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A D V E R T I S I N G & CI R C U L A T I O N

Marking the day terrorism came to rural Pennsylvania

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Capture the memories O N T H E COV E R This memorial stands outside the Shanksville Fire Company fire hall to honor the ‘other victims’ of Sept. 11, 2001 — those who died in the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Photo by Kathy Hackleman




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NRECA joins in Troops to Energy Jobs pilot program The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has joined with other organizations and utilities in conjunction with the Center for Energy Workforce Development in a pilot program to link veterans leaving military service with job openings in the energy industry. Jobs in the energy field are expected to become more plentiful in the next decade as nearly 40 percent of the workforce of the nation’s electric and natural gas companies and nuclear power industry are expected to reach retirement age or depart from their jobs through attrition. The program, called Troops to Energy Jobs, will last approximately two years. It will establish a process involving outreach, recruitment, career coaching, mentoring, education and training for veterans whose military skills and experience match up with the workforce needs of energy companies. Companies participating in the program include American Electric Power, Arizona Public Service Co., Dominion, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Southern Co. The Center for Energy Workforce Development is a nonprofit consortium of electric, natural gas and nuclear utilities, their associations (Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute and NRECA) and the unions that serve these industries. The U.S. Energy Department will contribute to this partnership through the National Training Education Resource Center, a virtual campus that offers interactive training for people online. For more information about the Center for Workforce Development and Troops to Energy Jobs, visit or l


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Ten years after Marking the day terrorism came to rural Pennsylvania By Kathy Hackleman S e n i o r E d i t o r / Wr i t e r

JUST AS the eyes of the world focused on rural Somerset County on Sept. 11, 2001, so will the news spotlight shine again on Shanksville and Stonycreek Township in the coming weeks as the 10year anniversary nears. This time, the residents are ready. Phase 1 of a national memorial commemorating the site of the United Flight 93 crash — the last of four hijacked planes to crash that day — will be dedicated by the National Park Service at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 10. That evening at dusk, 2,982 luminarias will be lighted — one for each person who died in the coordinated attacks by terrorists in a field in rural Pennsylvania, the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. At 9:30 a.m. on A TIME TO REMEMBER: The site of the permanent Flight 93 Memorial, beyond this temporary overlook, will be opened and dedicated in a series of events on Sept. 10-11 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the plane’s crash into a Somerset County field.




Sept. 11, a traditional memorial service will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the crash and remember the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died there. All events are open to the public; tickets are not required. In contrast to the horror experienced shortly after 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, when the plane bound for San Francisco, Calif., from Newark, N.J., crashed into a field at more than 560 miles per hour, the memorial site today is a peaceful rural landscape. It’s a bit more formal perhaps, but the approximately 2,000 acres now owned by or under the control of the park service is still an excellent representation of what rural Pennsylvania looks like. “Visitors here won’t find a memorial like the Lincoln Memorial or the Jefferson Memorial,” notes Jeff Reinbold, site manager for the National Park Service. “This is a landscape memorial. Rural Pennsylvania is a part of this story and we encouraged the designers and architects to incorporate the natural landscape into their design. The architect doesn’t

try to compete with the natural beauty here. You will see grass, sky above and wooded hillsides …” Created by Paul Murdoch Architects, Los Angeles, the design features an entryway off Route 30 with a 93-foothigh “Tower of Voices” containing 40 wind chimes (one for each victim), a field of honor that forms the heart of the memorial and park, an entryway to a plaza that marks the flight path to the crash site, 40 memorial groves of trees, a memorial plaza (adjacent to the final resting place for the passengers and crew), and the western overlook, where the FBI set up its command post immediately after the crash. The project will be completed in phases.

