November 2nd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After getting a late start with planning, the Home for the Holidays parade will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in downtown Punxsutawney.
The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce encourages those groups, organizations, individuals and businesses that wish to be in the parade to get their registration in as quickly as possible.
Entry information and forms are available for download online at Punxsutawney.com or by calling the Chamber at 814-938-7700, ext. 2. Entry forms are requested to be completed and turned in by Nov. 18.
This Saturday, 32 former Punxsy Chucks football players spanning 20 years â from the Class of 1991 to the Class of 2011 â will play in a full-contact alumni game against rival Brookville at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney. The game was organized by Alumni Football USA, which organizes approximately 300 games each year across the country, according to Pennsylvania director Robert Bishop.
BROCKWAY âÂ The Lady Raiders of Brookville played a hard-fought, defensive game Tuesday in the District IX Class A soccer semi-finals against Curwensville.
Brookville had been on the losing end of two one-goal games to the Lady Tide during the regular season, and it turned out the same way for the Lady Raiders Tuesday. Curwensville found the back of the net just once, but that was enough to carry the Lady Tide to the championship game.
HIGH POINT, N.C. â High Point University head coach Mike Esposito was named Big South Coach of the Year in women's cross country, it was announced after the Panthers won their first-ever team championship Saturday in Conway, S.C.
HPU's top five runners all placed in the top 10 as the Panthers beat two-time defend- ing champion Liberty University.
Originally from Punxsutawney, Esposito is in his seventh season as head coach of men's and women's cross country and track & field at High Point University.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Almost two years after he was fired as a police officer by Punxsutawney Borough Council, Brian Andrekovich is again seeking to get his job back.
The lawsuit filed Oct. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Penn-sylvania by attorney Susan E. Mahood of Pitts-burgh names council President Susan Glessner and Vice-President Donna Lellock, as well as council members Larry Chenoga, Mike Porada, Bob Reesman, Bill Spencer and Roger Steele as defendants, as well as Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â if you have a child who will attend kindergarten in the next school year, then you and your child are invited to attend âGet Ready for Kindergartenâ Thursday at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School.
The program runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the PAMS cafeteria for parents of students who will attend kindergarten in the Punxsutawney Area School District next fall, said Shari Weber, elementary principal.
Weber said parents will go to various centers dealing with a variety of subjects, such as math, language arts, fine motor skills and large motor skills.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The SS.C.D. elementary basketball program's sixth-grade team finished its season with an undefeated 26-0 record with three wins at the sixth-grade tournament at DuBois Central Catholic over the weekend in DuBois.
The final game "was a nail-biter," according to elementary basketball director Kurt Nestel. SS.C.D. held on for a 13-12 victory over Elk County Christian to clinch the undefeated season.
During the perfect season, SS.C.D. also earned the championship at the ECC Tourna-ment.
DUBOIS â Halloween turned out to be a scary night for the Brookville Raiders as they fell 5-1 to the Brockway Rovers in the Distrist IX Class A soccer semi-finals.
With the loss, the Raiders season ended on a disappointing note, but Brookville head coach Dan Smith said he was pleased with how the team played throughout the playoffs.
"We would've liked to have gone a little further up the bracket, but we're happy," Smith said. "We're proud of the boys, with the effort they put up through the bracket. They gave it a nice run."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The driver of a box truck hauling petroleum products lost control at approximately 2:35 p.m. Monday while traveling north on Indiana Hill (Route 119) and crashed into the guardrail on the bridge, which caused the truck to flip over and land on the Mahoning Shadow Trail below.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, the truck was driven by Gerald Luchini, Weedville, for Windward Petroleum of Ridgway and was carrying barrels filled with oil and antifreeze, which spilled into a small stream that flows into the Mahoning Creek.
Maxine L. Fike, 83, Punxsutawney, formerly of Coolspring, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Wellington Heights.
She was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Hawthorne, a daughter of the late Richard P. and Blanche C. (Radaker) Hartzell.
She married Percy L. Fike, who preceded her in death Sept. 16, 2009.
Surviving relatives include two brothers, Richard F. Hartzell and wife Donna of Linesville, and Robert L. Hartzell and wife Dee of Oxford, Fla.; and two sisters, Wilda L. Prince and husband Hugh of Albany, Ga., and Pauline A. Wilson and husband Tom of Pulaski.