Archive - May 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There is a new director of education and programming at the local Weather Discovery Center, and those who know her best will tell you that she always wears a cheery smile.
The new director, Punxsy native Amanda Hornack, is a 1998 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
She graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2002, where she earned a bachelorâs of science degree in education.
Hornack assumed her new position on March 1, but had been involved with the center for years.
Read the full story in Friday's print edition of The Spirit.
The 21st Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive will be held this Saturday.
Post offices in Anita, Brockway, Brookville, Falls Creek, Hamilton, Punxsutawney and Summerville are participating.
Residents can leave a bag filled with donated food â such as peanut butter, canned soups, meats and fish, canned juices, fruits, veggies and boxed goods â at their mailboxes for pickup.
Helen E. Dinger, 70, of Grove City,previously of Harrisville, Pa., died Wednesday May 8, 2013, at Butler Memorial Hospital in Butler, Pa.
She was born on May 12, 1942, in Knox, Pa., a daughter of Warren C.
Shaffer and Emma A. (Reed) Shaffer.
She was a 1960 graduate of Keystone High School in Knox, Pa.
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of West Unity Community Church in Harrisville, Pa.
Helen was a member of the Ladiesâ Missionary Society of the church.
She enjoyed fishing with her husband, crossword puzzles, reading, bingo and playing cards.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Balls take some odd bounces and the Chucks experienced a handful of these early in the baseball game on Wednesday.
Punxsy did not let the early deficit dictate its game by putting together a game-deciding seven-run third inning to overtake rival DuBois, 10-6, in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks (11-5) victory gave them the season series sweep of the Beavers (12-4). Punxsy claimed a 3-1 road decision on April 17.
"We got some bad hops early and the ball found some holes," pointed out Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey. "All-in-all, it was a good win against a good baseball team."
DUBOIS â It is always tough to face a team that is red hot.
This was the challenge the Punxsy softball squad had on its plate on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Chucks were able to take an early one-run lead before the hot-playing Lady Beavers answered with three runs and never trailed again for a 6-3 victory in DuBois.
The victory was DuBois (10-4) ninth in a row.
The Lady Beavers last defeat came at the hands of the Lady Chucks (11-4) on April 17 by a 1-0 final.
The Annual Sidewalk Commentary Contest was held Wednesday for some of the students at the IUP-Punxsy Campus.
Students were asked to do a drawing using sidewalk chalk, and the drawing had to relate to an issue that was important to them.
Social topics such as politics, diversity, human rights and health had to be expressed through the drawing.
Winning first place was (from left) DeAndre Lawson, Jordan Williams and Phill Euston.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department reported that Steven D. Miller, 18, of Punxsutawney, was charged with forgery (24 counts), identity theft (24 counts), theft by unlawful taking (25 counts),
receiving stolen property (25 counts), criminal conspiracy (45 counts) and theft by deception (24 counts).
Police said the charges stem from a March 19 incident on Belmont Avenue.
Miller was committed to the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of posting $80,000 cash bail.
Tom Curry (left), Ginger Momyer (center) and Kathy Bish paused during rehearsal for "Laughing All the Way," an evening of entertainment being presented this month by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) and the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging.
The show benefits PASR's Educational Support Grant and the activities of each hosting senior center. In addition to the light-hearted songs, skits, jokes, a monologue and a most unusual fashion show, audiences will be treated to an assortment of desserts and beverages during intermission.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For the first time in recent seasons, Punxsy was able to defeat Bradford in a boys' track and field dual meet.
The Chucks swept the three relays and won four of the seven field events including sweeping the discus to clip the Owls, 80-70, and complete a perfect dual meet season on Senior Day for nine seniors.
The nine Punxsy seniors enjoying victory in their final home dual meet included Alex Bevak, Will Boddorf, Austin Couser, Will Harmon, Dylan Lettie, Jordan London, Zach Minich, Jesse Reichard and Nate Ward.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Talent dots the Lady Chucks track and field roster but high numbers of athletes does not.
In the final dual matchup of the spring season, visiting Bradford used its team depth to produce a close but victory nonetheless of 87-63 over Punxsy on Tuesday afternoon.
The six Punxsy seniors giving their utmost for their final home dual meet included Alyson Dickey, Heather Giavedoni, Aleya Hanna, Karah Hollis, Santana Smith and Alexis Young.