February 1st, 2011
Carol J. Smith, 61, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born March 31, 1949, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Carlo and Mary (Bellerillo) Bruno.
She was married to Thomas Smith, who preceded her in death April 25, 2003.
Mrs. Smith was a member of SS. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church, where she was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Church Parish Council.
She worked as a secretary for Quaker Industries of Punxsutawney.
Leonard B. Ryen, 87, Rochester Mills, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
He was born March 4, 1923, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Allen and Amanda (Potts) Ryen.
He was married to Dorothy "Peg" (DePetro) Ryen, of Rochester Mills, who survives.
Mr. Ryen was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Rochester Mills United Methodist Church, John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534, the Punxsutawney VFW,Â I.O.O.F. Lodge in Rochester Mills and the Rochester Mills Rod & Gun Club.
Carl H. McKee, 94, of Steffy Church Road, Rossiter, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born Aug. 8, 1916, in Banks Township, Indiana County, a son of the late John W. and Dora C. (Houck) McKee.Mr. McKee was a graduate of Glen Campbell High School.
Mr. McKee was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany and France during World War II.
Jan. 15, 1947, he married Elizabeth Kinter of Marion Center.Â She preceded him in death May 20, 1995.
He was a member of Steffy United Methodist Church, where he also taught Sunday School for a number of years.
The Groundhog King and Queen were announced today. Katrina Anderson has been named Groundhog Queen and Ben Blazavich as Groundhog King.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Both the National Weather Service and AccuWeather are prognosticating a very wintry Groundhog Day, just a few days before Punxsutawney Phil makes his own prediction.
Monday, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh placed Jefferson and 11 other counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland under a winter storm warning, which began at 7 p.m. Monday night and runs through 10 a.m. Wednesday â just a few hours after Punxsy Phil should emerge from his stump to make his annual prognostication.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The invitation was there, but now the trip is postponed.
So much for having President Barack Obama as a guest at Groundhog Day 2011.
After reports last week that Obama would visit Penn State the same day as Groundhog Day, Inner Circle President Bill Deeley said Monday he extended an invitation to the president through U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompsonâs office.
âI said, âFax, or e-mail or call and invite Barack Obama,ââ Deeley said. âHeâs going to be in State College, so why not come and do Groundhog Day day with us.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Last week, PAHS seniors chose four girls and four boys for the 2011 Groundhogâs Day court. The students chosen were Katrina Anderson, Samantha Osikowicz, Lindsey Paulina, Caroline Weaver, Ben Blazavich, Jakob Godo, James Kachmar and Joe Neal.
The king and queen will be crowned during the annual Groundhog Day assembly at PAHS, which is now scheduled for 10 a.m. today.
âą Katrina Anderson, daughter of Kim and Tom Anderson of Stump Creek, is enrolled in the academic curriculum and plans to attend Westminster College to major in occupational therapy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy boys' basketball team found a way to finish Monday night.
Behind a defense that wouldn't quit and an offense that was able to penetrate Clearfield's zone defense late in the game, the Chucks (7-9) won their third-straight contest by beating the Bisons, 49-32.
Two former District IX League foes played as if they were still league rivals, as high intensity play ensued. Clearfield (4-12) may compete against mostly District VI opponents now, but the two squads played with an enthusiasm of a playoff game.
BROOKVILLEâ Brookville girls' basketball head coach Mark Powell knew how important the Lady Raiders' game was Monday night at home against Keystone.
Brookville had lost its last four games and had its hands full with defending Keystone's preseason All-District IX player Morgan Johnson. Also, Brookville lost to Keystone 45-42 the first time these teams met Dec. 11 in the championship game of the Brookville Tip-off Tournament.
Johnson scored 19, but Brookville (11-5) kept Keystone (12-4) from rebounding well en route to a 59-54 win.
Punxsutawney Phil is known as a model of consistency, appearing each Feb. 2 at Gobblerâs Knob and emerging from his burrow.
So it may come as a surprise that there is no record from nine of his first 12 prognostications.
In fact, there is no record from 1886, when Groundhog Day was first recognized in Punxsutawney â it was then known as Weathers Wags.
Likewise, there is no record of Philâs prediction from 1899, the year the Groundhog Club was founded.