Archive - 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The new SchoolReach notifications system in the Punxsutawney Area School District has worked well in its first attempts to communicate important messages to the public.
District superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe pointed out that thankfully, the district has only had to use the system once so far this year.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(January 29, 1896)
THE TELEPHONE COMPANY
An Enterprise Organized in Summerville That Is Branching Out
The Punxsy football program held its annual banquet Sunday night at the Pantall Hotel. Pictured are the 16 seniors (front, from left): Steve Neal, Tige Woodson, Ian Weaver, Devon Luzell, Ben Blazavich, Duell Thompson, Jason Fallara, Seth Kinnan; (back) Kody Young, Devan Neal, Zak Dickey, Spencer Fiumara, Corban Cressley, Glenn Perry, James Neal and Rodney Tyree. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Olive Mary Fye, 91, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
She was born May 28, 1919, in La Jose, a daughter of the late John and Belle (Williams) Sylvis.
Mrs. Fye was married to Glenn Fye, who preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Big Run Christian Church and the Sykesville Senior Citizens.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It has long been said that the records can be thrown out when it comes to rivalry games, and the Route 36 Rivalry between the Punxsutawney Chucks and Brookville Raiders' boys' basketball teams is no different.
In a game that featured 10 lead changes and a frenzied final minute, the Raiders (9-1, 3-1 District IX League) completed a season sweep of the Chucks (3-5, 0-2) with a 48-45 victory.
BLOOMSBURG â Alex Thomas earned Outstanding Wrestler honors, and Punxsutawney native and redshirt sophomore Steven Cressley finished third at 184 pounds during Clarion University's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship-winning performance in Bloomsburg this past month.
Thomas (197 pounds), James Fleming (157 pounds) and Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (165 pounds) each won individual titles to lead the Golden Eagles toward their first PSAC team crown since 1994.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team earned six points during each of its 12 victories Thursday night while knocking off Curwensville, 66-38.
Of the Chucks' 12 wins, eight were by fall and four were by forfeit. The eight falls helped Punxsy win easily, as those accounted for 48 of the team's 66 points.
After Punxsy (4-1) fell behind 11-0, Eli Lambiotte (6-3) started the team's winning ways by pinning Sam Bressler in 2:57. Ryan Jones (5-5) followed with a loss by fall, helping the Golden Tide bump their advantage back up to 11 at 17-6.
The PAHS senior class chose Megan Muth (second from left) as the Winter Queen and Taylor Powell (third) as the Winter Princess. They were accompanied by their escorts Adam Murdock (far left) and David Roberts. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
HARRISBURG âÂ He may be leaving Harrisburg, but outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell said he wonât forget Punxsutawney.
âIâll always have a sweet spot in my heart for (Punxsutawney) Phil,â he said during a conference call with Pennsylvania newspaper editors Friday. âPhil was in my first inaugural parade. It was freezing, 18 degrees, and Phil comes along, being driven in his warm traveling pen.â
DUBOIS â A former death row inmate living in a Brockway shelter has been arrested again, and Pennsylvaniaâs parole board says it is looking into alleged parole violations â again.
Ernie Simmons, 53, was convicted and sentenced to death for beating and choking 80-year-old Anna Knaze in her Johnstown home in 1992. The conviction was overturned after an appeals court determined prosecutors withheld evidence.