March 30th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Seniors taking the stage for their Variety Show tonight will bring something to the annual show that has been missing for some time: The singing of the alma mater.
â€śI went in just to direct the alma mater,â€ť said James Colonna, who taught music theory, band and worked with the Variety Show in one way or another every year he taught at PAHS, â€śand then I got really into it.â€ť
The return of the historic alma mater to the Variety Show program is indeed warranted, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the annual show.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Those who attended the Marcellus Shale gas drilling presentation Wednesday at the IUP-Fairman Centre learned that there are numerous opportunities for business owners to service the gas well drilling industry.
Marlene Lellock, executive director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, said the program was not about the pros and cons of Marcellus drilling, but how businesspeople and entrepreneurs can take advantage of the large natural gas formation located in the Jefferson County area and throughout Pennsylvania.
JOHNSTOWN â€” Miss Elizabeth, she isnâ€™t.
While Brandy Way â€” a professional wrestler known on several independent circuits as Brittany Force â€” grew up watching and admiring Miss Elizabeth â€” the gorgeous valet of WWF star Randy â€śMacho Manâ€ť Savage â€” her tough side told her that if she ever broke into the business, she wouldnâ€™t just be standing at the side of the ring, all dolled-up and fragile.
WILKES-BARRE â€” Kaleb Young's search for a Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state championship will have to wait another year.
Young, a 102-pounder competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division, finished fourth this year at the PJW State Championship Tournament this past weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
The wrestler finished as a state runner-up the past two years.
Young, a seventh-grader, was one of three Punxsutawney grapplers to compete in the state tournament.
Also wrestling were Josh Schuckers (107 pounds) and Troy Peace (212 pounds).
CLARION â€” When the infielders for Brookville and Clarion's softball teams raced toward ground balls Wednesday afternoon at Clarion, they were forced to contend with Mother Nature, as well as their opponents.
The snow started about an hour before the game and continued throughout, leaving both teams scrambling to stay warm and trying to find solid footing in the field.
The Lady Bobcats (3-0) overcame the conditions and used a strong outing from starting pitcher from Krysta Fuller to beat the Lady Raiders, 12-0.
Hilton George Conrad, 73, Rossiter, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
He was born Feb. 4, 1938, a son of the late George and Martha (Miller) Conrad.
Mr. Conrad was married to Shirley (Travis) Conrad, who survives, of Rossiter.
He was a laborer.
In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include a son, George Conrad and wife Melody of Rossiter; two grandchildren, Rick and Raymond Dubose; and seven great-grandchildren.
Vivien E. Spangler, 88, Estero, Fla., formerly of Ohl, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at JoAnn's House Hospice in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Born Jan. 24, 1923, in Cadiz, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Chanley V. and Ethel E. (Smith) Carrier.
Feb. 28, 1944, in Erie, she married George Willis Spangler, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Spangler was a 1940 graduate of Summerville High School in Summerville. She was employed at the Sylvania Factory in Brookville, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville, and she also did housework for others in the area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After witnessing the Punxsy varsity baseball team's 12-run first inning during its 16-1 win in four innings over Kittanning Tuesday, it was easy to reminisce about a similarly successful first inning that came from the 2008 Punxsutawney Junior Legion team, which featured a number of this year's varsity Chucks.
ST. MARYS â€” Nineteen Punxsy girls scored at least a point during the Lady Chucks' track and field team's 76 1/2-73 1/2 victory over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in St. Marys.
The Lady Crusaders are one of the premier Class AA programs in District IX, and first-year head coach Barry Young was proud of his team's season-opening win.
"It was a quality win over a quality opponent," Young said. "Spreading those third-place finishes around really helped."
Punxsy (1-0) won two of three relays and earned seven first-place finishes in individual events.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy boys' track and field team won five of the seven field events during a 83-67 victory over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in St. Marys.
"We did what we had to do early in the season," Punxsy head coach John Smith said. "It was a close meet, as we expected, and we did well despite the cold weather."
Punxsy was dominant in the field, led by junior Brody Morgan, who won all three throwing events.
Morgan took first in the discus (117-2), javelin (141-9) and shot put (46-3 1/2).