September 18th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Members of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1951 gathered this past weekend at Camp Little Leo to celebrate their 60th reunion.
More than 80 members of the class were present over the two-day celebration.
"The fellowship is really the important thing," reunion co-chairman Bob Bish said Sunday after the luncheon. "You can really see the bond in this class."
The 60th class reunion was dedicated to Margaret C. Boles, an English teacher at PHS who passed away during the class' junior year.
The Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 held a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony Saturday, starting off with the Color Guard posting the POW/MIA flag. Gospel music was played, and the audience listened to excerpts from John McCain's account of being a POW. Everyone in attendance joined in prayer to pay tribute to the American soldiers who had to suffer as POWs, as well as and the many American soldiers whose whereabouts are still unknown.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Leading 12-6 entering the third quarter, St. Marys broke free for three big running plays that led to three touchdowns and pulled away for a 34-12 win over the Chucks Friday night in Punxsutawney.
The first big play came just two minutes into the fourth quarter on a third-and-inches. The Chucks appeared to have St. Marys quarterback David Aul stuffed at the line of scrimmage, when he bounced outside the pile and scampered 84 yards down the sideline to the Chucks' five. Three plays later, Justin Quiggle scored on a three-yard sweep to put St. Marys ahead 19-6.
BROOKVILLE â The Brookville Raiders hosted their home-opener Friday night and suffered a disappointing loss, 43-21, at the hands of the Moniteau Warriors.
The Raiders gave up more than 500 yards to a team that is now 3-0 on the season, and Brookville head coach Chris Dworek said he was disappointed with the overall team effort.
"These guys really upset me today, and the coaches and the coaches' office upset me, so I put out a challenge to them, and hopefully, they'll respond (today in practice) and fix some things up next week," Dworek said. "If we get to that point, I'll be happy."
PUNXSUTAWNEYÂ â Some readers will notice a difference with the newspaper, others will not.
The change, whether youâve observed it or not: For one, the paperÂ may now and thenÂ consist of one section, as opposed to several eight-, six- or four-page sections.
The origin: Three newÂ units forÂ The SpiritâsÂ press were installed as part of an ongoing expansion of the paper, which, over the past few months, has included the return of its job shop, a return to full local printing operations.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Yes, attorney Nicholas Lorenzo Jr. has a fine office among the houses along Millionairesâ Row, but the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society has also cited him for his keen story-telling about one of Punxsyâs most famous residents.
Karen Elaine Deats, 52, DuBois, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois.
She was born Sept. 29, 1958, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Leroy and Lois (Peace) Cressley.
Ms. Deats was a homemaker.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Big Run.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Rebecca Milliron and husband Dallas of Punxsutawney, and Judy Deats of Punxsutawney; and three grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Cressley.
BROOKVILLE â Punxsy senior Tyler Presloid was the main presence for the Chucks, scoring five goals and leading his team to a dominating 7-3 victory over the Brookville Raiders Thursday afternoon in Brookville.
"Tyler makes us go," Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle said. "We have a lot of guys that can score, but he's just a special player. We can move him all over the field. ... Where ever I have him, he's the best player on our team."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Behind a 227-yard, three touchdown rushing performance by Perry Arrinington, the Chucks ninth-grade football team defeated St. Marys 36-6 Wednesday evening in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy struck first in the contest with 4:41 remaining in the first quarter on a 32-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dakota Thomas, who followed up Arrington's 227 yards with 68 of his own on the day.
"Our 328 team rushing yards is the kind of statistic that a college or professional team would be envious of," Punxsy head coach Jason Grusky said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The eighth-grade Lady Chucks basketball team put up 19 points in the first quarter of Thursday's game against DuBois Central Catholic and led 27-6 at halftime, cruising to a 35-10 win in Punxsutawney.
Six different Lady Chucks put points on the board, led by Emma White with 11.
Beth Barnett, Claire Smith and Ivy Ferko each had six points, while MiKeelee Brink added four, and Hope Bridge chipped in with two.
Punxsy head coach Mike Carlson was very pleased with his girls' performance.