An Exciting New Tradition Begins
Jay Philliber Steps In as Owner of Johnston Furniture By Bill Anderson of Hometown magazine
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ensures its success.” And why wouldn’t he? Jay became an Eagle Scout at the age of 16 and is known as a “doer” around the town. A 2009 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he is the past Exulted Ruler of the local Elks Club, a member of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival Com-
Punxsutawney families. “He will be greatly missed,” owner Bill Deeley said of Jay. “He was always very professional, kind and considerate to people of all ages.” Philliber is following in the footsteps of Mike Johnston, who retired after 28 years.
t is not often that a young person makes the decision and commitment to invest his future in the small town where he was born and raised, but that is exactly what Jay Philliber, one of Punxsutawney's most likeable residents, did this week, officially taking over ownership of Johnston Furniture. “I didn’t want to leave Punx’y, and I wanted to stay here and make the town my home,” Jay emphasized. Even though the store has been around for as long as any generation in town, Punxsutawneyites can’t help but root for anything but great things for Jay in his newfound commitment. “It is absolutely commendable that there is a young man who is staking his future in his hometown,” Mary Ann Nitsche, another well-known Punx’y business owner commented. “Jay is always promoting Punx’y, always giving to his community. I hope everyone gives him the opportunity to allow him to give them a very positive shopping experience.” The 24-year-old son of Harry “Butch” and Sandy Philliber, and grandson of Betty Philliber, Punxsutawney’s most-respected lady, Jay is a familiar and trusted face in Johnston (left) officially turns over his long-time Punx’y furniture business to Jay Philliber. ‘His youth and enPunxsutawney and, simply put, his Mike thusiasm are a huge asset to the store,’ Johnston said of Jay. ‘He is a perfect fit for the store and Punx’y.’ reputation has preceded him. Byrt Smathers, popular retired director of Mahoning Towers agreed. “I mittee, a former Gaskill Township Com“Mike Johnston, his family and Johnthink it is wonderful Jay is having the mittee person, a member of the ston's Furniture have always supported store. Jay has so much integrity, a great Punxsutawney Historical Society, and — our town and provided a great hometown personality and he is so kind and friendly. even at his young age — an elder in the business. I see the same potential in Jay As soon as you meet him, you will know Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church. Philliber!” Dave London, PAHS princihe is an honest person. With his personNotwithstanding his community service, pal said. “I think that it's great to have our ality, he has honesty written all over Jay was crowned Prom King his senior own young people and PHS graduates as him.” year at Punx’y High School. the future businessmen and leaders of “He will be good for the town and busi“Along with Corrie Anderson as Punxsutawney." ness,” Oral “Bob” Roberts added. “I’ve queen,” he added. “His youth and enthusiasm are a huge known Jay his entire life. He is a personFor the past eight years, Jay has been asset to the store,” Johnston said of Jay. able and energetic young man who, when working with Deeley Funeral Home, “He is a perfect fit for the store and he takes on a challenge in the community, where he has become familiar with many - Continued on next page
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Continued from previous page Punx’y. His family has a long history of business and civic service in the community. Jay understands small-town living.” Small town is what it is all about. Through the years, Punx'y and area residents shopped the furniture store at the top of the hill, learning that quality, affordability and professional service went hand in hand with the previous store owners, Mike’s father, Leo, and then brother, Bob, and — since 1982 — Mike. Philliber will continue that tradition at the full-service furniture, bedding and flooring facility. “For the past 62 years, nobody has tried harder to service and satisfy the furniture customers in the Punx’y area,” Mike confidently asserted of Johnston Furniture. “Jay is fully committed to continue that tradition and attitude.” “People in the Punxsutawney area work hard for their money, and I want to provide them with nice furniture and great service so they will keep coming back,” Jay pointed out. Debbie Walker, who has a degree in interior design as well as decades of experience as store manager, will continue assisting past and future customers, provid- Punxsutawney’s newest businessman and furniture store ing their homes with comfortable, owner, Jay Philliber, at his desk at Johnston Furniture. as well as beautiful, living spaces. Rounding out the staff at the store are “Families love to have tasteful and comCarl Kunkle, sales and delivery, and Greg fortable living spaces, and Jay will work Elkin, delivery. The staff not only prowith them. I am sure that Punxsutawney vides personal service, but sees everywill support him,” Mary Ann Nitsche thing through before, during and after the urged. sale. Jay’s business roots date back to his Even though the excitement filled the grandfather and great-grandfather, who air at the “out-of-way, less-to-pay” store were successful with Hoffman Diamond at the top of North Findley Street, near Drilling and Punxsutawney Beef and Prothe high school, there was an air of sadvision. ness, too, knowing Mike would no longer “I love Punxsutawney and I always head up the operation. But, upon learning knew I wanted to stay here,” Jay said of Mike’s retirement, friends and cuswith his always-pleasant demeanor. “My tomers were happy to hear, “I am not grandparents were successful business going anywhere. I’ve always lived in people here and I was always taught to Punx’y and plan to continue.” give back to the community.” “When it came time for a mattress, new “You will be glad you came to his couch, a La-Z-Boy or carpeting, Johnston store,” Byrt Smathers promised. Furniture was the only place to go. The The store’s most popular items include residents of the Punx’y area have supLa-Z-Boy, King Hickory and Imperial ported me and my family for a very long Crown Rest Bedding. Johnston Furniture time. I would hope that they continue to specializes in two-sided mattresses with a do the same for Jay. I am sure no one will 20-year guarantee. work harder than he will to service the •••
