January 12th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The proposed West Mahoning Street Sewer project continues to be held up due to right-of-way difficulties.
Brian Sekula, of the EADS Group Inc. borough engineers, reported at Mondayâ€™s borough council meeting that the proposed sewer project has moved along like â€śmolasses,â€ť saying that the group had received a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT last year and was submitted to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad a number of months ago with no reply.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is expanding its programs in Jefferson County, and could provide community service projects for PAHS students.
The same night that guidance counselor Emily Cassidy and PAHS Principal David London announced proposed changes to the senior project and standardized testing, respectively, Heidi Stahlnecker, program director for BBBS of Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties, discussed with the Punxsutawney Area School Board ways that both students and potential â€śbigsâ€ť can get involved.
Mayor James Wehrle (left) presented Mary Ann Bosak (middle) with a proclamation for being the first female firefighter to retire and become a life member in the Punxsutawney and Central Fire Departments. Wehrle proclaimed Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, â€śMary Ann Bosak Dayâ€ť in honor of her 20 years of service to the department. Bosak (middle) thanked Wehrle, council and her fellow firefighters for their support over the years. Also pictured is Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner (right). (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team couldn't hold onto a 26-24 lead late in the fourth quarter during a 31-26 loss to Elk County Catholic Tuesday afternoon on the road.
Punxsy (5-2) was up 26-24 when the Crusaders converted two times to jump ahead 28-26 with about a minute remaining. After ECC added another free throw to go up 29-26, a Punxsy turnover led to ECC taking a two-possession lead and clinching the victory.
BROOKVILLE â€” In a night full of forfeits with the outcome nearly determined before it started, Wednesday night's varsity wrestling match between Brookville and Brockway featured six bouts in total, with both teams claiming three.
The Raiders (3-0), in front of a "White Out" crowd in Brookville, benefitted from six forfeits, a pin fall victory and a technical fall to easily pick up a 50-24 victory over the Rovers.
ST. MARYS â€” As has been an issue for the Punxsy boys' basketball team for a few years now, a quarter-long scoring drought cost the team an opportunity at keeping up with Elk County Catholic Tuesday night during a 52-33 loss on the road.
Punxsy (3-6, 0-3 District IX League) was ahead 9-2 midway through the first quarter, but then, it couldn't find the bottom of the net.
Twelve minutes and five points scored later, the Chucks were behind 21-14 at halftime before being outpaced 31-19 during the second half of their fourth-straight defeat.
ALTOONA â€” The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season against Altoona Monday night, falling by the score of 40-16 on the road.
The Lady Chucks (7-2) are 7-0 against non-Altoona teams, as they started the season with a loss to the Lady Mountain Lions before winning seven-straight games. Monday, Punxsy trailed 13-9 in the second quarter before a 25-4 run in Altoona's favor put a Punxsy comeback out of reach.
The Lady Chucks were outscored 13-4 to close the first half before Altoona used a 12-0 third quarter to lead 38-13 entering the fourth.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” They may not know it, but todayâ€™s freshmen at PAHS are already working toward completion of their senior projects.
Punxsutawney Area High School students will still be required to complete senior projects in order to graduate, but starting with the Class of 2014 â€” this yearâ€™s freshmen â€” the projects will become more career and community service oriented.
Monday, guidance counselor Emily Cassidy told the Punxsutawney Area School Board that committees met once a month over the past year to revamp the graduation project program.
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP â€” Family members who lost their home in a fire Dec. 26, 2010, on Rock Run Road in Montgomery Township lost everything they owned except their lives, but continue to receive assistance.
Sean Connor, who is the assistant manager at the Punxsutawney Wal-Mart, and his wife Mary, who is a cafeteria worker for the Purchase Line School District, and their youngest daughter Katarina, had just returned home the evening of Dec. 26 when their dog, Ringo, became restless after Sean had gone to bed.
HARRISBURG â€” Punxsutawney Phil and the state Pennsylvania Tourism Office chose an unusual location to announce the latest technological promotion for Groundhog Day 2011: The state Farm Show & Expo.
Maybe itâ€™s not too unusual, however, because last year, Punxsy Phil and tourism officials announced that his prognostication would be sent to his loyal followers via text message.
There wonâ€™t be text messages this year, but followers of the Foursquare mobile platform have an opportunity to earn a special PA Groundhog Day badge if they â€śshoutâ€ť their current location Feb. 2.