BROOKVILLE â€” Perhaps parents breathe their first sighs of relief in the silence of uncertainty as the sounds that the sharpness of a cold stethoscope catches are brought into existence. That steady, rhythmic pulse provides not only proof of life, but a beat to believe in, one that holds a lifetimeâ€™s worth of hopes and dreams.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bullying has been seen in real life, on television and in films. People may like to see the underdog rise against his or her instigators, but retaliation such as that seen in the violent killings at Columbine High School shows that bullying continues to be out of control â€” along with the retaliation.
In the last several years, thereâ€™s been a focus on attempting to put an end to bullying at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, which was visited by the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a program for explaining to students whatâ€™s behind bullying and how to end it.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(January 22, 1896)
Killed a Bird of Freedom
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team enters the 2010-2011 season coming off a 9-8 seventh-grade campaign.
The Chucks return all of last year's leading scorers, including Ryan Sloniger, Dakota Thomas and Adam Ferko. Punxsy starts the season today at DuBois CC.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Eighteen Chucks will enter their first season as part of the Punxsy junior-high basketball program on the seventh-grade team.
The Chucks are being coached by Darren Sherry, who is leading a Punxsy junior-high basketball team for the first time under first-year varsity coach Dirk Neal.
Punxsy starts the season at 4 p.m. today at DuBois CC.
MARION CENTER â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team scored just seven first-half points and turned the ball over 23 times during a 54-23 loss to Marion Center Friday night during the Marion Center Tip-off Tournament.
The Lady Chucks (0-1) return to the court at 2:30 p.m. today when they take on Central Martinsburg in the tournament's consolation game. The championship game â€” between Marion Center and Westmont Hilltop â€” will follow at 4:30 p.m.
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.