Accidental site Crash sites in New York City and Washington, D.C., were selected by terrorists. The Pennsylvania site was accidental; it was simply the place the plane crashed after passengers and the flight crew fought to retake the plane. Flight

93’s departure was delayed 25 minutes, which ultimately may have led it to end up in a Pennsylvania field instead of its intended target — believed to be the U.S. Capitol. The attacks were planned to take place in a much shorter time span, but the delay out of Newark meant passengers had information about the other crashes in time to plan a revolt. Although the memorial site won’t be open to the public until Sept. 10, Connie Hummel recently toured it. As one of three local residents who served on the panel to choose the design from five finalists selected from 1,000 submissions, Hummel said the site visit was very moving. “The project manager Jeff asked me, ‘Did we get this right?’” Hummel notes. “Of course, they are doing it in phases and a large part of the design will be the groves of trees, which aren’t in yet. But with the wall and pavilion, I think they have captured it.” Hummel, the retired high school-middle school principal of the ShanksvilleStonycreek School District, was dedicated to ensuring the memorial had an educational component. “Saying it was an honor to serve on the jury to select the design doesn’t even explain how I felt about it,” Hummel reports. “There was a sense of pride and a sense of responsibility to select something that would reflect how Somerset

County residents felt. Serving with me were family members of Flight 93 victims and they had their expectations. Then there were professional architects and designers who had their opinions of how it should be. As an educator, I thought about 100 years from now, when no one is alive who remembers what happened in 2001, how will people learn about the events of Sept. 11?” One thing is for sure — she will never forget Sept. 11, 2001. At work, she was aware of the events unfolding in New York City and Washington, D.C. Then she felt the impact. Panels in the school’s dropped ceiling were jarred loose as the sturdy building shook. Windows that had been opened to let in the crisp fall air crashed shut. “I heard the elementary secretary call on the radio for the head of maintenance saying there was smoke and flames visible over the trees in the playground,” Hummel recalls. “I called county control. They could confirm a plane went down, but couldn’t confirm how large it was or if it was connected to the terrorist attack.” She considered as she stared at the flames and smoke that if the airplane had A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE: These drawings by BioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects reveal plans for future development at the Flight 93 Memorial site in Somerset County.




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Other memorials Today, there is a memorial garden at the school in memory of the heroes of Flight 93. Among the serene winding footpaths are flowers, trees, a sculpture and large rocks inscribed with quotes, including “Let’s roll” — the last words from Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer as the plane’s passengers prepared to overtake the terrorists. Just down the road from the school, also in the direct flight path of Flight 93, the Shanksville ‘THANK YOU’: Shanksville-Stonycreek School District students stand in the Volunteer Fire Comschool’s parking lot, spelling out the words ‘Thank you’ in this 2001 photo. pany’s fire hall has Students from the district’s school, which was near the Flight 93 crash two memorials. One site, were contacted by people from around the world offering support. — a cross made of steel recovered from 2001. He says the fire company, which the World Trade Center bombing site atop a platform shaped like the Pentagon helped in the cleanup effort after the crash, is often asked to bring the rolling — overlooks the fire hall. memorial to various parades and special The second memorial is a “rolling” events. one — a fire truck dedicated to the vicShober also says he’s come to undertims of Flight 93, with 40 small flags stand the significance of the role fireembroidered around it representing the 40 passengers and crew. A plaque on the fighters played on that day. Today, the Shanksville volunteers take the responsiside of the truck lists all of their names. bility of representing their fellow fireBrad Shober, now the fire company’s fighters and the heroes of Sept. 11 very deputy chief, was a firefighter back in 10



ROLLING MEMORIAL: Shanksville Fire Company Deputy Chief Brad Shober displays the company’s ‘rolling memorial,’ a tanker designed to honor the heroes of Flight 93. The cross behind him is made of steel recovered from the World Trade Center bombing site in New York City.

seriously. They continue to staff the fire hall every Sept. 11 to welcome family members, media and interested people who stop in. “One of the friends of the [United Flight 93] captain, Jason Dahl, drops by every year,” Shober notes. “He always brings a case of beer. He said Jason would have wanted that. Every year, we have a drink with him in memory of Jason.” Though the crash has brought others to the area, Shober says the people here haven’t changed. “People are pretty low-key around here,” he observes. “I’d say the town has a backwoods country charm that has

