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Archive - Jan 24, 2013

Lady Chucks smother Lady Beavers, ease to victory

January 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY – When your opponent cannot get a shot off and sees two defenders in their face at every turn, it is difficult to find the basket.

The Punxsy Lady Chucks used this exact type of smothering defense to force 32 DuBois Lady Beavers turnovers and allowed only seven buckets in a 35-20 victory Thursday night in Punxsutawney.

Modeling Madame Marie: PAMS student Lizzie Neal earns national honors

January 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A fourth-grade student at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School (PAMS) finished third nationwide in the Samsung Superhero Contest.

"This is Madame Marie Curie, alias Lizzie Neal, a gifted student who used her technology skills, learned mostly in Scott Sallack's technology class, to enter the contest put on by Samsung," said Cindy Taylor, sixth-grade English and gifted teacher at the middle school, at Wednesday's Punxsutawney Area School Board committee meeting.

Taylor said the contest was open to all students across the United States, grades K-12.

Middle schoolers, put on your dancin’ paws: Polly’s Shuffle comes to town Sunday

January 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The old saying goes that one life touches another, and that has proven true for a dearly departed student whose legacy continues to live on long after her passing.

In 1987, Polly Hallman was just beginning her sophomore year when she sadly passed away. Her classmates were stricken with grief, but also determined to do something in her memory.

Since Polly loved to volunteer and help out her community, her classmates decided to band together and establish a scholarship in her honor.

Angelo Bleggi, Jr., 88

January 24, 2013

Angelo Bleggi, Jr., 88, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Mulberry Square in Punxsutawney.

He was born March 18, 1924, the son of the late Angelo and Florence Bleggi.

He was a truck driver and worked for many years as a coal miner.

He was married to Hazel (Powell) Reddinger, who survives.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Boots; and by two brothers and three sisters.

Barbara Ruth Harris, 55

January 24, 2013

Barbara Ruth Harris, 55, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Oct. 25, 1957, in Fall River, Mass., a daughter of Glenn Miller and wife Harriet of Seminole, Fla., and the late Sydell (Levine) Miller.

Mrs. Harris was the former president of the Sisterhood of Temple B' Nai Israel in Olean, N.Y.

Her hobbies were Bingo, which she loved, and listening to her son play piano.

As a child, she and her sister sang songs while doing the dishes.

Barbara adored her grandchildren and loved being around them.

Leland B. Plotner, 18 months

January 24, 2013

Leland B. Plotner, 18 months, went to be with the angels on Wednesday,Jan. 23, 2013, at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 31, 2011, in Pittsburgh.

Leland is survived by his mother, Brittany N. Plotner of Punxsutawney; his
grandparents, Brian and Christine Plotner, and his great-grandpa, Cecil Plotner, all of Punxsutawney; his great-great-grandma, Jean Plotner of Knox Dale; aunts and uncles Denise Himes, Joe Bennett and wife Dorothy, and Scott and Holly Howard, all of Punxsutawney; and numerous cousins.

Punxsy wrestlers defeat Crestwood and State College at Bellefonte

January 24, 2013

BELLEFONTE — After only having five bouts on the year through last Friday, Punxsy doubled its wrestling match total in a single day.

Last Saturday, the Chucks took part in the Bellefonte Red Raider Rumble.

Punxsy claimed two wins in five team matches as it defeated Crestwood (39-32) and State College (38-34).

In the other action of the all-day event, Punxsy dropped decisions to Hazleton (51-22), Downingtown (45-27) and Exeter (49-15).

6th-grade boys claim 3 wins in Punxsy Tourney

January 24, 2013

The Punxsy 6th-grade boys' basketball tournament team posted three wins in four games during last weekend's two-day event hosted by the Punxsutawney Community Center.

The Punxsy team members are (front row, from left) Carter Newcome, Cameron Smith, Evan Humble, Andrew Britton, Caden Barrick; (back row) coach Mark Ewing, Austin Ewing, Alex Gianvito, Ethan Blose, Derek Huey and coach Eric Britton.

Bobcats handle junior Chucks wrestlers

January 24, 2013

CLARION — After recording its first win of the season, the Punxsy junior high wrestling team could not make it two in a row on Tuesday night.

In a match of seven scoring bouts and nine forfeits, the junior Chucks garnered only two victories to drop their meeting with the Bobcats of Clarion, 49-33.

Alex Young (165) and Levi Campbell (145) picked up the pair of visiting wins. Young pinned his opponent, while Campbell won by decision.

Fire Department announces it is unable to contract a company for 2013 carnival

January 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The words "the carnival is in town" will likely not be heard for the first time in many years in Punxsutawney the week before the Fourth of July, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department has announced it is unable to contract a company for this year.

"It's with a heavy heart that I announce that there will be no carnival in Punxsutawney this year," said Tami McFarland, president of the Punxsutawney Fire Department Old Home Week Committee.

She said that, due to the ever-worsening economy and increasing fuel charges, J&J Amusements can no longer afford to travel to Punxsy.

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