PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Even 11 years after the stirring events of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks played out on the television screens of Americans, the importance of remembering those events and those who responded so quickly to help in such a great time of need. Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks, the Punxsutawney Fraternal Order of Eagles held a memorial service to remember those lost and to commemorate the first responders' brave efforts.
Bob Peace opened the event with a welcoming message, and those in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the service.
Last weekend, PRIDE hosted an Apple Pie Contest in downtown Punxsutawney, and despite poor weather conditions over the weekend, the event went over well. The winner was Destiny Sorge of Punxsutawney, who won $50; second place went to Kyle Woods of Mahaffey, who won a $25 Punxsutawney Gift Check; and third place was awarded to Katherine Hartzell of Punxsutawney, who won a gift basket. Pictured are Woods (left) and Martha Jo Rupert, chef and culinary instructor at the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, representing Sorge.