November 3rd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Yes, The Punxsutawney Spirit is a small-town American newspaper, and yes, unlike some other newspapers in small-town America, it prints its product for readers and business clients daily.
And in today‚Äôs edition ‚ÄĒ oddly enough ‚ÄĒ The Spirit‚Äôs main story is itself, as Thursday, it was named the recipient of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs 2011 Business of the Year Award.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ The future of a $4 million business park for Jefferson County is more in reach than ever before.
The Jefferson County Development Council was recently awarded a $2 million state grant to oversee the construction of infrastructure needed for the development of a new business park.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a really good economic development project for the county, Kristin Hullihen, planning director for the Department of Development, said.
Hullihen‚Äôs office has been working on obtaining the needed funds for this project since Gov. Ed Rendell was in office.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs that time of year again. The early-bird senior projects were held Thursday at Punxsutawney Area High School for seniors who chose to take care of the required graduation projects in hopes of possibly providing a little more breathing room during the spring semester.
These are just a few of the projects presented to parents, advisors, mentors, faculty and the community Thursday night:
‚ÄĘ Kayla Cameron‚Äôs senior project was a Vacation Bible School held at the Valier United Methodist Church over the summer.
Albert W. Mack, 89, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at Wellington Heights.
He was born Oct. 26, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Albert J. and Edith (Lewis) Mack.
Oct. 4, 1942, he married Helen McQuown, who preceded him in death May 1, 2004.
Mr. Mack was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He was also a member of the American Legion, the B.P.O Elks No. 301 and the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.
An avid bowler and golfer, Mr. Mack bowled two perfect games and achieved a hole-in-one in golf.
BROCKWAY ‚ÄĒ In a District IX boys' soccer rematch of last year's championship game between the Punxsy Chucks and the Bradford Owls, the script looked very similar to 2010 with Punxsy scoring a first-half goal and Bradford answering with a second-half goal to send the game into overtime. This year, though, the Chucks were the ones who earned the overtime winner and took home the D-IX Championship trophy with a 2-1 win Wednesday night in Brockway.
Early Sunday afternoons this time of year, you can usually find me curled up nice and warm on the couch at my parents' house, preparing to watch the Steelers in the one o'clock round of NFL games.
Last Sunday, though, with the Steelers meeting the Patriots, the game was given a prime-time slot, and I instead found myself at work ‚ÄĒ well, sort of.
Albert W. Mack, 89, Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at Wellington Heights in Punxsutawney.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
Margaret G. Simpson, 89, Rossiter, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at The Village of Laurel Run, Fayetteville.
She was the daughter of the late Felix and and Carmella (Cataldo) Truance.
Mrs. Simpson was a lifelong resident of Rossiter and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for more than 30 years.
She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection of Rossiter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Sure, Punxsy is mere days removed from Halloween, but the music and movement of Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet‚Äôs production of ‚ÄúDracula‚ÄĚ might make one feel otherwise.
Based on the original story by Ed Zatsick with original choreography by Joan E. Van Dyke and Denny Sovich, ‚ÄúDracula‚ÄĚ is scheduled for one performance Friday at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center‚Äôs Jackson Theater. See the accompanying box for details.
The Punxsy boys‚Äô soccer team had to wait a year to do it, but the Chucks avenged a 2-1 double-overtime loss in last year‚Äôs District IX championship game with a 2-1 overtime win to clinch the 2011 D-IX title Wednesday night in Brockway. Pictured here are the Chucks players, coaches and trainers posing with their championship plaques. For more, click on Sports.