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Remembering the Jefferson Theatre By S. Thomas Curry of Hometown magazine
n a prominent location in downtown Punxsutawney, standing tall there is a reminder of history to tell stories of the past. The structure brings to mind a life and style in the area for nearly 75 years, a remnant of the progress of the town’s development in the early 1900s and a symbol of a culture of entertainment for many residents. That symbol is for the Jefferson Theatre, once a popular entertainment spot on North Findley Street. The “Jeff,” as the generations of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s remember it by name, was built by the Punxsutawney Opera House Company in 1904-05 to replace the older wood-framed Mahoning Street Opera House that had been located in the East End section after its grand opening in 1889. The building Built in 1905, the stone committee of the arch was the entrance to company was com- the Jefferson Theatre. posed of H. G. Beyond the arch was a ramp that led to the lobby Bowers, D. H. and seating in the new Clark and Dr. C. S. “Opera House” in Punxsutawney. The theatre Aldrich. Clark was a well-established had been named the Jefferson Theatre to honor a lumberman and famous American actor. street railway com- (Hometown photo by S. pany owner. Bow- Thomas Curry) ers was also a lumberman who operated a lumber yard in East End where Kurtz Lumber Company had been. Dr. Aldrich also had lumber interests and was a physician to area coal towns. The theatre complex was built following a fire of September 1903 that had destroyed or damaged many of the older smaller wood frame The Jefferson Theatre was buildings of named for Joseph Jefferson, a that business popular actor in the 19th century section who performed across America. He had appeared in area opera which conhouses in the 1890s. nected the
railroad and street car stations to Mahoning Street. For the opening night production of the Jefferson Theatre on Friday evening, November 24, 1905, the Punxsutawney Spirit announced it as “one of the finest, most modernly equipped playhouses in the country.“ Designed by H. C. Parks of Ridgway, the theatre was built by the local builder McKean Harl. The 1200-seat theatre hall was located along Pine Alley, behind the shop fronts on the street side. Older residents
will remember the 70-foot inclined floor that led from the ticket booths at the entrance at street level up to the lobby and the floor and balcony of the auditorium. To satisfy the curiosity of interested theatre-goers, the news story about the opening described what could be expected upon arrival, “The opening consists of an arch ... and folding iron gates surmounted by an arch of crystal glass. Inscribed in the glass is the name of the theatre, the words and entire arch being handsomely set off by electric lights in the background.” The entrance to the former Jefferson Theatre, a very substantial arch of Hummelstown stone, is propped and steadied, standing adjacent to the empty lot on North - Continued on next page
Monument to the ‘Jeff’ Continued from previous page Findley Street that had been cleared and readied for the erection of the new bus terminal of the Area Transportation Authority of the North Central Pennsylvania (ATA). The theatre’s name was not to honor the former U. S. President Thomas Jefferson, as was Jefferson Street or Jefferson County. It was Joseph Jefferson, a veteran and popular actor during the 19th century, who would be given the honors. For many years, the dean of the American theatre had performed across the American countryside and in area opera houses. People of neighboring towns relied on the railroad and the street car for transportation to his performances. In one instance, in May 1889, there was this report, “Nearly three hundred people from this place and vicinity visited DuBois last Monday evening to see Joseph Jefferson in ‘Rip Van Winkle.’ Four passenger coaches and a caboose were filled with the excursionists. Everybody likes Joe Jefferson....” Based upon the quaint story by American writer Washington Irving, Jefferson had created his Rip Van Wrinkle character, with wigs, clothing and script. He performed his play on the stage for the first time in 1866. Jefferson had appeared at the Mahoning Street Opera House in Punxsutawney in 1903, at the age of 74. He died in April 1905, but for those who want to see him in performances of “Rip Van Winkle,” check out YouTube.com, and search for the name Joseph Jefferson. It’s almost like being in an old theatre of the past. The initial performance in Punx’y’s new theatre was in November of 1905. The theatre rivaled any entertainment place in the big cities. A description of the interior is evidence of the ambition of the town’s leaders and the owners to construct a firstrate theatre and a symbol of culture and progress for the booming town. The newspaper detailed it in these words: “... the seats are so arranged that a perfect view of the stage can be obtained from any part of the house. The paneled ceiling is painted in ivory and old gold with floral borders, the beauty of which is enhanced by a dome of lights composed of twentythree 50-candle power lamps. The walls are painted in olive green with gold trimmings, and the (opera) boxes and lodges have a delicate shade of pink for a background. The balcony, boxes, lodges and proscenium arch facings are finished in old ivory and gold-stucco work and are studded with electric lights. The boxes are draped in old rose hangings and the balcony and box rails are upholstered in olive green plush. The foyer, which encircles the rear of the main auditorium, is painted and decorated to correspond with the main enclosure ... Heavy old rose drapings and brilliant electric lights lend an added beauty to the foyer. “The proscenium arch (of the stage) is 36 x 25 feet, surmounted by richly painted representations of cupid and garlands of flowers. The stage is 38 x 68 feet and will accommodate the full quota of scenery carried by any company on the road. It is 47 feet between flies and 53 feet to the top of the gridiron. Over five miles of rope are required to operate the curtains, 53 in number. ... The drop curtain shows an artistic design in draping, with a handsome bust portrait of Joseph Jefferson in the center. Five hundred electric lights will be used to
Joseph Jefferson was best known for his creative and dramatic portrayal of Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle.” Before the Jefferson Theatre was built, perJefferson formed in Punxsutawney in 1903 in the Mahoning Opera Street House.
