PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This Groundhog Day, the Inner Circle members wonâ€™t be the only ones dressed to the nines.
Years after a non-Groundhog Day related charity ball had run its course, the Inner Circle will host the first-ever Groundhog Ball, scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 â€” just days before Groundhog Day â€” at the Punxsutawney Country Club (See the accompanying box for more).
The evening will include hors dâ€™oeuvres, a cash bar, music by Rudy & The Professionals and, of course, an appearance by Punxsutawney Phil.
Thomas â€śTomâ€ť L. DeFazio Sr., 65, DuBois, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois.
He was born April 19, 1946, in Punxsutawney, the only son of the late James and Rose DeFazio.
He was married for 31 years to the late Frances E. DeFazio, joined in union Nov. 20, 1965. She preceded him in death April 15, 1997.
Mr. DeFazio was retired. He was previously employed by Owens-Illinois Brockway and was the owner and manager of DeFazioâ€™s Tasty Freeze in Brookville for 13 years.
Billy M. Shaffer, 82, Worthville, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Ringgold, a son of the late Arthur and Gussie (Shick) Shaffer.
He was married to Ethel W. (Goodheart) Shaffer, who preceded him in death May 14, 2001.
Church of God. The seniors â€” (from left) Tyler Presloid, Dane Roken, Tyler Young, Dan Triponey, Seth Gray and Quinten Weber â€” were recognized for their hard work and effort throughout the 2011 season. Seniors C.J. Langley and Justin Ray were not present at the banquet.
Shane Biesinger, 27, of Punxsutawney, bagged this nine-point buck, weighing in at 180 pounds, last Monday, which was the first day of rifle season. Biesinger was hunting in Sand Ridge at 8:45 a.m. when he took down this deer, his first.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just as the weather is beginning to turn frightful comes the news that PennDOT District 10 Jefferson County Maintenance is ready for Mother Natureâ€™s worst, with salt and anti-skid and snow plows.
The annual PennDOT plow inspection in last month went very well, said Paul Koza Jr., P.E., county maintenance manager.
Everything is ready to go, except for a few trucks that are receiving routine maintenance, Koza said.
All trucks are stationed at the county stockpile locations in Punxsutawney, Brookville, Emerickville, Brockway and Ringgold.
Itâ€™s the battle of titans the world has awaited for more than 100 years, beginning this winter and ending this coming spring.
In this corner, Punxsutawney Phil; in the opposite corner, science.
But Punxsutawney Area Middle School students taking part in a program to track the growth of tulips in various parts of the world â€” and taking into consideration the onset of spring â€” believe their hometown hero will emerge victorious.
â€śThey think they will be right along with Philâ€ť and his Feb. 2 prognostication, whatever it may be, said PAMS fifth-grade teacher Jeff Kuntz.
Betty M. Geer, 31, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Shreveport, La.
She was born June 23, 1980, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Leona M. Courson Geer, who survives, of Mayport, and the late David D. Geer.
Miss Geer attended Punxsutawney Area High School and Jeff Tech.
She was employed as a cleaning personnel staff and enjoyed fishing, spending time outdoors, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
She was a member of Latter Day Saints in Tropic, Utah.
Jamey Eugene Stormer, 41, Somerset, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in Somerset.
He was born Aug. 16, 1970, in Brookville, a son of the late Robert E. Stormer and Margaret (Shirey) Stormer, who survives.
He was a carpenter and member of the Pine Valley United Methodist Church and the Worthville United Methodist Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Joseph (Joe) V. Harrick (1895-1958), Punxsutawney native and former Punxsy coach, was recently inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.
The WVU Sports Hall of Fame honors former athletes and others connected to Mountaineer athletics.
Harrick attended WVU from 1917-1921 and is the only known 16-time letterman in WVU history.
His greatest feat was earning four varsity letters each in football, baseball, wrestling and track and field â€” an accomplishment unheard of in the modern sports era.