January 26th, 2011
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:
â€śA 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€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Have you ever thought that your life was the â€śAmerican Dream?â€ť
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 buildingâ€™s 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Too many turnovers can often be the recipe for disaster for most basketball teams, and the Lady Chucks proved that theory to be true Tuesday night during a 40-26 loss at home to Ligonier Valley.
Whether it was the Lady Rams' full-court press â€” a defense they employed the entire game â€” or a trapping defense in their own end, Punxsy continually gave the basketball away to the tune of 29 turnovers.
The Lady Chucks kept throwing the ball away, and with each turnover went Punxsy's chances of winning.
Anna Mary Territo, 83, Anita, passed away Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mrs. Territo was born Sept. 24, 1927, the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Dominic) Gileot.
She was married to Paul J. Territo, who preceded her in death July 31, 2001.
She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Anita; the Catholic Daughters of America; St. Joseph Rosary Society; Princess Marie Lodge; and the McCalmont Township Fire Company Auxiliary.
Ronald D. Ishman, 79, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.
He was a veteran of the U.S.Â Air Force, a member of the Masonic Lodge 1157, Eggerstville, and the Moose Lodge, North Tonawanda.
Mr. Ishman had been an active member of the Gastown Sportsman Club; was the former owner and operator of the Abbot Fence Co.; and had worked as a salesman for the Imperial Fence Co.
Charles M. â€śChuckâ€ť 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.