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After his first year, Wolfe looks back, looks forward

August 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you think that the last year went by quickly, ask Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe: He says his first year as chief administrator of a large rural school district flew right by him.

Wolfe said his first year was smooth, and it helped that the district was left in good financial shape by his predecessor, Dr. J. Thomas Frantz, who retired at the end of 2009-10 school year.

“This was my first year as a superintendent, but quite honestly, it was one of the best years that I’ve had as an administrator,” Wolfe said.

Cunningham Road reopens today after Young Township project

August 31, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Today’s the day you can see what type of improvements Young Township made to Cunningham Road this summer, as the road has reopened to traffic.

Young Township Supervisor Andrew R. Meterko said the road was completely relocated, thanks to Robert and Barb Hanley, who approved a right-of-way with the township which allowed it to be moved from its former location.

Meterko said the road construction project eliminated two 90-degree turns that were part of the old dirt road, with much of the work performed by township workers and several contractors.

BREAKING NEWS: Cincy Reds call up Mesoraco

August 31, 2011

CINCINNATI — According members of his family, Devin Mesoraco has been called up by the Cincinnati Reds after spending this season with the AAA-affiliate Louisville Bats.

The Bats are scheduled to play this evening, but according to his dad, Doug, Devin will not play.

Mesoraco is scheduled to appear at the Reds' game against the Phillies at 12:35 p.m. Thursday.

Check back here for more information, or see tomorrow's Spirit.

August 30th

Chucks lose close contest with Brockway

August 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Brockway Bears scored three second half touchdowns after trailing at halftime to spoil the A. J. Parise Youth Football Junior Chucks' home opener and win, 24-16, Saturday evening in Punxsutawney.

"We played well enough to win this one," Punxsy head coach Brian Ishman said. "We gave up too many big plays, and we couldn't overcome them."

Brockway found the end zone first in the contest when it received the opening kickoff and put together an 11-play, 62-yard scoring drive, capped off when Anthony Glasl connected with Jonathan Wood for a 34-yard touchdown pass.

Punxsy's squad shows improvement in St. Marys

August 30, 2011

ST. MARYS — St. Marys' girls' tennis team defeated Punxsy, 7-2, in Tuesday's match in St. Marys, one that Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said was closer than the score indicated.

Punxsy earned wins in two of the nine matches, No. 1 singles and No. 4 doubles.

In the No. 1 singles, Punxsy's Anna Monyak defeated Mary Rosman 6-4, 6-2.

"Anna did a very good job placing the ball in No. 1 singles," Graffius said of her player's performance.

The Zak Zone

August 30, 2011

Monday morning, I awoke shivering and cocooned inside three blankets on my bed, which usually happens only as fall approaches, and fall means one thing: Football season has arrived.

In fact, Monday's cocoon incident was just a reminder for me after I spent the majority of my day Saturday at one football field or another.

The first game was an afternoon one featuring my cousin's home team, the Reynoldsville Falcons, and in the evening, I was on the sidelines taking pictures at the Junior and Senior games for the A.J. Parise Youth Football teams in Punxsutawney.

Despite traffic concerns, first day goes off well

August 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The sun was shining, and most of the students were smiling for the first day of classes in the Punxsutawney Area School District Tuesday.

Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said as far as the bus routes were concerned, there weren’t any problems at any of the levels.

Wolfe said he visited three elementary schools, the middle school and the high school for the first student day and found teachers and students alike happy to be back to work, and students happy to be back with their friends.

Speaker discusses some legal aspects of Marcellus drilling

August 30, 2011

BELL TOWNSHIP — The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) presented a third workshop on “Marcellus Shale Choices: Understanding Legal Issues” related to Marcellus Shale drilling at Camp Little Leo Monday.

Gary Lynn Korney, 63

August 30, 2011

Gary Lynn Korney, 63, Glen Campbell, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Banks Township, Indiana County.

He was born Feb. 8, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a son of Dorothy (Brickell) Korney, who survives, and the late Thomas Korney.

Aug. 22, 1970, he married Margaret “Peggy” P. (Janocha) Korney, who survives.

Mr. Korney served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.

For most of his career, he was employed in the coal mining industry, where he had worked for the Don Jury Coal Company; Johnstown Coal & Coke at Bear Run; Barnes & Tucker; and then the Greenwich Collieries.

Robert (Bob) H. Diggory III, 77

August 30, 2011

Robert (Bob) H. Diggory III, 77, Dacula, Ga., died suddenly Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.

He was born in Albany, N.Y., a son of the late Robert H. and Annis (Sykes) Diggory Jr.

He attended Russell Sage College and served in the National Guard.

Mr. Diggory was a long-time member of the Lions Club and a volunteer for Project Share in Carlisle.

He will be remembered for his warm heart and friendship, faith in God and his volunteer contributions to the communities in which he lived.

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