BIG RUN â€” "Seventy years ago, Dec. 7, 1941, the sky over Pear Harbor, Hawaii, was filled with Japanese planes.
"When the last wave of attacking aircraft rejoined the Japanese fleet, 1,178 Americans lay wounded, and 2,403 lay dead or dying, and a great portion of the U.S. was in shambles.
"Thus began America's entry into World War II â€” five years that changed the world," Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 Commander James Pallone said at a memorial service Sunday at the Big Run War Memorial, to remember those who were lost in the attack at Pearl Harbor.
Dressed in Steeler gear with her Terrible Towel at her side, Punxsutawney Area School District fourth-grader Laney Monroe makes a pass during the NFL's Punt, Pass & Kick contest at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. Monroe placed fourth overall in the competition. Her father, Travis Monroe, said the individual results had not yet been released Sunday night.
(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.)
(April 15, 1896)
A FAMILY OF JUMPERS
An Amusing Incident Which
Happened While at Dinner
ROSSITER â€” Back in late October, Vernon Winebark, of Rossiter, received a call he's been waiting for the past nine years: One confirming that he was one-of-56 lucky hunters chosen to receive an elk license in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's annual license drawing.
Even better news came in that phone call when he was informed that he was one of just 18 hunters to receive a tag to bring down a bull this year.
INDIANA â€” Every day, Brenda Hays is inspired by her daughter, Christy.
A 14-year-old student at DuBois Area Senior High (DASH), Christy spends her time as if she has nothing holding her back.
An honor roll student, Christy volunteers her time at Christ the King Manor, playing games with the residents and also making crafts.
She is currently knitting blankets to donate to the local police departments and the ambulance service for trauma situations and accidents.
She's also greatly involved in 4-H, hoping it'll put her on the right track to a career in veterinary science.
BROOKVILLE â€” Continuing to grapple with the loss of its administrative fee, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority is seeking donations from willing townships and municipalities.
At Wednesdayâ€™s meeting of the authority, Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Donna Cooper reported the amount of donations coming into the authority for 2012 is more promising than figures from 2011.
For 2012, $9,525 has been committed to date.
Local youngster Garrett Swartz shot this eight-point buck with an impressive 18-inch spread Monday, the opening day of season, while hunting in the Grange area.
Megan Wazelle, of Punxsutawney, brought down this 185-pound seven-point Monday while hunting in the Adrian area. The buck was Megan's first.
Carlie Woods, 17, of Punxsutawney, nabbed this 160-pound, four-point buck Tuesday while hunting in the Rossiter area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two members of VFW Post 9044, Big Run, recently returned from a visit from Washington, D.C., to view the World War II Memorial and other memorials commemorating other fallen soldiers.
Robert Lott and his wife, Ann, had visited the memorial while it was still under construction. It opened in 2004.