September 27th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Career Womenâ€™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 clubâ€™s Girl of the Month Committee.
Also, for the past 20 years, Means has been in charge of the groupâ€™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.
Timothy Mark Heckman Sr., 52, Big Run, died Tuesday, Sept, 27, 2011, at home in the loving care of his children, who were by his side.
He was born Feb. 13, 1959, in Brookville, a son of the late Albert Charles and Constance Hope (Teats) Heckman.
He worked as a laborer, making windows at Thermal GardÂ in Punxsutawney for 25 years.
Mr. Heckman's true enjoyment was spending time with his children and grandchildren.Â He was a man of few words, but showed his love in his actions with his family. He also enjoyed his dogs, which were like children to him.
Eleanor Jean Bennett, 84, Big Run, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
She was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Elmer and Opal (Kauffman) Freedline.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Bennett was a member of Paradise United Church of Christ Church.Â
She was a hard-working woman.Â She would pick and sell vegetables with her son at Bennettâ€™s Farm.Â She also enjoyed being with her grandchildren.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks' golf team hosted their second home meet of the season, and the end result was the same as the first meet, as Punxsy swept Brookville, Brockway, DuBois and Ridgway to improve to 14-0 on the season and 12-0 in AML play.
The Lady Chucks' team total was 223 â€” a whopping 38 strokes better than their closest competitor in Brookville.
As is normal for home meets, Punxsy was given a record of 4-0 for the host meet, and each team it played received one loss for the day.
Punxsy's low scorer was Lauren Giavedoni with a 54.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Chucks' defense kept Clarion-Limestone's junior varsity squad without an offensive touchdown and the running game wore down the Lions' defense leading Punxsy to a 20-6, lightning-shortened win.
The lightning struck with just under eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter with the Chucks inside the Lions' 30-yard line, and Limestone conceded the game to avoid the 30-minute delay.
The Lions received the opening kickoff and picked up two quick first downs, but a nice tackle by Christian Falgout stopped the Lions in their tracks and forced them to punt.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite only trailing 1-0 with 10 minutes to play Monday afternoon, the Lady Chucks' soccer team allowed three goals in the final 10 minutes against DCC, making the score look worse than it was and giving DCC a 4-0 win.
"Defensively, we looked good for most of the game, and then at the very end, we had girls getting tired," Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes said. "When you're tired, you rely on the next wing to come out and help, but that wasn't happening tonight."
Hughes also said that a big part of the fatigue factor is mental fatigue.
BRADFORD â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â The desire to help others has no age limit.
Celebrating 40 years of community service, Community Action Inc.â€™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 programâ€™s Volunteer of the Year. He received the award from Jefferson County Commissioners Jim McIntyre and Jeff Pisarcik.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsutawney Chucks boys' soccer squad shutdown the St. Marys offense and posed a 2-0 shutout to improve the season record to 7-1.
Despite the win, Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle still said there were some things he was not satisfied with.
"We didn't play at as high of a tempo as I would've liked," Shenkle said.
St. Marys has a short, compact field, and Shenkle said his team had a hard time adjusting to that situation.
Punxsutawney's own Devin Mesoraco had a weekend full of baseball for the Cincinnati Reds Saturday and Sunday, playing in both victories against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Mesoraco struggled in Saturday's game, going 0-for-4 at bat and getting struck out once by Pittsburgh's Jose Veras. He had two flies out and a groundout to third base.
Sunday, Mesoraco had a more successful game as he reached base twice. His game was complete with one hit and two runs.