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September 27th, 2011

Rega seeks help from Italian consulate

September 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The post-conviction appeal hearing for Robert G. Rega of Punxsutawney resumed Tuesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, when Rega’s attorneys requested a continuance on his contention that he would have been entitled to some type of legal assistance from the Italian consulate in Philadelphia because he’s an Italian national.

PAHS to crown Homecoming Queen, Princess Friday

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sept. 8, the PAHS senior class chose six senior girls to represent the 2011 Homecoming Queen’s Court.

This year’s court includes Cenneca Dilts, Brooke Doney, Adrienne Hess, Alexandria Magill, Keaton Mohney, and Alissa Vite.

The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen, and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess, after the official crowning during halftime of Friday’s homecoming football game against Karns City.

Colleen Means named club’s Career Woman of the Year

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Career Women’s Club named Colleen Means as its Career Woman of the Year during a dinner Tuesday evening.

Means, who teaches fifth-grade reading and language arts at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, has been a teacher for the past 28 years.

She is also the co-chairperson of the club’s Girl of the Month Committee.

Also, for the past 20 years, Means has been in charge of the group’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic, which is held as part of the Groundhog Festival.

Means said she was very surprised to receive the award, and she is very thankful.

September 26th

Let's hang another banner: Chucks claim District IX title from Bradford

September 26, 2011

BRADFORD — Behind a pair of 79s and a pair of 87s, the Punxsy boys' golf team shot a team score of 332 to win the District IX championship Monday in Bradford. The Chucks even surprised their own coach a bit.

Senior Corps-RSVP names Thompson Volunteer of the Year

September 26, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The desire to help others has no age limit.

Celebrating 40 years of community service, Community Action Inc.’s Senior Corps-RSVP held its annual recognition luncheon this past Thursday at the Eagles.

During the event, Janeen Love, Senior Corps RSVP director, named Ted Thompson, of Brookville, as the program’s Volunteer of the Year. He received the award from Jefferson County Commissioners Jim McIntyre and Jeff Pisarcik.

September 25th

Spirit’s Appreciation Day a success

September 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Dean Martin. Frank Sinatra. Sammy Davis Jr. The golden days of the legendary Rat Pack.

It's not the kind of music on the average sixth-grader's iPod, but it's what 11-year-old Punxsy native Gabrielle Vallese likes, and she liked Dino's song “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes” so much, her energetic performance of that standard netted her top honors in The Punxsutawney Spirit's “Punxsy's Got Talent” event this past Saturday.

Legion retires flags

September 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — An official flag retirement took place Sunday afternoon by the John Jacob Fisher American Legion Post No. 62 at the VFW in Punxsutawney. The retirement began with an official flag ceremony called "Retirement of Old Colors," before the worn-out and distressed flags were put into a bed of flames.

"This is a proper way to retire your flag," said Earnest Siverling, first vice and second in command at American Legion Post No. 62. "We're more than honored to do this with as much respect as we can muster."

September 23rd

New space at Grace Place

September 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, members of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce held a mixer at the Grace Place Community Resource Center, formerly the Grube Hospital.

The Rev. Tim Spence, interim executive director for the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry Inc. (JALSM), said construction on Grace Place Apartments is 60 percent complete with occupancy scheduled for Jan. 1.
He said the apartment building is being constructed in two sections. In the first section, the sheet rock is nearing completion, while in the second section, the stud work is almost finished.

Police name, seek suspect in Thursday night shooting

September 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police have named a suspect who faces charges of criminal attempted homicide in the Thursday evening shooting of two Punxsy men.
Friday, Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department and Pennsylvania State Police Troop C’s Major Case Team are investigating the shooting that occurred around 9:30 p.m. Thursday along Cranberry Alley.

In his statement, Fedigan said Christopher Lawrence Thornhill, 24, who has Pittsburgh as his last known address, shot the two Punxsy men multiple times.

September 22nd

Witnesses say shots came from a brown SUV; possibly two wounded

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an alleged shooting that occurred along Cranberry Alley around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police did not offer comments at the scene, but eyewitnesses suggested there were several people standing in the alley near a brown or gold SUV when multiple gunshots were heard and seen.

Witnesses said the shots apparently came from the SUV.

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