July 28th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Who says thereâ€™s no such thing as a free lunch?
Well, Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Area School District approved free breakfast once classes resume this fall.
Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist had proposed a free breakfast day for students in all grades in order to attract more students to the program.
The board approved Wednesday, Sept. 21, as the day that free breakfast will be available to students in the district.
Geist also requested that the board approve an increase in price for a la carte lunch items that are made available as extra items for students.
DUBOIS â€” Kevin Gnacinski pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits, and the DuBois Rockets beat the approaching storm clouds to win Game 3 of the Federation League championship over the Rossiter Miners, 3-0, Thursday night in DuBois.
With the win, DuBois took a 3-0 series lead, and needs just one more victory to clinch the championship for the second straight season.
Rossiter's inability to muster up any offense frustrated manager Rick Matthews.
CURWENSVILLE â€” Punxsy's 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars scored 10 runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back, cruising to a 15-5 victory in five innings over Curwensville Wednesday night in Curwensville.
With the victory, Punxsy clinched a berth to the state championships, which will be held Aug. 5-8 in Huntingdon, but Punxsy still has one game to play in the round-robin tournament before it begins practicing for States.
ROSSITER â€” The DuBois Rockets batted around twice and scored 13 runs in the top of the third inning and held off a late Rossiter Miners push to win the second game of the Federation League championship series, 14-9, and take a 2-0 series lead Wednesday night at Shaffer Field in Rossiter.
Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All-Star team. Punxsy will host the State Tournament this weekend, beginning Friday. There will be four games Friday, including Punxsy's game at 7 p.m. There will be an opening ceremony Friday at 6:45 p.m. at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field with the presentation of the flag by the Jefferson County Color Guard. Ruben Taylor, Kuntz's great-nephew, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Tournament action kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday, and runs through the championship game Monday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A special service thatâ€™s been enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike, Church In The Park will be held this weekend in Barclay Square.
Jim Pond, pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Punxsy, said this yearâ€™s theme is â€śCome Togetherâ€ť to share Godâ€™s love, word, and make disciples.
Pond said those thoughts will all be pulled together during Sundayâ€™s service at 10:30 a.m. in Barclay Square.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The 21st Century Learning Initiative has been quite successful since the implementation of â€śOne to One Computingâ€ť at PAHS over a year ago, Principal David London said at Wednesdayâ€™s school board meeting.
London presented the new 21st Century Learning handbooks to the board for its approval Wednesday.
The district has had â€śOne to Oneâ€ť Computing â€” in which each high school student has his or her own laptop computer â€” for the last year-and-a-half, London said. But he wanted to make some changes in the handbook.
DUBOIS â€” The Rossiter Miners jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in Game 1 of the Federation League championship series Tuesday night in DuBois, but DuBois Rockets' pitcher Ben McGary threw six shutout innings after that, and DuBois won 8-1 to take the early lead in the series.
"We didn't have too many guys on base to get a chance to steal a base and score," Rossiter manager Rick Matthews said.
Rossiter also struggled defensively, committing an error in the fourth inning and two in the fifth that all proved to be costly.
As a Pirates fan, there is a day approaching on the Major League Baseball calendar that has long been one I have dreaded: The July 31 trade-deadline.
Typically, the trade deadline has meant I needed to constantly check all of the trade-rumor Web pages to make sure my favorite players had not been dealt away to the Yankees or the Red Sox in a last-minute trade "for prospects."
Trades for prospects ended up being the worst news I could hear, or so I thought at the time.