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Three-run seventh powers Chucks over Beavers

April 17, 2013

DUBOIS — A close game can change in a hurry.

Trailing 1-0 since the first inning, the Punxsy baseball offense produced five hits and saw three of the runners score to power past host DuBois, 3-1, on Wednesday in DuBois.

Garrett Zimmerman led off the visiting seventh with a single to center and moved to third two batters later when Cory Geer singled. The Chucks tied the contest, 1-1, when Dakota Thomas reached on a fielder's choice to plate Garrett Zimmerman.

Punxsy was not finished there.

Defense and timely hitting enable Punxsy to shutout DuBois softball

April 17, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Defense should never have an off day, and it was on display on the varsity softball diamond on Wednesday afternoon.
Behind a pair of double plays and various other top glove showings, Punxsy received three timely fifth- inning hits to score the lone run and shutout rival DuBois, 1-0, in Punxsutawney.

“It was a great game, as the players made the plays. A tremendous game to watch, as both sides played very well defensively,” noted Lady Chucks head coach Alan Pifer. “They didn’t beat themselves but we got the break (to score the one run).”

Safe travels: Farm Bureau holds annual Rural Road Safety Day

April 17, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just what you've been waiting for: warm springtime weather so you can hit the highway and travel throughout the area without having to worry about snow and snow plows.

But now, those plows have been replaced with rather large farm equipment that may be traveling not only the back roads, but the main highways too.

That's why the Jefferson County Farm Bureau held its annual Rural Road Safety Day at Fezell's County Market Tuesday to bring awareness to the need for caution.

BOOK SIGNING COMING TO B’S BOOKS IN DOWNTOWN PUNXSY

April 17, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Nestled in the middle of town is a small and cozy book store that is open to book lovers of all kinds. Though it sometimes would be easy for it to go unnoticed, it will make its presence known Friday.

For the full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Little buildings, big lessons

April 17, 2013

ANITA — If you're having trouble navigating your way around the "Weather Capital of the World," instead of checking Google Maps, you can ask the students in Cheri Barenchik's second-grade class at Parkview Elementary School in Anita.

The students once again have created a mini display of Punxsutawney from shoeboxes, said Barenchik, adding that each student has to take a little car and give her directional words on how to travel around from place to place.

Andrew S. Laska, 89

April 17, 2013

Andrew S. Laska, 89, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Wellington Heights.

Mr. Laska was born on March 8, 1924, in Sportsburg, a son of the late Zolti and Julia (Grabetz) Laska.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marie (Quashnock) Laska on Jan.
3, 2007.

He was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a member of the Sportsburg United Methodist Church.

Mr. Laska was a US Army Veteran of WWII, having served in the Pacific.

Matthew Paul Ruffner, 34

April 17, 2013

Matthew Paul Ruffner, 34, Chief Warrant Officer 3, of Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania, formerly of Level Green, Pa., died Tuesday April 9, 2013, as the result of injuries sustained while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Born Nov. 18, 1978, in Punxsutawney, Matthew was the son of Charles and Diane (Gardner) Ruffner of Glen Campbell.

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