November 26th, 2010
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team â€” which features a half-dozen football players â€” is looking to use the school's football success as a jumping-off point in 2010-2011, rather than worrying about last year's struggles on the hardword.
The Chucks finished 4-17 overall in 2009-2010, including 0-12 in the D9 League. But rather than looking back to last season, Punxsy has its sights set on the year at hand under first-year head coach Dirk Neal
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” To make the best betterâ€ť has been the motto of the 4-H Club for the past 100 years.
And making the best better is just what Jefferson County 4-H volunteer leaders Lois Pifer and Diane â€śDollyâ€ť Smouse have been doing for 40 of those 100 years.
The â€ślearn by doing,â€ť life-skills program engages area youth members, ages five to 19, in carrying out the mission of the clubâ€™s founding four Hâ€™s: Head, hands, heart and health.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners Wedn-esday advertised the prop-osed budget for the 2011 fiscal year, and there will be no inc-rease on property taxes.
The property tax rate will remain at 10.75 mills of assessed property value.
County finance officer Deborah Gillung said it was â€śkind of a surpriseâ€ť that a tax increase was not needed. This is the second consecutive year that the commissioners did not have to raise taxes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police was chosen again this year for the American Automobile Association (AAA) gold award.
Police Chief Tom Fedigan said the award was presented by the AAA Traffic Safety Awards program.
â€śThis is our third consecutive year for being recognized,â€ť he said. The award is for implementing programs and projects that demonstrate the departmentâ€™s endeavor to improve local traffic safety issues.
Fedigan said there are four standards for awards.
Gerald C. Justice, 74, formerly of Oliveburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born Feb. 20, 1936, in Punxsutawney, a son of Mary Josephine Justice.
Jan. 5, 1957, he married Mary Elbel, who survives.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Justice served in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A retired postal carrier and member of the Oliveburg Presbyterian Church, Mr. Justice, an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and following them in their sporting events.
Vance Hankinson, 51, formerly of Punxsutawney, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, surrounded by his loving family at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Mr. Hankinson was born Oct. 30, 1959, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of Dorothy (Cameron) Painter, of Rossiter, who survives.
He was married to Carol (Byerly) Hankinson, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Hankinson was a devoted family man who adored his sons and granddaughter. He touched the lives of many people and will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.
Ernest R. Caldwell, 88, formerly of Brookville, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Highland View Health Center, Brockway.
He was born Dec. 29, 1921, a son of the late Wayne J. and Carrie Reed Caldwell.
Mr. Caldwell was married to Lois M. Evans, who survives, for 65 years.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Caldwell served in World War II and in the Philippines.
He worked for Humphrey Gas Co., Brookville, and later in the Business/Clerical Department of Brookville Equipment.
The Punxsy boys' golf team had its banquet last week at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Pictured are (front, from left) Kyler Smathers, Mike Blose, Ryan States, David Roberts, Nick Roberts, Brandon Mancuso; (back) Ian Miller, Brandon Bish, Jesse Verdill, Micky DeChurch, Adam Murdock and coach Josh Conrad. Missing from the photo are Troy Cameron, Austin Couser, Josh Greek, Tanner Lewis and Seth Spack. (Photo submitted)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy wrestling team will be the first to admit that it isn't as technically-sound as District IX Class AAA rivals Clearfield and DuBois.
To make up for that, the Chucks strive to be the most well-conditioned, determined and toughest team around.
As the Chucks are a few days into their first week of 2010-2011 preseason, the words of Dan Gable are often spoken by head coach Eric Eddy and assistant coach Buddy Young, who have been coaching Punxsy wrestling for nine years now.
John M. Hazlett, 82, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Boardman, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, in Columbus.
He was born April 6, 1928, in Frostburg, the son of Mark and Helen (Gould) Hazlett.
He was married to his wife of 56 years, F. Louise Hazlett, who preceded him in death.
A 1946 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Mr. Hazlett earned a private pilotâ€™s license at age 17 and served the U.S. Navy as an Air Corps V-5 flight officer, then V-6 Reservist.