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School district intercepts ‘copycat’ bomb threat

March 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe issued the following statement:
“On the morning of March 1, 2012, the administrators at Punxsutawney Area High School received information regarding a bomb threat that was posted on a social media Web site. While initial evidence indicated that this threat was a ‘copycat’ situation stemming from the recent Ohio school shooting and a similar bomb/gun threat incident at Jeff Tech this week, every threat is addressed as credible and investigated fully.

Winter business dips with lack of winter

March 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy Phil’s prediction this year was right, as usual, except he should have made one small edit and removed the “more” from his “six more weeks of winter” prediction, since last week was one of the first weeks to feel like “real” winter.

Rumblings about global warming aside, this winter has been very unusual, and though the average citizen has enjoyed it, the average business has not.

AmeriCorps helps students reach out to troops overseas

March 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — AmeriCorps helps students in the Punxsutawney Area School District to get in touch with the rest of the world by writing letters to soldiers of the 4th Platoon stationed in Kuwait.

Wednesday, AmeriCorps member Tony Ross spoke to Punxsutawney Area School Board members about his latest project.

Ross said he obtained the names of individual members of the 4th Platoon, and students were given the opportunity to write an individual letter to a soldier serving in Kuwait.

Five Chucks' seniors take one last run at States

March 2, 2012

10 Punxsy grapplers set to participate at Regional tourney today

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last weekend, a record 10 Chucks' wrestlers qualified for the Regional Tournament, which begins today and runs through Saturday in Altoona.

Of the 10 qualifying Punxsy grapplers, five — Neko Cappella at 132 pounds; Seth Spack at 152 pounds; Carl Langley at 170 pounds; Josh Neal at 182 pounds; and Tyler Titus at 220 pounds — will be making their final runs at States, as it is their senior season.

Larry K. Adamson, 69

March 2, 2012

Larry K. Adamson, 69, Rochester Mills, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born March 10, 1942, in Marion Center, a son of the late Lester and Helen (Pifer) Adamson.

He was married to Mary Jane (Ryen) Adamson, who survives, of Rochester Mills.

Mildred Bellas, 94

March 2, 2012

Mildred Bellas, 94, formerly of Rockland Avenue, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Wellington Heights.

She was born May 7, 1917, in Idamar, a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Cicaniak) Kutney.  

She was the last surviving member of her family.

Nov. 25, 1939, she married Dominick Joseph Bellas, who preceded her in death July 6, 1990.

They were married for 50 years.

She was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Bellas enjoyed her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed crocheting.

Earl T. Keslar, Jr., 87

March 2, 2012

Earl T. Keslar, Jr., 87, Harrisburg, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away at home Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012.

Surviving relatives include a daughter Susannah Keslar; and a granddaughter, Stacy Keslar, both of Harrisburg.

A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Harrisburg.

To send condolences to the Keslar family, please go to www.hetrickbitnerfuneralhome.com.

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