February 17th, 2011
Erda H. Simons, 95, New Kensington, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Natrona Heights.Â
She was born Feb. 12, 1916, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late Cletus and Effie (Winand) Scholze.Â
She was married to Coy Lingenfelter, who preceded her in death June 10, 1941. She then married John E. Simons, who preceded her in death Jan. 31, 1972.
Mrs. Simons worked as an operator for Bell Telephone, a switch board operator for Alcoa, Miller Brothers Shoe Store, Gaylordâ€™s Department Store and the YMCA, all in New Kensington.Â
The small turnout â€” (from left) Tim Cooper, Terry A. Fye, Mallory Croasman and Doug Fye â€” for Charlie Sorelâ€™s memorial service emphasizes the kind of fellow he was in this rehearsal scene from the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guildâ€™s latest production, â€śGoodbye, Charlie,â€ť George Axelrodâ€™s classic Broadway comedy. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday night in the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are sold at the door. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
BROOKVILLE â€” Wednesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners â€” Paul Corbin, James McIntyre and Jeffrey Pisarcik â€” gave their opinions on President Obamaâ€™s proposed budget and the future of federal funding in the county.
While Brookville Borough Council Tuesday said the proposed budget calls for the elimination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding â€” of which the county received more than $240,000 last year â€” Corbin and Bill Setree, of the Department of Development, said the reduction will likely be in the neighborhood of 10 percent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thursday, at the Crimson Village, Punxsutawney had more added to its history with the unveiling of a free-standing replica of the former public library from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The piece, created and built by local artist Jeff Marshall, was revealed after a period of time when the Punxsutawney Rotary Club was seeking something to add to its existing Circle of Trees effort.
DUBOIS â€” The concept isnâ€™t new, but the results are staggering.
Today, on-site preparations officially begin for THON, a shorter name for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which, since 1973, has raised funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.
While THON is a year-long effort with several events over the course of the year, the culmination of those efforts begins Friday and runs through Sunday â€” a 46-hour dance marathon held at the Bryce Jordan Center.
WASHINGTON â€” U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson Wednesday addressed the continuing budget process currently underway in Washington, D.C.
He explained the House of Representatives has the dual duty of amending a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, which will conclude Sept. 1, while at the same time reviewing President Barack Obamaâ€™s proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2012.
Efforts to sustain government under continuing resolution
PERRY TOWNSHIP â€” A Reed Road house in Perry Township was nearly destroyed by a fire that broke out shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.
According to reports, the house was owned by Betty Kennedy, 91, who lived in the residence with her great-grandson, his wife and two-year-old child, all who escaped the burning structure safely.
The house was fully involved when the alarm was called into Jefferson County 911, which prompted Perry Township Assistant Chief Tim Fetterhoff to call for a second alarm.
HYDE â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team didn't shoot well and had numerous turnovers during a 50-39 loss to Clearfield Wednesday night, but the Chucks still clinched a home playoff game in the process.
Punxsy (8-13) shot 34 percent from the field and had 16 turnovers, but due to Bradford's 51-36 loss to Elk County Catholic, the Chucks will be the No. 2 seed and the Owls will be the No. 3 seed in the semifinals of the District IX Class AAA playoffs.
Clearfield (5-17) will head to St. Marys (16-7) on the other end of the bracket.
BROOKVILLE â€” Thirty minutes into the boys' basketball game Wednesday night, it looked as if Brookville would have to wait another year to win a District IX League title.
The DuBois boys' basketball team came out and punched the Raiders (19-2, 8-2 District IX League) in the mouth to start the game. The Beavers (9-13, 4-6) played tough defense, shot the lights out and didn't allow Brookville to take the lead for three quarters of the game.
This caused some concern on the Raiders' sideline.
BRADFORD â€” The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team had no trouble at all during its match Tuesday night in Bradford.
Thanks to eight forfeits and victories in six of the other eight bouts, the Chucks routed the Owls, 84-9.
The Chucks (14-2) led 48-9 with eight weight classes remaining before the match concluded with six forfeits in Punxsy's favor and two no contests.
Registering wins on the mat for Punxsy were Darin James, Matt Burke, Levi Campbell, Logan Rend, Keegan Fischer and Travis Perry. All six won by fall.