February 1st, 2011
Bad weather ‚ÄĒ which continues as such ‚ÄĒ and the Pittsburgh Steelers‚Äô upcoming Super Bowl were running themes during the annual Groundhog Banquet Tuesday evening, where Inner Circle President Bill Deeley cautioned those who would be attending today‚Äôs prognostication by Punxsutawney Phil.
‚ÄúTomorrow, I have no idea what will happen,‚ÄĚ as to whether Punxsy Phil will predict six more weeks of winter or an early spring. ‚ÄúI‚Äôll tap on the door, and he‚Äôll tell me what it will be. If it‚Äôs wrong, it‚Äôs because I misinterpreted.‚ÄĚ
NEW OXFORD ‚ÄĒ Led by the 7-1 performances of wrestlers Seth Spack and Kody Young, six Chucks placed at the New Oxford Tournament this past weekend.
Spack led the tournament for Punxsy with a second-place finish, while Young's loss came in the championship semifinals. Young finished in third place overall.
Also placing for Punxsy were Nathan McGregor (fourth, 6-2), Josh Schuckers (fifth, 6-2), Neko Cappella (sixth, 5-3) and Carl Langley (eighth, 4-4). Wrestlers had to finish in the top eight to be a place-winner.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team outscored Clearfield during every quarter, including an 8-0 first quarter, while routing the Bisons Monday, 44-20.
The Chucks improved to 8-7 with the victory, which was their fourth straight.
Punxsy led 21-6 at halftime before improving its lead with a 23-14 second half.
Eight Punxsy players scored, led by Ian Miller's 11 points. Hunter Tibbs added nine points, Garrett Zimmerman had eight and Tim Pearce tallied six.
The Chucks remain at home and face Elk County Catholic at 6 p.m. Friday.
Punxsy 45, DuBois 42
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,¬† 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.¬† 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ just a few hours after Punxsy Phil should emerge from his stump to make his annual prognostication.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ 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 Thompson‚Äôs office.
‚ÄúI said, ‚ÄėFax, or e-mail or call and invite Barack Obama,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Deeley said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs going to be in State College, so why not come and do Groundhog Day day with us.‚ÄĚ
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Last week, PAHS seniors chose four girls and four boys for the 2011 Groundhog‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄĘ 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.