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September 23rd

Dr. Thomas E. Cressley, DDS, 89

September 23, 2011

Dr. Thomas E. Cressley, DDS, 89, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at his home.

He was born March 13, 1922, in Glen Campbell, a son of the late Clayton and Marvel (Gibson) Cressley.

Aug. 13, 1950, he married Florinda (Anderson) Cressley, who preceded him in death Dec. 16, 1997.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Dr. Cressley was a retired dentist and a graduate of Glen Campbell High School, Waynesburg University and the University of Pittsburgh Dental School.

Margy D. Kuntz, 77

September 23, 2011

Margy D. Kuntz, 77, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 22, 1933, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John Kopnitsky, Effie (Reams) Kopnitsky and Ruby (Geist) Kopnitsky.

Ms. Kuntz worked for Lorree Footwear and Standard Pennant Company. Later, she was a seamstress for the Stitchers Mound.

Elizabeth Woods, 86

September 23, 2011

Elizabeth Woods, 86, Rossiter, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 30, 1924, in Winslow Township, a daughter of the late Blair W. and Hazel B. (Uplinger) Vandervort.

She was married to Delmont "Smokey" Woods, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Mrs. Woods worked many years as an LPN. She also worked private duty and was an excellent caregiver and a midwife.

She had many friends and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Police name, seek suspect in Thursday night shooting

September 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police have named a suspect who faces charges of criminal attempted homicide in the Thursday evening shooting of two Punxsy men.
Friday, Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department and Pennsylvania State Police Troop C’s Major Case Team are investigating the shooting that occurred around 9:30 p.m. Thursday along Cranberry Alley.

In his statement, Fedigan said Christopher Lawrence Thornhill, 24, who has Pittsburgh as his last known address, shot the two Punxsy men multiple times.

September 22nd

Witnesses say shots came from a brown SUV; possibly two wounded

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an alleged shooting that occurred along Cranberry Alley around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police did not offer comments at the scene, but eyewitnesses suggested there were several people standing in the alley near a brown or gold SUV when multiple gunshots were heard and seen.

Witnesses said the shots apparently came from the SUV.

Local fans decked out in red head to see ‘Mez’

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Every child has big dreams. Some want to be an astronaut, some want to be president, and others want to be professional athletes.
Likewise, every parent dreams big for their children. They may have different ideas of what they should do one day, but the dreams are there nonetheless.

For the Mesoraco family, the past month has been one where they have had their opportunity to see all their dreams come true in son Devin’s call-up to the Major Leagues.

Chucks look to tame the Lions tonight

September 22, 2011

STRATTANVILLE — Tonight, two 1-2 teams will face off as the Punxsy Chucks travel to Strattanville to take on the Clarion-Limestone Lions — a team that plays a defensive style quite familiar to the Chucks, as it mimics that of the St. Marys Dutchmen, who Punxsy faced last Friday.

"On defense, they play a similar style to St. Marys," Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol said. "So, that's a concern. We'll have to come out and execute the game plan, and it's up to us to make those adjustments.

Kickin' it under the lights, Chucks win

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a rare night game at Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney, the Punxsy boys' soccer team defeated Redbank Valley 7-0 Thursday evening, breaking Redbank's three-game winning streak over the Chucks.

Punxsy comes up short in a pair at Altoona

September 22, 2011

ALTOONA — Punxsy's seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams were each on the losing end against Altoona-White Thursday afternoon in Altoona.

In the seventh-grade contest, Punxsy was outscored 20-9 in the second half as Altoona went on to win 40-21, but Punxsy was at a disadvantage from the jump.

"We battled extra hard against a much, much taller Altoona team," Punxsy head coach Darrin Kriebel said. "Even though the final score is no indication, the girls put up a valiant effort against a very good team."

Barbara Ann Pifer, 63

September 22, 2011

Barbara Ann Pifer, 63, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medial Center, DuBois.

She was born May 10, 1948, in Henderson Township, a daughter of the late Harry Blair and Inez Naomi (Pifer) Kerr.

May 18, 1968, she married Charles A. Pifer, who survives, of Reynoldsville.

Mrs. Pifer graduated with honors from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1966.

She was a former employee of Standard Pennant in Big Run.

Mrs. Pifer was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ in Reynoldsville.

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