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December 27th

Agnes M. Piekielek, 90

December 28, 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.

John V. “Vic” Pasley, 88

December 28, 2010

John V. “Vic” Pasley, 88, Springfield, Va., passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010.

He was born March 24, 1922, in Big Run.

He was married to Ruth Frances Kemper Pasley, who preceded him in death in September 2008.

A colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Ronald D. Morrison, 65

December 28, 2010

Ronald D. Morrison, 65, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Feb. 11, 1945, in Transfer.

He was married to Patricia Morrison, who preceded him in death.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany.

A member of the Cloe United Methodist Church, Mr. Morrison was the church’s choir director and in 2007, the director of the Christmas Cantata.

M. Gertrude Eggleston, 88

December 28, 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.

James L. Behrendt, 80

December 28, 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.

H. Daniel Brickell, 92

December 28, 2010

H. Daniel Brickell, 92, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at home.

He was born July 9, 1918, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Clair H. Brickell and Velma (Fetterman) Brickell.

He was first married to Kathleen Campbell, who preceded him in death in 1954. He then married Anna J. (Shugars) Brickell, who preceded him in death Jan. 19, 2005.

He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Brickell was a crane operator and electrician for B&O Railroad.

Steve “Lefty” Frank Ballas, 87

December 28, 2010

Steve “Lefty” Frank Ballas, 87, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Wellington Heights.

He was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Duquesne, a son of the late John Gabor Balázs and Julia (Palagyi) Balázs.

He was married to Betty (Dupak) Ballas, who preceded him in death.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.

The co-owner of Blue Tavern in Walston, Mr. Ballas was also an assessor for Young Township. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with his grandchildren.

December 26th

Glessner looks back on council’s 2010 accomplishments

December 27, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said that despite the many distractions faced by the borough’s governing body, there were still many accomplishments throughout the borough in 2010.

“I feel the members of council handled themselves very graciously through adversity,” Glessner said. “We did have some trying times, and hopefully we’ve moved past them, and we can look forward to a new year.”

Glessner added that council did complete a lot of projects — some of which took several years to complete.

Chucks build huge lead before edging Bisons

December 26, 2010

CLEARFIELD — The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team wasn't happy with the way its match against Clearfield ended, but the Chucks still picked up a huge victory over a squad it has lost to many times.

Behind five wins by fall, Punxsy built a 46-3 advantage, only to squeeze out a 52-44 victory last Wednesday in Clearfield.

"It was great to beat Clearfield finally," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "We're certainly happy about that win, but I was a little disappointed with our finish."

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."

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