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September 11th, 2011

Lulu G. Swineford, 90

September 11, 2011

Lulu G. Swineford, 90, Brookville, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Brookville Hospital.

She was born March 10, 1921, in Knox Township, a daughter of the late Thomas W. and Blanche Hopkins.

Feb. 11, 1943, in Columbus, Ga., she married Miles T. Swineford, who preceded her in death May 4, 1988.

She was retired from Owens-Illinois in Brookville.

10th anniversary of 9/11 remembered throughout Punxsutawney

September 11, 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 11, 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 11, 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

Punxsy bounces back, clips Falcons' wings

September 9, 2011

FOXBURG — 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.

Lady Chucks claim AML season kickoff

September 9, 2011

BROCKWAY — 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 — Brookville, Brockway, DuBois and Ridgway — in its next meet Monday.

BRINGING HOME THE TROPHY

September 9, 2011

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.

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.

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