Archive - Feb 2013
Joyce Hughes, 80, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney.
She was born May 24, 1932, in Harpursville, N.Y., a daughter of Reuel and Georgia (Starbird) Smith.
She was married August 28, 1954, in Harpursville, N.Y., to John H. Hughes, who survives.
She attended Cornell University.
She was a homemaker.
She was a strong believer in education and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney and was very active in various committees.
Dora E. Palmer, 88, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Domb) Wolfgang.
She was married to Ward J. Palmer, who preceded her in death on Feb. 12, 2007.
She was a member of the Hopewell United Methodist Church.
She was a former employee of Ruth and Harryâs Restaurant.
She enjoyed quilting and other crafts.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After a crowd-roaring three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, Punxsy could not ride the wave of momentum to victory on Friday night.
Rival DuBois proved to be too strong for Punxsy by scoring the gameâs final 11 points over the last 2:51 to take away a 50-40 boysâ basketball victory in Punxsutawney.
âIt was the same old record,â explained Chucks head coach Dirk Neal. âWe had too many missed easy baskets and putbacks. We canât finish.â
The inability to finish was never more evident then during one stretch in the final period.
It was a night fit for royalty Friday, as the PAHS Winter Queen and Princess were crowned at halftime of the boysâ varsity basketball game.
After a ceremony at the beginning of halftime, Maija Carol (left, with escort Caesar Maruca) was named queen, with Lauren Kachmar (right, with escort Devan Snyder) being crowned princess.
BIG RUN â Only minor injuries were reported when a school bus carrying students from the Punxsutawney Area School District crashed into the front porch of a house at 3:05 p.m. Friday, at 226 West Main St. in Big Run Borough.
For the full story, including comments from the home's owner, as well as PASD Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe, pick up Saturday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Area School District, in cooperation with Punxsutawney Borough, will be holding a School and Community Forum on Feb. 26, to discuss the issue of school safety and security.
"This event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) auditorium and will include a panel of local first responders and other local officials," said Dr. Keith Wolfe,
Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent.
A school bus traveling on Route 119 Friday afternoon hit a home in Big Run. Route 119 was closed at Sheetz in Elk Run as a result. Check back for more details as they become available.
State Route (SR) 119 is closed in both directions in Big Run Borough in Jefferson County between Watts Street and Thompson Street due to an accident.
The road is expected to open later today. Traffic is being detoured using local roads.
DuBOIS â On night when the action on the court was not very pretty, Punxsy proved to have just enough in the tank over the final two minutes.
With less than eight seconds left, the Lady Chucksâ Taylor Newcome found herself all alone under the basket and received the Jensen Constantino pass for what would be the game-winning layup, 32-30, over the Lady Beavers.
The Newcome bucket made for the final points of the game and completed Punxsyâs 5-0 scoring run in the final 127 seconds of the affair.
ST. MARYS â It is not always how you start, but rather how you finish.
This was the case on Wednesday night on the wrestling mat in St. Marys.
Punxsy was able to rush out to a 24-0 lead behind the heart of its order in the lightweights.
But the tide turned as the heavier wrestlers took their turn for the action. St. Marys scored bonus points in seven straight bouts and won eight straight upperweights in a 43-30 home victory over Punxsy.