November 4th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It wasn't officially Senior Night in Punxsutawney Friday night, but entering the game, the Chucks knew it was their seniors' final game, and they honored their eight seniors by grinding their way to a 35-6 victory over the West Shamokin Wolves.
NEW BETHLEHEM â€”Â Two quick second-quarter touchdowns for Redbank Valley were difficult for the Brookville Raiders to combat Friday night, and they fell 20-7 in the final week of the regular season.
"It was extremely disappointing," Raiders head coach Chris Dworek said. "All the positive things we did the last few weeks, and to end Week 10 like this is just disappointing."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Private schools celebrated the Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Educational Income Tax Credit (EITC) program and Bridge Educational Foundation at SS.C.D. School Friday.
The Bridge Education Foundation and its donors â€”CSX Transportation, RBC Capital Markets, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and XTO Energy â€” were on hand at the Catholic school to announce $149,000 in EITC scholarships for local families.
State Sen. Joe Scarnati, president pro tempore, and state Rep. Sam Smith, speaker of the state House, were in attendance to show their support for the EITC program and the local schools.
NEW ORLEANS â€” During his 1,880-mile canoe trip to New Orleans this summer, Michael Cherian learned first-hand what it was like to be up the creek without a paddle.
In his case, however, the creek was the Mississippi River.
Cherian, rowing his customized canoe â€” dubbed â€śSteady Eddie,â€ť in honor of his grandfather, the late Edward H. Burrows â€” to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonâ€™s Research, reached his destination of New Orleans in September, but not before taking in a few more experiences once he finally reached the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If a business owner seeks to reach new clients and connections, he or she need not click a mouse on social networking Web sites.
Thereâ€™s already a wireless tool for making connections, and thatâ€™s the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, according to Board of Directors President Jeff Curtis.
Curtis, who gave a â€śState of the Chamberâ€ť address during the organizationâ€™s annual luncheon Thursday at the Punxsy Country Club, said if one isnâ€™t sure what exactly the Chamber does, he or she should think about life without a Chamber of Commerce.
James T. Payne, 63, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at home.
He was born Feb. 5, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Earl and Nellie (Hobba) Payne.
He was a mechanic.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Melinda Pifer and husband Howard of Punxsutawney; two grandchildren, Hannah and Parker; two sisters, Theola Amundson of Punxsutawney and Maxine Novak of Wenonah, N.J.; and two brothers, Kenneth Payne of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and John Payne of Miami, Fla.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Payne; and a sister, Alva Hunter.
Eugene T. Walls, 81, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Jefferson Manor Health Center in Brookville.
He was born July 20, 1930, in Big Run, a son of the late Clyde and Lydia (Craft) Walls.
Nov. 8, 1947, in Big Run, he married the former Nora Mae Knarr, who survives.
Mr. Walls was retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.Â
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and horses and playing checkers and ROOK.Â
He also liked spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with his many friends at Jefferson Manor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Both Punxsy and Karns City's defenses shutout their opponents in the seventh- and eighth-grade football game Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney. But Punxsy's Adam Milliron managed a strip-sack for a fumble, and Kaleb Young recovered it in the end zone for the only score of the game, as the Chucks defeated the Gremlins, 8-0.
"What a fantastic game to coach, to watch and to be a part of," Punxsy head coach Jason Grusky said after the game. "These guys make us look good. We're fortunate to have them as players, and these players make us look good as coaches."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After jumping out to a 16-0 first half lead, the Karns City Gremlins ninth-grade team held off a late surge by the Chucks to earn a 22-12 win Thursday night in Punxsutawney.
The Gremlins' first score came in the first quarter after a blocked Punxsy punt was recovered at the Chucks' 28-yard line. Two plays into the ensuing drive, the Gremlins scored on a 23-yard touchdown run and added a two-point conversion run to take an 8-0 lead.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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 todayâ€™s edition â€” oddly enough â€” The Spiritâ€™s main story is itself, as Thursday, it was named the recipient of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerceâ€™s 2011 Business of the Year Award.