April 21st, 2011
To celebrate achievement and success, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inducted 36 new members during an assembly Thursday at Punxsutawney Area Middle School.
(Front, from left) Carolyn Barnett, Brandon Bennett, Paul Brauer, Mikeelee Brink, Nicholas Brothers, Abigail Calvert, Madison Cary, Nicole Cromley, Brandon Douthit, Morgan Doverspike, Ivy Ferko, Braxton Giavedoni and Nichole Heitzenrater were many of the new members being inducted.
Throughout the ceremony, speakers elaborated on the traditions of the NJHS.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Seventy-nine-year-old Joe Cary, of Punxsy, will participate in the National Senior Games in Houston, Texas, during the last weekend in June.
June 25, Cary will compete in the 5K race â€” or 3.1 miles â€” in the 75 to 79 age group, and he expects to be the eldest in the category. In addition, June 26, he will compete in a triathlon that consists of a 400-yard swim, a 12.5-mile bike race and a 3.1-mile run.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy softball team lost three regular-season games last year, and two of them were to DuBois.
This season, an 0-2 record against the Lady Beavers just wasn't going to fly for the Lady Chucks.
Punxsy (5-0) overcame a 4-1 deficit, tied the game in the fourth inning and pulled ahead for good during a 6-4 victory over DuBois (3-1) in a battle of undefeated District IX powerhouses Thursday afternoon at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.
BROCKWAY â€” The Punxsy boys' tennis team bounced back from Wednesday's 6-3 loss in DuBois with a 9-0 victory Thursday in Brockway to even its record at 3-3.
A constant line that Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley mentioned was his team's ability to respond to various situations Thursday after struggling Wednesday.
"(This win is) a big confidence builder," Heigley said. "We made the adjustments at the right time. We didn't make as many mistakes that we've had in previous matches."
BROOKVILLE â€” Brookville shortstop Kelsey Heinrich and third baseman Abby Beatty shut down the left side of the infield during the Lady Raiders' 7-3 win over Karns City Thursday afternoon in Brookville.
Heinrich and Beatty gunned down eight Lady Gremlins base runners, helping Tonya Shaffer complete a one-hitter, which gave Shaffer her second varsity win.
"I'm proud that we didn't give up," Henrich said, "And that we fought back and won even though we were behind for 90 percent of the game."
Max L. Moore, 86, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at his home.
He was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Everett J. and Cosie (Smith) Moore.
He was married to Eleanor "Jane" Moore, who preceded him in death May 18, 2009.
Mr. Moore was co-owner and operator of Everett Moore Coal Company. He was a member of the Moose and the Punxsutawney Country Club.
He loved golfing, tinkering with old lawn mowers, tractors and dozers. He was known for his daily trips into town with his dog Snickers and loved watching reality shows and "Judge Judy."
Grace P. Neal, 85, Indianapolis, Ind., died Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Rittenhouse Assisted Living.
She was born March 20, 1926, in Big Run, a daughter of the late Gilbert and Nell (Smouse) Patterson.
In July 1946, she married Robert Neal, who survives. They were married for 64 years.
Mrs. Neal was a graduate of Big Run High School, and in addition to being a dedicated mother, she worked as a secretary for MFA Insurance.
She was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Neal enjoyed gardening, her pets and being a homemaker.
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy boys' tennis team fell behind during numerous matches and was unable to come back to win during DuBois' 6-3 victory Wednesday in DuBois.
Only two Chucks were victorious Wednesday â€” Mike Blose and Tim Pearce. Both players won a singles match and teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles contest.
(From left) Joseph Harclerode I, Joey Harclerode III and Joe Harclerode II caught this 21 3/4-inch brown trout Monday in Little Sandy Creek in Coolspring. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Norma J. Mottern, 67, Stump Creek, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
She was born Nov. 27, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Marie (Lockard) Peace, who survives, of Punxsutawney, and the late Merle G. Peace Sr.
In December 1992, Mrs. Mottern married her husband, Gaill Mottern, who preceded her in death.
She was employed by the Area Agency on Aging, where she was a caregiver and also delivered the Tribune Review with her husband for many years.