January 26th, 2011
Charles M. âChuckâ Hommey, 65, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Brookville Hospital. After suffering a stroke in August 2009, he was residing at Jefferson Manor Nursing Home in Brookville.
He was born May 7, 1945, in North Charleroi, a son of the late Charles and Margaret (Martin) Hommey.
Mr. Hommey was a 1963 graduate of Rostraver High School in Belle Vernon and earned a B.S. degree in animal science from West Virginia University in 1968.
Betty Mae Manners, 73, Callahan, Fla., died suddenly, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.
She was born May 15, 1937, in Covode, a daughter of the late John and Edna (Sutter) Willard.
She was married to Max Lloyd Manners, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Manners was a housewife and a graduate of Punxsutawney High School.
She was Baptist by faith and had resided in Florida for 11 years.
Norman L. Troutman, 55, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
He was born Feb. 18, 1955 in Kittanning, a son of the late Austin and May (Kunselman) Troutman.
Surviving relatives include a brother, Raymond Troutman; and three sisters, Dessie Harmon, Elsie Christner and Alice Robinson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Troutman.
At the family's request, there will be no visitation.
Services are private and at the convenience of the family.
PUNXSUTWNEY â Even though the contract doesnât expire until the end of the school year, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board of Directors and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) have been meeting to begin negotiating a new contract.
The current contract, which was approved in June 2007, and was retroactive to July 1, 2004, and expires June 30.
Board President Gary Conrad said the state must be notified six months in advance when the contract will expire.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As Rita Clark turned 70 Wednesday, her daughter, Chrissy Clark, wrote a thoughtful message to all who know her in hopes to make the day more than one to be remembered:
âA special time is coming you see, for a woman we all know is turning seventy.
To make her day special and grand, I dream of seeing seventy roses in her hand.
To make this dream complete and true, I will need some help from all of you.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Have you ever thought that your life was the âAmerican Dream?â
Via the Punxsutawney Rotary Club and PEACE (ProAmerican Educational And Cultural Exchange) Inc., three foreign exchange students are experiencing America with host families that best matched their personalities.
Daniela Gutierrez, of Ecuador, is staying with the family of Lisa Good, while Eugenio Rojon, of Mexico, is staying with the family of Brian Smith.
Caro Feican, also of Ecuador, is staying with the family of Kevin Hughes.
Thelma L. Williams, 84, Punxsutawney, (Albion area) passed away Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
She was born March 23, 1926, in Canoe Ridge, the daughter of the late Harry Henry and Alta (Stiver) Henry, who preceded her in death.
Feb. 7, 1946, she married Dallas M. Williams, who preceded her in death Feb. 4, 2000.
Mrs. Williams was a life-long resident of the Punxsutawney area; she attended the Canoe Ridge Church of God; and she was a former employee of Sportswear and Rola-Jensen in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Construction on the new Graystone Court-Punxsutawney could begin as soon as late spring, following approval from the Punxsutawney Zoning Commission regarding five appeals requested Tuesday by the project developer.
Tony Miller, senior project engineer for Stiffler McGraw Engineers of Hollidaysburg, presented a preview of the new apartment complex to be constructed at the site of the former Mary A. Wilson Elementary School, 407 East Mahoning St.
Miller said plans entail converting the former school into independent living apartments for seniors age 55 and older.
BROOKVILLE â After a recent plunge into frigid temperatures, the Jefferson County Commissioners reported Tuesday that there are no issues with the heating system at the courthouse.
Last January, the courthouse â then only two months removed from an opening ceremony following massive renovations â sustained major water damage when frozen water pipes burst.
The water pipes were affected because of a failure with the buildingâs heating system. Later, engineers reported that the system had not been properly balanced or commissioned, and errors occurred that led to the breaks.
CLARION â Maybe the lights should go out on the Chucks more often.
After a 38-minute lighting delay that occurred three bouts into its match Tuesday night, the Punxsy wrestling team competed in an inspired way, dismantling Clarion on the road, 58-15.
Nearly all of the Chucks wrestled their best match of the season, as from top to bottom, Tuesday was one of Punxsy's strongest showings this season.
Tuesday's match followed Saturday's 3-2 record at the Lewistown Duals. After that strong showing, Punxsy advanced right into an even better performance Tuesday.