February 9th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” The last time the Brookville girls' basketball team played Elk County Catholic, nothing went right for the Lady Raiders.
Starting forward Emily Ferraro was out with an injury, the Lady Raiders had to travel to play the Lady Crusaders on a Saturday night after playing a tough game against St. Marys the night before, and the Lady Raiders were in the middle of a four-game losing streak.
But when the two teams met Wednesday night at Brookville, the Lady Raiders' luck changed.
Victoria Joan Basile, 93, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.
Mrs. Basile will be remembered as a wonderful woman with a great love for her family, her friends and her faith. She was a sweet, kind lady who thought of everyone before herself. She was always positive and fun-loving. Optimism and laughter were important ingredients in her good life. She was a fabulous cook; enjoyed playing cards and always laughed gleefully when she won; was a loyal Steelers fan; and always made every family birthday and holiday a special, memorable occasion.
Daniel Johnson, 68, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2010, at his home.
He was born Feb. 22, 1942, in Buffalo N.Y., a son of the late Daniel and Ruth (Brown) Johnson Mannerberg.
Mr. Johnson was a laborer.
Surviving relatives include a brother, David L. Johnson and wife Cindy of Punxsutawney; three sisters, Donna L. Lorelli and husband Dick of Anita, Darlene Milliron and husband Dallas of Punxsutawney, and Debbie K. Means and husband Bob of Punxsutawney; and several nieces and nephews.
Margaret M. Moran, 72, Ridgway, died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home, after a long illness of rheumatoid arthritis.
She was born Aug. 24, 1938, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James B. and Gertrude O. (Oâ€™conner) Quinlisk.
July 4, 1959, she married John T. Moran, who survives.
Mrs. Moran resided in Ridgway since 1967 and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, the IU9 Advisory Committee, the PTA and the Eagles Club Auxillary.
She was a homemaker.
BROOKVILLE â€” Most people in the region are probably aware of a Public Utility Commission (PUC) plan to change area codes from 814 to 582, but one group is trying to alter the way that the change in enforced.
In December 2010, the PUC announced plans to divide the 814 area code, and the counties of Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean, as well as parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties will switch to area code 582.
The changes are scheduled to take place Feb. 1, 2012, but there is growing opposition to the plan.
BROOKVILLE â€” In a plea bargain negotiated by her attorney and the district attorney, a former Brookville Junior-Senior High School math teacher and coach pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault Monday.
Karin Hetrick, Summerville, submitted her resignation to the school board after the mother of the then-15-year-old girl Hetrick was allegedly molesting went to police March 25, 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Philâ€™s forecast of an early spring has brought hope that winter is almost over. Another sign is the discussion of which roads should to be paved when spring does arrive.
Tuesday, Roger Steele, chairman of Punxsy Borough Councilâ€™s Public Works Committee, said until the snow and ice is gone, it will be difficult to determine the condition of many borough streets.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” St. Marys' full-court pressure affected the Punxsy girls' basketball team early, and the Lady Chucks couldn't overcome their early mistakes during a 63-48 loss on Senior Night Tuesday.
Punxsy trailed 20-6 after one quarter due to 10 turnovers and was behind 36-17 by halftime after seven more second-quarter turnovers. The Lady Chucks (4-14, 1-7 District IX League) outscored the Lady Dutch 31-27 during the second half, but their first-half deficit was too large.
BROOKVILLE â€” Elk County Catholic wanted to challenge Brookville's defense on the perimeter Tuesday night at Brookville High School. The Raiders, to their credit, answered the Crusaders' challenge by limiting them to 4-of-26 (13 percent) from behind the three-point line en route to a 53-44 win.
Brookville head coach Bud Baughman was happy with how his team played on defense.
"I was definitely pleased with the way the guys played," Baughman said. "We had a couple guys who were sick, and they sucked it up and played well."
Visitors may have departed until next Groundhog Day, but everyone will continue to be reminded that Punxsutawney remains the Weather Capital of the World, thanks to Punxsy Phil and the post office.
As Groundhog Day arrived this year, so did a new groundhog postmark. In a contest seeking submissions last year, the winner is Sandy Zambory, who submitted two drawings to the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, which were then forwarded to the post office.