PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This weekend marks the 27th anniversary of the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâ€™s annual food drive, which this year will be held Saturday and Sunday.
Bill Zimmerman, along with fellow Central Fire Department members Bob Hockinson and Warren Kellert, established the drive in 1983.
Zimmerman said they realized the Salvation Army â€” the only food bank in town at that time â€” had a need because people were hurting, just like today.
â€śWe felt it was a good thing to do, to help the Salvation Army once we took care of the people who just fell through the cracks,â€ť he said.
Punxsutawney Area High Schoolâ€™s National Honor Society inducted 20 new members during a ceremony Thursday evening. Four seniors and 16 juniors were welcomed into the academic society, which is founded upon the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character, after meeting requirements of maintaining a 95-percent GPA and undergoing an application process. â€śThey really and truly have to be the best students in our school to be part of the National Honor Society,â€ť Principal David London said.
The following is from The Punxsutawney Spirit's â€śWhere Are They Now?â€ť series. The focus is to catch up with former Punxsy athletes to find out what made them a success growing up, and what they are doing today.
BAYTOWN, Texas â€” Bob Strano always wanted to be the guy in charge.
Even at a young age, back in junior-high, being a leader was his ultimate goal.
Strano, a 1966 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate, recently found a scrapbook from when he was an eighth-grader, and inside was what he wanted to be when he grew up.
Phyllis J. Anderson, 79, formerly of Valier, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
Friends and families of SS.C.D. School students filled Msgr. Wienker Hall Wednesday evening for the studentsâ€™ international Christmas program, â€śChristmas Around the World,â€ť which culminated with the youngsters circling the auditorium with their candles. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board wonâ€™t charge the Mathog Wrestling Club for its winter tournament until March, but it still realizes no solid decisions on tweaking the existing building usage fee rates.
Business Administrator Susan Robertson said Tuesday that the usage fees were changed this summer, and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said there are three categories: School groups, non-profit groups and for-profit groups.
â€śBut we want to define those categories more clearly and decide where everyone fits and develop a revised fee schedule, if needed,â€ť Robertson said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After a two-week voting period and more than 2,000 votes cast between the two genders, two seniors stood out among the rest according to the public's selection of The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever Fall Sports Most Valuable Players.
Shawnna Crago, a volleyball player who helped the Lady Chucks win their sixth district title in a row, and A.J. Meterko, a cross country runner who finished second at districts and earned his third consecutive trip to states, were selected as the two 2010 winners.
SHIPPENSBURG â€” A 1988 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate continues to have an eventful few months at Shippensburg University, as after being inducted into the school's Athlete Hall of Fame in October, he was named the head football coach Wednesday.
Mark 'Mac' Maciejewski, the son of Stan Maciejewski and Nancy Weisinstein, graduated from Shippensburg in 1992. For the past 12 seasons, he has been an assistant coach with the Red Raiders, and Wednesday, he replaced Rocky Rees â€” who announced his retirement in September â€” as head coach.
Steve J. Hudzick Jr., 82, Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at home with his family by his side.
He was born Aug. 29, 1928, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Steve J. and Mary (Hudak) Hudzick Sr.
June 3, 1952, he married his beloved wife, Emma C. Hudzick, who preceded him in death Oct. 31, 2005.
Mr. Hudzick was a proud 40-year member of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.
He enjoyed going to his grandchildrenâ€™s sporting events, his family and good friends. He was also an avid reader.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As losses due to way too many forfeits continue to be something of the past, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team is focused on improving and finishing above .500 after an 8-9 season last year.
The Chucks were known for having a small roster, but benefited from hard-working wrestlers while managing a combined record of 22-16 from 2006 to 2009. Now, with 28 wrestlers on the roster after having 26 at the outset of last season, the Chucks are ready to return to their winning ways.