January 28th, 2011
Gerald E. Ferguson, 69, Big Run, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at his home.
He was born Jan. 26, 1942, in Dansville, N.Y., a son of the late Esther (Musteri) Ferguson.
Mr. Ferguson was an auto mechanic and attended the Free Grace Church in Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include a son, Jason Ferguson of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; three daughters, Terri Sidwell and husband of Todd of Galton, Ohio, Gerri Ferguson of Punxsutawney and Loretta Cassett of Florida; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Margaret "Peg" Edretta Chamberlain Couser, 99, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011.
She was born Jan. 18, 1912, in Punxsutawney, and lived a long and wonderful life.
She was married to her husband of 60 years, Ralph C. Couser, who preceded her in death in 1995.
Mrs. Couser was involved in numerous charitable organizations and social clubs. She was the president of the Hospital Women's Auxiliary; chairperson of the Red Cross Auxiliary; a Red Cross nurse's aide; and a blood bank donor.
Jim Koch, founder of The Boston Beer Company and brewer of Samuel Adams, said he hasnât received any special advice for his upcoming visit to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day.
Well, maybe one piece of advice.
ââJust bring some beer,ââ he said Thursday. âThatâs my role. They have their jobs, and I just need to bring the beer.â
Koch, who brewed his first batch of beer in his kitchen in the mid-80s with his great-grandfatherâs recipe for Louis Koch Lager, will be inducted as an honorary member of the Inner Circle, and he will also be the guest speaker at the Groundhog Banquet.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ An important part of the Groundhog Day festivities is the excitement generated by a group known as Philâs Dancers, selected each year at PAHS by math teacher and Inner Circle Stump Warden Ron Ploucha.
This yearâs dancers were selected in November and include Mia Anderson, Melissa Blose, Tawnee Bowers, Danielle Knopick, Megan Muth, Samantha Osikowicz, Allie Shields and Krystin Vanderpool.
ALTOONAâ The Punxsy eighth-grade boysâ basketball team couldnât keep up with Altoona Maroon during the second half of a 30-20 loss Wednesday in Altoona.
With the game tied at 13 at halftime, Punxsy had kept up with Altoona.
In the second half, Punxy couldn't keep up, and Altoona outscored the Chucks (5-6) 17-7.
Ryan Sloniger scored a team-best nine points for the Chucks, and Dakota Thomas added six points.
Adam Ferko hit the boards for Punxsy and added some extra hustle, and Andrew Fedigan also helped keep Punxsy competitive.
LEWISTOWN â The Punxsy wrestling team had its share of ups and downs at the Lewistown Duals last Saturday, and by the end of the tournament, the Chucks registered a 3-2 record.
Punxsy started out strong by beating Wellsboro, 42-27, and upsetting host school Lewistown, 37-30. What followed were a pair of losses to Altoona, 45-33, and Greensburg Salem, 35-29.
The Chucks then finished strong at the end of the tournament, blowing by Harrisburg, 51-17, thanks to five forfeits.
During the event, both Kody Young and Neko Cappella went undefeated, as both grapplers finished 5-0.
KNOX â The Punxsy boys' basketball team played a complete game on both sides of the ball while wiping away Keystone Wednesday night in Knox, 57-23.
The Chucks (5-9) led 24-10 at the break when their 20-7 third quarter all but clinched their second victory on the road this season.
"That was our best team effort, without a doubt," Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said. "The guys just really, really stepped up."
Punxsy had struggled to score in recent games. It managed 27 points during a 17-point loss last Friday at Bradford and was defeated by DuBois Central Catholic Monday at home, 56-34.
CLARION â After a close beginning to its match with Clarion Tuesday night, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team hit its stride during an easy victory over the Bobcats, 67-27.
The match was tied at 15 through six weight classes before the Chucks scored 52 of the final 64 points to improve to 12-1 on the season. Punxsy has now won 12-straight matches.
Liliana Rose Black, infant, Duncansville, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Altoona Hospital.
She was born Jan. 10, 2011, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Dustin Black and Laurie Buhite.
In addition to her parents, surviving relatives include a brother, Brian, at home; her grandparents, Mark and Dee Buhite and Hidi and Mark Black; her great-grandmother, Linda Urick; and her great-great-grandmother, Rose Eyler.
Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the Sorge Funeral Home, Hollidaysburg.
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.