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September 11th, 2011

10th anniversary of 9/11 remembered throughout Punxsutawney

September 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The tragedy of 9/11 was remembered at several Sunday gatherings, both in religious and secular groups alike.

Capt. Dave Rhodes, Salvation Army, Kittaning, was the featured speaker at the memorial service that was held by the Punxsutawney Ministerium Sunday afternoon in Barclay Square.

Getting his "Phil" of exilir

September 12, 2011

Bill Deeley (right) helps Punxsutawney Phil drink up his annual swig of groundhog elixir — which extends his life for another seven years, according to legend — 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.

Way Back When

September 12, 2011

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(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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September 9th

PAHS students share what they recall, what they have learned since Sept. 11, 2001

September 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — That Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, some of them were in school, some of them were at home. Mostly, they didn’t 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 didn’t say anything.

JOHN LAURSEN: A retired NY/NJ Port Authority police officer faces the horrors of the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks

September 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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 didn’t expect what was handed to it that morning.

The kind of sky that didn’t 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, it’s what John Laursen remembers most.

“The sky ... it was a beautiful, beautiful, blue sky, and I’ll never forget it,” he said.

CHUCK DEPP: Retired PSP trooper manned the inner perimeter of Flight 93 crash

September 9, 2011

UNIONTOWN – 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.

“I knew what was going on, because I had a experience with some other plane crashes in my career,” said Depp, who retired as the head of detectives at Troop B’s Uniontown barracks, Fayette County.

That was around 10 a.m.

September 8th

Police: Woman tried to shoot husband behind judge’s office

September 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 judge’s office Thursday.

One of the shots struck her husband’s car, while another struck a private residence along Pleasant Alley, police said.

Scarnati: America needs a ‘King’s Speech’

September 9, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — Having recently viewed the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech,” Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati told guests gathered at the Jefferson County Department of Development’s annual luncheon Thursday that what America needs now is “a King’s Speech.”

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.

Hotdoggers relish taking Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile around America

September 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Dylan Hackbarth is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, but he’s deferring a graduate program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a year in order to take on a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.

The experience? Driving the legendary Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to locations between the East Coast and the Midwest for the next year.

BREAKING NEWS — Bail set at $1M for woman who fired shots at husband behind judge's office

September 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Reynoldsville woman faces charges of two counts of criminal attempt/criminal homicide and other charges after she allegedly fired about six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judge's office Thursday.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said July L. Sprankle, 60, Summit Road, Reynoldsville, was arraigned by District Judge Douglas Chambers — behind whose office the incident occurred — Thursday afternoon. He set Sprankle's bail at $1 million.

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