Archive - Oct 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you haven't been bowling in Punxsy for a while, you might want to take a trip down to Groundhog Lanes on Pine Street in Punxsutawney, where owner Tim Lowmaster has just completed a major renovation with brand-new state-of-the-art Brunswick pinsetters.
"I've just begun my 13th year of owning Groundhog Lanes; I purchased it in July, 2000," said Lowmaster.
Lowmaster said early on, he had to upgrade the facility, starting with the furnaces that were located on the main concourse and were not very energy efficient.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The news that all the little ghosts and goblins have been waiting to hear is when Halloween will be observed in Punxsutawney.
Mike Porada, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said the borough received a letter submitted by the Punxsutawney Fire Department (which has organized the Halloween Parade for many years) proposing that the parade be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, on Union Street.
Back in June, the Molinari family of Walston generously adopted one of many dogs that had been abandoned and discovered near Stump Creek.
Lauren Molinari, pictured with her dog Annie, took a special liking to her family's new pet, saying, "I like my dog Annie because she is so good. She is a mama's girl. She loves to run around with our other dogs."
Annie seems to be recovering nicely from the incident.
BROOKVILLE â€” One of the Allegheny Mountain League's top teams all season, Punxsy continued to show it Monday by repeating as the District IX AAA girls' golf champions. The Lady Chucks claimed their second-straight title by 11 strokes, 466-477, over the Lady Owls of Bradford at Pinecrest Country Club in Brookville.
"Overall, I'm proud of all the girls today," exclaimed Punxsy coach Kasey Dale. "They worked hard to get to districts, and they accomplished their goal that was set at the start of the season."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ Sweeps are getting to be the norm on the volleyball court in Punxsutawney. For the fourth time in six home matches, Punxsy swept its opponent by stinging Marion Center, 3-0, on Monday night.
Punxsy (8-2) has now allowed its home opponents to win just four games in six matches for a 15-4 game win total and victories in five of six.
Senior Shayla Brink and junior Emilee States powered the Lady Chucks frontline. Both lined six kills apiece with Brink adding a pair of aces and digs while States had one dig.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It did not take a last second touchdown pass and two-point conversion Monday night like last Friday's exciting varsity contest.
The Punxsy junior varsity football team ran away with a decisive 38-13 victory over St. Marys in Punxsutawney Monday night.
Dakota Thomas ran a punt back for a score and threw for another, while Perry Arrington and Will Harmon added two rushing touchdowns apiece to help the JV Chucks to a 3-1 record on the year.
After a scoreless first frame, Arrington found paydirt two times in the second quarter.
ST. MARYS â€“ If not by land, turn to the air, and turn to it the Chucks did in a big way. Punxsy quarterback Garrett Zimmerman led the "Air Chucks" for 21 second-half points with the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion coming with 11 seconds left on the clock to sink the St. Marys Flying Dutch, 21-20, Friday night.
In the shotgun, Zimmerman found Christian Falgout from five yards out to pull Punxsy to within a point, 20-19, to cap an 11-play, 64-yard drive. The touchdown was not enough though, as Punxsy went for the two-point conversion and win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While Punxsutawney Area High School had its Homecoming royalty crowned last weekend, the other campus in town â€”Â IUP-Punxsy â€”Â has just recently announced its representative for its own Homecoming, coming up this weekend, in Allia Scott of Philadelphia.
Scott will represent the first-year students' campus in what IUP calls its "Crimson Court" as a part of Homecoming 2012 activities.
DUBOIS â€” The Com- monwealth Connections Academy (CCA) hosted a back-to-school picnic for students in Jefferson County at the Edgewood Family Fun Center last Tuesday.
The event was one of eight such back-to-school parties being held across the state by the school, with 32 planned for the two-week span.
The purpose of the event was to kick off the start of a new school year, as well as to allow students and parents the opportunity to meet their peers and teachers in person.
The combined youth groups of the Christian, Missionary and Alliance Church; First Church of God; Salvation Army; and First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney sponsored a youth rally Sunday at the Punxsutawney Area High School gymnasium. Mike Hammer, youth pastor at First Church of God, said the purpose of the rally was to have a safe event where students could come, interact and have fun. He said he wants students to realize that just because something is church-related doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s boring.