January 9th, 2011
The Punxsy football program held its annual banquet Sunday night at the Pantall Hotel. Pictured are the 16 seniors (front, from left): Steve Neal, Tige Woodson, Ian Weaver, Devon Luzell, Ben Blazavich, Duell Thompson, Jason Fallara, Seth Kinnan; (back) Kody Young, Devan Neal, Zak Dickey, Spencer Fiumara, Corban Cressley, Glenn Perry, James Neal and Rodney Tyree. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Olive Mary Fye, 91, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
She was born May 28, 1919, in La Jose, a daughter of the late John and Belle (Williams) Sylvis.
Mrs. Fye was married to Glenn Fye, who preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Big Run Christian Church and the Sykesville Senior Citizens.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It has long been said that the records can be thrown out when it comes to rivalry games, and the Route 36 Rivalry between the Punxsutawney Chucks and Brookville Raiders' boys' basketball teams is no different.
In a game that featured 10 lead changes and a frenzied final minute, the Raiders (9-1, 3-1 District IX League) completed a season sweep of the Chucks (3-5, 0-2) with a 48-45 victory.
BLOOMSBURG â€” Alex Thomas earned Outstanding Wrestler honors, and Punxsutawney native and redshirt sophomore Steven Cressley finished third at 184 pounds during Clarion University's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship-winning performance in Bloomsburg this past month.
Thomas (197 pounds), James Fleming (157 pounds) and Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (165 pounds) each won individual titles to lead the Golden Eagles toward their first PSAC team crown since 1994.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team earned six points during each of its 12 victories Thursday night while knocking off Curwensville, 66-38.
Of the Chucks' 12 wins, eight were by fall and four were by forfeit. The eight falls helped Punxsy win easily, as those accounted for 48 of the team's 66 points.
After Punxsy (4-1) fell behind 11-0, Eli Lambiotte (6-3) started the team's winning ways by pinning Sam Bressler in 2:57. Ryan Jones (5-5) followed with a loss by fall, helping the Golden Tide bump their advantage back up to 11 at 17-6.
The PAHS senior class chose Megan Muth (second from left) as the Winter Queen and Taylor Powell (third) as the Winter Princess. They were accompanied by their escorts Adam Murdock (far left) and David Roberts. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
HARRISBURG â€”Â He may be leaving Harrisburg, but outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell said he wonâ€™t forget Punxsutawney.
â€śIâ€™ll always have a sweet spot in my heart for (Punxsutawney) Phil,â€ť he said during a conference call with Pennsylvania newspaper editors Friday. â€śPhil was in my first inaugural parade. It was freezing, 18 degrees, and Phil comes along, being driven in his warm traveling pen.â€ť
DUBOIS â€” A former death row inmate living in a Brockway shelter has been arrested again, and Pennsylvaniaâ€™s parole board says it is looking into alleged parole violations â€” again.
Ernie Simmons, 53, was convicted and sentenced to death for beating and choking 80-year-old Anna Knaze in her Johnstown home in 1992. The conviction was overturned after an appeals court determined prosecutors withheld evidence.
From the man who brought you â€śSquare Root Day,â€ť Ron Gordon is back to promote â€śStory Day,â€ť and the story must begin, â€śOnes Upon a Day.â€ť
Gordon, a teacher in the Sequoia-Union School District in Redwood City, Calif., first brought Square Root Day to the attention of Spirit readers and others around the country during Groundhog Day 2004 â€” 02.02.04, two is the square root of four.
The last Square Root Day was March 3, 2009 â€” 03.03.09, three is the square root of nine â€” and the next Square Root Day will be April 4, 2016 â€” 04.04.16, four is the square root of 16.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy wrestling team proved it is a squad that has more than one talented grappler Thursday night with a 51-21 victory over Curwensville in its first home match of the season.
The Chucks (6-6) fell behind 15-6 following the first-ever home loss of senior Kody Young before rallying off five-straight victories that carried into the decisive win.
Young (9-1), who was competing in his first home match since breaking the school record in career victories Dec. 28, 2010, was up against Curwensville's best wrestler in junior Jake Keller.