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PUNXSUTAWNEY SOFTBALL BANQUET

May 24, 2011

The Punxsy softball team held its annual banquet Sunday at the Eagles Club. Pictured, along with any award they may have won, are the seniors (front, from left): Kristen Fedder, co-Defensive Player of the Year; Allie Shields; Jenna Reitz; Ashley Barenchik, co-Offensive Player of the Year; Hannah Giavedoni; (back) Taylor Powell; Megan Muth, Most Improved Player; Tia Davis; Hannah Neal, co-Defensive Player of the Year; Ashley Couser; and Shawnna Crago, co-Offensive Player of the Year and co-Pitcher of the Year.

The Walk Talk Ten

May 24, 2011

1. I'm sure Nick Gillung, Mercyhurst College and Punxsy baseball fans are disappointed that the Lakers fell two victories shy of reaching the NCAA Division II Championship. At least he finished his collegiate career with one of his finest games last Friday — seven innings, three hits, no earned runs and 14 strikeouts.

Dorothy I. Cherry, 85

May 24, 2011

Dorothy I. Cherry, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Saturday, May 21, 2011.

She was born in 1925 to the late Harry E. and Edna Z. (Wills) Duey in Tyrone.

She was married to Andrew Dale Cherry, who preceded her in death June 26, 1999.

Mrs. Cherry was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Clymer. She was a member of the Senior Saints at her place of worship. She enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her family, being a grandmother, helping her friends and personal Bible Study Class at Crystal Waters Nursing Home.

Mildred T. (Pennington) Poeta, 87

May 24, 2011

Mildred T. (Pennington) Poeta, 87, Punxsutawney, formerly of Rossiter, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by family.

She was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Daniel and Nancy (Tozar) Pennington. She grew up in McGees Mills.
Dec. 31, 1943, she married Frank Poeta, who preceded her in death Oct. 12, 1979. The couple owned Poeta Trucking of Rossiter for more than 40 years.

Mrs. Poeta was a homemaker and the last surviving sibling of her two brothers and five sisters.

Brigette Trusal: PAHS Teacher of the Year

May 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Business was a part of Brigette Trusal's family while she was growing up, but it wasn't quite the path she took in life.

Trusal, who was named The Punxsutawney Spirit's “Teacher of the Year” for the high school Monday, said her father was a financial advisor, "so I grew up with it. He would read the paper to find and research companies for stocks."

He imparted financial responsibility to his daughter at a young age.
"Even my allowance, when I was little, I had to keep a book on it," she said, adding she at least momentarily contemplated a career in the business world.

Patti Spinelli: PAMS Teacher of the Year

May 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For 36 years, Patti Spinelli has been a teacher — a goal she first recognized at age 16.

Monday, Spinelli, a fourth-grade standard language and reading teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, was awarded for her hard work, being named The Punxsutawney Spirit's “Teacher of the Year” at PAMS.

Spinelli said she was surprised when she received her award Monday morning during the fourth-grade track and field day that was held at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium.

Michele Basile-Long: West End's Teacher of the Year

May 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If the size of a smile on the face of a student indicates the type of impression a teacher has made upon his or her life, then the sheer happiness expressed by the boys and girls gathered around Michele Basile-Long Monday morning as she was presented with The Punxsutawney Spirit's elementary “Teacher of the Year” award told of a positive one.

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