stayed the same. … It makes you proud of the people around here. We still have a small-town mentality.” Rich Bauer, who had been general manager of Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative for just a year in 2001, agrees with Shober. “The crash put Shanksville and rural Pennsylvania onto the world map,” Bauer notes. “It showed the determination and hard work of the people of this area. Everyone took pride that we were able to help out on a day when there was so little that most people could do. … The people who were here investigating the crash said they couldn’t believe how everyone responded and opened their homes and brought food and did whatever needed to be done.” Described as the “alphabet soup” of government agencies, the FBI, CIA, NTSB and ATF all were in Somerset within hours of the crash. Autumn-like temperatures come early in the Laurel Highlands, and the agents came from the city unprepared for the brisk country winds that sweep across the exposed hillside. “Our linemen got together and gathered up a bunch of coats and quilted flannel shirts and we took them out to the people working at the site because they were freezing,” Bauer recalls. “They were totally shocked that we were willing to give them our coats to keep them warm.”

United States. At mid-morning, outage calls started coming into the co-op office from the Shanksville area. Almost immediately, word spread that a plane had crashed. “A couple of us jumped in a truck and went out,” Bauer recalls. “My guys were the first on the scene. When I got there, the first emergency vehicle was pulling up. If someone had told me then that it was a commercial airliner that was down, I would have told them they were absolutely wrong. There was a craterlooking hole that you couldn’t tell how big it was from where we were on the access road about 150 to 200 yards away. Once you walked up to the site, you saw paper, pieces of fiberglass, but there wasn’t enough debris on the ground that would have convinced me it was a large plane that had crashed.” Soon, more emergency workers arrived, along with the state police, who cordoned off the area. Then federal

First responders Those linemen who spent time gathering coats so the government agents wouldn’t be cold were among the first on the scene of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy in Somerset County. Bauer, like most of the country, was watching television that beautiful late summer morning when the brightest of blue skies covered the northeastern

These file photos from 2007, above, and 2009, right, show some of the thousands of items left by visitors at the temporary memorial site. The mementoes have been catalogued and are in storage for later display. WE REMEMBER:

agents, Red Cross personnel and United Airlines representatives began to flood in. “Everyone needed electric service for their trailers,” Bauer recalls. “When the plane hit the ground, the ensuing ball of fire had burned our nearby three-phase line. Once the area was cordoned off because it was a crime scene, they wouldn’t let our guys back in to put that line back up.” Determined to get electricity back to the cooperative members who had lost it when the line went down, as well as to the new “city” that was forming at the

site, Bauer contacted the neighboring investor-owned utility, Penelec, which had an abandoned line nearby. Penelec energized that line and Somerset REC converted Penelec’s output to the cooperative’s voltage. Within six hours, the cooperative had power at the scene. “Everybody wanted power then,” Bauer notes. “We brought our crews up and basically, we built a little village. … At the height of the investigation, we ran wire to 18 or 19 different agency trailers. They were 30- to 40-foot tractor trailers with high-tech equipment that needed a good bit of power.” Bauer saw a lot of that high-tech equipment in action because, instead of resting on top of the ground, the remnants of the plane had disappeared into AUGUST 2011 • PENN



PENNlines the soft ground of a reclaimed strip mine. “The best way I can describe it is if you took your hand and stuck it in a bowl of sand,” Bauer states. “Your hand goes through the sand, but then the sand closes around your hand. … They had a machine that was like a sonogram. They put it on the surface and you could look down and see through the dirt. We could see where the plane angled down into the loose dirt where the mining had been done, then it hit a solid wall and banked to the left, coming to rest below the surface. You could see the general outline of the plane and all of the debris under the surface of the ground. The technology was just amazing.”