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Best Team Nicknames E By Tom Jones St. Petersburg Times
very sports team has a nickname. But the good ones have a second nickname. Today, we pick our top 10 alternate nicknames in sports history. 1. Big Red Machine: The Cincinnati Reds lineup of the 1970s was a really big, relentless, unmerciful hitting machine. It featured three Hall of Famers, plus alltime hits leader Pete Rose. It also had six MVP awards, four home run leaders, three batting champs and a combined 63 All-Star Game appearances. Some argue that the 1975-76 championship teams are baseball's best ever. 2. Broad Street Bullies: It's an intimidating nickname for an intimidating team. The Philadelphia Flyers of the mid 1970s spent half their time beating you and the other half beating you up. Newspapers would tell opposing fans to hide the women and children. The Flyers won Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975 and remain hockey's most loathsome team. 3. Monsters of the Midway: Originally this name belonged to the University of Chicago, but it was made famous by
as exciting as any ever seen in the NBA. 6. The Black Sox: This infamous nickname might be sports' most recognizable one. It was coined 90 years ago, yet fans immediately know the story of how eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox accepted money from gamblers to throw the World Series. 7. Purple People Eaters: In 1958, Sheb Wooley came out with a song called "The Purple People Eater'' that gained a cult following. Ten years later, the Minnesota Vikings' devastating defensive linemen, Alan Page, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall and Gary Larsen, were known as the "Purple
People Eaters.'' They ate quarterbacks. 8. America's Team: The Dallas Cowboys are so American, they have a big fat star in the middle of their field. Back in the 1970s, with All-American Navy product Roger Staubach at QB and classy coach Tom Landry, with his cool hat, the Cowboys were the most polarizing team in football. You either loved them or hated them. 9. Legion of Doom: You have to love a nickname that forecasts disaster for the opponent. This nickname applied to the NHL line of John LeClair, Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg of the mid 1990s Flyers. Loaded with skill and physical dominance, the line combined for 121 goals and 134 assists during the 1995-96 season. Our second-favorite hockey line nickname: The French Connection, for
Buffalo's Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert in the 1970s. 10. Steel Curtain: The nickname perfectly captured the spirit of a team and a city. The Steelers of the 1970s won four Super Bowls because of a suffocating defense that featured four Hall of Famers and is considered the greatest ever. A steel curtain, indeed. Honorable Mention: Bronx Bombers (New York Yankees), Gashouse Gang (1930s St. Louis Cardinals), Bad Boys (1980s-90s Detroit Pistons), Harvey's Wallbangers (1982 Milwaukee Brewers), Four Horsemen (Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Don Miller and Elmer Layden of 1924 Notre Dame football team.) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service www.scrippsnews.com) •••
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when driving a heading in the Soldier Run Mine, found a pine log, not petrified but sound, fifty feet under the surface. There had been a creek above that spot in the mine. The tree most likely had fallen into the ravine created by the creek and in the long years which followed, fifty feet of earth had washed over it. With stories like these, the romance of visiting a mine piqued the interest of the ladies of the Utopia Circle.
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These stories and pictures created a desire among many to see these wonders of nature for themselves. In the late 19th Century, tours of mines were reserved for the mine superintendents, investors, politicians, and a few reporters, not for the general public. However, there were, from time to time, opportunities for privileged individuals and groups to visit the mines. One group, the Utopia Circle of Reynoldsville, found a way to see the in-
The Utopia Circle of Reynoldsville was organized in 1891 by Ada M. Elliott, the daughter of Simon Bolivar Elliott. Mr. Elliott was a well-educated man who, during his lifetime, served in the State Legislature and was instrumental in having Mansfield become the third Normal School in Pennsylvania. He also wrote books on forestry, served as the state forestry commissioner in 1904, and was honored by having 318 acres of the - Continued on page 10
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was speeding along towards the mines. On arriving at Big Soldier there the party found nine coal cars that had been lined with new boards, with three seats in each car, divided into three sections, two long eared animals attached to each section, ready for the trip “underneath the ground.” A distance of 2,500 feet in the mine was reached without any mishap, but a few narrow escapes by those who were a little tardy about obeying the command of “down heads!” Supt. Geo.
