March 17th, 2011
BIG RUN â On the luckiest day in March, the spring peepers have spoken â er, peeped.
John London, the official Frog Man, or âPeeper Watcherâ of Big Run, reported that while walking through the Big Run swamp, he heard the frogs peep around 5:47 p.m. Thursday â St. Patrickâs Day â thus heralding the arrival of spring, according to the legend.
Last week, London said he hoped the tiny peepers would peep before the annual Peepers Banquet, which is scheduled for Sunday at the War Memorial â and Thursday, he got his wish.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the purchase of a new fire engine for the Elk Run Fire Company.
Elk Run Chief Bryan Smith said the bids were opened last Friday, with Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc., based in Holden, La., as the low bidder at $372,509.
The truck will be constructed in Louisiana and contain a six-person cab, a 1,000-gallon water tank, a 30-gallon compressed air foam system (CAFS) tank, and a 1,500-gallon per minute Darly pump.
Lula M. Covert, 90, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at her home.
She was born Oct. 25, 1920, in Coolspring, a daughter of the late William and Alice I. (Burkett) Frederick.
She was married to Earl C. Covert, who survives, of Punxsutawney. They were married 67 years.
She attended the Chestnut Grove Independent Church.
John E. âJackâ Kovalyak, 81, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
He was born Nov. 24, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John and Anna (Kallas) Kovalyak.
He was married to Shirley (Dorworth) Kovalyak, who preceded him in death. They were married Aug. 30, 1952.
Mr. Kovalyak was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byznatine Church.
He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. He was hard-working and independent all his life, and was very fond of his four-legged friends, especially his dog, Roxy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney proved that it is a growing wrestling program by sending two wrestlers to the PIAA Tournament last weekend, and at the lower levels, it has shown that more talent is on the way.
Punxsy will send 29 grapplers to Saturday's Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Area V Tournament at Clarion University. That's a distinct difference from last year's 17 Area V qualifiers.
BROOKVILLE â An Emporium man facing charges for the double murder of a Snyder Township couple last year wants a new judge for his trial, because the presiding judge resides in the same area.
Monday, Steven Patrick Rebert filed a petition in the Court of Common Pleas to have Judge John H. Foradora, who resides in Brockway, removed from the case, according to the Jeffersonian Democrat.
BROOKVILLE â Brookville Borough Council Tuesday discussed the grim results of the 2010 U.S. Census, which could end up costing the borough significant money over the next 10 years.
The official borough population is now 3,924, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) grants Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds directly to boroughs with a population of 4,000 or more.
In 2000, Brookville had an official population of 4,182, which secured CDBG funds totalling more than $90,000 annually over the past decade.
MARION CENTER â Thistle & Pine Celtic & Country Collectibles celebrates all things Celtic, but come St. Patrick's Day, the focus is on the Irish. And that draws people to the store from far and wide, according to owner Teresa Perry.
"Once people know we're here, they come down and maybe embrace their heritage," she said about the five-year-old store located along Route 119, about a mile south of the Home Made Restaurant.
Perry said her family is of Scottish-Welsh descent, traced to the 1600s, and her father played the bagpipes, "so I had the whole influence growing up."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A season after more than 2,000 votes were tallied for The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever 2010 Fall Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players last November and December, the public will now have an opportunity to chose the initial 2010-2011 Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players.
Three athletes have been chosen from each of Punxsy's three winter sports: Boys' basketball, girls' basketball and wrestling. Readers will have a chance to decide one boy among six and one girl among three to create one winner for each gender.