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Punxsy ninth-graders starting to make strides

December 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After three tough losses to start the season, the Chucks ninth-grade boys' basketball team picked up its first win of the season with a 31-17 victory over the Brookville Raiders Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

The Chucks jumped out to an early lead and were ahead 18-10 at halftime and never looked back, developing their lead even further in the third and fourth quarters.

Overall, Punxsy ninth-grade head coach Brandon Krug was pleased with his team's performance Friday.

George J. Shedlock, Jr., 78

December 20, 2011

George J. Shedlock, Jr., 78, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Aug. 25, 1933, in Moran, a son of George J. and Elizabeth (Holeva) Shedlock Sr.

He married Mary Lou (Anthony) Shedlock, who preceded him in death Jan. 25, 2005.

Mr. Shedlock was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was also a member of many lodges, including the American Legion, Eagles Lodge No. 1231, the Walston Club and Labor International Union No. 905.

Mary Louise Hosack Wayland, 86

December 20, 2011

Mary Louise Hosack Wayland, 86, DuBois, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Allegheny County, a daughter of the late James and Hilda (Brocious) Hosack.

Sept. 10, 1955, in Ringgold, she married Robert O. Wayland, who survives.

She was the owner/operator of Wayland Agway from 1959-1992. The business is still in the family.

Mrs. Wayland was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in DuBois.

She was also a member of the Bereans at First United Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Just For Jesus hearing draws crowd, comments

December 20, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The large courtroom in the Jefferson County Courthouse was filled to near capacity Monday when residents of Snyder Township and Brockway attended a public hearing that addressed community concerns with the Just For Jesus Group Home, located in Snyder Township.

The Jefferson County Commissioners called the meeting in conjunction with the Snyder Township Supervisors to discuss the Just For Jesus ministry group home's ability to provide proper housing for its residents.

Resident voices concern over traffic lights

December 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney resident recently shared his concerns with Punxsutawney Borough Council about PennDOT's new downtown traffic light system.

Joe Ferrara, of Church Street, expressed concern about cones set up in the middle of the sidewalk at every intersection, as well as two-inch conduit protruding about 18 inches above the sidewalk surface with wires.
Ferrara said that he was told by now-former council member Roger Steele that there would be control cabinets installed on the sidewalk.

December 18th

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
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Setting a Good Example

Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander proclaimed the week of Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 as "National Constitution Week"...
The Punxsutawney Chucks re-claimed the Route 36 Rivalry trophy on Friday night with a 47-6 victory over the Brookville...
Punxsy's boys' cross country (led by Eric Ingros, pictured here) led the Chucks and Lady Chucks in...
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Punxsy's boys' golf squad fell to a tough opponent in Indiana on Wednesday, while the girls took to...

 

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