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October 10th, 2011

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.

October 9th

Parking to cease along Grace Way, Water Street?

October 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The members of the Public Safety Committee said at a recent meeting that with the opening of the brine water treatment facility near the Punxsy sewage treatment facility, on-street parking will have to be eliminated for both Water Street and Grace Way.

Larry Chenoga, committee member, said that he, along with Mike Porada, committee chairperson; and Ben White, borough manager, spent several hours observing traffic coming in and out on the two streets and recommend that all parking be eliminated because of the size of the trucks hauling the water in for treatment.

New program allows area kids to plant seeds of hope

October 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Sunday School students from the First Church of God in Punxsy, Grace United Methodist Church and the Salvation Army did some
gardening at Harmon Field Sunday morning as part of a Bible lesson.

A new initiative called "Hands On Faith" has begun for students K-5, said Karissa Spencer, director of Children's Ministries (K-5) at First Church of God.

Spencer said that once a month, "Hands On Faith" will try and perform a community service project to coincide with a Bible lesson.

Way Back When

October 9, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(April 8, 1896)

SHOT IN THE BACK
An Italian's Bold Attempt at
Assassination

'Best showing' for Lady Chucks at Invitational

October 9, 2011

RIDGWAY — Despite taking only fourth place out of nine complete teams, the Punxsutawney girls' cross country team took a big step forward Saturday at the Ridgway Invitational as it was just five points behind District IX opponent DuBois and only two in back of perennial favorite Bradford.

Elk County Catholic won the meet with 81 points with DuBois, Bradford and Punxsy all close on their heels.

Bobcats' defense outduels Punxsy's

October 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy Chucks trailed by six at halftime, and the defense came out and forced the Clarion Bobcats into three consecutive three-and-outs to begin the second half, but the Bobcats' defense stopped the Chucks offense twice inside the 10-yard line to shut the Chucks out in the second half and earn a 19-7 win Friday night in Punxsutawney.

Because of Punxsy's shutdown defense, the Chucks outdid Clarion on the stat sheet, but the Bobcats bend-but-don't-break style of defense came through for them in the end.

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