March 1st, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team closed the season on a six-game winning streak following a 44-23 victory over Bradford Feb. 18 to complete a 16-4 season.
Punxsy struggled during the first quarter and fell behind 7-1 entering the second. But the Chucks outscored the Owls 43-16 during the final three quarters to earn the win.
Kevin Hughes scored a team-best 10 points, and Brandon Mancuso and Matt Burkett both added six points.
Thressa Ann Guinen, 56, Big Run, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at home.
Â She was born April 3, 1955, in DuBois, a daughter of Joseph and Clara (Perkowski) Agnello, who survive, of Anita.
Â Ms. Guinen loved shopping at Goodwill, yard sales and garage sales. She enjoyed helping others and had previously worked as a caregiver.
Â On her roughest day, she always made people laugh, and she dearly loved her children and grandchildren.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney elementary boys' basketball tournament commenced with a number of tight finishes Monday night at PAHS Gym A.
In five games featuring fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, four match-ups finished with two points or fewer separating the two teams.
Michigan State 11, North Carolina 10
Matt Wehrle's game-high eight points led Michigan State to an 11-10 victory over North Carolina in the first fourth- and fifth-grade contest of the night.
Also scoring for Michigan State (1-0) were Logan Geist (two points) and Carter Newcome (one).
PITTSBURGH â€” Although the rain had stopped, Jefferson County remained under a flood warning until 9:30 p.m. Monday night, a warning extended from 6:15 p.m. earlier in the day.
Sun is expected today, with temperatures dropping into the 20s tonight.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said the flood warning included Punxsy, Summerville, Reynoldsville, Dora, Clear Creek State Park, Brookville and Brockway.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel was optimistic Monday that state inmate transfers could be possible in the future.
The county jail has long been interested in housing state inmates, because the jail receives $55 per day for each out-of-county inmate it houses. Currently, the jail has increased revenues by housing inmates from Elk, Cameron and McKean counties.
By Jennifer Barr
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For many, a magical time has arrived once again this year, as boxes upon boxes filled with the famous Girl Scout cookies have been delivered.
Girl Scout cookies are much enjoyed by the community. However, selling them also teaches the girls who are involved in Girl Scouts basic but essential life lessons.
By going door-to-door selling cookies, girls learn communication and people skills in greeting potential costumers.
Earlajane Burkett, 87, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born Dec. 31, 1923, the daughter of the late Howard A. and Edna (Nichols) Jones.
Jan. 6, 1943, she married Kermith F. Burkett, who preceded her in death July 26, 2000.
Mrs. Burkett was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Punxsutawney, and she was a retired employee of J.C. Penney of Punxsutawney.
Nancy L. McGaffic, 69, New Castle and Jefferson County, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Brookville Hospital after a short illness.
She was born Jan. 16, 1942, in New Castle, a daughter of the late Orloff D. and Garnet W. (Linton) Hoover.
June 8, 2001, she married Joseph McGaffic, who survives.
Mrs. McGaffic graduated from New Castle High School and later studied nursing.
She was employed as a hostess at the Meadows off-track racing center in New Castle for 15 years and retired in 2004.
CLARION â€” Punxsy senior Kody Young's 54-second pin of DuBois' Matt Bussatto during the 125-pound District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championship match Saturday at Clarion University was a historic victory.
The momentous win put Young (29-2) in elite company, as he became the 25th wrestler in District IX history to finish his career as a four-time champion.
Young accomplished the feat a year after Ridgway's Garet Pisani became the 24th of that kind. Later in Saturday's Class AAA Championships, Bradford's Mark Havers became No. 26.
CLARION â€” Saturday won't go down as one of Punxsy's finer District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships, but the Chucks will still send eight grapplers to next weekend's regional tournament.
Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy expressed disappointment in just one district champion after the Chucks entered the tournament with four top seeds. But even if senior Kody Young was the only district winner, Punxsy will be sending more than half of its wrestlers to regionals.