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Strong Bishop McCort team takes down Lady Chucks

December 19, 2011

JOHNSTOWN — Although the Lady Chucks were down by just five points at halftime Saturday against Bishop McCort, they were outscored 14-6 in the third and eventually fell 56-37.

"We have to eliminate the mental mistakes at crucial times," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "At the end of the third quarter, we had a couple of turnovers, and they got the lead up to 12 points, and that's pretty much where it stayed until the end of the ball game."

The game was close through the first two halves, with Bishop McCort leading only 11-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Lillian K. Swartzlander, 88

December 19, 2011

Lillian K. Swartzlander, 88, Luthersburg, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home after a short illness.

She was born Feb. 23, 1923, a daughter of the late Wilbur and Olive (Nolder) Kirk.

Aug. 13, 1954, she married Joseph Swartzlander, who preceded her in death Nov. 16, 2004.

Council thanks outgoing members, servicemen for dedication to borough

December 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council bid farewell to three exiting members, the fire chief and a retiring firefighter at last Monday's meeting.

Donna Lellock, Robert Reesman and Roger Steele attended their final meeting last Monday, as three new members will join council. The term of Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense expires at the end of the year, and Lindsey firefighter Joe Gianvito is retiring from active duty.
"We're not losing these people, as they will continue to serve the community in different ways," council President Susan Glessner said.

Grace Place officially open for tenants

December 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Grace Place Apartments at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets officially opened for business Friday, as the ribbon was cut by a host of dignitaries.

"It's an honor to be standing in this place, thanks to a few people who had a vision," Rev. James E. Steingrass, president of the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry (JALSM) said prior to Friday's ceremony.

Way Back When

December 19, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(April 22, 1896)

Setting a Good Example

December 16th

Punxsy raises nearly $79,500 for Make-A-Wish

December 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In what has become a Punxsy holiday tradition — right up there with snowflake lights and the Barclay Square Christmas tree — local residents’ donations again topped those from last year during the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign.

As of early Friday evening, the tally for the week-long 2011 campaign was $79,447.86, topping the 2010 total of $73,285.

Chris Moore meets Mickey, Marvel heroes at Disney

December 17, 2011

ANITA — Just ask Chris Moore, because thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, kids facing battles similar to his should be careful what they wish for.

After Chris, who as been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and his family learned that he was eligible for a wish, his mother, Tammy, brought the paperwork to Wish Assistant Polly Mills.

Mills’ question to the family was, when they would like to see Chris’ wish fulfilled.

“I didn’t realize that was how it worked,” Tammy said. “I thought it had to be approved by a board of some kind.”

Chucks come up big in the clutch

December 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Route 36 Rivalry has seen its share of close games in every sport the schools participate in for years, and the latest chapter — Friday's boys' basketball game between the Chucks and the Raiders — was no disappointment, as Punxsy defeated Brookville 45-40 behind 24 points from Daniel Triponey and a three-pointer from Alex Fedigan that put the Chucks up for good with 13 seconds left.

Daytona bound: Darren Pifer isn't your run-of-the-mill go-kart driver

December 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Every NASCAR-loving youngster dreams of strapping into a car and driving around the turns of Daytona International Speedway when he or she grows up. One local 18-year old is grown up, and is going to have the chance to live out that dream. Well, sort of.

2011 PAHS graduate Darren Pifer has been driving a race car since he was six years old, but the type of car he drives runs on dirt, not pavement like Daytona International.

Although it has a few less horsepower than the Sprint Cup cars, that doesn't mean there's not an element of danger and excitement in his sport.

December 15th

Young team falls to tough Brookville squad

December 16, 2011

BROOKVILLE — League play opened for the Lady Chucks Thursday night against Brookville, but the young squad struggled against a strong opponent and fell 63-45.

Despite losing in a rival game, Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said there are some positives he saw in his team's play.

"They worked hard for 32 minutes, and each game, we are improving," Reitz said. "I thought this was the best game we played up to date, but we played a good basketball team tonight."

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