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and exploration of many disciplines, Ada M. Elliott had an example to inspire the organization and development of the Utopia Circle, which continues today as the longest functioning literary society in Jefferson County. Her connection, not only with her father, but also to her husband Fremont M. Brown, who was an engineer employed by the Bell, Lewis & Yates Company, made it possible for her to arrange for a special tour of the Big Soldier Mine by the members of the Utopia Circle. The report of their tour appeared in the Wednesday, May 25, 1892 issue of the Reynoldsville Star and is reprinted here. AN EVENING TRIP Thirty-five People Explore the Big Soldier Mine. Last Thursday evening a party numbering thirty-five, composed of the ladies of the Utopia Circle and their husbands and a few friends, enjoyed an exceedingly pleasant excursion through the Big Soldier Mine, three miles from Reynoldsville. The excursion was given by Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Brown in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Elliot, of Mansfield, Pa., who are their guests. At 7:30 an engine and coach on the R. & F.C.R.R. was in waiting for the excursionists at the Company store, and a few minutes after that hour the iron horse
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wonder what kind of shape all these academics were in after spending 20 years hanging out at the Pig & Thistle watching Clive and Beatrice tossing back more pints of Guinness than a soccer hooligan and sucking down pack after pack of Rothmans.) More pointedly, these scholars learned that of some 314 people whose lifestyles made Amy Winehouse look like Denise Austin, 91 of them keeled over before the research could be completed. They probably knew what the final results were going to be anyway. The two-decade-old British investigation concluded that if you light up, consume more than three alcoholic beverages a day for men (two pops for women), treat your body as the Temple of Doom and religiously avoid fruits and vegetables because all they do is take up space on the plate that could better used to accommodate french fries, you are basically toast -- albeit with a nice schmear of marmalade. It took 20 years to figure this out? Twenty years of statistics, graphs, charts, observation -- all to arrive at the stunning realization that if you live like a dissolute wastrel, sooner or later (mostly sooner) you are going to literally become dead meat? And -- oh, yes -- the researchers also noted that all this living face down in a pint of beer will not only end your life a dozen years earlier than your life expectancy, but make you look 12 years older than you actually are. Put another way, you may die earlier from being a fat drunk, but when you check out to that buffet line in the sky you will pretty much look like you are supposed to look as an older fat drunk. - Continued on page 15
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eBay, small businesses oppose end to Saturday mail By Darrell Smith Sacramento Bee y most comparisons, their businesses are worlds apart. But global retailer eBay and small businessman Grady Hesters of Auburn, Calif., shared a common goal this week: protesting a U.S. Postal Service proposal to drop Saturday deliveries. Hesters and an eBay director sat side by side during a postal commission hearing at Sacramento City Hall, one of seven hearings being held nationwide through June to gather public testimony on the ground-breaking proposal.
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Dropping from six days to five-days-aweek service would delay shipments, disrupt work flow and threaten the livelihood of his 26 employees, Hesters said. Sharif Sleiman, global procurement director for San Jose-based eBay, was equally adamant that Saturday service was essential to his company.
He said the Postal Service handles about 80 percent of eBay's package volume, and eBay shipments generate about $1.7 billion in Postal Service revenues. Sleiman said the post office's current six-day schedule and low mailing rates are a huge draw for eBay's 7 million sellers. A Mondaythrough-Friday schedule would push more eBay sellers to Federal Express and United Parcel Service deliveries, pass those higher costs on to eBay buyers and chase away business or shrink volume, he said. "A move to five-day service negatively affects a growth business. As eBay grows, the Postal Service grows," Sleiman said. But postal officials say they're bleeding money, losing $12 billion over the past three years, with an estimated $7 billion more in losses in 2010, said Stephen Masse, a Postal Service vice president, who said during the hearing that the fiveday plan is part of a "suite of solutions" to rein in costs. "The changes in communication to electronic and digital have been very significant, and there's also the effects of the recession. The result is less and less mail," Masse said. "We've had significant declines in revenue. We can't continue to lose (nearly) $20 billion." Masse expects other savings as the Postal Service re-examines employees' health care benefits, absorbs retirements and staff attrition, and looks at price increases for various mail services. "We may need to raise prices" to help bridge the gap, Masse said. "We hope we can spread the pain across a range of stakeholders." Beyond business owners, the move to five-day service faced opposition this week from a wide array of interests, including advocates for the poor, who often rely on mail service because they have limited or no online access; county and state voting officials concerned about mailing voter registration and ballot materials; and mail contractors who drive rural routes in remote areas. "For a lot of rural routes, there are a lot of homes that rely on Saturday service," said Don Rackley, a mail contractor. "For a lot of us, that is our livelihood. We're rooting for the Postal Service to succeed." Once the seven hearings are concluded, the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission will issue a recommendation on Saturday delivery that will eventually be taken up by Congress. Augustine Ruiz, spokesman for the Postal Service, said it's unlikely any change would occur before 2011. (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.scrippsnews.com.) •••
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done so. Once upon a time, every country school had pictures of President Washington and President Lincoln in every room. They were important characters in our study of American history. I personally remember having made things relating to these two U.S. Presidents as a student and even have saved some of them. They would be here to accompany this article, but saving and retrieving, as many know, are two separate skills. Schools raise and lower flags daily; they are present in the schoolrooms. Hopefully, they are present in our thoughts as we enjoy what our country has to offer. In the news recently was a report from another state where students respectfully wearing shirts with the U.S. Flag motif were sent home from school. Flags are just symbolic and the country isn’t the flag, but surely this would not have been necessary. So, the message is clear: we have opportunities all year long to use our flag to good advantage and those special days give us the opportunity to reflect on why they were established as holidays.