Volunteers Somerset REC member Donna Glessner was home with her two homeschooled teenagers when a huge explo-




sion rattled her house. She panicked, wondering if Shanksville was being bombed, and began to call family and friends to see if they were OK. “When I reached my husband, he knew it was a plane,” she says. “He was closer, and he had heard the sound of a plane before the crash.” Within hours, Glessner began assisting her sister, Kathie Shaffer, wife of Shanksville Fire Chief Terry Shaffer, and others as they began receiving food that was to be donated to feed hundreds of people at the site. Eventually, the donations of food would be so great they would have to bring in a refrigerated trailer to hold them. “Everyone wanted to do something,” Glessner says, adding, “It was a privilege to be able to help in some small way.” Glessner’s role didn’t end when the investigation did. An occasional visitor to

the temporary memorial, she would often encounter confused visitors there. Glessner stood up in church one day and asked for volunteers who would be willing to stand at the site and explain the facts that were known. “It just didn’t seem friendly that there were all of these people coming from everywhere, and they didn’t have any way of getting information and there was no one there to greet them,” Glessner explains. By the end of January 2002, about 20 (continued on page 24) COOPERATIVE AT WORK: Rick Yoder, seated on the boom, and Dean Gindlesperger, both crew chiefs with Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative, unload reels of underground cable at the Flight 93 Memorial site in the fall of 2010. Yoder was one of the first people to arrive at the scene of the crash back in 2001. His most vivid memory is one of the overwhelming smell of jet fuel.

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SOUTHERN-STYLE GARDEN VE GETABLES 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 12 small, tender okra pods, sliced 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 ripe tomato, peeled and chopped 1 8- to 10-inch zucchini, sliced 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon thyme 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper to taste Hot pepper sauce to taste Over medium to medium-high heat, melt butter in large skillet. Add oil and okra. Reduce heat to medium and saut é for 3 minutes. Add onion and bell pepper. Continue cooking until vegetable s begin to soften and okra loses its stickiness. Stir in tomato, zucchini and seasonings. Simmer until zucchini is tender but not mushy. Vegetable amo unts may be adjusted according to availability from garden.




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Over medium to medium-high heat, melt butter in large skillet. Add onion and sauté until softened. Stir in shredded zucchini. Contin ue cooking for 5 minutes, or until zucchini is softened. Remove from heat and stir in milk, beaten egg yolks, 1 cup of crumbs, cheese, salt and pepper . Fold in egg whites. Pour into greased 9- by 13-inch baking dish and sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.

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A wing and a prayer Praying mantis sometimes mistakenly called ‘preying mantis,’ which is also accurate given their hunting skills THE yellow lab, normally a vicious killer of nests full of baby rabbits in the backyard and an all-business tracker of pheasants in the field, found the praying mantis a formidable challenge. When the insect made one of its hesitating, swaying movements, the dog lurched at it, only to back away from its striking front legs. She wasn’t certain enough about the exact identity of the 5-inch-long insect to make a full and final attack on it, but the slow motion of the mantis was enough to warrant at least a bit of her attention. Then, when the mantis assumed its habitual, statuesque, prayerful pose — the motionless stance from which the species usually ambushes its prey — she soon lost interest and continued on her sniffing way through the garden. SCHNECK is outdoor editor for The (Harrisburg, Pa.) PatriotNews, a contributor to many outdoor publications and websites, and author of more than two dozen books.



She missed several other mantises along the way, a couple of the same 4- to 5inch Chinese mantises and a few of the much smaller, but native Carolina species. Many people, even experienced gardeners, don’t realize there are several species of praying mantises in North America. They assume the smaller, bright green mantis and the larger, brown ones are just two stages of the same species. However, the smaller, green insects — usually with black-ringed spots beneath each front leg — are European mantises. The species was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants to Rochester, N.Y., and today is most often found east of the Mississippi River.


The larger, light brown insects — usually with green trim around the wings — are Chinese mantises. That species was introduced to North America in 1895 in a shipment of nursery plants to Philadelphia. A native species, the Carolina mantis, is found in the southeastern U.S., never grows to more than 2 inches in length, and is dusky brown to gray in color. Despite their widely differing sizes, the three most common species of praying mantises in Pennsylvania at least all look like typical mantises. Extend the area of consideration to also include the tropical regions of the Earth, and many of the 2,000 or so species of mantises on this planet look more like something extraterrestrial than a

PRAYFUL POSE: These insects are called praying mantises because their folded front legs look like they are praying.

