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October 1st, 2012

Zimmerman-led ‘Air Chucks’ sink Flying Dutchmen

October 1, 2012

ST. MARYS – If not by land, turn to the air, and turn to it the Chucks did in a big way. Punxsy quarterback Garrett Zimmerman led the "Air Chucks" for 21 second-half points with the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion coming with 11 seconds left on the clock to sink the St. Marys Flying Dutch, 21-20, Friday night.

In the shotgun, Zimmerman found Christian Falgout from five yards out to pull Punxsy to within a point, 20-19, to cap an 11-play, 64-yard drive. The touchdown was not enough though, as Punxsy went for the two-point conversion and win.

Allia Scott to represent IUP-Punxsy in Crimson Court

October 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While Punxsutawney Area High School had its Homecoming royalty crowned last weekend, the other campus in town — IUP-Punxsy — has just recently announced its representative for its own Homecoming, coming up this weekend, in Allia Scott of Philadelphia.

Scott will represent the first-year students' campus in what IUP calls its "Crimson Court" as a part of Homecoming 2012 activities.

CCA holds back-to-school event for its students

October 1, 2012

DUBOIS — The Com- monwealth Connections Academy (CCA) hosted a back-to-school picnic for students in Jefferson County at the Edgewood Family Fun Center last Tuesday.

The event was one of eight such back-to-school parties being held across the state by the school, with 32 planned for the two-week span.

The purpose of the event was to kick off the start of a new school year, as well as to allow students and parents the opportunity to meet their peers and teachers in person.

"Punxsy youth rally" held at PAHS

October 1, 2012

The combined youth groups of the Christian, Missionary and Alliance Church; First Church of God; Salvation Army; and First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney sponsored a youth rally Sunday at the Punxsutawney Area High School gymnasium. Mike Hammer, youth pastor at First Church of God, said the purpose of the rally was to have a safe event where students could come, interact and have fun. He said he wants students to realize that just because something is church-related doesn’t mean it’s boring.

Dr. John Francis (Jack) O’Leary, 94

October 1, 2012

Dr. John Francis (Jack) O’Leary of Bel Air, Md., pharmacology researcher, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2012, in his home. He was 94.

Jack was born in 1917 to John T. and Winifred Embert O’Leary in Punxsutawney. He graduated there from Saints Cosmas & Damian Parochial High School.

One of 10 children, he was the first in his family to pursue higher education.

After receiving his B.S. in biochemistry from Penn State University in 1942, he was employed by Keystone Ordnance in Meadville, Pa., in the manufacture of TNT for the U.S. Army.

September 30th

Chucks' soccer explodes past Elk County Crusaders

September 30, 2012

ST. MARYS — A pattern of scoring in clusters is forming. The Punxsy Chucks boys’ soccer continued their pattern of scoring in bunches on Saturday with five second half scores to explode past the Elk County Crusaders, 6-1.

“I am pleased with how the guy played,” said Punxsy coach Phil Shenkle. “ECC always plays us tough.”

The Chucks, now 8-3, saw the pairing of Ty Zimmerman and Tanner Evans team up for the team’s first four goals and three assists between them. Evans netted two goals and two assists, while Zimmerman scored two as well with one assist.

Brookville tops Moniteau in fourth-quarter comeback

September 30, 2012

WEST SUNBURY ­— The Brookville Raiders' football team was able to outlast the Moniteau Warriors 19-14 Friday thanks to another strong performance from junior running backs Zach Vroman and Brodie Zacherl.

Vroman tallied 153 yards by night's end, and Zacherl rushed for 107, with an 11-yard TD run.

Punxsy's Got Talent winners

September 30, 2012

The Punxsutawney Spirit held Appreciation Day on Saturday at the SS.C.D. auditorium to give a big thank-you to the community. The fun-filled day included the 3rd Annual Punxsy’s Got Talent show.

Winners of the talent show were (from left) Brielle King, third place, who sang and played the keyboard; Garrett Rowan (second place), who played the guitar; and Caleb Dinger (first place), who also sang and played the keyboard. Dinger received a $100 cash prize.

Pumpkin-decorating contest winners

September 30, 2012

The pumpkin-decorating contest at The Spirit's Appreciation Day on Saturday drew a crowd of artistic children, including Giselle Hickox (from left), 8, Punxsutawney, “Most Beautiful Pumpkin; Madison Barr, 9, Punxsutawney, “Ugliest Pumpkin”; Rooney Kunselman, 3, Rossiter, “Most Original Idea”; Matthew Grusky, 7, Punxsutawney, “Funniest Pumpkin”; and Dartanyan Pifer, 4, Punxsutawney, “Spirit Favorite.”

Dartanyan won a $25 Chamber gift certificate.

County Market sponsored the event, and Pine Valley donated the pumpkins.

Community First Bank donated treat bags to participants.

Way Back When

September 30, 2012

(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.)

Local Intelligence
Sept. 9, 1896

ELDERS' AND DEACONS' CONVENTION

An Elders' and Deacons' Convention was held at Pleasant Grove on Thursday, September 2. The convention was called to order by Rev. Hartman, of Punxsutawney, and Rev. H. G. Teagarden, of Oliveburg, was elected chariman, and T. M. Sadler, secretary.

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