Archive - Oct 2012
The PAHS cheerleaders took their act on the road Friday night to cheer on the Punxsy Chucks, who fell 42-0 to the Clarion Bobcats.
But there was something different about the squad this week, as it replaced its typical red-and-white attire by donning pink shirts and hair bands in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Last Saturday, over 100 runners took to the road â€” or rather, the trail â€”Â in Punxsutawney for the Mahoning Shadow Shuffle, an annual event put on by the Mahoning Shadow Trail Board that consists of a half-marathon, a 10-kilometer race, a 5-kilometer race and a 1-mile youth run.
The race started at the ball fields and was run out toward the Fordham trailhead, consisting solely of a run along the Mahoning Shadow Trail.
George Steven Barenick, 90, Indiana, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at his residence.
He was born April 27, 1922, in Rossiter, Pa., a son of Parencik and Anna (Veselenak) Barenick.
George was employed for several years at U.S. Steel as a crane operator.
After his retirement from U.S. Steel, he continued to work as a carpenter and also provided maintenance for the railroad.
He served during World War II in the Army as a chauffeur for an Army major and general.
At one time, George was on the same ship as Winston Churchill.
Marcia L. (Reid) Etherson, 79, Cranberry Township, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler.
She was born Feb. 6, 1933, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Alexander P. and Virginia (Kellert) Reid.
On May 8, 1953, in DuBois, she married Francis T. Etherson.
She lived in St. Marys for more than 30 years and was a homemaker.
She was a member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church of St. Marys; a member of several bridge clubs and a local Quilt Guild; a volunteer knitter for the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Lenard L. McMillen, 70, of Mahaffey, passed away after an extended illness on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 14, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Norman McMillen and Ruth (Burkett) McMillen.
He married the love of his life, Diane "Kitten" (Painter) McMillen, of Mahaffey, on Aug. 13, 1966.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during Vietnam.
Mr. McMillen worked for the Wal-Mart Distribution Center before retiring.
He attended the First Assembly of God Church in Punxsutawney.
â€˘ Halloween Parade, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, with trick-or-treating to follow until 9 p.m.
The parade will form at 5:30 p.m. by Napa Auto Parts on Union Street.
The parade route will lead to Barclay Square, where the costumes will be judged and the participants will receive a treat from the firefighters.
Police, the fire department and REACT will be on hand for assistance.
CLARION â€” The road is never an easy place to play, especially when an undefeated foe is your host.
The task will be daunting for the Punxsy Chucks tonight when they face the 7-0 Clarion Bobcats at Clarion Universityâ€™s Memorial Stadium.
The visiting Chucks, though, are hoping the trend of the short four-year football series between still fairly new Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference opponents continues to hold true. Over the past four years, the visiting team has come out on top, including the Bobcatsâ€™ 19-7 victory in Punxsy last fall.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On normal rest, some foes are a tall task, but on the second of back-to-back days makes them all the tougher.
This was the case for the second time this season for the Punxsy boys' soccer team when facing rival DuBois. After shutting out Karns City last night, Punxsy did not have enough left to face DuBois 20 hours later in a 4-1 home loss on Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
"It was a good hard game. We needed it and to have good competition at the end of the season," said Chucks coach Phil Shenkle.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Cincinnati Reds may have been eliminated from the Major League Baseball playoffs, but their memory will live on during Saturday's Punxsutawney Salvation Army Harvest Auction, as an autographed Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball jersey, baseball and bat will be up for grabs.
"Our auction continues to grow every year in merchandise and the money collected from it," said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsutawney Salvation Army.
Jache said the 2011 auction raised about $10,000, and this year, they've set a goal of $12,000.
A number of injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in Punxsy between a Ford school van, operated by Ida Mae Uplinger of Brookville, and a Pontiac Grand Am, operated by Lakin Frampton of Punxsuatwney.
A total of seven juveniles and both drivers were transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for treatment of injuries.
For the full story, see Friday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.