praying mantis. Even if most of the mantises now roaming our gardens and fields are the descendants of immigrants to these shores, their presence and relative abundance is a strong indicator of the prevalence of chemicals in the local environment. The mantises and their foam-like egg masses on the stems of shrubs and weeds can be downright abundant on sites of low pesticide use. Where landowners have “nuked” their properties, the devastated landscape will support few, or even no, mantises. Like a lab on the hunt, I much prefer the former. l


by Barbara Martin

Gardening for the kids HAVE YOU noticed the new government dietary recommendations’ “plate” that is replacing the old food pyramid model? That’s a huge proportion of vegetables and fruits we are supposed to be eating. It’s mind boggling to think how big a shift many of us need to make. Gardeners are in a unique position to influence what is served at the family table. By growing and sharing all sorts of fruits and vegetables, we can encourage our family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy more of these healthy foods. Besides sharing our harvests, we can also encourage children to take an interest in gardening and growing their own food. This is important because children are more likely to enjoy eating fruits and vegetables that they have helped grow. As a society, it is important to encourage all of our children to eat these healthy foods. Healthy eating habits, including developing a taste for those nutritious fruits and vegetables, will stick with them throughout their lives. Savvy marketers have BARBARA MARTIN , who says she began gardening as a hobby “too many years ago to count,” currently works for the National Gardening Association as a horticulturist. A former member of Gettysburg-based Adams Electric Cooperative, her articles appear in magazines and on the internet.

jumped on the kids’ gardening bandwagon. You will find colorful child-scale tools and accessories, as well as books and programs aimed at getting kids into the garden and making it fun and/or educational. Schools use gardening as a pathway to language, math, and science lessons, and for teaching about teamwork and caring for the environment. Some emphasize healthy eating, too. Child-oriented gardening experiences can range from planting a formulaic pizza garden (tomatoes and basil along with peppers, garlic and oregano) to an alphabet garden (A is for asparagus, B is for beans) to planting specially packaged seeds such as those offered under the Disney film character theme. As a designer, I am as enchanted by theme gardening as anyone — possibly more so — yet I hesitate to endorse limiting children’s experiences to predetermined formats. There is such wonder in even the most ordinary home garden. Children are soon caught up in the natural drama and excitement that happen there organically. For instance, everyone is spellbound by the “magic” of seed starting. Even the youngest child will appreciate seeing (and tasting) the connection between planting and tending the garden

and what is served at the table. Small hands can be nimble helpers in the garden. Depending on their age and ability, children can help plant seeds and seedlings, scout for pests, water the tomatoes, pick a small bucket of beans for supper, or help load the wheelbarrow with mulch. By nurturing their initial enthusiasm, by not turning their natural willingness to lend a hand into drudgery, we can help children develop a sense of joy, accomplishment and pride in “their” garden. It’s not too surprising that children are just as happy as we are to savor the results of our efforts. There are many ways to introduce a child to the rewards of gardening and develop their appreciation for the very food their own efforts help to produce. Everyone knows nothing

FAMILY FUN: Develop a sense of wonder in a child by letting her help in the garden. She will also be more likely to eat vegetables she has grown from seeds.

tastes better on a hot afternoon than a handful of sunwarmed blackberries or cherry tomatoes followed by a nibble of freshly snipped mint. There is a timeless magic in frying up tender squash blossoms as only a home gardener is privileged to do. This tradition of home gardening is a gift we can share from generation to generation, household to household, and ultimately with our community and nation, too. If we can instill a life-long predilection for eating those healthy fruits and vegetables, so much the better. I sure hope you can share a little something in and from the garden with a child this month! l




PENNlines (continued from page 12) people had signed on to greet visitors. At that time, most of the information that has since become known about the flight and where it was headed after it was hijacked — Washington, D.C. — wasn’t yet known. “We were spending more time listening than talking,” Glessner relates. “People wanted to express their feelings about how they were affected by the attacks. … It was very emotional. We always had a tissue box handy.” The volunteer roster grew to around 40. Eventually, when the site was taken

gathering oral histories of people connected to the crash. She also serves on the 15-member Federal Advisory Commission charged with establishing the boundary of the park, overseeing the selection of an appropriate design for the permanent memorial, and the development of the general management plan of the park.

