November 9th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Wednesday night, the elementary girls' basketball players put the third night of their tournament in the books, leaving just one more night of competition tonight at Punxsutawney Area High School.
Fans and parents who came out to watch Wednesday's games were treated to a variety of styles from shootouts to low-scoring defensive affairs.
In the first game in the fourth- and fifth-grade division, Kate Horner set the pace for the Celtics with 16 points en route to a 20-4 victory over the Lakers.
In this Nov. 2 photo Dan Triponey is seen clearing a ball out of the Punxsy zone during the District IX Championship game against Bradford. Tuesday, Triponey and fellow-senior Tyler Presloid were named to the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League All-Star central division team. Brockway junior Phil Esposito was named league MVP, and eight other players were nominated to the team: Ryan Haultman and Zach Puhala of Brockway; Seth Conner, Leland Mowery and Brett Smith of Brookville; and Tyler Anzinger, Jake Herbstritt and Ben Wortman of Elk County Catholic. (Photo by Zak Lantz)
Last week, I wrote about the competitive nature of athletes coming together and celebrating the opportunity to play again against an old rival.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the game, but from what I heard, I missed a good, competitive game.
I was also told that the game got a bit chippy at times, but when the final horn rang, the teams came together in the ultimate show of respect: The mid-field handshake.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ Donâ€™t count on a fast pick-up for your leaves this fall.
The boroughâ€™s leaf collection machine, which has been the work horse in the boroughâ€™s annual leaf collection, has been out of service since the first day of collection, said Roger Steele, chairman of the Public Works Committee, at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
Steele said Public Works crews have been utilizing the boroughâ€™s street sweeper as the only viable piece of equipment that can be used for leaf collection.
WALSTON â€” Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors approved a new five-year agreement with Punxsutawney Borough for fire protection services through the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
The agreement was approved for five years with the township paying the borough $15,500 for 2012; $16,000 for 2013; $16,500 for 2014; $17,000 for 2015; $17,500 for 2016; and the township will pay 100
percent of any Firemanâ€™s Relief Association funds it recovers during the contract to the borough.
BROOKVILLE â€” County voters remained loyal to their mostly-Republican row officers Tuesday, while they also supported Democratic Judge John H. Foradora for another 10-year term.
Tuesdayâ€™s turnout, however, was slim, with only 7,988 registered voters â€”29 percent of the countyâ€™s 27,949 registered voters â€” heading to the polls on a day that saw unseasonably warm temperatures.
With 6,538 votes (84 percent), Foradora was retained as Common Pleas Court judge for another 10 years in Tuesdayâ€™s general election. There were 1,220 voters (16 percent) against the ballot measure.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There will be three new faces on board when Punxsutawney Borough Council begins its new term in January, as an incumbent was beaten by three challengers.
Michelle P. Lorenzo, who appeared on the ballot as a Democrat/Republican was the top vote-getter with 614 votes, or 30.44 percent of the vote; Eric C. Story, also a Republican/Democrat, was second with 603 votes (30 percent); and independent candidate Robert â€śTobyâ€ť Santik garnered 442 votes (22 percent).
Incumbent Republican Roger L. Steele received 349 votes (17.30 percent), meaning he will not retain his council seat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Two drivers escaped with their lives in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday along Route 119 by Rikerâ€™s Yard, Bell Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2004 Jeep Liberty driven by Timothy D. Brosius, 61, DuBois, was traveling north on Route 119 when he crossed the center line and struck the left front of a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 conversion van driven by Anthony M. Weible, 52, DuBois, which was traveling south.
WEXFORD â€” The Punxsy boys' soccer team traveled to Wexford for the opening round of the PIAA tournament Tuesday evening, and despite falling 6-0 to the defending state champions, the Hampton Talbots, the Chucks gained valuable experience and put another notch in their program's belt.
Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle said he was proud of the way his team played, but said without seeing the level of competition at states it was hard to know what exactly to prepare for.
Tuesday night, the Punxsutawney Football 1st & 10 Club held a banquet to honor the football players and cheerleaders that participated in grades seven through 12 this season. The banquet gave the players, coaches and parents one final opportunity to honor the senior members especially. Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol thanked the seniors for all they've given to the program and for everything they've left behind for their teammates.