May 18th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thereâ€™s a lot going on within the Groundhog Clubâ€™s Inner Circle: A new member, a promotion, a retirement and a new take on a long-time, late-summer event.
Tom Dunkel is the Inner Circleâ€™s newest member, succeeding now-former Vice-President Mike Johnston, who has accepted emeritus status after 20 years with the club. Taking on the role of vice-president is â€śFair Weathermanâ€ť Jeff Lundy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to table a vote overriding Mayor Jim Wehrleâ€™s veto of the change in Ordinance 1120.
The change would permit apartments in first-floor commercial establishments in the town center commercial district.
Council member Eric Story said a change to Ordinance 1120 has been
brought up three times, and there were some comments made at the last meeting that people who would live in first-floor apartments would sit on the sidewalk in lawn chairs, which wouldnâ€™t be attractive downtown.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It had all the ingredients of yet another Lady Chucks' come-from-behind, thrilling victory. But unfortunately, not every story has a happy ending, and the Lady Lions of Altoona eked out an 11-10, eight-inning victory over Punxsy Thursday afternoon in its home finale.
"That was a tough loss today," Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said. "We had a lot of chances and left too many girls on base. We battled back, and that was encouraging. But it is definitely disappointing that we had our chances and just couldn't seem to score when we really needed to."
BROOKVILLE â€” Both the boys' and girls' track and field squads took home second place at the District IX Class AA Championships in 2011, but today, they are hoping to overcome that hurdle and win it all.
The Raiders have qualifiers in every event except shot put and discus, while the Lady Raiders will be represented in all 18 events except the shot put and javelin.
The month of May is an interesting, busy month for the soon-to-be-graduated seniors of the Class of 2012. And for those involved in athletics, the month is an even busier one.
The tennis team was the first to complete its playoffs, and while most of the seniors ended their track and field careers yesterday, senior thrower Brody Morgan will continue to prepare for next weekend's PIAA State Championships.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One of the smallest classes in the history of Punxsutawney Area High School â€” 164 students â€” celebrated big accomplishments during the annual Class Night event Thursday.
More than half of the members of the PAHS Class of 2012 received awards and scholarships Thursday, and they also celebrated that despite its small numbers, it hosted the highest-grossing, most-profitable Variety Show in the history of the event, raising $19,425.84 â€” of which half will benefit the Margaret C. Boles Scholarship Foundation, and the other half will go toward the seniorâ€™s post-graduation party.
BROOKVILLE â€” Wednesday, a Reynoldsville woman who struck a jogging Falls Creek woman and fled the scene July 19, 2011, was sentenced to time in the Jefferson County jail.
Felicia Marie Steele, 48, Reynoldsville, struck Cindi A. Lingenfelter, 32, Falls Creek, with her 2003 GMC Sierra pick-up while Lingenfelter was jogging south on Route 950.
Steele then fled the scene, police said.
Lingenfelter suffered severe injuries and was flown via medical helicopter to Altoona Hospital for treatment, police said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A number of dogs that were apparently abandoned last weekend were rescued by area residents in the woods near Stump Creek.
Last Sunday, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police called the Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney and asked if staff could keep a stray dog overnight, said Katelyn Hidinger, veterinarian technician at the hospital.
â€śBy the time it was all said and done, there were 16 dogs that are being kept at the animal hospital,â€ť Hidinger said.
The dogs that were taken in include a miniature pincher; two shih tzus; and 13 pomeranians.
KANE â€” The ultimate goal for any athlete heading into the District IX AAA Track and Field Championships is to earn a berth to states, and Wednesday afternoon in Kane, four Punxsy athletes found out they'll be making that trip to Shippensburg next weekend for the PIAA state tournament.
One athlete, boys' runner Kevin Hughes â€” who is just a sophomore â€” qualified by finishing first in the district. Hughes' event was the 400-meter dash, and his time of 50.26 seconds was his best of the season and gave him first place by more than 1.3 seconds.
DUBOIS â€” Wednesday, the Chucks' top doubles duo of Michael Blose and Tim Pearce set out to earn a second-straight District IX doubles championship knowing all the other pairs were gunning for them, and after Pearce and Blose advanced to the finals, they were defeated in a close match against DuBois' top pair of Patrick Johnson and Matt Fultz.
Johnson and Fultz downed Blose and Pearce in three close sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, to be crowned champions.