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February 6th, 2012

Rural environment a bit different than new PCS administrator’s last school

February 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s always a plus when students have an administrator who admires their behavior, and that’s something that the students at Punxsutawney Christian School have going for them.

“I’m amazed by the behavior of the kids,” said Tonya Woodel, who has served as PCS’ new administrator since July 2011, succeeding Jolanda Tibbs. “They are self-motivated, and they take care of each other.”

That quite a change from her last school, in Lamar, S.C., where the poverty rate ranged from 85 to 90 percent, and the school experienced some gang-related violence.

Numbers get the best of the Chucks again

February 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last Tuesday, Punxsy's junior high wrestling team met a much larger Hollidaysburg team that filled each necessary weight class, and despite outdoing Hollidaysburg 27-18 on the mat, the Chucks again fell because they had a smaller squad, 48-27, to the Golden Tigers.

Waiting game: Punxsy hopes times are good enough to qualify for Tri-State Meet

February 6, 2012

EDINBORO — Saturday, a group of Punxsy athletes traveled to Edinboro for the second consecutive weekend to compete at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association's Meet No. 3 at Edinboro University, and in their final qualifying attempt of the year, several of the athletes positioned themselves to possibly compete at the Tri-State Championship Meet Feb. 18 at Edinboro.

Punxsy head coach John Smith said the athletes that put themselves in the best position to qualify were those on the distance medley relay team, which ran an overall time of 12:25.12 Saturday.

Celestine M. Chenoga, 88

February 6, 2012

Celestine M. Chenoga, 88, Rossiter, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born May 14, 1923, in DeLancey, a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Runko) Lesnick.

Oct. 9, 1940, she married Louis Chenoga, who preceded her in death Nov. 28, 1985.

She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter.

Mrs. Chenoga enjoyed cooking, crocheting, spending time with her family and grandchildren, and her beloved dog, Cooper.

She worked at Rola Jensen in Punxsutawney.

Harold F. Divelbiss, 90

February 6, 2012

Harold F. Divelbiss, 90, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born March 3, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Roy and Jessie (Morris) Divelbiss.

June 17, 1950, in Ford City, he married Anna Belle Tibby, who survives.

Mr. Divelbiss was a member of the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church, as well as the Punxsutawney Country Club, American Legion Post 62 and the Central Fire Company for 42 years.

He was also a former coach and then a player agent for the Groundhog Little League.

February 5th

Going to states: Raiders win D-IX Championship, advance to Hershey

February 6, 2012

DUBOIS — Avenging last season's upset loss to Ridgway and earning the District IX Class AA title were the only two things Brookville head coach Dave Klepfer and the Raiders wrestling squad had on their minds heading into Saturday's championship match.

The Raiders were strong, motivated and unstoppable, rolling over five-time district champ Ridgway for a 36-33 victory, the team championship title and a trip to the PIAA wrestling championship Thursday in Hershey.

Weekend brings car fire, car into Mahoning Creek

February 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Fire Department responded to two emergency calls that were reported at the same time at 3:22 a.m. Saturday.

Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company was the recipient of both calls, a car fire at a residence along Route 310, Young Township, Harmony, and a car that was driven into the Mahoning Creek at the Route 310 and Route 119 intersection.

Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Bryan Smith ordered Elk Run to go to the car fire and Central Fire Department to respond to the car into the creek.

Other school districts looking to Punxsy for technology tips

February 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Don't take the 21st Century Learning Initiative and One to One Computing for granted in the Punxsutawney Area School District — especially after seeing how some other, larger school districts don't have the advantage of a technology program like Punxsy’s.

Way Back When

February 6, 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
(April 29, 1896)

Stahle Took the Property

Loretta G. Bartasavich, 83

February 6, 2012

Loretta G. Bartasavich, 83, DuBois, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at her residence.

She was born July 31, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John J. and Sara (Taraskiewicz) Guzzy.

Aug. 27, 1949, she married John J. Bartasavich, who preceded her in death Nov. 7, 2006.

She retired as a medical secretary from the DuBois Regional Medical Center after more than 20 years of service.

Mrs. Bartasavich was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Rosary Infant of Prague Society.

She was also a member of the Friendly Club.

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