September 11th, 2011
Bill Deeley (right) helps Punxsutawney Phil drink up his annual swig of groundhog elixir â which extends his life for another seven years, according to legend â during Saturday's annual Groundhog Picnic & Outing at Groundhog Park in Young Township. Punxsy Phil is shown taking a comfortable seat on the back of his co-handler John Griffiths.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 1, 1896)
Resigned the Cashiership
W. W. Winslow, Esq., who was a few weeks ago, elected cashier of the Citizen's Bank, and who has been exercising those duties, has resigned. It debars him entirely from the practice of law, which he does not desire to give up, and he therefore takes this step.
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FOXBURG â After a tough loss to its rival DuBois in the season opener, Punxsy recovered with a 42-6 win over A-C Valley Friday night in Foxburg.
Each team's greatest opponent Friday was the weather, though, as the start of the game was delayed until 7:50 p.m. due to lightning.
Lightning delayed the start of the second half as well, and eventually, the game had to be called during the third delay due to players' safety from stopping and starting.
BROCKWAY â The Punxsy girls' golf team kicked off its Allegheny Mountain League schedule with a win over Brockway Thursday afternoon in Brockway.
Five teams competed at the meet, and Punxsy entered the lowest score, but the only match that counted for record was the head-to-head matchup with Brockway.
Punxsy's overall record is now 3-0, with a 1-0 record in the AML.
Punxsy will host all four teams â Brookville, Brockway, DuBois and Ridgway â in its next meet Monday.
Last Saturday, the Lady Chucks junior varsity volleyball team traveled to Slippery Rock for the junior varsity tournament, and returned with the first-place trophy in hand. Pictured with their trophy are (front, from left) Nicole DiPietro, Emily Reitz, Ashley Reitz, Alyssa Reitz, Jensen Constantino; (back) Hailey Brady, Maddie Neal, Ivy Phillips, Sydney Phillips, Shaina Painter, Bella Gallina and coach Megan Decker. Punxsy is off to a 2-0 start this season behind great serving and solid defense.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â That Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, some of them were in school, some of them were at home. Mostly, they didnât understand why their parents were fixated on their televisions, which were showing images of crashing airplanes, smoke, fire and crumbling towers.
When they asked about what was happening, some of their parents delicately tried to explain how some bad people were trying to hurt their country. Other parents encouraged them to keep doing what they were doing, playing outdoors or elsewhere. Some parents didnât say anything.
BROOKVILLE â It could have been a day like any other.
The sky was a beautiful clear blue, dotted with wisps of clouds.
The kind of sky that didnât expect what was handed to it that morning.
The kind of sky that didnât want anything or anybody to blot out its beauty.
But someone tried. Someone tried very hard.
Above everything that happened that day, and over the past 10 years, itâs what John Laursen remembers most.
âThe sky ... it was a beautiful, beautiful, blue sky, and Iâll never forget it,â he said.
UNIONTOWN â That sunny day in September 2011, retired Pennsylvania Police State Trooper Chuck Depp knew what had happened in New York City. He knew what had happened in Washington, D.C.
And at a certain point the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, he knew what had happened in Shanksville, about 60 miles away in Somerset County.
âI knew what was going on, because I had a experience with some other plane crashes in my career,â said Depp, who retired as the head of detectives at Troop Bâs Uniontown barracks, Fayette County.
That was around 10 a.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A Reynoldsville woman faces two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges after she allegedly fired about six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judgeâs office Thursday.
One of the shots struck her husbandâs car, while another struck a private residence along Pleasant Alley, police said.
REYNOLDSVILLE â Having recently viewed the Oscar-winning film âThe Kingâs Speech,â Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati told guests gathered at the Jefferson County Department of Developmentâs annual luncheon Thursday that what America needs now is âa Kingâs Speech.â
He described how the film, based on a true story, portrays King George IV who, despite a debilitating speech impediment, learns through unique and unorthodox techniques to find his voice, which he uses to inspire the pre-World War II United Kingdom.