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Archive - May 10, 2011

Jessica Smochek goes to Congress for victims harmed while serving in Peace Corps

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — In accepting the Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award, Punxsy native and former Peace Corps volunteer Jessica Smochek said a world of heroes in which she once believed was destroyed after she was brutally attacked and raped while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh.

“In the real world, no one goes around looking for people to save,” she said, saying that these days, people are taught to “mind their own business.”

Police: Man drove car into Mahoning Creek after domestic incident

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A passerby walking along Mahoning Creek saw a car submerged in the water early Tuesday morning.

Punxsutawney Borough Police recovered the late 1990s Cadillac from Mahoning Creek around 1 p.m. Tuesday behind the carnival grounds near the Punxy Plaza.

According to Police Chief Tom Fedigan, the vehicle was discovered by a passerby who was walking on the dike along the creek. The person then notified police.

Lady Chucks beat Hollidaysburg, lose to Bradford on Senior Night

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy girls' track and field team could not surmount District IX Class AAA rival Bradford, but did earn a victory over District VI Hollidaysburg during Senior Recognition Day Tuesday in Punxsutawney.

The Lady Chucks (4-5) lost to the Lady Owls, 93-57, but dominated the Lady Golden Tigers, 105 1/2-44 1/2, thanks to a great day in the field.

Knowing how talented Bradford is, Punxsy head coach Barry Young was happy with his girls and pleased with what a nice day Tuesday was after a season of rainy and cold weather.

Chucks split with Golden Tigers, Owls

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday was a bittersweet Senior Recognition Day for the Punxsy boys' track and field team, as the Chucks defeated District VI Hollidaysburg and lost to District IX Class AAA rival Bradford to conclude the regular season.

Punxsy (5-4) handled the Golden Tigers, 95-55, and was defeated by the Owls, 105-45.

The Chucks competed without distance-running senior Tom Wagner and junior Brody Morgan, who has by far been the team's finest thrower this season. Without them, Bradford earned every throwing point but one and was victorious in the 4x800-meter relay.

Fifth-inning surge helps Williamsport win

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Once Williamsport figured out Punxsy starting pitcher Shawnna Crago Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Chucks' softball team couldn't contain the Lady Millionares' offense.

District VI Williamsport (12-4) used a five-run, seven-hit fifth inning to rally past Punxsy (8-3) and won 9-4 on the Lady Chucks' Senior Recognition Day.

Punxsy manager Alan Pifer said the fifth inning was the turning point.

Kathy K. (Stewart) Simon, 63

May 10, 2011

Kathy K. (Stewart) Simon, 63, Erie, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born June 30, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Thomas and Martha (Myers) Stewart.

Ms. Simon had resided in Erie since 1968.

She retired from Seaway Manufacturing Company after 30 years of employment. She had previously been employed part-time by the Barber National Institute and Hamot Medical Center. She especially enjoyed shopping.

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