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Saturday, September 15 2001

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Too close for comfort

New York City and the Washington DC area bore the brunt of the terrorist attacks on Tuesday. This region shared in some of the fear and uncertainty that such acts of violence spread among us. The Cambria County Commissioners met with the county Emergency Management Team and decided to close all county buildings and send the workers home and asked all county schools to dismiss early and in an orderly manner. Many local businesses sent employees home early.

These decisions came after the Commissioners learned that the plane crash near Shanksville, Somerset County, might be part of the coordinated terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, New York, and the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia. Their first concern was that the plane was heading for a local target and the area may still be in danger. The flight center in Cleveland, which controls the air space over Johnstown above 5,000 feet, notified the Johnstown tower that a large plane that wouldn't communicate with them was headed toward the Cambria County Airport. All but one of the tower's personnel immediately evacuated. Later reports estimated Flight 93's speed at 450 miles per hour and flying erratically at a very low altitude as it passed over the airport. Just a short time later the plane rocked several times, flipped over, and crashed at a very high speed into the ground. It created a crater 15 to 20 feet deep. State Police and FBI agents quickly cordoned off the area. By mid afternoon, routes 219 and 56 as well as the Airport Road were closed to traffic. The FAA quickly shut down the airport.

The highways and the airport have since opened. The Pennsylvania State Police have remained on duty at the crash site, keeping reporters and the public from interfering with the investigations of the FBI and the NTSB. Families of the crash victims began coming today to pay homage at the crash site. The authorities have set up a section for them to view the disaster area and leave mementos in memory of their lost loved-ones.

Many of the local churches held prayer services this week. The Somerset area held a special service Friday night in memory of those who lost their lives in the crash of Flight 93. The region is filled with mixed emotions. All are grateful that no local people died when the plane crashed, yet we feel a deep sense of loss for those who died. This national tragedy was just too close for comfort. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who lost family and friends in the terrorist attacks.

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O Giver of all good things, O fountain of healing and treasure of compassion, You only good and kindhearted God, who ever grants good things to those who ask, I beseech you that your abundant grace might descend on me and gather together my mind and heal my hidden sores anew, for distractions and wandering thoughts constantly renew my secret sores.

O long-suffering Lord, Who ever cures with grace and compassion, heal the great spiritual infirmities that are within me, a sinner!

I have nothing to give you, O Master, in return for yout cures. And what price could be put on your cures? Neither heaven nor earth can give a reward worthy of them. It is impossible to purchase these holy heavenly cures, for they are priceless. You give them only in return for tears, O our Savior; and in return for bitter weeping do you grant them to all.

St. Ephraim the Syrian, fourth century

Sent by Christopher Haas

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