September 29th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Once a year, the football game is more than a football game: It's Homecoming. Tonight is that night, when in addition to a larger crowd and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen, the Chucks will take on the Karns City Gremlins in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
"It's great excitement," Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol said of the homecoming atmosphere. "It's nice to have a big crowd up there, and we're so fortunate to be supported. There's always a nice crowd, and this just heightens it and makes it more enjoyable for the players."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Lady Raiders of Brookville travelled to Punxsy to take on the Lady Chucks soccer team Thursday afternoon, and although the muddy conditions from the hard rain earlier in the day equalized the playing field, Brookville came out on top with a 1-0 win.
"I think the field seemed to be a bit of an equalizer for us," Brookville head coach Chip Mason said after the game. "When we walked onto the field, we figured it'd be a game where we had to dump and run, because we just didn't think we could carry the ball very well on it."
The Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company took possession of its new 2011 Ferrara engine/pumper Thursday. The vehicle possesses a 1,500-gallon pump for 1,000 gallons of water, as well as a 30-gallon compressed air foam system. If the weather works out, you could see the new truck during âTouch the Truckâ as part of Saturdayâs âPizza & Preventionâ downtown.
BROCKWAY â The Lady Chucks golf team travelled to Brockway Thursday afternoon for a match they knew they would win before they even teed off, as Brockway's team fielded only three girls and was forced to forfeit.
Still, Punxsy head coach Katie Irwin saw lots of promising signs from her players on a course they were unfamiliar with.
"We had a great day," she said. "It was the first time we've ever seen the course at Scottish Heights, and they all played so well. The scores were down where we've wanted to see them all season."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A Pittsburgh man accused of shooting two Punxsy men last week had his bail set at $2 million during his arraignment Thursday, just hours after he was apprehended in the Pittsburgh area.
Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons violations stemming from the Sept. 22 incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Having learned that the need is greater than ever among American forces stationed in Afghanistan, members of the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) will conduct their third county-wideÂ âSupport the Troopsâ campaign.
James R. "J.R." McConnaughey, 79, Rossiter, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, Sept, 28, 2011, at his home.
Mr. McConnaughey was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Buffalo, a son of the late Clinton and Isabella (Findley) McConnaughey.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (McGee) McConnaughey, whom he married May 1, 1954.
A U.S. Navy veteran who earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer, Mr. McConnaughey was a member of the Rossiter American Legion, a member and pistol instructor for the NRA and a hunter safety instructor.Â Â
Golf: It seems like such a simple game in its concept, doesn't it?
You take a club â quite the primitive term â and hit a ball, as in many other sports.
First, you usually hit it as far as you can. They call that the drive.
Then comes the approach, which usually means hitting it pretty hard, but not as hard as you can.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Torrence Street traffic light project was given a green light â literally â Wednesday, as the new traffic signals were put into service by sub-contractor Perram Electric of Ohio.
Roger Steele, chairman of Punxsutawney Borough Councilâs Public Works Committee, said through the project, council is exploring a way to decrease the traffic flow on Mahoning Street, with the widening of Torrence Street as part of a PennDOT traffic study.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For the 10th straight year, Scott Anthony, owner of Foxâs Pizza Den in Punxsutawney, is sponsoring âPizza and Preventionâ from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
During Pizza and Prevention, Foxâs is offering a Big Daddy Pepperoni Pizza for only $9.11.
Along with the fund-raiser, âTouch the Truckâ is back again this year with a twist, as the new $322,000 Elk Run fire engine â financed by the borough â will be delivered to the department today and on display Saturday with other Punxsutawney Fire Department equipment along South Findley Street.