May 23rd, 2012
Four Punxsy athletes â€” two Chucks and two Lady Chucks â€” are bound for the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. (From left) Kevin Hughes (400-meter dash), Juliann Boddorf (200-meter dash), Alexis Young (1600-meter run) and Brody Morgan (javelin), pictured here taking a break from their preparation during a track and field get-together Wednesday afternoon at Jack LaMarca Stadium, will make the trip today in preparation for Friday's preliminary rounds on the track. The AAA javelin event will be held Saturday morning.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â Junior Nathan St. Laurent was just shy of a perfect game, giving up only one hit and one walk, leading the Brookville Raiders (13-5) to a 9-0 victory over Moniteau (11-8) Wednesday night.
"It's the first one I've had this year, and it felt really nice to actually throw seven innings," St. Laurent said. "My arm still feels great, so it's definitely a good feeling."
With the victory, St. Laurent and the Raiders will face Karns City at 4:30 p.m. today at Clarion-Limestone to decide who will become the D-IX Class AA champions.
Out in the garage, there is an old box full of trophies that were given to my brother at one point or another in his athletic career.
When he moved to Canada, he didn't have room to take all of his loot with him in his pickup truck, so he had to prioritize and make decisions about which things were essential for the trip.
The box of trophies missed the cut, and he left us with the option of seeing if there was someone who might be able to make use of the trophies and possibly donating them to that cause.
Elizabeth Bonfanti, 87, Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Patty Calabria and Margaret (Saporito) Calabria.
She was married to Anthony â€śNinoâ€ť Bonfanti, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Bonfanti loved cooking, baking and homemaking. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Even though her experience took place 70 years ago, Holocaust survivor Shulamit Bastackyâ€™s message to youngsters and others isnâ€™t unlike that of anti-bullying campaigns today.
Donâ€™t be a victim. Donâ€™t be a victimizer. Stand up for whatâ€™s right. And be respectful of other people and their differences.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” PAMS AmeriCorps teacher Christine Curtisâ€™ interest in the Holocaust as a history major turned into not only a valuable lesson for her students, but a massive project for others from which to learn.
And at the end of it all, students showed that despite their young ages, they could research and present information on such a difficult topic.
BROOKVILLE â€” At the age of 104, Edith Altman is Jefferson Countyâ€™s oldest resident.
She earned the recognition over a Reynoldsville man by only a few months, and celebrated her long life with family and friends Wednesday afternoon at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
â€śItâ€™s wonderful,â€ť her daughter, Amy Slocum said. â€śItâ€™s super. Itâ€™s great to be able to get together. We donâ€™t do it often enough. This is a celebration of life.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board Athletic Committee listened to a proposal presented by the Punxsy VFW Teener League board about the lease and some changes that would help in completing a major renovation at the field.
"Four years ago, we entered into a 10-year agreement with the use of Rich Kuntz Field and the district for use by the high school baseball teams beginning in 2008-09," said Doug Mesoraco, commissioner of the Punxsutawney VFW Teener League.
Mesoraco said the total due on the lease was $53,500, with an initial lump-sum, one-year payment of $24,000.
Punxsy pitcher Cory Geer delivers a pitch during an April 4 game against St. Marys in Punxsutawney. The Chucks, who swept the season series over the Dutch with a 5-2 victory in Punxsutawney and a thrilling 7-5 victory in St. Marys, were expected to play the Dutch once more for their ninth-consecutive District IX title today. However, a postponed AA playoff game Tuesday forced Punxsy and St. Marys to postpone their AAA title game to next week.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One year of teaching at the Punxsutawney Area High School was apparently enough time for Rodney Thompson to make an impact on students and the community, as he was named the high school â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť in The Punxsutawney Spiritâ€™s annual contest Tuesday.
After 11 years of teaching at Clearfield County Career & Technology Center (CCCTC), Thompson was hired at PAHS to teach computer applications, introduction to business and accounting in grades eight through 12.