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April 2nd, 2012

Chucks picking up the pace, down Bison

April 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy and Clearfield's pitching staffs combined for 17 walks, and Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey said after the game, "It wasn't a pretty one." But the Chucks did what they needed to in order to pick up a 12-6 victory over the Bison's baseball team Monday evening in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's offense was productive, and the Chucks took advantage of a few well-timed errors by the Bison, including two attempted pickoff plays which led to Punxsy runs, to put up their 12 runs.

School district may have to use fund balance for budget

April 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board held a budget workshop Monday to discuss possible budget cuts in order to save money in the next year’s budget.

Instead of cuts, the board learned from Business Manager Susan Robertson that the district will possibly have to dip into its fund balance in order to finish the school year with a balanced budget, saying projections for expenses this year will probably outweigh the revenue.
She said how much to move from the fund balance depends on what happens between now and the end of the fiscal year.

PAHS Ag Club members show Longview students where their food comes from

April 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was a mooo-ving experience Friday as students at Longview Elementary School welcomed members of the Punxsutawney Area High School Ag Club for a senior project.

“The focus of our senior project was to teach elementary students at Longview about the diary industry,” said senior Shannon Carpenter, also a member of the Ag Club.

The goal of the project was to show the students how milk comes from cows.

Jack B. Elkin, 88

April 2, 2012

Jack B. Elkin, 88, Delmont, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at his home.

He was born Nov. 2, 1923, in Trade City.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Mr. Elkin was a member of the Lions and the BPO Elks, and he was a 50-year member of John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534, Free and Accepted Masons.

Ellsworth Carl McCoy, 72

April 2, 2012

Ellsworth Carl McCoy, 72, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Clarion Hospital.

He was born July 11, 1939, in Marion Center, a son of the late Howard S. and Naomi Kathryn (Jeffries) McCoy.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the medical corps.

Mr. McCoy enjoyed walking, gardening, reading and watching western movies on television. He was charitable to many organizations.

He was a member of the American Legion in Punxsutawney.

James E. Soliday, 66

April 2, 2012

James E. Soliday, 66, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

He was born Aug. 28, 1945, in DuBois, a son of the late James Edward and Anna Gertrude (Wachob) Soliday.

Aug. 4, 1968, he married Ruth Manners, who survives, of Cloe.

He graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1963 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy as a seaman recruit, retiring as a commander in 1992.

Mr. Soliday served in Vietnam from 1967-68, where he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with Combat V.

April 1st

Annual Run/Walk for Someone Special again breaks records

April 1, 2012

SYKESVILLE — The slight amount of rain at this year’s Run/Walk for Someone Special was not enough to stop the participants from smashing last year's record of 407 participants and $45,000. With 524 participants and $65,000 raised this year, the Run/Walk has continued its upward climb.

Run/Walk benefits the Arc of Jefferson-Clearfield Counties and Camp Friendship. The event was held at Town Hall in Skyesville, where men and women of all ages could sign up to run or walk a two-mile or five-mile distance course.

County: Use of saltwater disposal well unlikely

April 1, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Friday, the Jefferson County Commissioners said Winslow Township supervisors and residents have recently expressed their concerns about a signed lease for a saltwater disposal well in the township.

The lease, signed between Ridgway resident Steven L. Mitchell and EOG Resources, Inc., would allow for the drilling of "Saltwater Disposal Wells (SWD), maintaining, repairing and operating such SWD and all related facilities including meters, separators and pipelines to and from the SWD."

Way Back When

April 1, 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 13, 1896)

PLENTY OF POTATOES

March 30th

'Curse' is broken: Young crowned PJW champ Giavedoni places, five others compete

March 30, 2012

HERSHEY — Last Saturday, seven Punxsutawney area wrestlers traveled to Hershey to compete on Pennsylvania's largest stage for grapplers their age — the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship Tournament — and one grappler attained a long-awaited, highly-coveted prize when Kaleb Young was crowned state champion at 117 pounds in the 13- and 14-year-old class.

"We can't be happy enough for Kaleb," Punxsy coach Bill Burke said upon returning from Hershey. "I guess we can say 'the third time is a charm,' as he was a state runner-up twice previously."

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