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After 60 years, shows may change; the cause does not

March 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Seniors taking the stage for their Variety Show tonight will bring something to the annual show that has been missing for some time: The singing of the alma mater.

“I went in just to direct the alma mater,” said James Colonna, who taught music theory, band and worked with the Variety Show in one way or another every year he taught at PAHS, “and then I got really into it.”
The return of the historic alma mater to the Variety Show program is indeed warranted, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the annual show.

Chamber eyes benefiting from Marcellus drilling

March 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Those who attended the Marcellus Shale gas drilling presentation Wednesday at the IUP-Fairman Centre learned that there are numerous opportunities for business owners to service the gas well drilling industry.

Marlene Lellock, executive director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, said the program was not about the pros and cons of Marcellus drilling, but how businesspeople and entrepreneurs can take advantage of the large natural gas formation located in the Jefferson County area and throughout Pennsylvania.

Johnstown wrestler promotes Saturday show

March 30, 2011

JOHNSTOWN — Miss Elizabeth, she isn’t.

While Brandy Way — a professional wrestler known on several independent circuits as Brittany Force — grew up watching and admiring Miss Elizabeth — the gorgeous valet of WWF star Randy “Macho Man” Savage — her tough side told her that if she ever broke into the business, she wouldn’t just be standing at the side of the ring, all dolled-up and fragile.

Punxsy's Young finishes fourth at PJWs

March 30, 2011

WILKES-BARRE — Kaleb Young's search for a Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state championship will have to wait another year.

Young, a 102-pounder competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division, finished fourth this year at the PJW State Championship Tournament this past weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.

The wrestler finished as a state runner-up the past two years.

Young, a seventh-grader, was one of three Punxsutawney grapplers to compete in the state tournament.

Also wrestling were Josh Schuckers (107 pounds) and Troy Peace (212 pounds).

Clarion tops Brookville during snowy game

March 30, 2011

CLARION — When the infielders for Brookville and Clarion's softball teams raced toward ground balls Wednesday afternoon at Clarion, they were forced to contend with Mother Nature, as well as their opponents.

The snow started about an hour before the game and continued throughout, leaving both teams scrambling to stay warm and trying to find solid footing in the field.

The Lady Bobcats (3-0) overcame the conditions and used a strong outing from starting pitcher from Krysta Fuller to beat the Lady Raiders, 12-0.

Hilton George Conrad, 73

March 30, 2011

Hilton George Conrad, 73, Rossiter, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

He was born Feb. 4, 1938, a son of the late George and Martha (Miller) Conrad.

Mr. Conrad was married to Shirley (Travis) Conrad, who survives, of Rossiter.

He was a laborer.

In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include a son, George Conrad and wife Melody of Rossiter; two grandchildren, Rick and Raymond Dubose; and seven great-grandchildren.

Vivien E. Spangler, 88

March 30, 2011

Vivien E. Spangler, 88, Estero, Fla., formerly of Ohl, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at JoAnn's House Hospice in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Born Jan. 24, 1923, in Cadiz, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Chanley V. and Ethel E. (Smith) Carrier.

Feb. 28, 1944, in Erie, she married George Willis Spangler, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Spangler was a 1940 graduate of Summerville High School in Summerville. She was employed at the Sylvania Factory in Brookville, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville, and she also did housework for others in the area.

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