in the mine. The engine and coach started on the homeward trip with the excursionists. Mr. and Mrs. Brown had not forgotten the old saying, “The way to people’s hearts I find, is through their mouths, or I mistake mankind,” for a supply of fruit had been provided and was passed around. Arriving at the company store they then visited the general office of the company and were shown some of the maps of the Company’s mines and lands. The largest map was a masterpiece of civil engineer work that had been done by F.M. Brown. This map alone cost something over $2,000. It was in the civil engineer’s office that a mischief-maker conceived the idea of rubbing his dirty fingers across the face of a lady who was standing near him. The party, up to this time were comparatively clean, but after the first black mark was made the greasy end of a mine lamp was frequently touched by fair fingers and a lively time ensued and a dirty looking crowd left the office. Those who had charge of the excursion vied with each other in trying to make the trip an enjoyable one. All returned to their homes with expressions of thankfulness to Mr. and Mrs. Brown for the pleasant evening and pleasure of such a trip. (Editor’s Note: The resources used in the preparation of this article are available at the Reynoldsville Public Library, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library
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(Editor’s Note: ‘From Our Past,’ researched by S. Thomas Curry, features items of interest from past editions of Punxsutawney and area newspapers.) May 2, 1900 — The street car line to Adrian and Anita is certainly a success so far as bringing people to town is concerned. On Saturday afternoons especially the cars are crowded every trip, and hundreds of people come to Punxsutawney who would otherwise stay at home. To live in Adrian or Anita is almost like living in Punxsutawney now, as it is so easy to get here. That it helps business greatly here can be no doubt. (The Punxsutawney Spirit) May 4, 1911 — Several gatherings are scheduled for our town this summer. Our people are beginning to clean up and the smell of the debris-smoke is anything but delightful in our nostrils. But we hope they will keep on until we have the cleanest town in the county. While at it would it not also be well to remove that small frog pond from near the main street along about the middle of the burg? (The Big Run Tribune) May 5, 1870 — BANK. - Parties from Indiana have rented and are refit-
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Life does have a way of evening things out, doesn't it? It is unclear exactly how much it cost to have a cadre of eggheads spending 20 years tracking how British citizens love their toad-in-the-hole with a side order of mead. But whatever it cost was probably a pound too much to simply confirm that living an unhealthy life results in an untimely death. This doesn't even rise to the level of "Duh." Then again, the news wasn't entirely foreboding for those whose lifestyle is something out of Richard Burton-meets-Keith Richards. For while the scientists were spending 20 long years schlepping around the British Isles watching whether 5,000 people were either properly eating their green peas and asparagus (ugh, icky, yeech!) or getting hammered in the smoke-filled Ye Olde Holy Hand Grenade, elsewhere some more valuable scholarly probing was under way. Down in Brazil, Health Minister Jose Temporao announced that everyone would be better off if they just had more sex. He also recommended that dancing and eating healthy foods is probably a good idea, as well. Probably so. There was no indication exactly how much peer-reviewed, academically rigorous research went into the health minister's thinking. But you have to admit that if you are going to study an area such as life expectancy, focusing on how often people get randy in order to extend their respiration is an infinitely more interesting area of qualitative/quantitative inquiry.
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t's that time of year again. May and June. Prime wedding season. Much has changed about modern nuptials, including the size, the extravagance, the bride and groom partying late into the night with guests instead of leaving the reception after the cake is cut. But one thing hasn't changed at all. It's still the fellow who actually asks the girl to marry him. Any other way would be ... a little horrifying. Any doubts? Just imagine attending a wedding in June where the blushing groom gets up and gushes about how happy he was the day his girlfriend "popped the question" over champagne in an oh-so-romantic setting -- and he finally decided to relent and say "yes." Ick. Wince. Yuck. Maybe the current state of affairs is a little ironic considering that our culture naturally assumes today that women should be CEOs, fight alongside men on the battlefront and that he had better be willing to change an equal share of diapers on the home front. "Anything you can do I can do better; I can do anything better than you" -- or so go the lyrics of the Irving Berlin classic in "Annie Get Your Gun." But not, apparently, when it comes to wedding proposals. Sally Kilbridge is deputy editor of Brides magazine. She told me that men are still almost exclusively the ones to propose, and may actually be getting more extravagant than ever in their proposals. Of course, this isn't to suggest that a woman who wants marriage shouldn't make it clear that she is interested in a wedding in general -- and to her beau in particular. In fact, go ahead and talk about it with him. If he turns tail and runs, you've got the information you need. This fits with what Kilbridge has observed. She noted to me that, at one time, a serious dating relationship naturally implied movement toward marriage, but that it's no longer the case. (That's a different column, too.) So couples do tend to talk more than in the past about whether they plan to marry. "For one thing," Kilbridge said, "he doesn't want to get rejected." But for her to actually pop the question? Few women or men are budging on that cultural norm. I once had a dear fellow whom I dated tell me that no matter how crazy he was about a woman, if she actually took the initiative to propose marriage to him that he'd feel emasculated and would probably end the relationship.
