April 30th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On a day chosen to honor its senior members, the Punxsy boys' track team dominated on both sides â€”Â 50-13 in the field and 56-31 on the track â€” to earn a 106-44 victory over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs Monday in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy head coach John Smith was especially pleased with the results in the field.
"We had some really strong showings and some personal bests in the field," Smith said. "We had some sweeps and some very nice improvements in the shot and discus. Brody Morgan had a good javelin throw. We were very pleased with scoring over 50 points there."
CURWENSVILLE â€” After a long layoff, the Lady Chucks JV softball squad showed no signs of rust Friday when it traveled to Curwensville, putting up an impressive 18 runs in an 18-2, four-inning victory over the Golden Tide.
"This was a quality team effort by everyone," Punxsy head coach Phil Mennitti said. "Every player did their job at the plate by either collecting walks or putting the bats on the ball for RBIs. Coach (Brad) Constantino and I were pleased with their performance tonight on offense and defense."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On the eve of lawmakers returning to Harrisburg to hash out details of Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2012-13 budget, state Sen.
Joe Scarnati said there's bright spots and not-so-bright spots.
"Revenues are improving, so that's a bright spot," Scarnati, who also serves as president pro tem in the state Senate, told The Spirit last Thursday.
A $700 million shortfall, however, is not a bright spot, he said, and neither is the slow pace of recovery.
SMICKSBURG â€” The Smicksburg Heritage Society's museum showcases what life was like in the early 20th century.
The museum has a strong focus on the 1930s and 1940s, which provides a different perspective compared to many museums that tend to focus on the Victorian era.
"There was no colonial period (in Smicksburg); they (settlers) didn't come out here until afterwards, so in 1820 or so, then it really started to get settled," said Lynn Duncan, museum director.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you consider yourself to be a leader in your field or have always wanted to be, then you'll want to attend the 12th-annual Chick-Fil-A Leadercast to be broadcast live Friday from Atlanta, Ga., at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
"It's a one-day leadership event with 10 different speakers scheduled to talk about the various aspects of leadership," said Mike Hammer, youth pastor at First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
Guy R. Siverling, Sr., 81, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Oct. 31, 1930, in Oliveburg, a son of the late Carlos and Irene (Means) Siverling.
Nov. 14, 1951, in Valier, he married Geraldine L. Phillips, who survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was a coal miner and trucker who retired in 1988.
JOHNSONBURG â€” Punxsy's junior high track team traveled to the annual Johnsonburg Junior High Track and Field Invitational Saturday, and out of 12 teams, the Chucks took fifth place overall.
A number of Chucks helped the cause, which was led by Nathan Lingenfelter, who placed second overall in the triple jump, measuring in at 35-1.
The Chucks also had two third-place finishes. In the field events, Alex Young earned third in the shot put, throwing 38-0.
DUBOIS â€” Coming off a 9-0 shutout loss to DuBois can be a difficult feat to overcome, but the Punxsy Chucks boys' tennis team was not thwarted.
Saturday, the Chucks traveled to DuBois Central Catholic and easily defeated the Cardinals, 7-2, and improved their overall season record to 4-4.
Despite cold temperatures Saturday, the rain held off for the Groundhog Little League's Opening Day, during which every team across six divisions opened its season. One common way to stay warm is to keep moving, and that's exactly what Claira Stephens (pictured here) did in the opening game of the Little League softball schedule between her Blue Jays and the Indians. Stephens, wearing a necessary hooded sweatshirt â€” an uncommon sight in softball season â€” stole second base and never stopped running until she made it home, advancing on a pair of overthrows to give her team a 3-0 lead.
BIG RUN â€” Sunday, Jefferson County residents gathered at the Big Run War Memorial to honor the annual celebration of the nation's Loyalty Day.
"Loyalty Day has become a permanent fixture on this great nation's calendar," VFW Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone said. "Though the Communist threat has greatly subsided over the years, Loyalty Day has continued to be a day worth recognizing, to reaffirm the American principles of freedom and democracy."
Previously known as Americanization Day, Loyalty Day is celebrated May 1 every year.