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October 14th, 2011

Thanks to weather, foliage sights might be wet and few

October 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Don’t blink, or you’ll miss what could be the best weekend to see fall foliage in this part of western Pennsylvania.
Most trees are in full color with deep reds and bright yellows prevailing, said Eric Leister, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College.

This weekend will be better than next weekend, as there’s the possibility of more leaves dropping due to windy weather conditions today and tomorrow, Leister said.

Fiddling since age five, Julia Voris is still winning, defending titles

October 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — What could be better than being the fiddle champion of your home state? Being the fiddle champion of three states: Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio.

After starting to play the fiddle at age five, Julia Voris, now 13, is a four-time champion in Pennsylvania alone. This would be an impressive feat for any musician, let alone one who is not even old enough to drive. It is hard to look around the Voris household and not see a trophy with her name on it.

Salvation Army eyes today’s auction to aid ongoing services

October 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Salvation Army’s Harvest Auction has a new radio home this year.

The auction, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, can be heard this year on WECZ AM 1540, said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsy Salvation Army.

Jache said the community has been very generous to the corps this year, as there is more than $10,000 in merchandise that has been donated to this year’s auction.

October 13th

Coming out swinging: Punxsy sweeps DuBois

October 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks avenged a five- set loss to DuBois earlier this season by bouncing back on their home court and sweeping the Lady Beavers in three sets, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20, Thursday evening in Punxsutawney.

From the beginning of the game, the Lady Chucks came out swinging with confidence and defending well when they needed to as Punxsy jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in Set No. 1 behind five service points by senior setter Cassie Cook.

During Cook's run, she recorded an ace, and Punxsy hitter Sydney Weaver recorded two blocks.

Regular season ends on a high note

October 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks tennis team finished its regular season on a high note Thursday by defeating Brockway 9-0, capping a successful week that saw two team victories and a District IX doubles championship.

"All of the girls played well tonight," Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said. "It was a nice ending to a good season."

The No. 1 and No. 2 sin-gles contests were the closest of the evening, with Punxsy's Anna Monyak defeating Brittany Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) and Shaina Reddinger defeating Abigail Larson 5-7, 6-2, 10-5.

Despite loss to Brockway, Lady Chucks encouraged

October 14, 2011

BROCKWAY — The scoreboard may not reflect it, but the Lady Chucks turned in an impressive performance Thursday night at Brockway, according to Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes.

The Lady Chucks fell to the Lady Rovers 4-0, but Hughes said he was impressed with the way his team responded, especially given the fact that they were playing on Brockway's home turf—literally.

Brockway plays on field turf, which often allows for a faster game, and Hughes said he was glad to see his team pick up the pace and contend with the older Lady Rovers.

Police investigate rash of recent area burglaries

October 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Borough and state police agencies are investigating a series of burglaries that have occurred within just days of each other.
In the Borough of Punxsutawney, borough police are investigating two burglaries, including one that occurred sometime overnight between Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, at Neko’s Restaurant & Lounge, Elk Run Avenue.

Police said someone forcibly entered the business and removed a cash register containing an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene undetected. The incident was reported Sunday morning, police said.

Suspect without attorney; hearing continued

October 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The commonwealth agreed to a continuance for Thursday’s scheduled preliminary hearing for a Pittsburgh man accused of shooting two Punxsy men last month.

Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons violations stemming from the Sept. 22 incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.

Family, friends and courage help local woman battle health problems

October 13, 2011

Even though cancer survivor, Cheryl Myers has had to undergo major surgery and extensive treatment programs to fight seven life-threatening health problems during the past 14 years, her most difficult moments did not occur in the operating rooms. 

Quietly recalling the incidents, she paused to say, “Hearing the doctor say that I had breast cancer and then having to tell my family about it were the hardest things I’ve had to do.”

Velma Jean Sarvey, 74

October 13, 2011

Velma Jean Sarvey, 74, Brookville, formerly of Summerville, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at Brookville Hospital.

She was born Aug. 21, 1937, in Summerville, a daughter of the late Berge Olan and Edith Ellan (Hughes) Ishman.

She was married to Richard C. Sarvey, who preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1983.

Mrs. Sarvey worked as a waitress for Truckstops of America in Brookville for more than 22 years.

Pictured here are members of the Catholic Daughters of America — a group celebrating its 95th anniversary this year.
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