I admit I found that rather manly. Just in case, I decided to ask my openminded, man-about-town Manhattan friend, Larry, what he would think of a girlfriend asking him outright to marry her. He thought for a moment. "Well, I guess I'd think it was weird. If I were ready to marry her, I'd ask her to get married." Unscientific poll, I know. But there you go. A woman responding to this very question on Essence.com rejected the idea that a girlfriend should propose marriage to the boyfriend. She wrote, "Men are the natural hunters, and nothing good comes from a woman trying to make a man do something before he is ready."
Perfect. Not much different from what my mother wrote in her diary about my dad. As she put it when she was only 19 and newly engaged, "I let him chase me until I caught him." Some things really haven't changed. In the end, we as a society can alter a whole lot of window dressing. But when it comes down to the most basic dance of "girl meets boy," something still tells us that manly men take the lead, and that women want it that way. And I'll happily raise my glass to that. (Betsy Hart is the author of "It Takes a Parent: How the Culture of Pushover Parenting is Hurting our Kids -- And What to do About It" (Putnam Books). Reach her through email@example.com. For more stories, visit scrippsnews.com.) •••
How should you title your home? By G.M. Filisko bankrate.com hen you bought your home, did you give much -- or any -thought about how you'd title it? "Many homeowners don't think about it," says Matthew Drewes, an attorney at Thomsen & Nybeck in Bloomington, Minn. "Some don't even realize there are options until they show up at closing and are asked how they'd like their deed to read. At that point, they're pretty much on their own. Title companies are reluctant to give advice, and frequently you're dealing with a closer who's not well-versed in title issues." How you title your home shouldn't be an afterthought. "It's important so that your interest in your property goes where you want it to go at your death," says Nancy Polomis, chair of the real-estate-development department at Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC in Eden Prairie, Minn. Here's a primer on common ways to hold title to your home, along with tips for figuring out which is best for you. There are several common ways to hold title to your home. You can hold it solely in your name, in joint tenancy or as tenants in
common. Sole ownership is just what it sounds like: You hold the title in your name alone, even if you own the property with other people. The second option -- formally called joint tenancy with the right of survivorship -- is a way to hold title in more than one person's name. "Joint tenancy means that you and I own the property together, and if one of us dies, the other gets it without the property passing through probate," says Polomis. "The survivor files an affidavit saying the other titleholder is dead, attaches the death certificate and gets the property." Tenancy in common is another method for holding title in several names. "With tenancy in common, you and I own the property together," says Polomis. "But upon my death, my interest is distributed according to my will, or if I don't have a will, according to state law." Some states have variations on joint tenancy. "In Florida, when you take title as husband and wife, it's deemed a tenancy by the entirety," says Roberto Blanch, an attorney at Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre & Sobel PA in Coral Gables, Fla. Tenancy by
the entirety is joint tenancy with twists. You can end a joint tenancy simply by conveying your interest in the property to another person. With tenancy by the entirety, however, you can't transfer your interest unless you and your spouse participate in the transfer. Carefully evaluate which form of title is right for your situation. "Ask yourself: Who do I want to end up with my interest in this property?" says Polomis. "Do I want it to be the person with whom I own it or someone else?"
If you're married and want your interest to pass to your spouse upon your death, joint tenancy is probably the best solution. But there are drawbacks. "Maybe you or your husband have credit issues," says Polomis. "You might not want the person with debts to be on the title at all." That may also be true if one spouse has a high-liability occupation. "If one of you is a doctor or lawyer with the risk of malpractice claims, you may want the spouse not at risk to own the property," says Drewes. - Continued on page 18
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rom the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Calendar at Punxsutawney.com, here is a list of events and happenings coming up in our area. n The 9th Annual Past to Present Machinery Association Show will be held at the Ag & Youth Fairground in Sykesville on May 28, 29, & 30, 2010. Auction of farm and shop related items at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 29 - Contact Skip Harriger at 814-849-8491. Tractor pulls – Antique: contact Ted Rake at 814-427-2358, Garden Tractor: contact Dean Reed at 814-849-5145. Pedal pull for kids. Tractors, implements, cars, trucks of all ages and vintage are welcome. Many more happenings will be announced later. For more information contact Dave Daugherty, Show Chairman, at 814-427-2858 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Tim McGarvey, president, at 814-938-4804. n 2nd Annual Punx’y Phil Fighters 5K Run / 1 Mile Walk Fighting to Cure Diabetes will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010 (10 a.m. registration) at the Punxsy Rails to Trails just off Route 36 South. The Punx’y Phil Fighters was created in honor Lexi Zanaglio, who is 10 years old and has Type 1 Diabetes. