November 25th, 2010
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 pilotâs license at age 17 and served the U.S. Navy as an Air Corps V-5 flight officer, then V-6 Reservist.
Vance Hankinson, 51, Elk Run, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Everyone has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but two families in particular are thankful to have their lives, thanks to a four-year-old boy.
Four-year-old Kolton Renegade Powers and his family used to live in a duplex along Graffius Avenue until a fire destroyed their home Nov. 2. Neighbors Jim, Peggy and Elizabeth Trayer lived on the other side.
SYKESVILLE â The Sykesville Lions Club was gearing up for its 57th-annual Pancake Fry Tuesday. The fry will start Friday, and run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets to the event, which is held at Town Hall in Sykesville, are available in advance and at the door. Customers receive a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, and the crowd of many hunters readying for deer season exchange outdoor stories over coffee.
BROOKVILLE â Miss Pennsylvania 2010, Courtney Thomas, graced her Hickory Grove Elementary alma mater with a visit last Friday, leaving students with the message, âDonât COPP out.â
The acronym stands for the 22-year-old Sigel nativeâs personal platform on the consequences of peer pressure (COPP).
While an eighth-grader at Brookville Junior-Senior High School, Thomas said she experienced the serious repercussions of falling to peer pressure first hand. The 2007 graduate decided to leave a high school football game, against her better judgment, to join friends for a car ride.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After an undefeated regular season and a league championship, a number of Punxsy football players are bringing home Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference hardware.
Leading the way on the All-Star First-Team and Second-Team lists was Punxsy's defense, which surrendered 39 points during the Chucks' 10-0 regular season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The holiday season is upon Punxsutawney, and Barclay Squareâs circle of patiently waiting pines is proof that Christmas is just around the corner.
This year will mark the Rotary Clubâs fourth-annual Circle of Trees project. Placed Veteransâ Day weekend, 19 artificial trees surround Memorial Bandstand in Barclay Square, ready to be decorated by local non-profit groups and scheduled for illumination on âLight Up Nightâ Saturday.
Jefferson Countyâs three participants in the NFLâs Punt, Pass & Kick event â (from left) Abby Jo Northey of Brookville, Laney Monroe of Punxsutawney and Blaise Carney of Reynoldsville â took part in the contest at the Steelersâ training facility on the South Side and then took the field at halftime during the Steelers versus Raiders game Sunday at Heinz Field. Abby Jo took second in the 10-and-11-year-old girlsâ division, while Laney took third in the eight-and-nine-year-old girlsâ division. Blaiseâs placement in the eight-and-nine-year-old boysâ division was unavailable.