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.
Richard â€śDecentâ€ť Francis Havrilla, 58, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born May 30, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of Eleanor â€śEllieâ€ť Mary (Pawhutsky) Havrilla, who she survives, and the late Richard Carl Havrilla.
Mr. Havrilla had a passion for life and a love for music. He played bass guitar in various local bands such as The Reason Why, The Worthy Generation, Tyme, Kaos and most recently G3. He liked to help other people, and had played guitar in charity benefits. He was deeply touched when friends organized a benefit on his behalf.Â
John Daniel Leinbach, 77, of Indiana, and formerly of Glen Campbell, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at his home.
He was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Clearfield, a son of Daniel S. and Florence E. (Hall) Leinbach.
A 1951 Punxsutawney High School graduate, Mr. Leinbach served in the U.S. Air Force from June 1951 to August 1955 during the time of the Korean conflict.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board again returned Gary Conrad as president and Francis J. Molinaro as vice-president during its annual reorganization meeting.
Conducting the early part of the meeting, Solicitor David Young accepted Jeff Martzâ€™s motion and Molinaroâ€™s second to nominate Conrad as president. The motion passed 6-3, with Martz, Molinaro, Conrad and board members Penny Pifer, Roberta Dinsmore and Lesa Conner voting n support.
Board members Bob Pascuzzo, Penny Pearce and Jack White voted against the motion.