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Daniel F. Yoder, 98, of Mountain Road, McAlisterville, went home to heaven on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Locust Grove Retirement Village in Mifflin.

He was born August 16, 1922 in Allensville, the oldest son of the late Daniel L. and Elsie L. (Yoder) Yoder. On April 15, 1950, he married his wife of 67 years, M. Lois (Diffenderfer) Yoder, who preceded him in death on July 2, 2017.

He is survived by his children: Dennis & wife Sharon Yoder of McAlisterville; Stanley Yoder of McAlisterville; Karen & husband Fina Williams of Mifflintown; and Andrea & husband Barry Messimer of McAlisterville; 6 grandchildren, Dennis Yoder, Jr. & wife Michelle of Mifflinburg; Michelle & husband Robert Kratzer of Richfield; Jennifer & husband Matthew Fornwalt of Mifflintown; Melanie & husband Daryl King of Port Royal; Edward & wife Caitlin Messimer of McAlisterville; and Derek & wife Katrina Messimer of McAlisterville; a step-grandson, Melvin Smith of McAlisterville; 14 great-grandchildren, 8 step great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren and 2 step great-great grandchildren.

He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph K. & wife Beverly Yoder of Allensville, a sister-in-law, Jane (Peachey) Diffenderfer of Reedsville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Marlin D. and wife Dorothy Yoder, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John ‘Jack’ and wife Goldie Diffenderfer, Janice & husband Harold Bowser and James Diffenderfer; a great grandson, Dennis Yoder, III; 2 step grandchildren, Bobbie Smith and R. Scott Smith and a step-great grandson Jeffrey Smith.

Daniel was a 1939 graduate of Belleville High School and was the last living member of that class. He served during WWII from 1942-45 as a CPL in the Army Air Corps in the European Theatre during the Battle of the Bulge as a radio operator.

He retired from farming in 1984 and then worked part-time for 26 years at Weis Markets in Mifflintown, where he was known as the ‘little soup man’ because he stocked the soup isle.

Dan was an avid reader, he enjoyed watching and feeding the birds, making wine, and he was an excellent baker, keeping his family and friends supplied with moon pies, apple pies and cookies. He loved to travel and took many trips around the US and Canada, as well as three trips to Europe with his good friends Reno & Gail Nipple. On his first trip, he found the family he stayed with during WWII in Belgium and has been in contact with them ever since. He had many stories to tell of his time during the war and growing up in Allensville and Big Valley. He was the oldest living member on both sides of his family tree.

Dan enjoyed hunting trips to Maine with his brothers and to Potter County with the ‘Blue Bus Gang’. He also liked visits from the ‘Weis Gang’, neighbors, and dearly loved spending time with his family.

He was a member of East Salem United Methodist Church.

His services will be private and at the convenience of the family at Allensville Presbyterian Cemetery with Pastor Dave McElwee officiating.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to: East Salem United Methodist Church, 7398 Route 235, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville. Online condolences may be offered at www.henderson

funeralhomes.net.



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WFXR Sports Digital Original : Roanoke native and Giles High School grad Lauren Sisler has a documentary on an important mission

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — WFXR Sports Director Jermaine Ferrell has the latest edition of the WFXR Sports Sitdown on WFXRTV.com. Jermaine catches up with Roanoke Times UVA beat writer Doug Doughty. Doug started working at the Roanoke Times in 1974. He has covered so many events for the newspaper. Recently, Doug was told by the paper’s owners in Lee Enterprises he would be let go at the end of January. In Roanoke Times sportstwriter Doug Doughty’s 46 year career with the paper, he’s used his byline more than 15,000 times for a story. Most of them writing about Virginia Cavaliers athletics. Now, Doug has become a casualty of a number game with Roanoke Times owner Lee Enterprises. Doug says it was owner ships decision for him to leave and not his.

“Lee Enterprises purchased the Roanoke Times, the Charlottesville Daily Progress, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and I believe Martinsville as well and Danville. A bunch of papers are owned by the same company. And they are trying to make ends meet. One of the ways they are doing that is that do they need the 4 or 5 beat writers for that each of the papers have. Each of the papers had one. You would have 4 or 5 beat reporters doing UVa football. Well now with Richmond and Charlottesville being in the same chain and they have been in the same chain for years, they feel that Charlottesville can cover UVA athletics for the Roanoke Times or Richmond can do that,” said Doughty. Doug is a member of the 2018 class of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame! Doug’s last event he will cover for the Roanoke Times comes on January 30th, when Virginia takes on Virginia Tech in men’s basketball in Blacksburg.

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Connecticut lawmakers considering sports wagering once again

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It was clear that disagreement still remains as to whether the state’s federally recognized tribes have exclusive rights to that kind of wagering.

CONNECTICUT, USA — Lawmakers were urged Tuesday to finally legalize sports betting and internet gambling after years of debate. 

But it was clear that disagreement still remains as to whether the state’s federally recognized tribes have exclusive rights to that kind of wagering — an issue that has stymied the state’s efforts in the past. 

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler insisted both sports betting and internet gambling fall under the decades-old memoranda of understanding between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegan tribes. But he voiced optimism that a compromise respecting that exclusivity may be reached with state officials.

The Mohegan Tribe released a statement from the Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe James Gessner Jr. regarding the information hearing:  

“This year, Connecticut is poised to modernize its gaming laws, realize significant new state revenue, and grow our local economy, just as neighboring states are already doing. Together we can make these changes, and we can do it this year — there’s no need to wait any longer.   

To get there, our tribes will work cooperatively with the Governor and the General Assembly, just as we have throughout our long history together. These conversations should be based firmly on a mutual appreciation for the relationship and compact we have with one another, which has helped create an environment where the tribes are employers to thousands of state residents, key drivers of our regional economy, and major contributors to Connecticut’s state budget. 

That strong foundation will allow Connecticut’s two casinos to take on the job at hand, and begin maximizing new revenues for the State right away. For our part, Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment owns and operates casinos in multiple other states, and through those other managed operations we’ve established knowledge, experience, and a track record of success that will allow us to deliver a best-in-class, secured experience to Connecticut players, as well. 

No longer should our state sit on the sidelines while others take action to the benefit of their state budgets, state economies, and state residents. The time to act is now — and we are here to act as partners.”

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Springfield Public Schools pause winter sports until February 5

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Public Schools and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris have come to an agreement to temporarily pause all athletic events and practices for winter sports until February 5th.

According to the school department, a student athlete is confirmed to have COVID-19. Those who were in direct contact with the athlete have been contacted and asked to self-quarantine for two weeks.

The pause of winter sports was decided after learning of the COVID-19 case, as well as the city of Springfield still being considered high risk.

Practices will resume after February 5 when athletes have all tested negative.

The City of Springfield is reminding all residents of the importance to practice healthy hygiene and to follow all public health protocols.

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