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August 17th

A man of many hats: Grusky recognized for a pair of 25th-anniversary teams

August 17, 2012

By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — These days, you may best recognize him as "Big Chill," a member of Punxsy Phil's Groundhog Club Inner Circle, but long before he was such an integral part of Punxsy's biggest party, Jason Grusky was on the radar of members of the community for a different reason: his impressive athletics career at Punxsutawney Area High School.

Firefighters kick into gear in effort to help with fight against MD

August 17, 2012

By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY —It used to be called the "Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy;" now, it is now called "MDA Show Of Strength."

According to the Muscular Dystrophy(MD) website: "Show of Strength" is a three-hour prime-time broadcast special that will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 on various television stations throughout the country.

One last show: The Dayton Fair concludes today

August 17, 2012

Mahoning Shadow Trail ‘Free and Fun Day’ set for Sunday

August 17, 2012

By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit

FORDHAM — What two things do you hope for most when you learn of an event that may be taking place?

If you said it's free, and it's fun, then you'll want to attend the Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association's "Free and Fun Day" to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fordham trail head of the Mahoning Shadow Trail, said Susan Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area Rails to Trails Association secretary.

Joseph L. "Bud" Hottel, 80

August 17, 2012

Joseph L. "Bud" Hottel, 80, of Warren, Pa., died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Warren Manor in Warren.

He was born Dec. 25, 1931, in Brookville, a son of the late Lowell O. Hottel and Helen G. (Snyder) Hottel-Brown.

He was a licensed practical nurse at Warren State Hospital.

Mr. Hottel was raised by his grandparents, James and Elva Snyder.

Surviving relatives include a sister, Joyce Thomas of Punxsutawney; and a brother, Donald E. Hottel of Westerville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Hottel and Eugene Hottel; and a sister, Judith E. Hottel.

Meredith Means, 85

August 17, 2012

Meredith Means, 85, of Orlando, Fla., died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at her home.

She was born April 13, 1927, in Frostburg, Pa., a daughter of the late Clyde and Minnie (Newbold) Means.

She completed her medical training in histology in Boston, Mass., and was employed as a medical technician with various practices in Maryland, Washington, D.C., California, Texas and Florida during her working career.

Surviving relatives include a sister, Ruth Bixler of Vail, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

August 16th

All that practice leads up to this: Parise Football kicks off Saturday

August 16, 2012

These 27 A.J. Parise Senior football players are all smiles at the end of their evening practice this week in Punxsutawney. They are ready to take the field for the first time this season Saturday evening at 7:15 p.m. at the Jack LaMarca Stadium. The Bantam team will play at 4 p.m. followed by the Junior team playing at 5:30 p.m. Come and cheer our local youth against the Grove City Eagles.

The Sharpe Tones rock Barclay Square

August 16, 2012

The fifth installment of music in the park featured 50's/60's band "The Sharpe Tones" Thursday night in Barclay Square. The Hollidaysburg-based band returned to Punxsy to perform to a crowd of about 350 residents.

They performed such classic hits as "Cara Mia," originally performed by Jay & The Americans, "Monster Mash," "La Bamba," and "Iko Iko."

They are (from left) Oscar "Oz" Stuckey, Denny Ivory and Lorelei McCarty.

The final installment of music in the park will be held next Thursday, featuring oldies/country band "The Moore Brothers."

More Dayton Fair fun

August 16, 2012

Hayden Shoemaker (left) and Lyndon Boyer (right) are shown riding the Wiggle Worm together earlier this week at the Dayton Fair.

Fun and activities at the fair continue today with a premier showman contest at 10 a.m.; the 4-H and Vocational Ag Contest from 1 to 3 p.m.; an animal dress-up contest at 2 p.m.; a freestyle performance to music in the horse arena at 6 p.m.; and a demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand.

Jeff Tech sees fall in students’ most recent PSSA scores

August 16, 2012

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — The results of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing for Jeff Tech took a downward trend this year.

"We received a 56-page report from the Pennsylvana Department of Education on how to calculate Annual Yearly Progress (AYP)," said Jo-Ann Olszewski, assistant principal at Jeff Tech, at Wednesday's Joint Operating Committee meeting, which was held at the former lumbering building again.

Olszewski said scores for Jeff Tech students went down, which was projected to occur based on the history for this group of students.

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