February 2nd, 2015
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While the frigid weather creeped up on the Weather Capital of the World in the hours leading up to Punxsutawney Phil's official prognostication, a decent-sized crowd would prevail to see the Seer of Seers predict what almost no one wanted to hear: Six more weeks of winter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club said that Punxsutawney Phil, the world's only true weather-forecasting groundhog, isn't afraid to take on the Super Bowl again this year.
Bill Deeley, Groundhog Club president, said all they can do is do their thing.
"Luckily, we don't have a Pennsylvania team in it, so we won't have to compete with them, although I wish that we did," Deeley said, adding that the banquet was on Saturday night, mainly because they can't use the school on Sunday.
William J. Leonard, 64, of Dutchman Run Road, Stoneham, died unexpectedly at home Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.
Bill was born March 16, 1950 in Jamestown N.Y., son of the late William H. (Ted) and Elizabeth S. (Libby) Ferry Leonard.
DAGUS MINES â€“ Although she is five-years-old Fiona Jane O'Dell is still referred to as an 'O' baby, having been born with a rare birth defect known as a giant omphalocele which only occurs in one in every 10,000 pregnancies.
An omphalocele is a birth defect in which an infant's intestine or other abdominal organs are outside of the body due to a hole in their belly button area. The organs are covered only by a thin layer of tissue and can easily be seen.
Donna Kay Wolfe, 46, of 105 Clay St., died suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in the emergency room at Kane Community Hospital.
Born Feb. 19, 1968, in Kane, she was a daughter ofÂ the late Virgil and Nancy Nelson Allen. On June 7, 1985, in Kane, she married Larry Wolfe who survives.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons, David Wolfe and Luke Wolfe, both of Kane; and a sister, Tammy (Craig) Carlson of Bradford.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Travis Wolfe.
Frances K. Meckley, 97, formerly of 526 Tionesta Ave., died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at the Lutheran Home at Kane.Â
Born May 22, 1917, in Kane, she was a daughter of the late Felix and Pasqualina Costanzo Perry. On Nov. 22, 1941, in Kane, she married Orvis S. Meckley Jr. who preceded her in death in 1997.
Fran had worked at various times at the former Shirt Factory, the Temple Theater and Houston Electronics. She was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church where she sang in the choir. She also had belonged to the CD of A Court Callistus #66 and the former Altar-Rosary Society.
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Jay Paterno braved a steady snowfall and slippery roads as he drove from State College to Kane to speak Thursday evening before a crowd of 75 at the Friends Memorial Public Library.
The winter storm held down the size of the audience. Perhaps many felt Paterno would be a â€śno-showâ€ť because of the weather.
But missing a scheduled public forum is not in Paternoâ€™s DNA.
He said his late fatherâ€”legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paternoâ€”wouldnâ€™t excuse him if he ever missed such a public event.
HAZEL HURST â€“ Joni Britton confirmed Thursday that she will not seek another term as supervisor for Hamlin Township.
"There are too many things going on in my own life," Britton said in citing her reasons for not seeking re-election this year. "My own life takes a lot of time. My family has sacrificed."
Britton, vice chairman of the township Board of Supervisors, said she would serve out her term that expires at the end of the year.