January 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ When A.J. Dereume received a phone call from Inner Circle President Bill Deeley one day this past April, he thought he was offering him ice cream.
‚ÄúThe way that it happened, I was at my house, and Bill Deeley called and asked what size top hat I would like to have,‚ÄĚ Dereume said Thursday. ‚ÄúI thought he was at Joe‚Äôs Drive-In and was picking up ice cream. I said, ‚ÄėThey only have one size.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
As it turns out, Deeley was asking Dereume if he wanted more than just a spring-time treat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Punxsutawney Emergency Management Agency committee continues to make headway in its effort to reorganize the often-ignored borough department.
Agency Coordinator Charlie Hoeh recently told Punxsutawney Borough Council about the progress that the committee has made in the last few months.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been meeting once a month as suggested by borough council, and we‚Äôre in the process of obtaining all of the emergency plans for all of the high rises and nursing homes in town,‚ÄĚ he said.
INDIANA ‚ÄĒ The Wildcat Regiment Band of Indiana County will participate in the inauguration of Gov.-elect Tom Corbett Tuesday, providing music for the ceremony to be held on the front steps of the state capitol.
The band is a re-creation of the regimental band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, the Wildcat Regiment, formed in 1861 with volunteers from Indiana and surrounding counties, the area known as the Wildcat legislative district.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Sickness left Ridgway with just nine wrestlers Thursday night, and the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team took advantage of the Elkers' small squad while registering a 61-18 victory at home.
Punxsy (5-1) still out-wrestled Ridgway, earning a slim 19-18 victory on the mats. After that, the Chucks ended the match with seven-straight forfeit wins.
Marie F. Lindsay, 87, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at St. Andrews Village in Indiana.
She was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Cannonsburg, a daughter of the late Raymond and Stella (Olminsky) Lindsay.
Jean Douthit, 80, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Shippenville.
She was born Aug. 17, 1930, a daughter of the late Carlton and Jane (Lewis) Reitz.
She was married to Howard Douthit, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Douthit was a member of the Cloe United Methodist Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Though it lost 39-28 to Ridgway Thursday night at home, the Punxsy wrestling team took solace in a victory on the mat, as three forfeits helped the Elkers secure the 11-point victory.
In the 11 bouts that were wrestled, Punxsy (6-7) outscored Ridgway, 28-21 ‚ÄĒ winning six matches. That includes three victories by fall, a major decision win and two triumphs by decision.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Though the dust from the holiday shopping season has just settled, for one local retailer, the hustle-and-bustle is just beginning.
While the rest of the world migrates south, seeking relief from frigid seasonal conditions, flights of inquiring minds, from near and far, flock north for the forecasting of the future‚Äôs weather.
That, which can only be executed by one earthly entity: The ‚ÄúPrognosticator of Prognosticators‚ÄĚ Punxsutawney Phil, of course.
The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual reorganization meeting Thursday at the Pantall Hotel, where members selected their new officers for the year. Pictured are (seated, from left): Debi Meneely, member; Jodi Presloid, vice-president; Debbie Parise, secretary; Katie Laska, member; (back) Joe Ferraro, member; Jeff Curtis, president; and members Bob Cardamone, Francis Molinaro, T.J. Sliwinski and Aggie Ott. Missing are Clay Snyder, treasurer; members Dan Smith, Jack Lingenfelter, Brian Smith, Michele Lorenzo and Lara Little, new member.
Mildred I. Snyder, 88, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born June 27, 1922, in Dora, a daughter of the late Hollie and Dora (Pearce) Himes.
Aug. 16, 1940, she married Dallas H. Snyder, who preceded her in death Nov. 12, 1971.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Dorothy J. Snyder and husband Thomas of Dora and Lavonne A. Homan and husband John of Cochranton; and two grandchildren, Jackie Snyder and Wendy Straub and husband Jay.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Himes.