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Michael Cherian reaches New Orleans with help from strangers, duct tape

November 4, 2011

NEW ORLEANS — During his 1,880-mile canoe trip to New Orleans this summer, Michael Cherian learned first-hand what it was like to be up the creek without a paddle.

In his case, however, the creek was the Mississippi River.

Cherian, rowing his customized canoe — dubbed “Steady Eddie,” in honor of his grandfather, the late Edward H. Burrows — to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, reached his destination of New Orleans in September, but not before taking in a few more experiences once he finally reached the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

Chamber members must be active to maintain network, president says

November 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If a business owner seeks to reach new clients and connections, he or she need not click a mouse on social networking Web sites.

There’s already a wireless tool for making connections, and that’s the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, according to Board of Directors President Jeff Curtis.

Curtis, who gave a “State of the Chamber” address during the organization’s annual luncheon Thursday at the Punxsy Country Club, said if one isn’t sure what exactly the Chamber does, he or she should think about life without a Chamber of Commerce.

James T. Payne, 63

November 4, 2011

James T. Payne, 63, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at home.
He was born Feb. 5, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Earl and Nellie (Hobba) Payne.

He was a mechanic.

Surviving relatives include a daughter, Melinda Pifer and husband Howard of Punxsutawney; two grandchildren, Hannah and Parker; two sisters, Theola Amundson of Punxsutawney and Maxine Novak of Wenonah, N.J.; and two brothers, Kenneth Payne of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and John Payne of Miami, Fla.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Payne; and a sister, Alva Hunter.

Eugene T. Walls, 81

November 4, 2011

Eugene T. Walls, 81, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Jefferson Manor Health Center in Brookville.

He was born July 20, 1930, in Big Run, a son of the late Clyde and Lydia (Craft) Walls.

Nov. 8, 1947, in Big Run, he married the former Nora Mae Knarr, who survives.

Mr. Walls was retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and horses and playing checkers and ROOK. 
He also liked spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with his many friends at Jefferson Manor.

Defenses dominate, Punxsy finishes strong

November 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Both Punxsy and Karns City's defenses shutout their opponents in the seventh- and eighth-grade football game Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney. But Punxsy's Adam Milliron managed a strip-sack for a fumble, and Kaleb Young recovered it in the end zone for the only score of the game, as the Chucks defeated the Gremlins, 8-0.

"What a fantastic game to coach, to watch and to be a part of," Punxsy head coach Jason Grusky said after the game. "These guys make us look good. We're fortunate to have them as players, and these players make us look good as coaches."

Chucks can't overcome Gremlin's hot start

November 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After jumping out to a 16-0 first half lead, the Karns City Gremlins ninth-grade team held off a late surge by the Chucks to earn a 22-12 win Thursday night in Punxsutawney.

The Gremlins' first score came in the first quarter after a blocked Punxsy punt was recovered at the Chucks' 28-yard line. Two plays into the ensuing drive, the Gremlins scored on a 23-yard touchdown run and added a two-point conversion run to take an 8-0 lead.

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