February 24th, 2012
Betty Stear Long, 97, a longtime resident of Punxsutawney, passed away 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, she attended Indiana State Teachersâ€™ College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.
Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Heath Center in Brookville.
A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Arrangements are under the care of the Furlong Funeral Home, Summerville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After Thursday's examination of the lightweight seedings and anticipated matchups for the District IX Individual Championships, which will be held at Clarion University Saturday, today's edition of Spirit Sports examines the other end of the spectrum: The heavyweights.
Three of the four Chucks wrestlers in the top six weight classes enter the tournament as seniors, knowing this will be their last run to states, and overall, Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy anticipates and hopes for big things from his big men.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While many children dream of one day playing in the NCAA's March Madness, known as the "Big Dance," most will never reach that level.
What took place this week at PAHS, the boys' elementary tournament, gives the children a taste of what it's like to take center stage just as the college players do every March.
This year's tournament, coached by the varsity and JV players and put on by the boys' basketball coaches from all levels, was a glaring success and concluded with five games Thursday night.
Sixth-grade: Penn State 34, Ohio State 14
I used to be Kobe Bryant in my driveway. And Michael Jordan. And Shaquille O'Neal, who I really didn't like all that much.
Whether it was because I lived out in the country, or that I just didn't have enough real friends, I used to play one-on-one basketball in my driveway... against myself... with two-man teams.
I liked Kobe and MJ back then, so the "team" I always wanted to win consisted of those two players.
The rules were simple.
Since I was the only player, and I was lazy, I never had to take the ball back to the three-point line.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There were no citations, only warnings: Pennsylvaniaâ€™s new laws regarding teenage drivers have changed, and unless they are in compliance, they will be cited.
Thursday, Punxsutawney Borough Police officers, Pennsylvania State Police troopers and representatives from PennDOT performed a detail during dismissal at Punxsutawney Area High School, handing out literature about the new law â€” Act 81, which took effect Dec. 27, 2011 â€” and to check for seatbelt usage among departing students.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season for Roman Catholics around the world.
For the next six weeks, Msgr. Joseph Riccardo, of the Ss. Cosmas & Damian parish, is asking his parishioners and all Catholics to remove the growing number of distractions that usually inhibit a person of faith from making a full commitment to the Lenten season.
â€śItâ€™s a hectic world, and weâ€™re distracted by many things,â€ť he said. â€śWe have a lot of responsibilities and commitments, and unfortunately, that also serves as a distraction to the practice of our faith.â€ť
Pearl David (P.D.) Lott, 94, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Beacon Ridge in Indiana.
He was born July 6, 1917, in Big Run, a son of the late David and Elizabeth A. (Wise) Lott.
Dr. Lott began his education in a one-room country school in Jefferson County, skipped two grades and graduated from Big Run High School. A 1937 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College (IUP), he later earned both a masterâ€™s degree and a doctorate in education from Penn State University.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After an exciting night Monday at the elementary boys' basketball tournament at PAHS, Tuesday's action lived up to the hype, with a number of close games taking place throughout the evening.
Sixth-grade: Michigan State 30, Ohio State 16
The sixth-graders took the court first Tuesday night, and the opening game was a high-scoring affair, with Michigan State putting up 30 points to earn a 30-16 victory.
BRADFORD â€” The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team rode into its season finale last Friday at Bradford on a five-game winning streak, but unfortunately for the Chucks, the Owls snapped the streak to end the season with a 43-34 victory in Bradford.
Punxsy played evenly with the Owls in the first quarter and actually led 10-9 at the first break. But Bradford won the next two quarters, 12-6 and 11-6, respectively, to set a lead the Chucks just couldn't overcome.