March 11th, 2011
HERSHEY â The seasons of Punxsy senior Kody Young and Seth Spack came to an end Friday in Hershey at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament.
Both wrestlers fell in the consolation second round. Both were one victory away from earning a medal.
Young (33-4), the school record holder with 143 career victories, saw his career come to an end with a 6-3 loss to Penn Manor senior Bobby Rehm (47-2).
Young finished his career with the second-most falls in District IX history. His 92 pins were two shy of Clarion's Kyle Cathcart, who set the mark from 1999-2002.
PITTSBURGH â Brookville head coach Mark Powell was happy with the way his team played, even though the Lady Raiders lost 60-39 to Bishop Canevin at North Hills High School in the first round of the PIAA Class AA First Round Friday night.
Brookville (17-8) played in its first state playoff game in nearly a decade and will use the experience as a building block for the program.
"I wasn't sure what to expect," Powell said. "But I think it was a great way for our four seniors to go out. And I think the underclassmen played well, and it should help our program."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After learning about proposed budget cuts to school districts presented by Gov. Tom Corbett this week, Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said Friday that Gov. Tom Corbettâs proposed budget cuts to school districts may have placed all-day kindergarten in jeopardy.
Wolfe said he had just returned from a superintendentsâ meeting at Riverview Intermediate Unit (IU) No. 6 in Clarion, and the amount of concern was astronomical.
INDIANA â Students planning to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) â or any other school within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education â should prepare for their wallets to get a little lighter in light of cuts in Gov. Tom Corbettâs proposed budget.
In his budget issued Tuesday, Corbett proposed cutting $625 million in higher education costs. If the budget is approved, funding for state and state-related schools â including Penn State, Temple University and Lincoln University â would be slashed by 50 percent.
Trisha Lee (OâHara) McCallister, 46, Plano, Texas, died Friday, March 4, 2011.
She was born Feb. 19, 1965, in Sandusky, Ohio, a daughter of Ernest and Phyllis (Smith) OâHara, who survive, of Indiana.
She grew up in Huron, Ohio, and was a 1983 graduate of Huron High School.In 1987, she graduated from Bowling Green State University and later attained her CPA license.
Samantha Jo Painter, 22, Big Run, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at home.
She was born March 11, 1988, a daughter of Ernest Ray and Diana Sue (Haag) Painter Jr., who survive, of Punxsutawney.
Miss Painter was a 2006 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.Â She then completed an online dog grooming course.
She attended Chestnut Grove Independent Church.
Miss Painter was a daycare attendant at Little Dreamers Daycare in Big Run.
HERSHEY â Both of the Punxsy wrestling team's state-qualifiers are one victory away from a medal after each won a bout at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Spack (31-6), a junior, won his only bout of the day and will compete next in today's championship quarterfinals, and Young (32-3), a senior, went 1-1 Thursday and will next compete in the consolation second round.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The guests at Mulberry Square may not be able to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but they were able to attend their own special Mardi Gras parade through the halls of the resident home.
The Mardi Gras parade has been an annual specialty for the past five years, Activities Director Vickie Amundson said.
Over the past five years, this has become a growing project, as many of the floats have been created by the residents with the guidance of Sue Keane.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Route 119 Committee recently received an update on area highway construction projects from PennDOT District 10.
Timothy J. Jablunovsky, P.E., portfolio manager for PennDOT District 10, said with the arrival of spring, it will be time to complete some projects and begin others.
âą Elk Run Bridge, and the 310 Intersection â This project is actually three projects occurring at this location, Jablunovsky said.
The first is the sight distance improvement project that will remove a house at the corner of Route 310 and Route 119 in Elk Run.