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April 18th

Dale hits first homer of the season Thursday for Chucks

April 18, 2013

Clayton Dale (11) is congratulated by Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey as he rounds third base, after his second-inning solo home run, which put his team ahead by a run.

To see if Dale's home run was enough insurance to give Punxsy the win, see Friday's print edition of The Spirit.

PAH hosts chamber mixer: Attendees meet new providers, learn about services offered

April 18, 2013

A Chamber of Commerce Mixer was held Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

The event gave members of the Chamber a chance to mingle with the medical and senior administrative team of the hospital.

It was also an opportunity for the general public to meet some new healthcare providers and to learn about the services that are currently offered.

Matt Kengersky, chairman of the hospital board (left), chats with John “Butch” Prushnok (middle) and Daniel D. Blough, CEO.

Rails-to-Trails to clean ‘house’ on Saturday

April 18, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With spring finally here, the Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association, Inc. is looking for volunteers to come out this Saturday to help clean up the trail.

"We hope to see every trail user come out to help," said Matt Taladay, president of the Rails-to-Trails Association, adding that the trail would not exist without volunteer help.

The Mahoning Shadow Trail is a 15.2-mile trail that stretches from Valier to Hudson.

Individuals can access the trail at a variety of spots, including the Indiana Street location, Sportsburg, Cloe, Fordham Trailhead and others.

CREATE BROOKVILLE FEATURING PUNXSY ARTIST THROUGH END OF MONTH

April 18, 2013

CREATE Brookville has opened a new exhibit at the CREATE Cafe on Main Street in Brookville.

The exhibit highlights the artwork of Brandi Elkin, who is from the Punxsutawney area.

The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of April.

Stuchell to be named to Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame

April 18, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

April 17th

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.

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