Volunteers have photographed and catalogued upwards of 40,000 items left at the site. All items, with the exception of fresh flowers and unmarked Ameri-

From a Vietnam War veteran, his Purple Heart with the message: “You deserve this more than I do.” One of the messages displayed at the temporary memorial is from Red Cross volunteer Ginny Barnett of Latrobe. She left a note attached to the reading presented at the first memorial for the victims’ families. Barnett and Dawna Bates, also of Latrobe, were assigned to the crash site effective Sept. 12, 2001. Both spent Sept. 11 preparing for stranded airline travelers who were expected to land at the Latrobe airport as the government shut down the

FLAGS SAY ‘WE REMEMBER’: Thousands of visitors to the temporary memorial site near the crash scene of Flight 93 leave mementoes every year, including many U.S. flags. The permanent memorial will open the weekend of Sept. 10-11.

can flags, have been stored. There are all kinds of items, but it’s the written word that most deeply affects Glessner. “People sit up there on a bench and write profound and beautiful things,” she states. They include a pledge from a federal air marshal: “With my last breath, never again.” From a young woman who gave birth on Sept. 11, 2001, a photo of the child and the words: “These people will always be his heroes.”

skies. After the crash of Flight 93, those flights were diverted to other airports. They initially worked in “mass feeding,” distributing food to people working at the crash site. Barnett, who was the state Red Cross disaster chairman, soon moved to recruiting Red Cross volunteers and then to planning the first memorial ceremonies. She describes her first view of the crash site: “It was like an ant hive of people and machinery. There was smoke and smells. I remember feeling just such

over by the National Park Service, the volunteers were incorporated into the service’s Volunteers In Parks program. Glessner is now a part-time contract employee with the National Park Service, at first helping to clean and catalogue items placed at the memorial, and then 24



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a profound sadness, but I realized I couldn’t think about what had happened. I had to keep my emotions at arm’s length so that I could function.” Barnett accomplished that by avoiding all news and discussions of the incident. “I tried to insulate myself from all of that or I would break down weeping,” she reports. “I have been to many disasters, but this was different. The destruction and devastation was man-made, and it was immediately apparent there would be no rescues; it was a recovery-only mission.” That is not to say there weren’t positive moments. “Tremendous evil had been done on that day, but oh my goodness, there was tremendous good as well,” Barnett emphasizes, citing the offers of volunteer assistance, as well as donations of food and supplies.

A PERSONAL REMEMBRANCE: Red Cross volunteer Ginny Barnett designed this ornament recognizing the Flight 93 Memorial to be displayed on the 2007 White House Christmas tree that honored the nation’s state parks.

Barnett and Bates both still work with the Red Cross, as well as the National Park Service’s Volunteers In Parks program and Friends of Flight 93, a nonprofit organization that supports the National Park Service with volunteers and fundraising. Now retired, Bates has spent much of the past three years helping to clean, photograph, describe and store the tributes left at the site. In her own effort to help a community — and a country —

FINISHING TOUCHES: Contractors put finishing touches on Phase 1 of the Flight 93 Memorial. The memorial will be unveiled at the Sept. 10-11 ceremonies commemorating the 10th anniversary of the crash.

recover from tragedy, she also volunteers hundreds of hours transcribing the oral histories. Barnett helped develop the training program used for volunteers, and she writes the abstracts of the oral histories so researchers have a quick reference point to decide if that story is appropriate for their project. She also designed the Flight 93 Memorial ornament for the 2007 White House Christmas tree honoring the nation’s parks. She used a background of hemlocks to represent the forest edge where the plane went down, with the following words: “Remember September 11, 2001; Honor those we lost; Choose to make a difference; Hope for tomorrow.” On the ribbon intertwined through the hemlock branches, she quoted Romans 12:21: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Barnett wants visitors to the site to remember that good did overcome evil on that sunny September day 10 years ago. Not only did the heroes of Flight 93 prevent that plane from hitting another target in the nation’s capital, the terrorists inadvertently brought together a nation, as well as the communities of Shanksville and Stonycreek Township. The site is a perfect place for this type of reflection, notes Glessner. “Nothing you could build on this

place would make it more special,” she says. “You just needed to provide a way to get here and find a way to tell the story and the significance of what they did on that plane.” Glessner is still at the site every weekend as a volunteer, still helping to tell the story of what happened here. “If you are ever afraid this country is going to the dogs, you should spend time at the memorial, and meet the people who come to pay their respects, and you’ll think otherwise,” she says. l

