March 27th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' track and field team is off to the races, and with a pair of dual meet wins â€” 93.5-56.5 over Hollidaysburg and 105-45 over ECC â€” things are looking bright for the Chucks so far.
"Overall, we got off to a good start," Punxsy head coach John Smith said. "We had a lot of kids scoring, and all of the teams were glad to get one under their belts."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With some mechanical difficulties preventing Hollidaysburg's girls' track team from making the trip to Punxsy, the pair of dual meets the Lady Chucks had scheduled for Tuesday turned into a single dual meet against Elk County Catholic, and the Lady Crusaders earned an 87-63 victory over Punxsy in the season opener.
Despite the final result, Punxsy head coach Barry Young was pleased with his squad's performance against a difficult ECC team.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was perhaps difficult to realize with 40-some degree temperatures Tuesday, but yet another sign that spring is here bloomed this week at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.
In December, five Punxsutawney Area Middle School fifth-graders â€” John Buffington, Guy Heckler, Bailey Jones, Megan Ray and Liam Storms, advised by Jeff Kuntz â€” began their participation in Journey Northâ€™s Tulip Garden and Climate Change study, during which they planted Red Emperor tulips and tracked the approach of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Members of the PAHS Class of 2012 practice the first number of this yearâ€™s Variety Show, which begins Thursday night. What will you see during the rest of the show, this year themed â€śHold On to the Memories?â€ť Youâ€™ll have to find out for yourself, when the 2012 Variety Show kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday and also continues Friday and Saturday in the PAHS auditorium.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Monday, supporters of the Jeff Tech lumbering program presented their case as to why the program should not be discontinued due to high expenses.
â€śLumbering is one of the most dangerous professions, and thanks to the Jeff Tech program, students have learned how to be safe in the woods while logging,â€ť Harry Bressler, a lumbering class advocate, said during the Jeff Tech Joint Operating Committeeâ€™s (JOC) meeting Monday.
Bressler said some of the lumbering equipment was donated to the program.
E. Eugene "Gene" Kauffman, 80, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, at his home.
He was born June 21, 1931, in Mahaffey, a son of the late H. Clayton and Catherine Mae (Lee) Kauffman.
He was married to Eleanor May (Smith) Kauffman, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Kauffman was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War and 31 years in the National Guard.
He was retired from Season-All Industries and later worked part-time for CRW Home Supply, where he had many friends.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Jeff Techâ€™s preliminary budget for the 2012-13 school year was approved by the members of the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) 6-2, with Punxsyâ€™s two representatives voting no at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
The committee approved the budget of $7,485,723 to be advertised and forwarded to the sending school boards for its review and put on public display in preparation for the JCDAVT Board adoption by mail ballot April 23.
The budget was approved by Patty Battitori, Shelly Caine, Dr. Fred Park, Michael Smith, Lloyd McCreight and Melissa Mowrey.
Friday, before the temperatures dropped, Trisha Reesman (left), age 10, and Jezabel Frantz (right), age nine, did their neighborly duty and helped decorate Bertha Dubenskyâ€™s yard for Easter, which is Sunday, April 8, this year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy starting pitcher Johnna Depp was sharp, striking out four in three innings work, and the Lady Chucks' offense was equally as sharp, putting up 18 runs to defeat Bradford 18-2 in three innings in the season opener Monday night in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy used three quick first-inning runs to jump out to a lead, but head coach Alan Pifer said it wasn't until the second inning, during which the Lady Chucks batted around and scored nine runs, that the offense started firing on all cylinders.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Leading just 3-2 entering the bottom half of the sixth inning, Punxsy's baseball team scored four insurance runs to push its lead to 7-2, and the Chucks went on to beat the Bradford Owls by that score Monday in the season opener at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
"The first one's always good," Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey said. "It certainly wasn't pretty, but we don't give back wins, that's for sure."
Dickey said that despite a few mistakes on the base paths and defensively, one area stood out as a glaring strength for the Chucks: Pitching.