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March 9th, 2012

Manley Jay “Butch” Toy, 69

March 9, 2012

Manley Jay “Butch” Toy, 69, Hamilton-Markton Road, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Oct. 26, 1942, in Rouseville, a son of the late John and Margaret (King) Toy.

He is the step-son of Bev Toy, who survives, of North Carolina.

In July 1968, he married Gloria Diane Carcella, who preceded him in death Nov. 19, 2005.

Mr. Toy served in the U.S. Navy.

He had previously worked as a welder for General Electric in Erie.

He enjoyed his family, playing guitar and woodworking.

March 8th

Punxsy’s model tech program attracts curious districts for insight

March 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School District’s use of technology — specifically its one-to-one, or 1:1 program, in which all students in grades nine through 12 are issued laptop computers for use at school and home — has attracted enough praise and recognition that it has become a model for other districts to study.

Still rolling: Punxsy sweeps past Lady Dutch

March 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Both of Punxsy's middle school girls' volleyball teams continued what have proven to be successful seasons thus far, with sweeps over the Lady Dutch of St. Marys Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

The afternoon began with a pair of seventh-grade wins, 25-18 and 25-10.

Punxsy head coach Jacque Curtis said after the match that she was very pleased with the way her girls performed.

"They're really coming together well," she said. "We played very well today, and we're showing signs of improvement."

Bowers bows out of states; Winter sports season closes

March 9, 2012

HERSHEY — Punxsy wrestling's Joel Bowers, a sophomore at 113 pounds, was the final active athlete in the PAHS winter sports season, as he headed to the PIAA State Wrestling Championship Tournament Thursday in Hershey.

Unfortunately for the Chucks, Bowers' season came to a close with a pair of losses at the state level Thursday.

Bowers, the northwest region's second seed, faced District X's Dalton Macri, of Canon-McMillan, in the opening round of the tournament Thursday morning.

Wanda Marion Carlson, 90

March 8, 2012

Wanda Marion Carlson, 90, Rossiter, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Wellington Heights, Punxsutawney.

She was born Jan. 29, 1922, in Pittsfield, Mass., a daughter of the late Walter and Agnes ( Mokrzycka) Robak.

She was married to Kenneth C. Carlson, who preceded her in death April 24, 1989.

She enjoyed living on the family farm, tending to her flowers, watching pets and other nature, and loved her family most of all.

March 7th

Harold “Tot” Stanley Geist, 83

March 8, 2012

Harold “Tot” Stanley Geist, 83, passed away March 7, 2012, in Mayport.

He was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Ringgold Township, a son of the late Paul Stanley and Cozie Viola (Troutman) Geist.

He was married to Isabell L. (Wyant) Geist, who survives.

Mr. Geist was a coal miner and logger by trade.

Betty Stear Long, 97

March 8, 2012

Betty Stear Long, 97, a long-time resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C., after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 25, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jean and Frank Stear.

After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1931, Mrs. Long attended Indiana State Teachers College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.

PAHS grad Young earns spot at D-II Nationals

March 8, 2012

ERIE — One-hundred-and-forty-four wins. Four-time District IX champion. Sixth-most wins in D-IX history. Most wins in Punxsutawney history by more than 30.

During his wrestling career at PAHS, Kody Young put together a laundry list of achievements, and he recently added another at the next level: Qualifying for the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships as a freshman at Mercyhurst University.

The National Championships will take place Friday and Saturday at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

The Zak Zone

March 8, 2012

At 8:01 p.m. this Sunday evening, exactly one minute after the final bid is announced for this season's NCAA basketball tournament, March Madness officially begins.

But the madness I'm speaking of, while related to the tournament, isn't the actual tournament itself. That all begins with Tuesday's First Four, a round of play-in games.

The madness I'm referring to is the madness I experience while trying to fill out the ever-elusive perfect bracket for the 68-team tourney.

Brookville's Stout a champion, 5 others advance to states

March 8, 2012

SHARON — Brookville senior Logan Stout has had one thing on his mind since the first day he stepped onto the mat this season — a regional championship.

Stout achieved that goal Saturday at the Northwest Regional Class AA Championships in Sharon by earning the 195-pound title over Alex Svetz, of North East, in a narrow 4-3 decision.

"It's awesome," Stout said. "Like I've said before, I didn't expect it earlier in my career. But my first goal for this year was to win a regional title, so it feels good to have my name up with my brother."

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