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December 16th

Rusty Lee Hoffman, 48

December 17, 2010

Rusty Lee Hoffman, 48, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at his residence in North Carolina.

He was a native of Timblin, the son of the late Russell Wilson and Doris Mae (Orf) Hoffman Jr.

Surviving relatives include a daughter, Renée Lea Hoffman; a sister, Robin Vae Biggs; and a brother, Rodney Douglas Hoffman.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at St. Mary’s Church in Eddyville. The family will also receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to his daughter to help with expenses.

Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79

December 17, 2010

Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79, Pembroke Pines, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.

She was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Clearfield, a daughter of the late Fred and Mildred (Miller) Lippart.

Mrs. Anderson was married to Donald E. Anderson, who preceded her in death July 1, 2005.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.

December 15th

Punxsy teams find success versus Brockway, DuBois CC

December 16, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team evened its record two games into the season with a dominant 46-16 victory over Brockway Wednesday night at home.

The Chucks (1-1) didn't allow a point during the second quarter, and that allowed them to cruise to the victory.

Punxsy led 26-8 at halftime before outscoring the Rovers 20-10 during the second half.

"We did a better job tonight defensively. We still tend to lose our man a little too often," Punxsy coach Glenn Good said. "Offensively, we did score (more), but we still are not running our sets well enough."

Pins, forfeits help Chucks take care of Stingers

December 16, 2010

MARION CENTER — What a difference a year makes.

One year after the Marion Center junior-high wrestling team earned a 54-42 victory in Punxsutawney, the Chucks routed the Stingers Tuesday night, 66-21.

The Chucks (1-1) earned five victories by forfeit over Marion Center, which had just 10 wrestlers. Registering forfeit victories were Kaleb Young (6-0), Stephanie Smith (3-2), Matt Burke (5-1), Troy Peace (5-2) and Andrew Bullers (3-3).

"We earned five forfeits, but for the most part, the kids wrestled well," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Still lots of room for improvement."

Green light for new traffic signals

December 16, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council said PennDOT’s new traffic signal project should commence in late spring or early summer.

Borough Manager Ben White said in an earlier interview that each of the intersections along Mahoning Street — including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets — will receive new signals, signal posts and mast arms. The Hampton intersection is the only one that currently has mast arms to support its traffic signals.

$15,169.56 AND COUNTING

December 16, 2010

The SS.C.D. Children’s Choir, under the direction of Arlene Stewart with accompaniment by Toie Neal, shared a number of Christmas carols for residents and guests at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, where the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought its “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign Wednesday. Also, the students presented a $1,584.95 donation — realized from its fund-raising — to Make-A-Wish. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Guaranteed happy faces

December 16, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Judging by Wednesday’s bookkeeping, Senior Corps-RSVP Director Janeen Love said more than 415 Jefferson County kids will benefit from the annual Toys for Tots Christmas campaign.

Toys for Tots — operated by Community Action on behalf of the Marine Corps Reserve — had collection boxes placed at area businesses throughout November and December and provides eligible, registered children with three big toys and a grab-bag.

This year’s campaign collected close to 1,700 toys in total, Love said.

Joseph R. Gigliotti, 86

December 15, 2010

Joseph R. Gigliotti, 86, Walston, passed away Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at his home.

He was born July 9, 1924, in Walston, a son of the late Frank and Mary Gigliotti.

Nov. 8, 1947, he married Mary Jane (Astorino) Gigliotti, who preceded him in death Dec. 2, 2003.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in European, Africa, Middle Eastern and Asiatic Operations.

Mr. Gigliotti was a member of St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church.

Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79

December 15, 2010

Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79, Pembroke Pines, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.

She was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Clearfield, a daughter of the late Fred and Mildred (Miller) Lippart.

Mrs. Anderson was married to Donald E. Anderson, who preceded her in death July 1, 2005.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.

December 14th

Chucks less than impressive during blowout win

December 15, 2010

MARION CENTER — Though the 55-9 score indicates a blowout, the Punxsy wrestling team hopes Tuesday's performance against Marion Center is its worst of the season.

Due to Marion Center having just seven wrestlers on the varsity roster, Punxsy received six forfeits to total 36 points. Aside from the forfeits, Punxsy (1-0) would have earned a 19-9 victory on the mat, but head coach Eric Eddy wasn't pleased with his team's sluggish performance.

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