November 9th, 2011
Last week, I wrote about the competitive nature of athletes coming together and celebrating the opportunity to play again against an old rival.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the game, but from what I heard, I missed a good, competitive game.
I was also told that the game got a bit chippy at times, but when the final horn rang, the teams came together in the ultimate show of respect: The mid-field handshake.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ Donâ€™t count on a fast pick-up for your leaves this fall.
The boroughâ€™s leaf collection machine, which has been the work horse in the boroughâ€™s annual leaf collection, has been out of service since the first day of collection, said Roger Steele, chairman of the Public Works Committee, at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
Steele said Public Works crews have been utilizing the boroughâ€™s street sweeper as the only viable piece of equipment that can be used for leaf collection.
WALSTON â€” Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors approved a new five-year agreement with Punxsutawney Borough for fire protection services through the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
The agreement was approved for five years with the township paying the borough $15,500 for 2012; $16,000 for 2013; $16,500 for 2014; $17,000 for 2015; $17,500 for 2016; and the township will pay 100
percent of any Firemanâ€™s Relief Association funds it recovers during the contract to the borough.
BROOKVILLE â€” County voters remained loyal to their mostly-Republican row officers Tuesday, while they also supported Democratic Judge John H. Foradora for another 10-year term.
Tuesdayâ€™s turnout, however, was slim, with only 7,988 registered voters â€”29 percent of the countyâ€™s 27,949 registered voters â€” heading to the polls on a day that saw unseasonably warm temperatures.
With 6,538 votes (84 percent), Foradora was retained as Common Pleas Court judge for another 10 years in Tuesdayâ€™s general election. There were 1,220 voters (16 percent) against the ballot measure.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There will be three new faces on board when Punxsutawney Borough Council begins its new term in January, as an incumbent was beaten by three challengers.
Michelle P. Lorenzo, who appeared on the ballot as a Democrat/Republican was the top vote-getter with 614 votes, or 30.44 percent of the vote; Eric C. Story, also a Republican/Democrat, was second with 603 votes (30 percent); and independent candidate Robert â€śTobyâ€ť Santik garnered 442 votes (22 percent).
Incumbent Republican Roger L. Steele received 349 votes (17.30 percent), meaning he will not retain his council seat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Two drivers escaped with their lives in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday along Route 119 by Rikerâ€™s Yard, Bell Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2004 Jeep Liberty driven by Timothy D. Brosius, 61, DuBois, was traveling north on Route 119 when he crossed the center line and struck the left front of a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 conversion van driven by Anthony M. Weible, 52, DuBois, which was traveling south.
WEXFORD â€” The Punxsy boys' soccer team traveled to Wexford for the opening round of the PIAA tournament Tuesday evening, and despite falling 6-0 to the defending state champions, the Hampton Talbots, the Chucks gained valuable experience and put another notch in their program's belt.
Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle said he was proud of the way his team played, but said without seeing the level of competition at states it was hard to know what exactly to prepare for.
Tuesday night, the Punxsutawney Football 1st & 10 Club held a banquet to honor the football players and cheerleaders that participated in grades seven through 12 this season. The banquet gave the players, coaches and parents one final opportunity to honor the senior members especially. Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol thanked the seniors for all they've given to the program and for everything they've left behind for their teammates.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After offensive explosions ruled the first night of the elementary basketball tournament Monday, defense took center stage Tuesday, as in each of the five games, one team or the other was held to 10 points or fewer.
In the first contest of the evening, the fourth- and fifth-grade game between the Heat and the 76ers, stifling defense by the 76ers held the Heat to seven points and earn a 15-7 win.
Megan Ray scored seven points to lead the offensive attack for the 76ers, while Ally Whitman matched her total for leading scorer with seven for the Heat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A pair of first-half turnovers proved to be key in the Savage Seniors' victory over the Jaw-Dropping Juniors in Monday night's Powderpuff football game beneath the lights of Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney.
Seniors Tori Martin and Cassie Cook each had first-half interceptions that led to touchdowns for the Senior squad and proved to be enough to hold off the Jaw-Droppers 24-8.