January 28th, 2011
WASHINGTON â Talk about a summit in the making.
Friday, the White House announced that President Obama would be visiting âcentral Pennsylvaniaâ next week â specifically, Feb. 2 ... Groundhog Day.
Could it be that the President of the United States and Punxsutawney Phil are getting together for a meeting of the minds during Americaâs Second-Favorite Holiday?
What would they talk about? Health care? The economy? Using some of Punxsy Philâs life-extending elixir for that upcoming 2012 election?
Donât count on it.
GREEN BAY, Wis. â Current Green Bay Packers center Scott Wells wasnât sure what to think of Brookville when he was 10 years old. The adjustment to living the small-town lifestyle was a lot different from what he was accustomed to in his native Texas.
He loved the aggressive, physical nature of the football he played in Texas, but after he moved to Pennsylvania, he couldnât play his style of football anymore. No one in Brookville could, because there wasnât an opportunity to play tackle football at such a young age.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Meet the Prutznal family of Punxsy: Parents Dan and Peggy, sons Shane and twins Landon and Luke, and the youngest, daughter Maggie.
Not a Steelers fan in the bunch.
But if you look closely in the familyâs basement, youâll find plenty of gold, but the color accompanying it is not black; itâs green.
Also in the basement, youâll likely find Dan âThe Packer Man,â working on some hand-crafted Packers swag and decorations in preparation for Green & Goldâs appearance in Super Bowl XLV against the Black & Gold, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Gerald E. Ferguson, 69, Big Run, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at his home.
He was born Jan. 26, 1942, in Dansville, N.Y., a son of the late Esther (Musteri) Ferguson.
Mr. Ferguson was an auto mechanic and attended the Free Grace Church in Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include a son, Jason Ferguson of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; three daughters, Terri Sidwell and husband of Todd of Galton, Ohio, Gerri Ferguson of Punxsutawney and Loretta Cassett of Florida; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Margaret "Peg" Edretta Chamberlain Couser, 99, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011.
She was born Jan. 18, 1912, in Punxsutawney, and lived a long and wonderful life.
She was married to her husband of 60 years, Ralph C. Couser, who preceded her in death in 1995.
Mrs. Couser was involved in numerous charitable organizations and social clubs. She was the president of the Hospital Women's Auxiliary; chairperson of the Red Cross Auxiliary; a Red Cross nurse's aide; and a blood bank donor.
Jim Koch, founder of The Boston Beer Company and brewer of Samuel Adams, said he hasnât received any special advice for his upcoming visit to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day.
Well, maybe one piece of advice.
ââJust bring some beer,ââ he said Thursday. âThatâs my role. They have their jobs, and I just need to bring the beer.â
Koch, who brewed his first batch of beer in his kitchen in the mid-80s with his great-grandfatherâs recipe for Louis Koch Lager, will be inducted as an honorary member of the Inner Circle, and he will also be the guest speaker at the Groundhog Banquet.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ An important part of the Groundhog Day festivities is the excitement generated by a group known as Philâs Dancers, selected each year at PAHS by math teacher and Inner Circle Stump Warden Ron Ploucha.
This yearâs dancers were selected in November and include Mia Anderson, Melissa Blose, Tawnee Bowers, Danielle Knopick, Megan Muth, Samantha Osikowicz, Allie Shields and Krystin Vanderpool.
ALTOONAâ The Punxsy eighth-grade boysâ basketball team couldnât keep up with Altoona Maroon during the second half of a 30-20 loss Wednesday in Altoona.
With the game tied at 13 at halftime, Punxsy had kept up with Altoona.
In the second half, Punxy couldn't keep up, and Altoona outscored the Chucks (5-6) 17-7.
Ryan Sloniger scored a team-best nine points for the Chucks, and Dakota Thomas added six points.
Adam Ferko hit the boards for Punxsy and added some extra hustle, and Andrew Fedigan also helped keep Punxsy competitive.
LEWISTOWN â The Punxsy wrestling team had its share of ups and downs at the Lewistown Duals last Saturday, and by the end of the tournament, the Chucks registered a 3-2 record.
Punxsy started out strong by beating Wellsboro, 42-27, and upsetting host school Lewistown, 37-30. What followed were a pair of losses to Altoona, 45-33, and Greensburg Salem, 35-29.
The Chucks then finished strong at the end of the tournament, blowing by Harrisburg, 51-17, thanks to five forfeits.
During the event, both Kody Young and Neko Cappella went undefeated, as both grapplers finished 5-0.
KNOX â The Punxsy boys' basketball team played a complete game on both sides of the ball while wiping away Keystone Wednesday night in Knox, 57-23.
The Chucks (5-9) led 24-10 at the break when their 20-7 third quarter all but clinched their second victory on the road this season.
"That was our best team effort, without a doubt," Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said. "The guys just really, really stepped up."
Punxsy had struggled to score in recent games. It managed 27 points during a 17-point loss last Friday at Bradford and was defeated by DuBois Central Catholic Monday at home, 56-34.