EMPORIUM â The Punxsy boys' basketball team kept things close every quarter, but could never pull ahead during a 62-45 season-opening loss to Cameron County Friday night in Emporium.
The Chucks (0-1) received more bad news after the loss, as senior forward Darren Pifer may have suffered a concussion after a hard fall with 7:14 left in the third quarter. Pifer's status for Punxsy's next game â Tuesday in Redbank Valley â is uncertain at this time.
Junior Logan Weaver led the Chucks with 21 points, nailing three three-pointers. He added eight rebounds and three assists.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team started the 2010-2011 season on the right foot, downing North Catholic Friday night at home, 43-32.
The Chucks â which went 10-7 last year as eighth-graders â are led by Brandon Krug this season. Krug, a 2002 PAHS graduate, is coaching junior-high ball for the first time in Punxsy.
"The whole team played together," Krug said. "Our defense and intensity were the difference in the game."
Brandon Mancuso led the Chucks with 18 points. Following Mancuso was Tanner Evans, who managed seven points.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney will be wishing away next week as the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation kicks off its annual "Light Up A Child's Life" campaign.
The week-long campaign, which will be aired live on WPXZ-FM 104.1, begins Monday at Ragley's True Value Hardware from 6 to 9 a.m. and at the Pantall Hotel from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wish kids will share their wish-come-true stories on the air, and "celebrity" benefactors â including Mayor James Wehrle, guest-starring Monday â will make appearances all week.
VALIER â Four juveniles were uninjured Friday when the vehicle in which they were traveling slid off the road and struck a gas tie-in valve.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred around 3:38 p.m. Friday along Kachmar Road near the intersection of Yoder Road, Perry Township.
Police said a known juvenile female, operating a 2008 Honda Pilot, was traveling west on Kachmar Road when she failed to negotiate a downhill left curve on the icy road.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawneyâs PRIDE has something to be proud of.
The non-profit organization is pleased to announce the reprinting of âOut of Our Kitchens,â a cookbook, according to board member Shirley Sharp, prepared from the recipes of local cooks.
The 215-page Cookbook Publishers Inc. product â originally compiled and published by the 1981-82 members of the Punxsutawney Young Womenâs Club, which no longer exists â has been out of print for more than 20 years.
Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79, Hollywood, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
She was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Clearfield, a daughter of the late Fred and Mildred (Miller) Lippart.
Ms. Anderson was married to Donald E. Anderson, who preceded her in death July 1, 2005.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Valier United Methodist Church in Valier.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â This weekend marks the 27th anniversary of the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs annual food drive, which this year will be held Saturday and Sunday.
Bill Zimmerman, along with fellow Central Fire Department members Bob Hockinson and Warren Kellert, established the drive in 1983.
Zimmerman said they realized the Salvation Army â the only food bank in town at that time â had a need because people were hurting, just like today.
âWe felt it was a good thing to do, to help the Salvation Army once we took care of the people who just fell through the cracks,â he said.
Punxsutawney Area High Schoolâs National Honor Society inducted 20 new members during a ceremony Thursday evening. Four seniors and 16 juniors were welcomed into the academic society, which is founded upon the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character, after meeting requirements of maintaining a 95-percent GPA and undergoing an application process. âThey really and truly have to be the best students in our school to be part of the National Honor Society,â Principal David London said.
The following is from The Punxsutawney Spirit's âWhere Are They Now?â series. The focus is to catch up with former Punxsy athletes to find out what made them a success growing up, and what they are doing today.
BAYTOWN, Texas â Bob Strano always wanted to be the guy in charge.
Even at a young age, back in junior-high, being a leader was his ultimate goal.
Strano, a 1966 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate, recently found a scrapbook from when he was an eighth-grader, and inside was what he wanted to be when he grew up.
Phyllis J. Anderson, 79, formerly of Valier, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.