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May 1st, 2012

Post 9044 salutes PAHS senior for success in Voice of Democracy contest

May 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During Sunday’s Loyalty Day program at the War Memorial, VFW Post Adjutant Bob Lott recognized Keaton Mohney, a senior at Punxsutawney Area High School.

Mohney participated in Voice of Democracy, an audio-essay competition last year, and wrote an essay on the topic, “Is there pride in serving in our military?”

Mohney won at the VFW Post 9044 level and the District 19 level.
Her success at the district level led her to compete at the state level in Harrisburg, where she placed sixth.

Rider taken to PAH after crash

May 1, 2012

OLIVEBURG — A Rossiter man riding a motorcycle around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday along Route 36 in Oliveburg, was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries after he crashed his bike.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Kyle T. Bryan, 22, Rossiter, was traveling north on Route 36 on his Kawasaki 250R and was completing a pass when a bungee cord that was holding a coat and cooler bag came loose, and the coat wrapped around the bike’s tire .

Police said Bryan’s motorcycle skidded 105 feet before it overturned, which caused him to be

Susan M. Aljoe, 55

May 1, 2012

Susan M. Aljoe, 55, DuBois, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at home.

She was born March 9, 1957, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Charles E. and Dorothy M. (Long) Reitz.

June 14, 1975, she married Ronald M. Aljoe, who survives, of DuBois.

Mrs. Aljoe was a 1975 graduate of Jeff Tech in Reynoldsville. She was employed at Wal-Mart in DuBois.

She was a member of the Treasure Lake Church and the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, both located in DuBois.

Edwardine “Eddy” C. Caltagarone, 71

May 1, 2012

If life is measured by ones ability to laugh and love, then that of Edwardine Caltagarone’s, who passed away April 28, 2012, at age 71 at her home surrounded by the people who love her, surpasses any mountain top.

She was born July 23, 1940, in Big Soldier, a daughter of the late Steve and Mary (Kusnirak) Wascovich.

She was married to Francis Caltagarone, who survives, of Reynoldsville.

Mrs. Caltagarone was a graduate of Reynoldsville-Winslow High School, and she worked as a waitress for many years, as well as at Cameron Manufacturing, Kniseley Coal Company.

Robert Earl Schwab, 88

May 1, 2012

Robert Earl Schwab, 88, Falconer, N.Y., and Bradenton, Fla., passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his home in Falconer.

He was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Frostburg, a son of the late James and Maud (Roush) Schwab.

Mr. Schwab was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II from 1944 to 1946.

Sept. 24, 1947, he married Betty L. Straitiff Schwab, who preceded him in death Oct. 1, 1984.

Dec. 28, 1985, in Jamestown, N.Y., he married Nora Mae Staley Zimmerman Schwab, who survives.

April 30th

Fourteen 1st places lead Punxsy to Senior Night victory

April 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On a day aimed at recognizing the contributions of the senior members of the team, Punxsy's girls' track and field squad did pulled out a 98.33-51.67 victory over Redbank Valley Monday in Punxsutawney.

En route to picking up the victory, the Lady Chucks nabbed first place in 14 of the 18 scheduled events.

Chucks shine in field on Senior Night, down R.V.

April 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On a day chosen to honor its senior members, the Punxsy boys' track team dominated on both sides — 50-13 in the field and 56-31 on the track — to earn a 106-44 victory over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs Monday in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy head coach John Smith was especially pleased with the results in the field.

"We had some really strong showings and some personal bests in the field," Smith said. "We had some sweeps and some very nice improvements in the shot and discus. Brody Morgan had a good javelin throw. We were very pleased with scoring over 50 points there."

Lady Chucks JVs keep the bats hot with 18-2 victory over Golden Tide

April 30, 2012

CURWENSVILLE — After a long layoff, the Lady Chucks JV softball squad showed no signs of rust Friday when it traveled to Curwensville, putting up an impressive 18 runs in an 18-2, four-inning victory over the Golden Tide.

"This was a quality team effort by everyone," Punxsy head coach Phil Mennitti said. "Every player did their job at the plate by either collecting walks or putting the bats on the ball for RBIs. Coach (Brad) Constantino and I were pleased with their performance tonight on offense and defense."

Scarnati talks budget, Marcellus Shale, Santorum

April 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On the eve of lawmakers returning to Harrisburg to hash out details of Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2012-13 budget, state Sen.
Joe Scarnati said there's bright spots and not-so-bright spots.

"Revenues are improving, so that's a bright spot," Scarnati, who also serves as president pro tem in the state Senate, told The Spirit last Thursday.

A $700 million shortfall, however, is not a bright spot, he said, and neither is the slow pace of recovery.

Smicksburg Heritage Society pays tribute to decades past

April 30, 2012

SMICKSBURG — The Smicksburg Heritage Society's museum showcases what life was like in the early 20th century.

The museum has a strong focus on the 1930s and 1940s, which provides a different perspective compared to many museums that tend to focus on the Victorian era.

"There was no colonial period (in Smicksburg); they (settlers) didn't come out here until afterwards, so in 1820 or so, then it really started to get settled," said Lynn Duncan, museum director.

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