Archive - Apr 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Saturday, Punxsutawney Area High School's Athletic Department will host its Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony at the Punxsutawney Area High School.
In anticipation of the event, The Spirit will feature the biography of one member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 each day.
Today's featured athlete is John (Jack) Stuchell.
Stuchell is a 1953 graduate, and he lettered two years in both football and track and field.
He was an All-District guard and played in the All-Star game in DuBois.
DUBOIS â 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
âIt was a great game, as the players made the plays. A tremendous game to watch, as both sides played very well defensively,â noted Lady Chucks head coach Alan Pifer. âThey didnât beat themselves but we got the break (to score the one run).â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
ANITA â 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, 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.
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, 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The finally tally was close but the Chucks swept the final 14 points in the last two events to seal the victory.
After falling behind midway through the meet, Punxsy finished off strong to hand the first track and field defeat to DuBois, 89-61.
"At times, DuBois was ahead as it was a lot closer than people thought. We had a game plan going in. One where we wanted to win, and we put our guys in strategic spots to do so," explained Punxsy head coach John Smith. "We picked up second and third places we needed to as those points make a difference at the end."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the arrival of spring comes those wonderful warm nights where one can look at the stars in the sky.
Thursday, you can see stars much closer to earth at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, which will host, for the second year, First Church of Godâs "Brighter Than the Stars."
The doors will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Punxsutawney
Memorial Library, and there will be refreshments and live music.