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December 26th

Rita M. Cook, 81

December 26, 2010

Rita M. Cook, 81, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at home.

She was born March 13, 1929, in Brockway, a daughter of the late Benjamin Fidler and Margaret (Archibald) Fidler.

June 10, 1950, she married Harry W. Cook, who preceded her in death Jan. 12, 2006.

She attended the First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Cook was a graduate of Brockway High School; contributed to and enjoyed IUP football and her community.

She was a former beautician and she and her husband were the former owners of Jefferson Machine in Punxsutawney.

James L. Behrendt, 80

December 26, 2010

James L. Behrendt, 80, Brookville, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born Nov. 22, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Andrew Behrendt and Elizabeth (Morgan) Behrendt.

Mr. Behrendt was married to Annabell (Parise) Behrendt, who survives.

He was a mechanic at Cadillac Motors in Detroit, Mich., and a parishioner of Saint Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Walston.

Steve F. Ballas, 87

December 26, 2010

Steve F. Ballas, 87, Walston, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Wellington Heights.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.

William J. “Farmer Bill” Aul, 82

December 26, 2010

William J. “Farmer Bill” Aul, 82, Juneau, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at his home.

Mr. Aul was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Andrew Aul and Dorothy (Quallich) Aul.

June 14, 1960, he married Joan (Mueck) Aul, who survives, of Juneau.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.

He was a Chaplin for the Rossiter American Legion Post No. 582 and enjoyed gardening.

December 23rd

Bisons too much to handle for Chucks

December 24, 2010

CLEARFIELD — The Punxsutawney varsity wrestling team knew heading into Clearfield Wednesday night that it would be challenged at every weight and would be in for a tough night, and that's exactly what the Chucks got.

The Bisons were too powerful down the lineup, earning a 48-17 victory over the Chucks (1-1), a victory that may seem lopsided, but for Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy, a loss that had plenty of upside.

Lady Chucks drop Harmony in 54-31 road win

December 24, 2010

HARMONY — The Lady Chucks picked up their second win of the season Thursday night as Punxsy traveled to Harmony and earned a convincing 54-31 win to push its record to 2-4 on the season.

The Lady Chucks jumped out to a 14-6 first-quarter lead before pulling away in the second frame to make it 26-11 at halftime.

The second half was more of the same for Punxsy as the Lady Chucks used swift ball movement and sharp shooting to increase its lead to 41-24 after three quarters before putting things away in the fourth.

Hospital workers agree: Christmas day duties have their rewards

December 24, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Every year, one day exists when the world seems to stop spinning so quickly on its axis. In the graceful winter stillness, all is silent. Troubles and worries nearly fade away as families gather and friends reunite. Magic is made real for children. And adults watch, instead of work, as the world passes by, just for the day.

Local man’s holiday wish: A return home to see mother, family

December 24, 2010

BROOKVILLE and THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN — Christmas will be different for Jeffrey Draa and his mother, Joann, this year. Namely, they will be together during the holidays for the first time in three years.

Draa is a member of the U.S. Navy, and serves on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, which has been at sea for the past 211 days, according to Lt. Katie Cerezo, assistant public affairs officer for the Truman. Draa has been on board for that entire duration.

William J. “Farmer Bill” Aul, 82

December 24, 2010

William J. “Farmer Bill” Aul, 82, Juneau, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at his home.

Mr. Aul was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Andrew Aul and Dorothy (Quallich) Aul.

June 14, 1960, he married Joan (Mueck) Aul, who survives, of Juneau.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Aul was a Chaplin for the Rossiter American Legion Post No. 582 and enjoyed gardening.

Richy A. Hurd, 58

December 24, 2010

Richy A. Hurd, 58, Brookville, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born June 15, 1952, in Curwensville, a son of Walter Hurd and the late Ruth Johnston Hurd.

Aug. 19, 1978, he married Patricia L. McCallus Hurd, who survives, of Brookville.

Mr. Hurd was in the Punxsutawney High School graduating class of 1970.

Mr. Hurd was a field representative for the former Fairman Drilling for 28 years and retired from Devonian Resources Inc. He was a member of Big Run Camp and an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer.

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