May 24th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During the final week that the Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 2011 was able to share together, seniors not only shared memories of character, but also memories of scholarship as they came together as a whole for Class Night.
Class Secretary Marcy Sallack opened the program by saying the night would celebrate individual and group achievements of the class.
Principal David London expressed his wishes for the class as it enters the world. He also congratulated seniors on being May 2011 graduates.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When a tragedy occurs like the one Saturday, when a three-year-old boy from Clearfield County lost his life after falling into Mahoning Creek, it not only affects the family and friends of the victim, but it also affects the emergency responders who attempted to rescue him from the chilly waters of the creek.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” More than 300 people crowded into the Alliance Church Tuesday to watch the Rainbow Express pre-school graduating Class of 2011 receive their diplomas.
There were four groups of students graduating. Cookie Monsters and Big Birds are ages four and five, and many were in their second year at Rainbow Express. The Muppets and Little Birds are first-year students between the ages of three and four.
The Punxsy softball team held its annual banquet Sunday at the Eagles Club. Pictured, along with any award they may have won, are the seniors (front, from left): Kristen Fedder, co-Defensive Player of the Year; Allie Shields; Jenna Reitz; Ashley Barenchik, co-Offensive Player of the Year; Hannah Giavedoni; (back) Taylor Powell; Megan Muth, Most Improved Player; Tia Davis; Hannah Neal, co-Defensive Player of the Year; Ashley Couser; and Shawnna Crago, co-Offensive Player of the Year and co-Pitcher of the Year.
1. I'm sure Nick Gillung, Mercyhurst College and Punxsy baseball fans are disappointed that the Lakers fell two victories shy of reaching the NCAA Division II Championship. At least he finished his collegiate career with one of his finest games last Friday â€” seven innings, three hits, no earned runs and 14 strikeouts.
Dorothy I. Cherry, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Saturday, May 21, 2011.
She was born in 1925 to the late Harry E. and Edna Z. (Wills) Duey in Tyrone.
She was married to Andrew Dale Cherry, who preceded her in death June 26, 1999.
Mrs. Cherry was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Clymer. She was a member of the Senior Saints at her place of worship. She enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her family, being a grandmother, helping her friends and personal Bible Study Class at Crystal Waters Nursing Home.
Mildred T. (Pennington) Poeta, 87, Punxsutawney, formerly of Rossiter, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by family.
She was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Daniel and Nancy (Tozar) Pennington. She grew up in McGees Mills.
Dec. 31, 1943, she married Frank Poeta, who preceded her in death Oct. 12, 1979. The couple owned Poeta Trucking of Rossiter for more than 40 years.
Mrs. Poeta was a homemaker and the last surviving sibling of her two brothers and five sisters.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Business was a part of Brigette Trusal's family while she was growing up, but it wasn't quite the path she took in life.
Trusal, who was named The Punxsutawney Spirit's â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť for the high school Monday, said her father was a financial advisor, "so I grew up with it. He would read the paper to find and research companies for stocks."
He imparted financial responsibility to his daughter at a young age.
"Even my allowance, when I was little, I had to keep a book on it," she said, adding she at least momentarily contemplated a career in the business world.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For 36 years, Patti Spinelli has been a teacher â€” a goal she first recognized at age 16.
Monday, Spinelli, a fourth-grade standard language and reading teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, was awarded for her hard work, being named The Punxsutawney Spirit's â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť at PAMS.
Spinelli said she was surprised when she received her award Monday morning during the fourth-grade track and field day that was held at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If the size of a smile on the face of a student indicates the type of impression a teacher has made upon his or her life, then the sheer happiness expressed by the boys and girls gathered around Michele Basile-Long Monday morning as she was presented with The Punxsutawney Spirit's elementary â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť award told of a positive one.