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Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79

December 11, 2010

Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79, Hollywood, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

She was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Clearfield, a daughter of the late Fred and Mildred (Miller) Lippart.

Ms. Anderson was married to Donald E. Anderson, who preceded her in death July 1, 2005.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Valier United Methodist Church in Valier.

December 9th

Boot drive helps collect food for holidays

December 10, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This weekend marks the 27th anniversary of the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s annual food drive, which this year will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Bill Zimmerman, along with fellow Central Fire Department members Bob Hockinson and Warren Kellert, established the drive in 1983.

Zimmerman said they realized the Salvation Army — the only food bank in town at that time — had a need because people were hurting, just like today.

“We felt it was a good thing to do, to help the Salvation Army once we took care of the people who just fell through the cracks,” he said.

NHS INDUCTEES

December 10, 2010

Punxsutawney Area High School’s National Honor Society inducted 20 new members during a ceremony Thursday evening. Four seniors and 16 juniors were welcomed into the academic society, which is founded upon the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character, after meeting requirements of maintaining a 95-percent GPA and undergoing an application process. “They really and truly have to be the best students in our school to be part of the National Honor Society,” Principal David London said.

Take-charge guy Strano finds leadership dream

December 10, 2010

The following is from The Punxsutawney Spirit's “Where Are They Now?” series. The focus is to catch up with former Punxsy athletes to find out what made them a success growing up, and what they are doing today.

BAYTOWN, Texas — Bob Strano always wanted to be the guy in charge.

Even at a young age, back in junior-high, being a leader was his ultimate goal.

Strano, a 1966 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate, recently found a scrapbook from when he was an eighth-grader, and inside was what he wanted to be when he grew up.

Phyllis J. Anderson, 79

December 9, 2010

Phyllis J. Anderson, 79, formerly of Valier, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

December 8th

Around The World

December 9, 2010

Friends and families of SS.C.D. School students filled Msgr. Wienker Hall Wednesday evening for the students’ international Christmas program, “Christmas Around the World,” which culminated with the youngsters circling the auditorium with their candles. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

School district’s building usage fee guidelines still in the air

December 9, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board won’t charge the Mathog Wrestling Club for its winter tournament until March, but it still realizes no solid decisions on tweaking the existing building usage fee rates.

Business Administrator Susan Robertson said Tuesday that the usage fees were changed this summer, and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said there are three categories: School groups, non-profit groups and for-profit groups.

“But we want to define those categories more clearly and decide where everyone fits and develop a revised fee schedule, if needed,” Robertson said.

Seniors Crago, Meterko voted first-ever Spirit Fall MVPs

December 9, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a two-week voting period and more than 2,000 votes cast between the two genders, two seniors stood out among the rest according to the public's selection of The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever Fall Sports Most Valuable Players.

Shawnna Crago, a volleyball player who helped the Lady Chucks win their sixth district title in a row, and A.J. Meterko, a cross country runner who finished second at districts and earned his third consecutive trip to states, were selected as the two 2010 winners.

Punxsy native named Shippensburg football coach

December 9, 2010

SHIPPENSBURG — A 1988 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate continues to have an eventful few months at Shippensburg University, as after being inducted into the school's Athlete Hall of Fame in October, he was named the head football coach Wednesday.

Mark 'Mac' Maciejewski, the son of Stan Maciejewski and Nancy Weisinstein, graduated from Shippensburg in 1992. For the past 12 seasons, he has been an assistant coach with the Red Raiders, and Wednesday, he replaced Rocky Rees — who announced his retirement in September — as head coach.

Steve J. Hudzick Jr., 82

December 8, 2010

Steve J. Hudzick Jr., 82, Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at home with his family by his side.

He was born Aug. 29, 1928, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Steve J. and Mary (Hudak) Hudzick Sr.

June 3, 1952, he married his beloved wife, Emma C. Hudzick, who preceded him in death Oct. 31, 2005.

Mr. Hudzick was a proud 40-year member of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.

He enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sporting events, his family and good friends. He was also an avid reader.

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