February 15th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Districtâ€™s use of the SchoolReach program hit a snag during a recent snow day, but should be on its way back to working properly.
During the school boardâ€™s voting meeting Monday, Super-intendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said because there were so many text messages being sent from School-Reach, the Verizon system blocked them as spam.
Punxsutawney Borough Council is exploring options regarding a proposed west end storm sewer project near the Punxy Plaza, but Monday, borough engineer Brian Sekula of the EADS Group reported that the firm has hit a wall in obtaining the right-of-way for the storm sewer project.
Sekula said the firm has made numerous requests via phone and e-mail for a meeting with Punxy Plaza representatives on a draft right-of-way agreement. But he said reps for the plaza have not responded to the request.
Gallery 131, Pleasant Avenue, in Punxsy, owned by Delbert Highlands, has the entire upstairs dedicated to works by local artists, and will be the site of an exhibit, â€śFrom a Crooked Barn,â€ť at 7 p.m. Friday by Brandi Elkin, who describes herself as an abstract artist with a twist.
While Elkin enjoyed drawing and coloring as a child, she continued her passion by taking art classes in high school. She plans to continue art education, possibly attending college.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team saved its best for last.
The Lady Chucks scored their most points this season in the final home game of the year while dispatching Penn Cambria Tuesday night, 65-55.
BRADFORD â€” The Punxsy wrestling team rode pin fall victories from Nathan McGregor, Carl Langley, Josh Neal and Tige Woodson into a 42-24 victory over Bradford Tuesday night in Bradford.
McGregor (24-7) earned a fall over Matt Ostrander in 3:41 at 145 pounds, and Langley (15-15) pinned Dylan Lamberson in 3:15 at 160 pounds.
At 171 pounds, Josh Neal (10-15) won by fall over Rob Hilfirty, and Tige Woodson (13-18) pinned Francis Durnein during the final second of the first round at 189 pounds.
BROOKVILLE â€” Brookville junior Brett Smith said that the Raiders could still feel the sting from their loss to Ridgway during the week leading up to their dual meet with Smethport Tuesday night in Brookville.
The team, which had expected to make a run in the state tournament, was forced to stay at home and watch.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Defense and a career-high night by junior Alex Fedigan helped the Punxsy boys' basketball team earn a 55-42 victory over Penn Cambria Monday night that will go a long way toward solidifying a home playoff game for the Chucks.
Fedigan scored a career-best 17 points, and Punxsy held the Panthers to 21 points during the first quarter to win their eighth game this season. Punxsy not only doubled last year's win total with the victory, but it nearly clinched the No. 2 seed in the District IX Class AAA playoffs.
FOXBURG â€”Â A tight game throughout went in the Punxsy girls' basketball team's favor Monday night, as the Lady Chucks started the final week of their season with a 51-46 win over A-C Valley.
The quality road victory was Punxsy's first away from home since Jan. 3. The win also snapped the Lady Chucks' six-game losing streak.
A-C Valley (5-12) had won two-straight games entering Monday.
"The girls played very hard tonight and played with a lot of pride," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "It was a nice win on the road."
ST. MARYS â€” All Brookville boysâ€™ basketball coach Bud Baughman could do at the end of his teamâ€™s 69-59 loss to Elk County Catholic was wave his hands in frustration.
Nothing went the Raiders' way Monday night at Elk County Catholic.
Elk County Catholic shot 22-for-26 (85 percent) on trips to the free-throw line, while Brookville shot 6-for-14 (43 percent), and the Crusaders' offense created more opportunities than the Raiders.
Elk County Catholic also made five three-pointers in the first half, while Brookville struggled to find a rhythm offensively.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Beginning Monday, PennDOT, Punxsutawney Borough Police and Pennsylvania State Police are targeting aggressive drivers in an effort that runs through March 27.
Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 safety officer, said Monday that PennDOT is supporting a statewide crackdown on aggressive driving as part of this yearâ€™s distribution of nearly $2.1 million in federal funds, which supports police efforts to reduce the number of aggressive-driving crashes.