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December 3rd

Punxsy trio runs in New York Nike event

December 3, 2010

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. — A trio of Punxsutawney Area High School cross country runners traveled to Wappingers Falls, N.Y., to compete in the Nike Cross Country Regional meet Nov. 27.

This was the fourth year for the event, which serves as a qualifying race for the Nike Cross Nationals, which take place today in Portland, Ore.

Competing in the open race were Punxsy seniors A.J. Meterko and Milea Schall, along with sophomore Alexis Young.

PUNXSY GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY BANQUET

December 3, 2010

Members of the 2010 Punxsy girls' cross country team were recognized for their contributions at the annual banquet Nov. 22. Pictured are (front, from left) Kayla Carpenter; Heidi Rodgers, most improved; Juliann Boddorf, most seasonal bests and second team all-district; Tamera Anthony; Alexis Young, most improved and first team all-district; (back) Kirsten Dean; Hannah Rummel; Bethany Beatty; Heather Heitzenrater; and Milea Schall, most outstanding runner and first team all-district. Missing from the photo is Shannon Byerly, first team all-district. (Photo submitted)

David G. Van Horn, 50

December 3, 2010

David G. Van Horn, 50, Templeton, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at his home.

He was born Dec. 12, 1959, in Natrona Heights, a son of Blaine and Ruth (Waltz) Van Horn, who survive.

Mr. Van Horn was married to Denise Ross, who survives.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Mr. Van Horn belonged to the Local 66 Operating Engineers Union, where he was a certified crane operator.

December 2nd

Punxsy uses hard work to improve during preseason practices

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With three starters gone from a team that played just five or six players nearly every game last year, the Punxsy girls' basketball team is concentrating on working hard to improve with new faces expected to play vital roles this season.

Gone are Amber Fye and Megan McCully, who each graduated this past June. Also, senior Hannah Neal — last year's leading scorer at 12.0 points per game — isn't playing this season, meaning seniors Shawnna Crago and Jenna Reitz are this year's only returning starters.

DELIGHTED DEER HUNTERS

December 2, 2010

Frank Johnston (second from left), of Punxsy, bagged this 175-pound, nine-point buck — his first — at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday in Bell Township. Pictured are (from left) Antonio Thorp, Johnston, Zachary Thorp and Carol Johnston. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

It’s too early for your winter Phil!

December 2, 2010

Indiana First Bank’s “You Can Bank on Phil” statue fell victim to snowflakes Thursday evening. Today, with temperatures ranging from the low 30s to the low 20s, marginally higher than Thursday, Phil may fare a little better. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Punxsy to receive new traffic signals through PennDOT

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This may not be on your Christmas list, but Punxsutawney is going to receive new traffic signals courtesy of PennDOT District 10 throughout the downtown area.

Punxsutawney Borough Manager Ben White said that the traffic signal upgrade is a PennDOT project.

“Each of the intersections along Mahoning Street — including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets — will receive new signals, signal posts and mast arms,” White said, adding that Hampton is currently the only intersection that has mast arms that support the traffic signals.

PennDOT waiting to finalize sale of house for intersection project

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Route 310/119 intersection improvement project continued to be a big topic of discussion at Thursday’s Route 119 Improvement Committee meeting.

Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said that the purchase of the brown house located at the intersection — a house that the committee was planning to purchase for demolition — has not been completed yet.

David G. Van Horn, 50

December 2, 2010

David G. Van Horn, 50, Templeton, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at his home.

He was born Dec. 12, 1959, in Natrona Heights, a son of Blaine and Ruth (Waltz) Van Horn, who survive.

Mr. Van Horn was married to Denise Ross, who survives.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Mr. Van Horn belonged to the Local 66 Operating Engineers Union, where he was a certified crane operator.

December 1st

Elementary students won’t be washed away by waves of technology

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 21st Century Learning Initiative continues to expand in the Punxsutawney Area School District, as technology broadens to the elementary grades.

“We used to just have one computer lab in each of our elementary school buildings,” elementary Principal Travis Monroe said. “There was just the stationary lab where a teacher had to work his or her classroom schedule around its availability. That really tied up a classroom.”

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