46-3 advantage, only to squeeze out a 52-44 victory last Wednesday in Clearfield.
"It was great to beat Clearfield finally," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "We're certainly happy about that win, but I was a little disappointed with our finish."