Archive - 2011
From the man who brought you âSquare Root Day,â Ron Gordon is back to promote âStory Day,â and the story must begin, âOnes Upon a Day.â
Gordon, a teacher in the Sequoia-Union School District in Redwood City, Calif., first brought Square Root Day to the attention of Spirit readers and others around the country during Groundhog Day 2004 â 02.02.04, two is the square root of four.
The last Square Root Day was March 3, 2009 â 03.03.09, three is the square root of nine â and the next Square Root Day will be April 4, 2016 â 04.04.16, four is the square root of 16.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy wrestling team proved it is a squad that has more than one talented grappler Thursday night with a 51-21 victory over Curwensville in its first home match of the season.
The Chucks (6-6) fell behind 15-6 following the first-ever home loss of senior Kody Young before rallying off five-straight victories that carried into the decisive win.
Young (9-1), who was competing in his first home match since breaking the school record in career victories Dec. 28, 2010, was up against Curwensville's best wrestler in junior Jake Keller.
BROOKVILLE â Turnovers in crucial situations have crept up on the Punxsy girls' basketball team all season, and Thursday's game in Brookville was no different.
The Lady Chucks (3-7, 0-2 District IX League) were ahead by four points at halftime only to give the ball away too many times during a 40-33 loss to Brookville.
"They came out in the third quarter and turned up the heat defensively, and we didn't handle it very well," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "Their defense created some turnovers for them, they got up eight points, and we just couldn't bring it down."
BROOKVILLE â The Jefferson County Sheriffâs office recently concluded a busy year which saw the addition of TASERs to the weapons used by the deputies.
Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr. said through grants, he was able to purchase TASERs for the deputies to have a more effective means of securing offenders by a less lethal option, âby helping to bring the deputies home safely to their families and friends and the offender into custody unharmed.â
TASERs for deputies have deterred hostility because offenders know the outcome.
Chamber board member Jodi Presloid (center, left) and Chamber Executive Director Marlene Lellock (center, right) held the red ribbon as Kevin Merrow, D.C, (center) owner of Merrow Chiropractic, made the cut Thursday. The communityâs newest chiropractor conducted the ceremonial opening surrounded by his friends and family (from left): Charles H. Merrow, Pat Merrow, Tim Merrow, Lindsay Vite and Andrew Roberts. A 2009 graduate of New York Chiropractic College, Merrow, who was born and raised in Punxsutawney, said he always wanted to open a practice in the area.
Douglas S. âTutâ Toth, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, after spending an amazing weekend with his family.
He was a son of Harry P. and Lois Jean (Stanford) Toth.
Mr. Toth was married to Rhonda Toth.
He was known for his love of sports and coaching abilities, the love of hunting and the outdoors, and his caring heart and willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need.
Mr. Toth served the youth of the area as a softball, baseball, basketball and soccer coach through the years.
Paul H. Beck, 86, Route 119, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born April 21, 1924, in Winslow Township, a son of the late Cleveland L. and Mary (Lindemuth) Beck.
May 25, 1957, he married the former Nora Lorraine Wachob, who survives.
Mr. Beck previously worked for Gaston Lumber.
He was a member of the Henderson Grange No. 1315 and the Ponoma Grange.Â He volunteered for the Jefferson County Fair for many years since the 1960s, when it was located in Sykesville and called the Town & Country Fair.
INDIANA â Two Chucks scored 20-plus points, but the Punxsy boys' basketball team didn't play enough defense while losing to one-win Indiana Wednesday night, 62-55.
Experience was in Punxsy's favor, as all nine of the Chucks (3-4) who played are seniors or juniors. Indiana (2-9), meanwhile, received 18 of its season-high 62 points from three freshmen.
Punxsy first-year head coach Dirk Neal, who has stressed a team that defends with intensity and enthusiasm since he took the job, wasn't the least bit pleased with the way his defense performed Wednesday.
HOLLIDAYSBURG â Upon winning four of the first five bouts Tuesday against Hollidaysburg to build a 22-3 advantage, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team surged toward a 57-23 victory on the road.
"We had another nice win tonight. The kids wrestled pretty well, and we saw a lot of nice things out there," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Intensity was good, and they got the job done even with a couple of starters â Matt BurkeÂ and Darin James âÂ out of the lineup due to illness."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The PAHS senior class recently chose six senior girls to represent the 2011 Winter Queenâs Court.
This yearâs court includes Tawnee Bowers, Kayla Knox, Megan Muth, Hannah Neal, Sam Osikowicz and Taylor Powell.
The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess.
The crowning will take place during halftime of Fridayâs varsity basketball game against Brookville.