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August 8th, 2011

GOING OUT WITH A BANG!

August 9, 2011

With the Groundhog Little League softball tournament and the 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Star state tournament concluding this past weekend, the book is officially closed on baseball and softball for the summer. Now, Punxsy sports fans and parents can take a breather, but not for too long. Punxsy's fall sports practices begin next week, and regular season games are scheduled to begin Aug. 22. To conclude the summer season, Punxsy went out with a bang, claiming two titles in the three classes it competed in at the GLL softball tournament.

Council OKs better signage for library

August 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Can’t find the Punxsutawney Memorial Libary and borough offices from the back parking lot of the Mahoning East Civic Center? You’re not alone.

Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a motion to improve the signage for the rear parking lot area of the Civic Center — especially for the library.

Library Director Coral Ellshoff said there are numerous complaints from people who have difficulty in locating the library’s entrance from the rear parking area.

PASD earns PDE praise for 21st Century program

August 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School District is among five districts receiving accolades again from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for its successful use and integration of technology in its curriculum.

With the help of Learning Resources Director Gerald Gigliotti, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe presented three video vignettes filmed by PDE during the school board’s Monday meeting.

Wolfe said that out of Penn-sylvania’s 200 school districts, Punxsy was one of only five chosen for the documentaries about its 21st Century

BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS

August 8, 2011

Pampering their horses during the first full day of the annual Sykesville Ag & Youth Fair are (from left) Danielle Troutman and her horse Lucky, Genelle Snyder, and Rachel Lines, with her horse Lenny. Rain kept the rides shut down at the fair Monday night, but hopefully the weather will relent enough for the rest of the week. The fair concludes Saturday.

August 7th

Fallen trooper's family donates devices to help police keep impaired drivers off Pa. roads

August 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – PSP Trooper Kenton Iwaniec's friends referred to him as “The Shepherd,” or “Shep.” When he and his friends would go out, he was the designated driver.

“They called him 'Shepherd,'” his father, Ken Iwaniec, said Friday. “When they'd go out, he would get them home. We'd say, 'Are you going out?' His friends said, 'Yeah, Shep's got us.'”

"Cruze" Control

August 8, 2011

Will Curtis (right) draws the winning ticket for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS LTZ or $15,000 in cash during the last night of the annual SS.C.D. Lawn Festival Sunday. Festival Committee Chairman Frank Hetrick (left) announced that the grand prize winner was Dave Klender of Punxsutawney. For the rest of the prize winners, see tomorrow's Spirit.

Way Back When

August 8, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(March 25, 1896)

A WONDERFUL PRESCRIPTION
An Old German Tailor
in a Moment of Confidence
Gives Up a Secret

Punxsy reigns supreme at Groundhog Tournament

August 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In the 10-and-under (10U) championship game at the Groundhog Little League softball tournament, the Punxsy Purranhas scored multiple runs in all three trips to the plate and pitcher Grace Aikens pitched a one-hitter propelling the Purranhas to a 10-0 victory over Homer City in four innings in Punxsutawney.

With the win, the Purranhas earned their second consecutive weekend tournament championship after placing first in the Homer City tournament last weekend.

Aikens quickly retired Homer City in the top of the first inning, and Punxsy wasted no time getting on the board.

Punxsy comes up short in state tournament

August 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 15- and 16-year-old VFW Teener League All- Stars fell to Altoona, 3-2, in the opening round of the losers' bracket at the state tournament Saturday in Huntingdon.

Things looked promising for Punxsy, which jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but Punxsy was only able to manage one hit throughout the final six innings and was eliminated with the loss.

Punxsy manager Mike Klingensmith said he's been around this game long enough to know, "Sometimes, the hits just don't come your way."

This weekend, that was the case for his team.

Darl Yount, 85

August 8, 2011

Darl Yount, 85, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

He was born June 13, 1926, in Ringgold, a son of the late Elwood and Grace (Geist) Yount.

Aug. 27, 1948, he married the former Dorothy G. Rugh, who survives.

He attended the First Church of God.

Mr. Yount worked as a heavy equipment operator for PennDOT for 35 years. He was also a farmer.

He was a member of the John J. Jenks Masonic Lodge and the Punxsutawney Country Club.

Mr. Yount really enjoyed playing golf, walking and hunting.

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