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association. For more information or to pre-register, contact Kelly Ferrent at 938-0495 or email email@example.com n The Salvation Army's 20th Annual Golf Classic will be June 12 at Hemlock View Golf Course. Teams are $240 and tees can be sponsored for $100. Registration is being taken now at The Salvation Army, 229 West Mahoning Street. Call 938-5530 for more information. The Golf Classic includes breakfast, lunch, prizes, and fun! Come out and enjoy a day of golf and helping others in the community. n Community Classic Golf Outing to benefit Make-A-Wish, the Punxsutawney Chamber, Weather Discovery Center, and the Punxsutawney Community Center will be Thursday, June 17 at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner following. For information on becoming a sponsor or entering a foursome, call 938-7700 x2. Mayor's Drug Task Force invites concerned area citizens to attend its monthly meetings, which are the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The mission of the Drug Task Force is to abolish drugs in Punxsutawney. Be proactive! The meetings are held in council chambers at the Mahoning East Civic Complex. Any area business or organization is invited to become a member of the Chamber of Commerce for as little as $65 for the year. For more information, visit Punxsutawney.com/chamber or call 9387700. •••
Title your home Continued from page 17
Joint tenancy may also be unwise if you have a complicated family history. Perhaps you're married, but not for the first time, and you have children from a previous marriage. "You may want to title your home as tenants in common so that when you pass, your interest goes to the beneficiaries of your estate," says Blanch. That reasoning may also be sound if you're divorced with children, but own a home with a new partner. Think very carefully about adding someone other than your spouse as a joint tenant. Parents sometimes add an adult child thinking the property transfer upon their death will be simpler. Before you do that, speak to a tax adviser because your children may lose important tax benefits. The tactic carries other risks, too. "What you may not be considering is that if your son Johnnie is a joint tenant, Johnnie's creditors can come after your property," says Polomis. "And if Johnnie and his siblings don't get along, he can file the affidavit of survivorship and stick his tongue out at everyone after your death. He goes on his merry way with the property solely in his name even though everybody knows that's not what you intended." Changing how you've titled your property is relatively simple and inexpensive, but it's not for the uninformed. "In Minnesota, you can get free forms, and recording a new deed is just $46," says Drewes. "But it's risky to attempt the transfer of title without the advice of a lawyer or other professional. You may need to use particular words in your deed, and there may be tax implications. Get advice because there can be so many unexpected results." Mortgage rates tied their low for the year. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 5 basis points, to 5.07 percent. A basis point is one-hundredth of a percentage point. Rates were also at 5.07 in the March 17 survey. Meanwhile, this week's average 15-year fixed-rate -- a popular option for refinancing -- fell 4 basis points, to 4.45 percent. The average jumbo 30-year fixed dropped 9 basis points, to 5.85 percent. Adjustable-rate mortgages split. The oneyear adjustable-rate mortgage remained unchanged, at 4.91 percent. Meanwhile, the popular 5/1 ARM slipped 4 basis points, to 4.27 percent. (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service. Reach G.M. Filisko at firstname.lastname@example.org) •••
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iger Woods won his ninth major golf championship, halfway to Jack Nicklaus' record, at the 2005 Masters. He was just 29 years old, still newly married, and just entering the prime of his playing career with a reconstructed swing that he was confident would stand the test of time.
Who were we mere mortals to disagree? Sure enough, he won again a few months later at the British Open, captured two more majors in 2006, another in '07. Even Nicklaus, by then, was using the word "when," not "if," while discussing Woods' pursuit of his majors record. And when Tiger won the '08 U.S. Open on one leg, going 91 holes on a torn ACL and a couple stress fractures before subduing Rocco Mediate in a playoff for the ages, well, there wasn't much left to wonder beyond whether Woods could walk on water. But I still remember the '05 Masters, standing under the giant, ancient oak tree behind the Augusta National clubhouse with a few other writers, having an off-the-record conversation with a former Masters champion, a member of Nicklaus' generation, as Woods and Chris DiMarco headed for a sudden-death playoff that Tiger would win on the first hole.
