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April 9th, 2012

The Lady Chucks are off and running, jumping and throwing

April 9, 2012

ST. MARYS — Last Wednesday, the Punxsy junior high girls' track team traveled to St. Marys to open its season against the Lady Dutch, and despite a 100-50 loss, the Lady Chucks showed some promising signs in their first meet.

St. Marys opened the meet with a victory in the 3200-meter relay to take a 5-0 lead, and the Lady Dutch never forfeited the lead during the remainder of the meet.

Council: Resource officer is a great idea, but who will pay for it?

April 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During their monthly meeting Monday, several of the members of Punxsutawney Borough Council said they supported the idea of a police resource officer at Punxsutawney Area High School, but asked who is going to pay for it.

“There’s a need for a resource officer to assist with the prevention of crime at the high school,” said Georgette Pennington, a concerned parent who, last month, discussed her concerns with the Punxsutawney Area School Board.

Pennington said a police resource officer would help expand crime prevention with students and in the community, as well.

County locations focusing on different literacies during National Library Week

April 9, 2012

BROOKVILLE — This week, America’s libraries are taking a proactive approach to promoting literacy.

From April 8 to 14, libraries across the country — including the Jefferson County Library System — will celebrate National Library Week.

“We want to let our community residents know libraries are not just recreation,” Mengle Memorial Library Director Darlene Marshall said.

“We’ve got education, and our schools depend on our libraries. When the cuts in the school funding happen, they turn more to libraries.”

Punxsy library plans special party Saturday during National Library Week

April 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — So, do you have an overdue library book somewhere in your house?

This is your week to return it to the Punxsutawney Memorial Library — no fines, no questions asked.

Fine-Free Week is part of the Punxsy library’s recognition of National Library Week, which runs from Monday through Sunday across the United States.

Recently, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners declared this week National Library Week in the county.

Esther E. Gray, 87

April 9, 2012

Esther E. Gray, 87, DuBois, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Paradise, a daughter of the late John and Iva (Green) Reed.

During World War II, she was an airplane riveter in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jan. 12, 1946, she married William Gray, who preceded her in death in 1998.

During her marriage, Mrs. Gray worked at Brockway Glass, BF Goodrich, Jefferson Electronics, Sears and Riverside.

She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 30 years, as well as the P.T.A. and Meals on Wheels.

Alan R. Rowland, 57

April 9, 2012

Alan R. Rowland, 57, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at his home.

He was born March 15, 1955, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Dalvin R. and B. Jane (Shirley) Rowland.

He was married to Denise (Budihas) Rowland, who survives.

Mr. Rowland was a graduate of Williamsport Community College and was a machinist and welder by trade.

He was an avid outdoorsman and a talented gunsmith.

He was a member of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.

In 1975, Mr. Rowland was a recipient of the Carnegie Hero Award.

Janice Marlene Wagner, 54

April 9, 2012

Janice Marlene Wagner, 54, Stroudsburg, and formerly of Smicksburg, passed away Friday, April 6, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Easton after a courageous year-long battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 13, 1957, in Kittanning, a daughter of Vernon K. and Betty Jean (Barrett) Lightner.

May 15, 1998, she married Jeff Wagner of Stroudsburg, who survives.

Mrs. Wagner graduated from Dayton High School, Dayton, and Lenape Vocational Technical School in Ford City.

April 8th

Opening season win for the Chucks' junior high track program

April 8, 2012

ST. MARYS — The Punxsy boys' middle school track team opened its season last Wednesday with its first win over the St. Marys Flying Dutch — 78-72 — in St. Marys.

The meet opened with the 3200-meter relay, which St. Marys claimed for an early 5-0 lead.

The Chucks rebounded with a sweep at 110-meter hurdles, though, to take a 9-5 lead, and while the meet grew close, Punxsy never trailed again.

Ryan Jones took first in the hurdles event with a time of 21.39 seconds.

Derek Cameron (22.30 seconds) and Brendon Stinson (22.9 seconds) completed the Punxsy sweep.

PASR urges county to support the troops

April 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Spring traditionally is regarded as the season of hope, so that is why members of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) are once again sponsoring a drive to Support the Troops.

From now through April 30, the organization, in cooperation with five donation sites throughout the area, will be collecting hygiene and snack items to send to members of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan.

Way Back When

April 8, 2012

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(May 27, 1896)

A STRANGE ACCIDENT

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Almost everyone has heard of "Where's Waldo?" The same could be applied to the First Church of God's "...
PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Concert Association will begin its 2014-2015 season on Tuesday, Oct. 21, with William...
Halloweenfest, sponsored by Punxsy Dental, is an afternoon of fun set for noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 in...
This afternoon, Amber Ward (pictured) and the Lady Chucks girls' tennis squad will participate in...
Members of the Punxsy football team were recognized on the field for Senior Night, and on the field...
Punxsy's 9th-grade football team picked up a win over Route 36 rival Brookville on Wednesday night...

 

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