September 21st, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During a welcoming reception in his honor Wednesday night at the Punxsutawney Country Club, Terry Appolonia, the new dean at IUP-Punxsutawney, used a much loved past-time â€” football â€” to describe the challenges and goals for himself and his staff at the West End campus.
He read an Aug. 1, 1944, letter from E.L. â€śCurleyâ€ť Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, to Ed McGroaraty, which also contained a one-page contract for him to play for the team.
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy boys' soccer team won its third straight and improved its record to 5-1 with a 4-1 victory over DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday evening in DuBois.
The Chucks jumped out to an early lead just 10 minutes into the contest when Tanner Evans buried one in the back of the net to give Punxsy a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Trevor Peace struck a ball toward the net, and after a few deflections in front of the net, the ball ended up across the goal line.
The goal was scored an own-goal, though, so Peace wasn't given credit.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Punxsutawney volleyball squad traveled to Brookville Junior-Senior High School Tuesday night to take on the Lady Raiders, and the Lady Chucks reigned victorious in straight sets, 25-16, 25-9, 25-8.
"I think that we did really well as a team," Punxsy head coach Lisa Kephart said. "We had some switches in our rotation, but they did a really good job and worked to pull out the win."
The Punxsy girls had Brookville's number from the beginning of the match as they notched an early 10-point lead in the first set before dropping a point to the Lady Raiders.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsy needed a victory over Brookville to clinch the southern tier of the Allegheny Mountain League, and the Chucks did exactly what they needed to, defeating the Raiders 162-180 in Brookville Tuesday.
Punxsy was led to victory by Ian Miller, who was the tournament's low-medalist with a 35 including a chip-in birdie on No. 3 and another birdie on the par-five eighth hole.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Itâ€™s a manner of gardening that works just fine for Cecilia (Wehrle) McCann, but at times, it may alarm passersby.
Given the fact that her eyesight isnâ€™t what it used to be, she gets low to the ground, generally on her knees or lower, for a better look at the flowers sheâ€™s tending at her Liberty Street home.
â€śItâ€™s hard on my legs, so I just get on the ground,â€ť Mrs. McCann â€” also known as Aunt Deed, a derivative of her childhood nickname, Dee Dee Dumpling â€” said Tuesday. â€śI canâ€™t stand up that long, and I canâ€™t see that far anyway.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Over the years, there have been many high-profile fires that have heavily damaged or destroyed historic buildings in Punxsutawney, but a fire that destroyed a building Feb. 16 has taken some more of history with it.
This time, itâ€™s a part of Clayville history.
There was the Dec. 24, 1971, fire that destroyed the Jordan Furniture Company, Freeleeâ€™s Store and other buildings along East Mahoning and North Jefferson streets, as well as a Nov. 16, 1982, fire on Thanksgiving at the Findley Hotel.
Mary (McCurry) Minster, 57, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.
She was the daughter of Charlotte McCurry of Bakerstown and the late John McCurry.
She was married to Ernest J. Minster, who survives.
Mrs. Minster's compassion and kindness was great, and she gave all for her family. She extended her heart to all, and her love was felt by many.
Her commitment to caring for all children was demonstrated through her service as a Catechism teacher and school board member.
Lucinda Lee Shrecengost, 59, Mercer, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at her home.
She was born March 9, 1952, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Clifford and Eleanor (Marshall) Shaffer.
Ms. Shrecengost was a retired seamstress, having worked for 13 years at Sportswear in Punxsy and for nine-and-a-half years at G&K in Sharon.
In her free time, she enjoyed quilting, and cross stitching.
DUBOIS â€”Behind five scores in the 50s, with each of the scorers within two strokes of one another, the Lady Chucks golf team defeated DuBois 227-240 Monday afternoon in DuBois.
With the win, Punxsy improves to 8-0 on the season heading into a rematch with DuBois today which begins the second half of the district schedule.
"I'm really proud of the streak this team is on," Punxsy head coach Katie Irwin said. "They worked hard this summer, and their record is reflecting that."
Lauren Giavedoni and Marisa Stockdale shared the low score for Punxsy with a pair of 56s.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Trailing 4-0 at halftime, the Lady Chucks soccer team controlled the ball for most of the second half, but were unable to score, and Brockway went on to win Monday afternoon's game 7-0.
"We came out in the second half like the score was nothing to us, and we were going to score some goals," Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes said. "Possession wise, we did dominate, but had we started out like that in the first half, it might have been a different story."
As much as Hughes liked the way his girls jumped out in the second half, he still sees lots of room for improvement.