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September 13th, 2011

Rotary Club’s replica project slowed, but not stopped

September 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Rotary Club received one of four Awards of Commendation presented Sunday during the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society’s annual banquet.

And even though the creator of the first piece — a replica of the former Punxsutawney Free Library — has passed away, the overall project of bringing a sense of Punxsy’s yesteryears to a new generation will not stop.

Mary Belle (Finch) Mottern Michaels, 82

September 13, 2011

Mary Belle (Finch) Mottern Michaels, 82, of Sprankle Mills, went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, while at home.

She was born July 16, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Martin E. and Pearl (Neville) Finch.

Mary Belle married Cloy “Joe” Mottern, who preceded her in death. 

Oct. 30, 2002, she married Joseph “Bert” Michaels, who survives.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed. She enjoyed eating at Punxsy Phil’s and the Country Villa.

Margaret E. Smith, 95

September 13, 2011

Margaret E. Smith, 95, Marion Center, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Sept. 25, 1915, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William and Alice (Aber) Haag.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Campbell, Harold Hetrick and Meigs Smith.

She was a member of the Marion Center Presbyterian Church and the New Salem Presbyterian Church in Ohioville. She was a member of the Mahoning Hills Senior Center and loved bingo and gardening.

September 12th

BREAKING NEWS: Mesoraco hits first career homer

September 13, 2011

Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 PAHS grad and a first-round, 15th-overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds, hit the first pitch of the sixth inning into the left field seats for his first career home run against the Chicago Cubs Monday night.

The Cubs downed the Reds 12-8.

See Wednesday's Spirit for more, or check back at punxsutawneyspirit.com.

Society salutes youth who help forward its mission

September 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society looked back on 2011, lauded the efforts of local students helping the organization through senior projects and saluted four recipients of its Awards of Commendation during its annual banquet Saturday at the Lattimer House.

This year’s event took on a different turn than previous ones, as PAHS senior Anna Monyak served as the guest speaker, displaying a PowerPoint presentation of her project, which was a film called “But … Is That It?”

Council: Light project should wrap up in two weeks

September 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council learned Monday that poles to be used for the traffic light replacement project at the intersection of North Findley and Pine and Torrence streets have been delivered, and the project should be completed within the next two weeks.

Council President Susan Glessner said it would be interesting to see what these poles look like, since they are identical to the ones set for placement as part of the downtown Punxsutawney traffic signal project.

End of talk, Wolfe says: Band is a curricular activity

September 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The battle of the band continues.

Monday, Cheryl Hollis and her daughter, Karah, addressed the Punxsutawney Area School Board during the 10-minute public comment portion of its agenda on the issue of why Karah cannot participate in the PAHS Marching Band.

At issue: Is marching band a curricular or an extra-curricular activity? The Hollises claim it is extra-curricular, citing after-school-hours, preparation and rehearsals, while Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe says it is a graded, curricular activity that is part of concert band.

Lady Chucks sweep four-of-four in host tournament

September 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy girls' golf team played host to the four teams in its division Monday at the Punxsutawney Country Club and walked away with a still-undefeated record, scoring the lowest team total (228) and defeating DuBois, Brookville, Ridgway and Brockway.

Because Punxsy was the host, each team scored against Punxsy, so Punxsy's record, 1-0 entering the day, improved to 5-0 after the sweep.

Punxsy was led by Sarah London, who shot a 52 on the nine-hole course.

Chucks back in driver's seat after win at DuBois

September 12, 2011

DUBOIS — When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it makes it difficult to maintain the rough at a golf course. But the deep rough wasn't enough to slow the Punxsy boys' golf team, as it defeated DuBois at the DuBois Country Club Monday afternoon, 178-194.

By winning, Punxsy avenged a 162-165 loss at the Punxsutawney Country Club Aug. 29 and put its destiny in its own hands headed into a match at Brookville next Tuesday.

"If we beat Brookville a week from (today), Bradford will come here for the AML championship," Punxsy head coach Josh Conrad said.

Make it two home sweeps for Punxsy

September 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks' kept Clearfield off the board in each of five singles' matches and won the overall contest 9-0 Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

"We were really happy to be able to host the Clearfield team today," Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said after the match. "All the members of the PHS girls' team were able to play during the match."

Punxsy's No. 1 singles player, Anna Monyak, was the first to pick up her victory, sweeping Clearfield's Yesh Potel 6-0, 6-0.

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