October 26th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During their fall banquet Wednesday at the Eagles Club, county Democrats said theyâ€™re starting from the ground up in order to raise their candidates to higher levels of government.
â€śWe need to start supporting our local candidates,â€ť such as those running for council, mayor, school board or township board of supervisors, said county party Chairman Dennis Peck. â€śThis is where our part has to start.
â€śWe need to fill those seats with Democrats,â€ť he said. â€śThatâ€™s our goal.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The SS.C.D. girls' elementary basketball teams have found their stride and continue to frustrate teams with their defense, as both the fifth- and sixth-grade teams earned a pair of victories over Marion Center last Tuesday and North Clarion Catholic Sunday in Punxsutawney.
The sixth-grade team's defense shined the brightest against Marion Center, allowing a total of just three points, and the fifth-grade squad showed its defensive prowess Sunday by holding NCC to six points.
STRATTANVILLE â€” Braxton Giavedoni took the first play from scrimmage 80 yards for a touchdown run, and Punxsy's defense kept up its rugged reputation by holding a shutout deep into the fourth quarter in the Punxsy ninth-grade football team's 34-8 win over Clarion-Limestone Wednesday in Strattanville.
Kaleb Young also returned a kickoff after C-L's only touchdown for a 72-yard score, wrapping up the three-pronged attack by Punxsy's offense, defense and special teams.
Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to attend a plethora of Senior Nights for the sports of boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, band and football, and one thing stood out about the seniors who represent Punxsutawney via athletics: These kids have heart.
Not every Senior Night went as those who plan these things would have probably liked.
NEW BETHLEHEM â€” Despite falling in their first set against Redbank Valley, the Lady Chucks bounced back to win three straight sets and earn a four-game victory â€” their fourth in victory in a row â€” 22-25, 25-14, 28-26, 25-22, in New Bethlehem Monday.
The junior varsity squad stayed true to form and won its matchup with the Lady Bulldogs in two sets, 25-14, 25-16.
In the varsity game, it was the Lady Bulldogs who earned the first set victory, edging out Punxsy in a back-and-forth contest, 25-22.
In this photo, Punxsy nine-year old Allie Meko proudly displays her first buck, which she shot with a crossbow Oct. 5 while hunting with her father on the Shenosky farm in Gaskill Township Allie's deer, the first submitted to The Spirit for this year's season, along with the increased deer traffic at night, is a reminder to local residents that deer season is in full swing. Archery season kicked off Oct. 1 across the state; muzzleloader season started Oct. 15; and traditional rifle season is slated to begin Nov. 28, the Monday after Thanksgiving. (Photo submitted)
RIDGWAY â€” Labeled as the underdog heading into Tuesday's playoff game may have been an advantage for the Lady Raiders. Keeping focused and playing hard for the full 80 minutes proved to be the key, and Brookville advanced to the District IX Class A semi-finals after a 1-0 shutout victory over the Lady Elkers of Ridgway.
"Like I told my girls after the game, I'm not sure that maybe the best team won, but I know that the team that had the most heart did today," Lady Raiders head coach Chip Mason said. "I was very happy with the effort they put forth."
Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club for Career Womenâ€™s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.
PERRY TOWNSHIP â€” A Hamilton man was flown to a hospital following a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday on St. Jacobs Church Road, Perry Township.
According to Punxsy-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1995 Ford 9,000 coal truck driven by Richard E. Smith, 66, Brockway, was traveling south on St. Jacobs Church Road while a 1996 Ford Aspire, driven by Del S. Heitzenrater, 29, Hamilton, was traveling north.
Police said both vehicles entered a curve in the road at the same time, when Heitzenraterâ€™s vehicle traveled across the highway into the opposing lane of travel.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Safety is the key word for trick-or-treating, which will be held in Punxsutawney Monday, Oct. 31, beginning with the traditional firefightersâ€™ parade at 6 p.m., and trick-or-treating to follow until 9 p.m.
All youngsters in the borough â€” including East End children, who will trick-or-treat Saturday â€” are welcome to participate.