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May 22nd, 2012

8 IS GREAT, BUT BID AT 9 WILL HAVE TO WAIT

May 22, 2012

Punxsy pitcher Cory Geer delivers a pitch during an April 4 game against St. Marys in Punxsutawney. The Chucks, who swept the season series over the Dutch with a 5-2 victory in Punxsutawney and a thrilling 7-5 victory in St. Marys, were expected to play the Dutch once more for their ninth-consecutive District IX title today. However, a postponed AA playoff game Tuesday forced Punxsy and St. Marys to postpone their AAA title game to next week.

PAHS’ Rodney Thompson: Teacher, student must work together toward success

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One year of teaching at the Punxsutawney Area High School was apparently enough time for Rodney Thompson to make an impact on students and the community, as he was named the high school “Teacher of the Year” in The Punxsutawney Spirit’s annual contest Tuesday.

After 11 years of teaching at Clearfield County Career & Technology Center (CCCTC), Thompson was hired at PAHS to teach computer applications, introduction to business and accounting in grades eight through 12.

Kerin Mesanko: God called her at a perfect time for a perfect position at PCS

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thus far, Kerin Mesanko’s teaching career has consisted of two very what she calls “shocking” moments.

The first was being named the valedictorian of her class at Penn State University in 2005. The second was Tuesday, when she was named the elementary “Teacher of the Year” in The Punxsutawney Spirit’s annual contest.

“I am so blessed to be here,” Mesanko said in front of her class of “14 amazing students” in kindergarten at the Punxsutawney Christian School. “This is such an awesome class, and it’s easy to teach when the kids are eager to learn.”

PAMS’ Alan Major: 35 years seems like he started yesterday

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One would think that after 35 years in the same job, a person wouldn’t be surprised by anything. But ask Alan Major, who was chosen as The Spirit’s middle school “Teacher of the Year” Tuesday, and he’ll say that’s not the case.

Major, who has taught in the district for 35 years, has previously won The Spirit award, as well as Wal-Mart’s “Teacher of the Year” contest several years ago.

Major teaches fourth-grade standard math, mixed science and social studies.

Elizabeth Bonfanti, 87

May 22, 2012

Elizabeth Bonfanti, 87, Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

May 21st

Fezell picks up first win in a rout over Union

May 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Fezell Enterprise scored multiple runs in four of its five trips to the plate en route to its first win of the young season Monday evening in Punxsutawney — a 14-4, five-inning affair against Union in Indiana County Youth Legion action.

"It was great to get our first win," Punxsy coach Joe DiPietro said after the game. "These guys have been getting better with every practice and every game."

While Fezell scored early and often, it was actually Union that drew first blood, putting up a two-spot in the visitor's half of the first.

JV baseball ends successful campaign on a sour note

May 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While the Punxsy varsity baseball squad advanced to Wednesday's District IX championship game at Brookville, the JV squad ended its season last Friday on a disappointing note with an 11-1 loss to Hollidaysburg in six innings in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy head coach Rodney Thompson said it was a "rough last game for us," as the Chucks produced just one hit on the day.

That hit came off the bat of Dylan Orcutt, driving in Punxsy's only run.

On the mound, Matt Burkett started the game, pitching five innings. Burkett allowed eight hits, three walks and fanned three.

Hot laundry causes car fire

May 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thanks to quick action by members of the Central Fire Department, damage was held to a minimum when a laundry basket caught fire in the back seat of a vehicle at 11:30 a.m. Monday on South Findley Street.

Scott Depp, Central Fire Department chief, said a neighbor reported seeing smoke inside of a vehicle owned by Heather Fox, Ray Lane, Punxsutawney, while it was parked on South Findley Street.

Fox said she had been at the laundromat and most of the clothes were dry, and some were still damp.

Council honors longtime police dispatcher for 25 years of service

May 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council recognized Joe Steiner, Punxsutawney Borough Police warden/dispatcher for his 25 years of service at last Monday's meeting.

"I want to thank you for your 25 years of service to Punxsutawney Borough Police and proclaim May 14 as Joe Steiner Day in Punxsutawney," said Jim Wehrle, Punxsutawney Mayor.

County residents brighten lives of troops abroad

May 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thanks to the repeated generosity of area residents, American troops serving in Afghanistan will soon be enjoying a taste of home, as well as appreciating the generous supplies of toiletry and grooming products that they are receiving through the recent drive sponsored by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

Project coordinator Charlotte S. Fye reported that more than 50 boxes, cartons, and bags of "goodies" and health and hygiene supplies were collected throughout the month of April.

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