"If he wins, he's halfway home, right?" the golfer said, as I paraphrase from memory. "This was the easy half. We'll see if marriage changes anything. What about kids? And what if his back goes, or a hip like Jack dealt with, or if there's some other injury? Boys, he has a long way to go. It gets harder from here." And, now, we watch and wait and wonder. How much harder can it get? I don't think marriage changed Tiger as much as he singlehandedly tried to change the institution as most of us know it. His life has been in turmoil since the strange auto accident last Thanksgiving that cracked the cover on a sordid lifestyle of extramarital affairs. He was away from golf for five months, disappearing from sight to the point of being reclusive, reportedly in and out of rehab, living apart from his wife Elin, divorce fast growing into a seemingly foregone conclusion. When he returned at the Masters early last month his spirits were fed by a warm, polite welcome in a somewhat hermetically sealed sporting environment, a surprising fourth-place finish fueled by adrenaline and a course that is still very friendly to wayward tee shots. It has not been the same since, to say the least. First, he missed the cut at Quail Hollow, posting the highest 36hole score of his career. Then, after actually popping up a few drives, he withdrew during the final round of the Players Championship with a neck injury so bad that he said, "I can't play through it anymore." Then last week, his swing coach, Hank Haney, resigned after an affiliation of more than six years during which Woods won 32 times on the PGA Tour, including six majors, under his tutelage. "Tiger has been through a lot in the past six months and I really believe that given the chance, mind-free and injury-free, we will all see Tiger Woods play once again like we all know he can," Haney said. Well, maybe. Tiger is up to 14 major titles now, four short of Nicklaus, but as the old golfer said under the old oak tree five years ago, it gets harder from here. Certainly as a man, and now as a golfer, Woods is doing anything but walking on water. Unable because of the neck injury -- he
said it wasn't so much the pain, but that it "locked up," leaving us to wonder how serious is might be -- to make a proper turn and power through the ball, Tiger has gone successive tournaments without a paycheck for the first time in his career. Relax, there's no need for a federal bailout, but things have gotten so bad that the other day Woods was heckled on the course by a kid, reportedly 7 years old and a Phil Mickelson fan, who told him to "kiss it good-bye." The boy presumably was referring to Tiger's No. 1 world ranking, but in these difficult days it could have applied to almost anything. (Contact Dave Hackenberg at email@example.com.) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.scrippsnews.com.) •••
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Punx’y’s Old Home Week Begins Summer Festivities By Louisa Roberts of Hometown magazine
he annual carnival and parade in Punxsutawney each summer will be back for another year. This entertaining event is the perfect kickoff to the summer season. Benefiting the local fire companies, our community is welcome to enjoy the carnival from Tuesday, June 29 until Saturday, July 3. The Punx’y firemen have once again secured the location behind the Punx’y Plaza along West Mahoning Street for the carnival. The carnival will offer kiddie rides, adult rides, and gaming booths from J & J Amusements and a variety of food vendors. Returning again this year are nightly drawings at 10:30. Presence is necessary to win, but there is no charge to register for the drawings for prizes from local businesses. At the conclusion of Old Home Week is the Firemen’s Parade to be held in downtown Punx’y at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. Tami McFarland, President of the Old Home Week Committee, is reminding
everyone to mark their calendars for this year’s event and to “please support your local fire company because all proceeds go directly to the Punxsutawney Area Fire Department for new equipment purchases.” The Old Home Week Carnival advance tickets are on sale at a price of $10 for seven tickets or a one price night coupon for $13. If bought at the carnival grounds, the one price coupon goes up to $16.00. One-Price Nights will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for $16. Single tickets can also be purchased on the grounds, but at a much higher cost. Tickets for the carnival are sold by the firemen in the Groundhog Plaza and Punx’y Plaza or tickets can also be purchased by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Old Home Week Tickets, c/o Matt Powell, 210 Jenks Avenue, Punxsutawney, PA 15767. Checks or money orders are to be made payable to the Punxsutawney Fire Dept. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject should mention carnival ticket request. •••
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Relationship: Take good care of yourself By Barton Goldsmith Scripps Howard News Service
taying healthy by exercising, getting enough rest and watching your diet keeps your energy level high. It's hard to feel good about yourself when you're running on empty. For some people, self-care is the last thing on their to-do list, which doesn't help you cut it in the real world. If you don't maintain the machine (you), it makes it more difficult to attain your dreams. The things you want will become elusive, and you won't like yourself or your life very much. By taking care of yourself, you make it easier for positive experiences to be a part of your life, because, quite simply, like attracts like, and feeling good brings good things to you. Sounds easy, and it is, but it requires that you like who you are and feel that you deserve some of the goodies the world has to offer. By becoming a semi-pro couch potato, you can't put out the energy required to make things happen. The truth is that when you are tired, getting anything done or keeping things in proper order becomes arduous. We've all had days when we just didn't want to get out of bed. Imagine where you would be if you did that nearly every day. Pretty hard to make anything happen when you can't get up until the crack of noon. Energy can be enhanced with proper selfcare. If you don't know what to do, just start with the basics. Take a walk, cut out the Haagen-Dazs and go to sleep at a decent hour. Much more information is available online, and there are countless books on the subject. Most of it is common sense. If you're really struggling with self-care, you may have a little depression going on, and you should get it checked out before embarking on a fitness plan. Your emotional well-being has to be functioning for you to be able to take better care of your physical body. The fear of doing something new or different can keep you locked in its grip if you don't fight your way out. Sometimes it helps to make strong demands of yourself, but you can't force the issue. This is where getting a personal trainer or joining a gym can be helpful. Upon occasion, we all need someone to inspire us (or kick us in the butt) to get our bodies moving, our hearts pumping and to start making healthy choices. Sometimes we just get into a bad pattern. Not taking care of ourselves first becomes a habit, then a lifestyle. If you think you are there, it's really time to make some changes. So put down that cigar or candy bar, pick up a bottle of water, change into your walking shoes and hit the pavement. Not only will you feel better about yourself, you may just make a few new friends who are also committed to getting healthier. (Dr. Barton Goldsmith, a marriage and family therapist in Westlake, Calif., is the author, most recently, of "Emotional Fitness at Work." He also hosts "Emotional Fitness" on NPR. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.) •••
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