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December 26th

Punxsy boys win two of three vs. Altoona, Brookville

December 26, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team allowed a combined seven points during the first and fourth quarters while upsetting Altoona White last Wednesday at home, 31-25.

The Chucks (3-1) were ahead 20-13 at halftime before Altoona trimmed the lead to 24-22 entering the final frame. That's when the Chucks pulled away during a 7-3 final frame.

"This was a good team effort defensively," Punxsy head coach Glenn Good said. "There is room for improvement, but overall, it was a good defensive effort. We also rebounded well on both ends of the court."

Agnes M. Piekielek, 90

December 26, 2010

Agnes M. Piekielek, 90, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Piekielek was born Dec. 22, 1920, in Adrian, a daughter of the late Michael Skarbek and Mary (Sekula) Skarbek.

June 10, 1944, she married John L. Piekielek, who preceded her in death Dec. 13, 2000.

Mrs. Piekielek was a member of the St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church and was devoted to her faith and her loving family. She enjoyed reading and caring for her flower gardens.

M. Gertrude Eggleston, 88

December 26, 2010

M. Gertrude Eggleston, 88, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Mahoning Riverside Manor in Punxsutawney.

She was born April 22, 1922, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Bernard Henry and Clare (Rowan) Henry.

Sept. 15, 1947, she married Joseph Eggleston, who preceded her in death Nov. 14, 1991.

Mrs. Eggleston was a parishioner at Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.

She was a member of the Homemakers Club; Catholic Daughters of America; Rosary Altar Society; and the Bell Telephone Pioneers.

Rita M. Cook, 81

December 26, 2010

Rita M. Cook, 81, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at home.

She was born March 13, 1929, in Brockway, a daughter of the late Benjamin Fidler and Margaret (Archibald) Fidler.

June 10, 1950, she married Harry W. Cook, who preceded her in death Jan. 12, 2006.

She attended the First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Cook was a graduate of Brockway High School; contributed to and enjoyed IUP football and her community.

She was a former beautician and she and her husband were the former owners of Jefferson Machine in Punxsutawney.

James L. Behrendt, 80

December 26, 2010

James L. Behrendt, 80, Brookville, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born Nov. 22, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Andrew Behrendt and Elizabeth (Morgan) Behrendt.

Mr. Behrendt was married to Annabell (Parise) Behrendt, who survives.

He was a mechanic at Cadillac Motors in Detroit, Mich., and a parishioner of Saint Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Walston.

Steve F. Ballas, 87

December 26, 2010

Steve F. Ballas, 87, Walston, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Wellington Heights.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.

William J. “Farmer Bill” Aul, 82

December 26, 2010

William J. “Farmer Bill” Aul, 82, Juneau, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at his home.

Mr. Aul was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Andrew Aul and Dorothy (Quallich) Aul.

June 14, 1960, he married Joan (Mueck) Aul, who survives, of Juneau.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.

He was a Chaplin for the Rossiter American Legion Post No. 582 and enjoyed gardening.

December 23rd

Bisons too much to handle for Chucks

December 24, 2010

CLEARFIELD — The Punxsutawney varsity wrestling team knew heading into Clearfield Wednesday night that it would be challenged at every weight and would be in for a tough night, and that's exactly what the Chucks got.

The Bisons were too powerful down the lineup, earning a 48-17 victory over the Chucks (1-1), a victory that may seem lopsided, but for Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy, a loss that had plenty of upside.

Lady Chucks drop Harmony in 54-31 road win

December 24, 2010

HARMONY — The Lady Chucks picked up their second win of the season Thursday night as Punxsy traveled to Harmony and earned a convincing 54-31 win to push its record to 2-4 on the season.

The Lady Chucks jumped out to a 14-6 first-quarter lead before pulling away in the second frame to make it 26-11 at halftime.

The second half was more of the same for Punxsy as the Lady Chucks used swift ball movement and sharp shooting to increase its lead to 41-24 after three quarters before putting things away in the fourth.

Hospital workers agree: Christmas day duties have their rewards

December 24, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Every year, one day exists when the world seems to stop spinning so quickly on its axis. In the graceful winter stillness, all is silent. Troubles and worries nearly fade away as families gather and friends reunite. Magic is made real for children. And adults watch, instead of work, as the world passes by, just for the day.

Pictured here are members of the Catholic Daughters of America — a group celebrating its 95th anniversary this year.
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