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This is officially summertime, an’ it’s important for all us guys out here to have a little talk. I wanna talk to y’all about man-pants. It’s simple enough, really — there’s three categories a’ man-pants. Jean pants, work pants an’ church pants. There is no other acceptable form of clothin’ below the belt for a real man. I mean, I seen this dude down at the Wal-Mart the other night, and he had on a pair a’ them girl pants. What do they call ’em — capris? On what planet in what galaxy do real men find that acceptable? Not in my universe. You look like a cabana boy in Freakville. Knock it off. OK, let’s just go ahead an’ tackle the big one here. Is it OK for a real man to wear shorts in the summertime? I, for one, say cut-offs are fine, IF you are gonna be in the water. That would include backyard, above-ground pools, beaches, swimmin’ holes an’ water skiin’. The last thing I need on dry ground is to look at some hairy man legs. I mean, you boys think you’re all UPS drivers or what? An’ I know what you’re thinkin’. “Earl, it is so hot in the summertime. Can’t I please wear shorts?” Hey, if I had my way, the NBA finals would be played in jeans so I probably ain’t the right guy to ask. If you wanna be a real man, an’ you wanna wear shorts — ask yourself this question — did John Wayne ever wear shorts? I don’t think so. When Daniel Boone an’ the pioneers settled this great country — did they wear shorts? I don’t think so. When brain-dead college kids go on spring break an’ get toked up on who knows what an’ act like total idiots — do they wear shorts? Uh huh. Wake up, America. I don’t care if you’re sweatin’ like a sumo wrassler in a sauna, keep your pants on. I hope you women out there got your belly-full a’ laughs over that stupid guy thing list we been hearin’ about. Yeah, some women come up with a list of stupid guy things, an’ my better half thought it was the funniest thing on earth.

So me an’ the boys down at the Duck Inn last night, we come up with our own list that we called “Stupid Women Things.” This is our list of the stupidest stuff women like. Wait, where’s my second notebook? Didn’t I bring them both in? Oh well — this is gonna be a partial list. First things first. They’re shoes, ladies. You wear them so you don’t step on broken glass or dog crap. You know what pants go with my shoes? All of them!! Talking on the phone. My better half spent more time yakkin’ at her sister on the phone last night than I have talked to my brother in my whole lifetime. Women like talkin’ so much without sayin’ anything that I’m surprised there ain’t more of ’em in govermint. Here’s one that drives me up the wall — women insistin’ on bein’ the Calendar Police. “Next Thursday’s my parents’ anniversary, Earl. …” “You know Friday is your brother, Merl’s, birthday, Earl. …” You know what tomorrow is, Pearl? It’s the day I’m movin’ out. Circle that in your day-planner! This one is a little sensitive — it’s Oprah Winfrey. She was a fat chick with a talk show, OK? She was not sent to earth by God to set women free. She did not have divine powers. No matter what she told you. Here’s another good one. Every woman alive thinks she’s a Baby Whisperer. You put a baby in any woman’s arms, an’ she thinks she’s got some kinda telepathic mind-meldin’ thing goin’ on. “Oh, she wants her mama.” “Oh look, she wants to look at the doggie.” When men look at a baby, they all look the same way — like they wanna make a mess in their diapers and then go to sleep. I know I do. Wake up, America. Yeah — not so funny now, is it, ladies? An’ we didn’t even get to old ladies an’ purses. They clutch them suckers like they’re totin’ gold bars, an’ all they got in there is lipstick an’ five pounds of crumpled-up Kleenex. Stupid women things. I’m Earl Pitts, Uhmerikun. l

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Penn Lines August 2011  

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