Josh Neal celebrates his victory via pin in the 220-pound class during Punxsyâ€™s 43-32 win over Clearfield Wednesday, the Chucksâ€™ first wrestling victory over the Bison since 1977. For more, see Spirit Sports. (Photo by Zak Lantz)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There is no normal way that carriers and staff of the U.S. Postal Service prepare for the holiday rush that hit its peak Tuesday.
How did the staff at the Punxsy Post Office prepare?
â€śBuckle down,â€ť said Tim Chiodini, who is the postmaster in Brookville and acting postmaster in Punxsy while John McBee supervises the Bradford post office for a short period of time. â€śWe will normally use different staffing, but we just have to get it done.â€ť
BROCKWAY â€” Wednesday, the pastor for the Just for Jesus Challenge Homeless Outreach Center fired back at the barrage of criticism leveled at him during a public hearing by the Jeffe-rson County Commission and Snyder Township Supervisors Monday.
The Rev. Jack Wisor, pastor of Just for Jesus ministries in Brookville and Snyder Township, said he didnâ€™t attend Mondayâ€™s hearing because he has routinely answered the questions that were brought up.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After an important, emotional win over the Brookville Raiders last Friday night in Punxsutawney, the Chucks basketball team was riding on cloud nine entering its non-league matchup against the Indiana Indians Tuesday night in Punxsutawney. Unfortunately for the Chucks, the Indians' high-power offense and pressure defense proved to be too much, and Indiana pulled off a 61-39 win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The cause of the fire that destroyed the Hotel Punxsutawney earlier this month is listed as undetermined, and foul play is not suspected at this time as the investigation continues.
The fire began in the kitchen area and could possibly be electrical in nature, said Cpl. Chuck Gross, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.
BROOKVILLE â€” About 100 Brockway and Snyder Township residents and public officials attended a hearing Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse pertaining to the Just for Jesus (JFJ) Challenge Homeless Outreach Ministry in Snyder Township.
The hearing was held jointly by the Jefferson County Commission and the Snyder Township Board of Supervisors, co-chaired by Ed Ferraro, Snyder Township solicitor, and James Dennison, county and Brookville Borough solicitor.
Antoinette (Belott) Astorino, 88, a lifelong resident of Walston, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
She was born Oct. 12, 1923, a daughter of the late Samuel and Rachel (Bianco) Belott.
June 6, 1946, she married Ross Astorino, also a lifelong resident of Walston, who preceded her in death Nov. 13, 2001, ending a union of 55 years.
Mrs. Astorino graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1941. She was employed by Jordanâ€™s Furniture Store, which required a daily walk from Walston to Punxsy.
George Colburn Bowers, 95, died Dec. 16, 2011, while visiting family in Gladwin, Mich.
He was born March 2, 1916, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William Arthur and Edith Blanch (Winslow) Bowers Sr.
Mr. Bowers was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Â
CLEARFIELD â€” When two winless teams play each other, one will always come out with a victory, but Monday night, the Lady Chucks and the Clearfield Lady Bison, who were 0-4 and 0-1, respectively, entering the contest, played the type of game in which neither team deserved to be called the loser.
In a game that took two extra periods to complete, the Lady Bison eventually came out on top, 60-55, but not until after a back-and-forth contest brought excitement to the fans in attendance.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After three tough losses to start the season, the Chucks ninth-grade boys' basketball team picked up its first win of the season with a 31-17 victory over the Brookville Raiders Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks jumped out to an early lead and were ahead 18-10 at halftime and never looked back, developing their lead even further in the third and fourth quarters.
Overall, Punxsy ninth-grade head coach Brandon Krug was pleased with his team's performance Friday.