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January 25th

Charles M. “Chuck” Hommey, 65

January 26, 2011

Charles M. “Chuck” Hommey, 65, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Brookville Hospital. After suffering a stroke in August 2009, he was residing at Jefferson Manor Nursing Home in Brookville.

He was born May 7, 1945, in North Charleroi, a son of the late Charles and Margaret (Martin) Hommey.
Mr. Hommey was a 1963 graduate of Rostraver High School in Belle Vernon and earned a B.S. degree in animal science from West Virginia University in 1968.

January 24th

PAHS students achieving state-mandated education goals

January 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If your children seem to enjoy going to school in the Punxsutawney Area School District, they’re not fooling you, according to data from the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Director of Federal Programs and Curriculum for the district, Richard Galluzzi, reported that the district continues to have a high percentage of students who graduate and attend school on a regular basis.

Jeff Tech talks details of two-hour delays

January 25, 2011

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — With the cold and snowy weather lately, the subject of school being cancelled or delayed has become a hot topic in several of the school districts that make up the Jeff Tech Operating District.

The Brookville Area School Board recently discussed the possibility of eliminating with two-hour delays, because some believe they disrupt the educational process too much due to the shortened class schedules.
Marsha Welsh, Jeff Tech director, explained how decisions on weather cancellations and delays are made at Monday’s Jeff Tech Operating Committee meeting.

Second-half swoon costs Chucks another win

January 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' basketball team was right with DuBois Central Catholic — a ranked Class A school according to the Patriot-News of Harrisburg — at halftime before falling apart during the second half of a 56-34 loss Monday night at home.

The Chucks (4-9) appeared primed to hand the Cardinals (11-3) their third-straight loss after leading 17-16 at halftime, but allowed a pair of 20-point second half quarters while scoring just 17 total points during the final two quarters combined.

Raiders handle Bulldogs to jump to 14-1

January 25, 2011

NEW BETHLEHEM — Brookville guard Dan Ion glided down the court in the fourth quarter after his teammate Kyle Baughman grabbed a rebound and flung the ball up the court to Zane Hackett. Ion went hard to the rim, and Hackett found him for an easy lay-up.

Ion led the Raiders (14-1) with 16 points, and the Raiders cruised to a 53-28 win over Redbank Valley (1-9) in New Bethlehem Monday night.

"We came out sloppy, but after that we settled down," Ion said. "Once we got the rebounds, we were looking to push. We were outrunning them and getting easy baskets."

Carol L. Motter, 68

January 25, 2011

Carol L. Motter, 68, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born Sept. 27, 1942, in Marienville, a daughter of the late William and Goldie E. (Irwin) Covel.

 Ms. Motter loved reading, watching “Jeopardy!” and cooking.

January 23rd

Marcellus shale meeting draws crowd

January 24, 2011

SYKESVILLE — Marcellus Shale gas drilling, is it safe or not?
That's the question that more than 100 people gathered to hear the answer to at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary social hall in Sykesville Friday evening.

Meteorologist Hall of Fame welcomes two PSU alums

January 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With Punxsutawney Phil’s upcoming forecast looming in the future as the days to February dwindle away, the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center prepares to again induct two new members into its Meteorologist Hall of Fame.
Joining the ranks of the “Weather Capital of the World’s” elite, for their dedication to the advancement of knowledge in weather science, climatology and meteorology, are AccuWeather’s Elliot Abrams and The Weather Channel’s Dr. Greg Forbes.
A Groundhog Day induction ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the center’s lobby.

ELLIOT ABRAMS

Punxsy JV girls improve to 5-6

January 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy junior-varsity girls' basketball team's 6-0 first quarter was the difference during a low scoring affair with Bradford Friday, as the Lady Chucks improved to 5-6 with a 20-13 victory.

Punxsy led 11-5 at halftime before pulling away with a 7-3 third quarter.

Both Emily Horner and Ashley Reitz led the Lady Chucks with seven points. Emily Reitz added four points.

Punxsy will return to the court when it hosts Ligonier Valley at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

St. Marys 39, Punxsy 33

January 21st

Deb Hudak’s camouflage is Black & Gold

January 22, 2011

STUMP CREEK — With another trip to the Super Bowl one win away for the Pittsburgh Steelers, many super fans are becoming more noticeable.

There is one, however, that is nearly impossible to miss.

In fact, you would be able to tell where Debbie Hudak’s rooting interests lie even if you saw her dog.

Those interests would become even more apparent if you saw her bar, the Camouflage Inn, in Stump Creek, which Hudak has owned for the past 21 years.

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