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Punxsy Veterans' Day speaker cites ‘The unbroken line’

November 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent. The Great War which had claimed 35 million casualties was finally over.

Today marks the first time since the end of World War I that there is not a living American veteran of that conflict, said Dr. Norman A. “Chip” Hetzler, the guest speaker for the Punxsutawney Veterans’ Day service at the First Baptist Church.

Hetzler said since 1775, America has relied on its citizen-soldiers and an unbroken line of those who believe in duty, honor and country.

Appeal fails; court affirms judge’s order

November 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Another appeal against giving former Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich his job back has been denied, this time by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

In an order dated Thursday, Nov. 10, the Commonwealth Court said it affirmed an order by the Common Pleas Court of Jefferson County, in which Judge John Foradora ordered Punxsutawney Borough Council to rehire Andrekovich, whom council fired Nov. 3, 2009, following the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, who died in a police cruiser Aug. 15, 2009, while in Andrekovich’s custody.

Bowers: Americans cannot forget the promise to veterans

November 12, 2011

BIG RUN — As the U.S. citizens again thanked their men and women in uniform for defending America’s freedoms — sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice — during Friday’s observance of Veterans’ Day, the guest speaker during Big Run VFW Post 9044’s annual event said Americans need to recall a promise they made a decade ago.

“A common thread we saw woven through countless stories in 2002 was of combat veterans of previous wars — especially Vietnam — reaching out with determination to young servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said William H. Bowers, a U.S.

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