October 11th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The group of eight to 10 youngsters, in their early teens, surrounded the smaller group of middle-school-aged children at Harmon Field a few weeks ago, and wouldnâ€™t let them leave the circle. But it wasnâ€™t a game.
The surrounding youngsters taunted the others with foul language and racial epithets. They told the surrounded youngsters that they didnâ€™t belong here, because they come from a family of mixed races, white and black.
Then it happened again, shortly after the childrenâ€™s mother filed a report with police.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Exactly what a violation of someoneâ€™s civil rights is was explained during an assembly at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School Tuesday.
â€śThe practice or policy of discrimination ... foments domestic strife and unrest, threatens the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of the Commonwealth, and undermines the foundation of a free democratic state,â€ť said Robert G. Flipping Jr., intake and education and community services supervisor for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Students in the Punxsutawney Area School District meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) on the PSSA exams is not a new development: They have been doing so for years, according to Richard Galluzzi, director of federal programs and curriculum.
"I'm so happy to announce this every year," he said Tuesday. "This town needs to be proud of its teachers and its students. They work hard and listen to the teachers."
Monday, Galluzzi told the Punxsutawney Area School Board that in 2010 and 2011, students achieved AYP across the board, and Tuesday, he detailed some of the results.
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy girls' tennis squad took two teams to the District IX doubles championship tournament Tuesday in DuBois, and each team saw success, including a District IX championship for Punxsy's No. 1 doubles pair of Anna Monyak and Shaina Reddinger.
"Everything clicked for Anna and Shaina," Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said Tuesday night after the victory. "They basically dominated the entire match."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' cross country team hosted the DuBois Beavers Tuesday afternoon at Punxsutawney Area High School, and the Chucks edged out the Beavers 26-29 to earn a win on senior recognition day.
The seniors were recognized before the meet along with the girls' cross country team's seniors. For a photo from the senior recognition, see Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' cross country team dropped a close one in their final home meet of the season, falling 27-28 to the DuBois Beavers on Senior Night.
DuBois was able to take three of the top four places in the meet to drop the Lady Checks to 4-4 on the year.
"We figured it was going to be close, and it truly could have gone either way today," Punxsy coach George Wehrle said. "DuBois was stronger up front in getting three runners in before our second runner, but we rallied nicely to take the next four places and almost pull out the win.Â It was an exciting meet."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” All the little ghosts and goblins will be happy to know that Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a time and date for this yearâ€™s Halloween parade: 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, hosted by the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
The parade will line up near NAPA Auto Parts and once again travel down Union Street, which was determined by Punxsutawney Borough Police as a safer route than closing Mahoning Street â€” which is a state route â€” as had been done in the past.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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 districtâ€™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.
â€śWe hit every target across the board,â€ť Galluzzi said.
INDIANA â€” 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 childrenâ€™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 â€” in this case, the seven signs of a heart attack.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.