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October 11th, 2011

Punxsy students hit PSSA targets, but higher goals are on the horizon

October 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students in the Punxsutawney Area School District meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) on the PSSA exams is not a new development: They have been doing so for years, according to Richard Galluzzi, director of federal programs and curriculum.

"I'm so happy to announce this every year," he said Tuesday. "This town needs to be proud of its teachers and its students. They work hard and listen to the teachers."

Monday, Galluzzi told the Punxsutawney Area School Board that in 2010 and 2011, students achieved AYP across the board, and Tuesday, he detailed some of the results.

Monyak & Reddinger earn District IX title; Wolfe & Wasicki also compete for Punxsy

October 11, 2011

DUBOIS — The Punxsy girls' tennis squad took two teams to the District IX doubles championship tournament Tuesday in DuBois, and each team saw success, including a District IX championship for Punxsy's No. 1 doubles pair of Anna Monyak and Shaina Reddinger.

"Everything clicked for Anna and Shaina," Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said Tuesday night after the victory. "They basically dominated the entire match."

Chucks finish strong, sneak past DuBois

October 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' cross country team hosted the DuBois Beavers Tuesday afternoon at Punxsutawney Area High School, and the Chucks edged out the Beavers 26-29 to earn a win on senior recognition day.

The seniors were recognized before the meet along with the girls' cross country team's seniors. For a photo from the senior recognition, see Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

Lady Beavers edge Lady Chucks on Senior Night

October 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy girls' cross country team dropped a close one in their final home meet of the season, falling 27-28 to the DuBois Beavers on Senior Night.

DuBois was able to take three of the top four places in the meet to drop the Lady Checks to 4-4 on the year.

"We figured it was going to be close, and it truly could have gone either way today," Punxsy coach George Wehrle said. "DuBois was stronger up front in getting three runners in before our second runner, but we rallied nicely to take the next four places and almost pull out the win. It was an exciting meet."

October 10th

Council OKs Oct. 31 parade on Union Street

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — All the little ghosts and goblins will be happy to know that Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a time and date for this year’s Halloween parade: 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, hosted by the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

The parade will line up near NAPA Auto Parts and once again travel down Union Street, which was determined by Punxsutawney Borough Police as a safer route than closing Mahoning Street — which is a state route — as had been done in the past.

Students hit performance target on PSSAs

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students in the Punxsutawney Area School District once again made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the PSSAs during the 2010-11 school year, the school board learned Monday.

Monday, Richard Galluzzi, the district’s director of federal programs and curriculum, said students hit proper targets in attendance, graduation and test participation.

In grades three through five, six through eight and nine through 12, students hit all targets, either four-for-four or three-for-three in reading and mathematics.

“We hit every target across the board,” Galluzzi said.

Punxsy native choreographs heart-healthy flash-mob

October 10, 2011

INDIANA — Flash mobs are something most people are used to seeing on YouTube or television, or hearing about from a friend, but one local native was fortunate enough to take part in one this summer for a good cause.

While she was working at a children’s camp over the summer, Nikki Battestilli, a senior studying theater at IUP, was asked by Laura Jeffry of the Indiana Regional Medical Center, to choreograph a flash mob pertaining to a health- related issue — in this case, the seven signs of a heart attack.

Next stop for the Lady Chucks: District Finals

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — By defeating the Lady Owls of Bradford 5-0 Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Lady Chucks' tennis team advanced to the District IX team competition finals next Monday against DuBois.

The format for the first-round playoff between Punxsy and Bradford was different than the regular season format, with each team fielding three singles players and two doubles pairs with no repeats allowed.

In the No. 1 singles, Punxsy's Anna Monyak used good drop shots and consistent volleying to earn Punxsy's first point in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Emily Hardy.

Good signs for Lady Chucks despite loss

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of the DuBois Lady Beavers Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Lady Chucks' soccer team was upbeat and positive about its performance after the game, and Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes said he was "ecstatic" at the way his team played.

"I'm really excited about the way the girls played tonight," he said. "Even though we lost, I'm pretty excited with what I saw. It's been a rough season, but I'm definitely not ready to give up any games after the way we played.

Dennis D. Hook

October 10, 2011

Dennis D. Hook, Brooksville, Fla., passed away Sept. 19, 2011.

He was born in Spangler and was a 1966 graduate of Purchase Line High School.

Mr. Hook moved to Syracuse, N.Y., where he spent most of his life. He worked for P&C Foods as a truck driver, accumulating more than 1.5 million safe driving miles. He also received New York State Safe Driver of the Year awards.

He retired after 34 years with the Teamsters Local No. 317, then moved to Florida where he wanted to retire for a while. He also worked for Autoway-Ford of Brooksville for four years.

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