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Archive - Oct 2012

October 11th

7th-grade girls' BB stops Altoona-Maroon; 8th-graders fall to tough A-M squad

October 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Another week and another perfect outcome was the order of business for the Punxsy seventh-grade girls' basketball team.

The Lady Chucks won three of four quarters on the way to their third win of the week, 21-14 over Altoona-Maroon on Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

"What a nice, hard-earned win against another quality opponent in Altoona-Maroon," said Punxsy coach Darrin Kriebel. "The girls definitely showed everybody in attendance including the visiting team just how far they've come as a team this year."

Council seeks Fedigan’s opinion on GPS systems

October 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The research is continuing regarding the purchase and installation of a GPS system for Punxsutawney Borough Police vehicles and possibly some others.

The Grant County Sheriff's office in Arkansas has been using the Wireless Matrix GPS system that Punxsutawney Borough Council has been looking at for use here, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief, at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

POPPY DAYS ORGANIZERS SAY ‘THANKS’

October 11, 2012

Last weekend, members of the Punxsutawney VFW Post 2076 and the Ladies Auxiliary participated in “Buddy Poppy Days” to raise funds to help support veterans.

Both organizations wanted to thank everyone who helped and who donated to their cause.

Pictured are VFW Post Commander Jim Dunlap (left) and Ladies Auxiliary member Betty Kotula.

Alma Smith, 81

October 11, 2012

Alma Smith, 81, of Murray, Utah, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

She was born on Feb. 16, 1931, in Creekside, Pa., a daughter of the late Blair Neal and Alta Welder Neal.

She married Ivan Q. Smith, who preceded her in death.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Jennifer (Jim) Brass of Murray, Utah, and Vanda (Bill) Erdos of Bethel Park, Pa.; five grandchildren, Jamie Brass, Katie Beechler, Scott Brass, Abby Brass and Erin Erdos; and a great-grandson, Peyton Beechler.

A memorial service will be held at Circle Hill Cemetery in Punxsutawney at a later date.

October 10th

Punxsy MS XC completes home slate, runs at Ridgway

October 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY – The Punxsy middle school cross country runners have been showing great progress this fall.

The young harriers had two runners, Brady Young and Alexis Vite, in the top 10 at last Saturday's Ridgway Invitational before closing the home slate with a good showing Tuesday afternoon.

Last weekend on the boys' side, Young ran to a sixth place finish on the 1.7-mile middle school course. His time of 10:17 was fast enough to earn him one of the T-shirts given to the top 10 finishers.

Chucks stomp Raiders, 43-6, on 9th-grade gridiron

October 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY – If you missed the first quarter, you missed the game. The Punxsy Chucks ninth-grade football team stomped the Brookville Raiders with 41 first quarter points on the way to a 43-6 decisive victory Wednesday night.

Alex Young scored three of the Chucks (6-0) six touchdowns with a 60-yard opening kickoff to go with two long scoring runs of 40 and 35 yards.

Braxton Giavedoni found the end zone on both sides of the ball. He raced into it from 45 yards and intercepted a Raiders' pass to take it 42 yards.

‘I Can Cope’ to bring hope to those with cancer, loved ones

October 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Jefferson unit of The American Cancer Society (ACS) is sponsoring another session of “I Can Cope,” to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the IUP-Punxsutawney Campus on Center Street.

"I Can Cope is the largest single free educational program for adults facing cancer, either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver within the year," said Peg Henninger, R.T.

Henninger said the ACS has been doing this for nine years.

"We've done so well with it because our committee just gels together," she said.

A rare occasion: Today is Ladybug Day — only four such days every 100 years

October 10, 2012

The classic children's show Sesame Street has been in the news of late after being a hotly debated topic at the first round of the 2012 presidential debates this year, but Sesame Street is in the news in another, less-conventional way today as well.

Ladybug Day is the reason the show is receiving national attention today, and a visit to ladybugday.net — a website put together by the Gordon family of Redwood City, Calif. — explains just why today is such a monumental day.

No injuries reported in two- vehicle accident on Route 119

October 10, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday on Route 119 across from Pasquale's Restaurant in Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1999 Ford Escort, driven by Brett Toven of Anita, was traveling north on Route 119, when Toven failed to see a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by John Waters of Rochester Mills, stopped in front of him waiting for a third vehicle that was making a left turn into Pasquale's Restaurant.

Bernard Eugene “Pokey” Smith, 84

October 10, 2012

Bernard Eugene “Pokey” Smith, 84, guest at the Jefferson Manor, formerly of Brookville, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Jefferson Manor surrounded by his family.

Mr. Smith was born Jan. 7, 1928, the son of the late Percy Parker Smith and Leona Geer Smith, in Grange, Pa.

Feb. 9, 1949, in Punxsutawney, he married Wilma Grace Pearce, who preceded him in death Oct. 13, 1998.

Mr. Smith was a World War II US Army veteran — Hq. Co. #1 Det. Ft. Jackson, S.C.

He worked as a miner and later retired as a caretaker for Deemers in Brookville.

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