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Teener League looking to re-up contract with PAHS

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board Athletic Committee listened to a proposal presented by the Punxsy VFW Teener League board about the lease and some changes that would help in completing a major renovation at the field.

"Four years ago, we entered into a 10-year agreement with the use of Rich Kuntz Field and the district for use by the high school baseball teams beginning in 2008-09," said Doug Mesoraco, commissioner of the Punxsutawney VFW Teener League.

Mesoraco said the total due on the lease was $53,500, with an initial lump-sum, one-year payment of $24,000.

8 IS GREAT, BUT BID AT 9 WILL HAVE TO WAIT

May 22, 2012

Punxsy pitcher Cory Geer delivers a pitch during an April 4 game against St. Marys in Punxsutawney. The Chucks, who swept the season series over the Dutch with a 5-2 victory in Punxsutawney and a thrilling 7-5 victory in St. Marys, were expected to play the Dutch once more for their ninth-consecutive District IX title today. However, a postponed AA playoff game Tuesday forced Punxsy and St. Marys to postpone their AAA title game to next week.

PAHS’ Rodney Thompson: Teacher, student must work together toward success

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One year of teaching at the Punxsutawney Area High School was apparently enough time for Rodney Thompson to make an impact on students and the community, as he was named the high school “Teacher of the Year” in The Punxsutawney Spirit’s annual contest Tuesday.

After 11 years of teaching at Clearfield County Career & Technology Center (CCCTC), Thompson was hired at PAHS to teach computer applications, introduction to business and accounting in grades eight through 12.

Kerin Mesanko: God called her at a perfect time for a perfect position at PCS

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thus far, Kerin Mesanko’s teaching career has consisted of two very what she calls “shocking” moments.

The first was being named the valedictorian of her class at Penn State University in 2005. The second was Tuesday, when she was named the elementary “Teacher of the Year” in The Punxsutawney Spirit’s annual contest.

“I am so blessed to be here,” Mesanko said in front of her class of “14 amazing students” in kindergarten at the Punxsutawney Christian School. “This is such an awesome class, and it’s easy to teach when the kids are eager to learn.”

PAMS’ Alan Major: 35 years seems like he started yesterday

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One would think that after 35 years in the same job, a person wouldn’t be surprised by anything. But ask Alan Major, who was chosen as The Spirit’s middle school “Teacher of the Year” Tuesday, and he’ll say that’s not the case.

Major, who has taught in the district for 35 years, has previously won The Spirit award, as well as Wal-Mart’s “Teacher of the Year” contest several years ago.

Major teaches fourth-grade standard math, mixed science and social studies.

Elizabeth Bonfanti, 87

May 22, 2012

Elizabeth Bonfanti, 87, Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

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