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June 16th, 2011

Punxsy Theatre Arts Guild presents ‘Skin of Our Teeth’

June 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For its summer show, the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild Inc. offers a unique production that alternately arouses thought, laughter and a variety of emotions.

Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. June 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2 at the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. A matinee has been set for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The busy troupe will then move to the Verna Leith Sawmill Theater in Cook Forest where shows will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 6-9.

Charles E. Knopick, 74

June 16, 2011

Bridgeport, Conn., died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Presbyterian Columbian Hospital, New York, N.Y.
He was born Oct. 12, 1936, in Iselin, to Michael and Mary (Poycock) Knopick.
Mr. Knopick was a veteran of the U.S. Army, an avid golfer and a gourmet cook. He also volunteered at the Thomas Merton Center for Homeless Men.
Mr. Knopick was a claims adjuster with Allstate insurance.
Surviving relatives include two sisters, Frances Albecht and husband Paul and Geraldine Poydence; a brother, Robert Knopick and wife Dorothy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

June 15th

Miners top Grays after strong start, 6-4

June 16, 2011

BROOKVILLE — It was a difficult day for the Brookville Grays, as they struggled against the Rossiter Miners before eventually losing Wednesday night in Federation League play.

Brookville fell behind 5-0 in the third inning before it attempted to stage a comeback. The Grays were able to cut the lead to two with a strong third, but it proved to be not enough.

The Miners went on to win it 6-4, improving their record to 5-5, while Brookville fell to 6-4.

Brookville manager Bob McCullough said the Grays' six-day break affected his team.

Fla. man returns long-lost class ring to Punxsy grad

June 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tom Poore was convinced that the 1944 Punxsutawney High School class ring that his father found near West Palm Beach, Fla., in the early 1970s belonged to Blair Richards.

The only person who wasn’t convinced that the ring was his, was Blair Richards.

“I thought it was a scam,” Richards said Wednesday evening, just a few hours after Poore drove all the way from Roseland, Fla., to return the ring to him. “He called me a year ago, and I didn’t believe him.”

Council leaning toward three-month option on Sawmill bridge project

June 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council discussed the proposed Sawmill Run bridge replacement Monday, with a consensus that closing areas of West Mahoning Street completely for three months was a better option than dealing with 10 temporary traffic signals for nine months.

Public Works Chairman Roger Steele said the bridge replacement will take place during the 2012 construction season.

With new spaces for youngsters, library kicks off summer reading event

June 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With a newly-renovated children’s section, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library is ready to begin its summer reading program this week.

Through the efforts of Director Coral Ellshoff, new furniture has replaced disintegrating items that had been used in the library since the early 1970s.

“The older furniture was original to the library when it was built in 1974,” she said. “It had served us really well, but it had started to show its age because this is a really well-used area of the library.”

June 14th

Big Run honors Flag Day

June 15, 2011

BIG RUN — Those who attended the Big Run VFW Post 9044 Flag Day program Tuesday learned that patriotism has no age requirement.

Group, police still seeking info about vandalism to trail gates

June 15, 2011

BELL TOWNSHIP — Vandals struck a remote portion of the Mahoning Shadow Trail recently, as someone drove a truck into the gates of the trail located between Bair Road and Elbell Road, Bell Township.

Two of the trail’s directors, Howard Glessner and Bob Anibaldi, said the group that maintains the trail, the Rails-to-Trails Association, is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those who are responsible for the damage.

DAR salutes Community Service Award recipient and Punxsy Spirit

June 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s a two-award year for Thomas R. Chelgren.

Just four months after he was named Punxsy’s 2010 Man of the Year during the annual Groundhog Eve banquet Feb. 1, the Punxsutawney chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution named him the recipient of its Community Service Award during its annual Flag Day Dinner Tuesday at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

The chapter also saluted The Punxsutawney Spirit and Editor Tom Chapin with its first-ever Certificate of Appreciation for the newspaper’s continued coverage and support of the chapter.

Four Chucks selected as District IX baseball All-Stars

June 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Four Chucks were named to the District IX Northern Allegany Baseball Large School All-Star team, including two Punxsy players who nearly broke school records with the Chucks.

Seniors Brodi Lowmaster (outfield), Jordan Mesoraco (catcher), Tyler Skerkavich (designated hitter) and sophomore Ty Zimmerman (second baseman) were each honored as district All-Stars after they led the Chucks to their eighth consecutive District IX Class AAA Championship and berth in the state quarterfinals.

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