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Council OKs Oct. 31 parade on Union Street

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — All the little ghosts and goblins will be happy to know that Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a time and date for this year’s Halloween parade: 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, hosted by the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

The parade will line up near NAPA Auto Parts and once again travel down Union Street, which was determined by Punxsutawney Borough Police as a safer route than closing Mahoning Street — which is a state route — as had been done in the past.

Students hit performance target on PSSAs

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students in the Punxsutawney Area School District once again made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the PSSAs during the 2010-11 school year, the school board learned Monday.

Monday, Richard Galluzzi, the district’s director of federal programs and curriculum, said students hit proper targets in attendance, graduation and test participation.

In grades three through five, six through eight and nine through 12, students hit all targets, either four-for-four or three-for-three in reading and mathematics.

“We hit every target across the board,” Galluzzi said.

Punxsy native choreographs heart-healthy flash-mob

October 10, 2011

INDIANA — Flash mobs are something most people are used to seeing on YouTube or television, or hearing about from a friend, but one local native was fortunate enough to take part in one this summer for a good cause.

While she was working at a children’s camp over the summer, Nikki Battestilli, a senior studying theater at IUP, was asked by Laura Jeffry of the Indiana Regional Medical Center, to choreograph a flash mob pertaining to a health- related issue — in this case, the seven signs of a heart attack.

Next stop for the Lady Chucks: District Finals

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — By defeating the Lady Owls of Bradford 5-0 Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Lady Chucks' tennis team advanced to the District IX team competition finals next Monday against DuBois.

The format for the first-round playoff between Punxsy and Bradford was different than the regular season format, with each team fielding three singles players and two doubles pairs with no repeats allowed.

In the No. 1 singles, Punxsy's Anna Monyak used good drop shots and consistent volleying to earn Punxsy's first point in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Emily Hardy.

Good signs for Lady Chucks despite loss

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of the DuBois Lady Beavers Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Lady Chucks' soccer team was upbeat and positive about its performance after the game, and Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes said he was "ecstatic" at the way his team played.

"I'm really excited about the way the girls played tonight," he said. "Even though we lost, I'm pretty excited with what I saw. It's been a rough season, but I'm definitely not ready to give up any games after the way we played.

Dennis D. Hook

October 10, 2011

Dennis D. Hook, Brooksville, Fla., passed away Sept. 19, 2011.

He was born in Spangler and was a 1966 graduate of Purchase Line High School.

Mr. Hook moved to Syracuse, N.Y., where he spent most of his life. He worked for P&C Foods as a truck driver, accumulating more than 1.5 million safe driving miles. He also received New York State Safe Driver of the Year awards.

He retired after 34 years with the Teamsters Local No. 317, then moved to Florida where he wanted to retire for a while. He also worked for Autoway-Ford of Brooksville for four years.

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