November 16th, 2011
The past few days, I really haven't known what to do with myself.
With the boys' soccer team concluding their season with a trip to states and the volleyball team finishing second in a heated District IX championship game against Bradford â€” and congratulations to both teams â€” the PAHS fall sports season came to a screeching halt.
The girls' elementary basketball tournament tided me over last week, but with its conclusion last Thursday night, I found myself in a situation unfamiliar to me since I started working at The Spirit â€” a completely blank calendar for an entire week.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Philâ€™s home-away-from-the-burrow is about to receive some cosmetic work.
This week, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced that it has received a landscape design matching grant from the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Assistance Program, with a grant from National Parks Serves Preserve America Fund and DCED Municipal Services Fund.
INDIANA â€” Route 119 will be closed in both directions in Punxsutawney to install concrete barrier and guiderail on the Route 119 bridge on the Indiana Hill in Jefferson County.
From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22, Route 119 will be closed between SR 3017 (Indiana Street) and SR 3012 (Snyder Hill Road) to perform the repairs.Â
A posted detour will be in place using Route 436 to Route 36 to Route 119.
Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the closure.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a request at Mondayâ€™s meeting to return the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerceâ€™s call to not allow storefronts in town to be rented for living space.
The members of the Planning Commission acted upon a request at a recent meeting from the Chamber that storefronts in town should not be rented for living space, said Susan Glessner, council president.
Punxsy boxer Adam Littlejohn scored a decision win Nov. 3 at William Penn Hotel's Annual Boxing Show in downtown Pittsburgh. Littlejohn battled Larry Blakely, of Pittsburgh's Third Avenue Gym, in a 165-pound open-division bout. Blakely, a solid left-handed fighter, wasn't able to overcome Littlejohn's hand speed and defensive skills in the three-round match. With the win, Littlejohn improved to 26-12. Littlejohn and teammate Tahree Caroll were slated for action Dec. 3 at IUP's annual show in Indiana, but the event was recently cancelled.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A room at Femco Machine Inc. is almost chock-full of toys for the annual Toys for Tots campaign, and if the company and the U.S. Marine Corps has their way, more rooms in the plant will be overflowing in coming weeks.
Monday, at Femco Machine Inc., Route 536, Young Township; Sgt. Jerry Huffman and Sgt. Shawn Kyler, representing the U.S. Marine Corps from Ebensburg; and Janeen Love of Community Action Inc. officially kicked off this areaâ€™s Toys for Tots campaign.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A local business owner asked the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday about a supposed reason why teachers in the district have not yet agreed upon a contract, while the school board president said the board is aware of all issues.
Speaking during the public comment portion of the boardâ€™s agenda, Tim and Cindy Chambers, owners of CRW Home Centers, expressed concern about how historical documents are referenced in textbooks and other materials â€” if the original documentation is edited to omit terms such as â€śIn God We Trust,â€ť for example.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department was the recipient of the the American Automobile Association (AAA) East Centralâ€™s highest award.
Officers Ryan Miller and Kirk Brudnock traveled to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Mars to be recognized by AAA for outstanding service, dedication and the significant impact made by the department for improving the quality of life through its traffic safety program.
This was the fifth consecutive year of being recognized by AAA, said Chief Tom Fedigan.
Lysle Clair Bailey, 67, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at home.
He was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Kittanning, a son of the late William W. and Helen L. (White) Bailey.
Mr. Bailey was retired from Rola-Jensen Inc. in Punxsutawney.
He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of private first class E-3.
He was an avid area bowler.
Surviving relatives include a brother, William W. Bailey Jr. and wife Connie of Beaver Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no public viewing or services.
The Lady Chucks' senior setter Cassie Cook (left photo) and junior hitter Sydney Weaver (right photo, left) were named to the 2011 District IX All-Star team Friday. The All-Star team was selected by coaches, who nominated their own players they thought deserved the honor. Then, all the District IX coaches voted to determine the team members. "Cassie and Sydney both had outstanding seasons, and they definitely deserved the votes," Punxsy head coach Lisa Kephart said. "They work very hard and have a great passion for volleyball."