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Monday, September 12, 2011
David Scott Reed

A non-compliant Megan's Law sex offender, who was supposed to be living in Allentown, was arrested Saturday in Tamaqua, then lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Pennsylvania State Lottery visited Summit Hill today as part of the observance of St. Stanislaus' golden jubilee year and the second annual Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization's festival. Various borough officials took part in the proceedings. A lottery official said it is a form of "voluntary taxation" in the state serving two purposes: to provide revenue and to have an impact on organized crime.

Monday, September 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Georgeann Herling, left, vice commander of Weatherly Legion Post 360, and Barbara A. Miller, American Legion unit president, place a wreath at the Weatherly Monument during a 9/11 service yesterday morning.

About 200 people attended a "Patriot Day 9/11" program Sunday in Weatherly, held to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America.

The event, held by the Weatherly Monument, was staged by the Weatherly American Legion and included firefighters, ambulance personnel, police officers, military members, high school students, and political leaders.

It began with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., which was the time on Sept. 11, 2001 that al-Qaida hijackers forced American Airlines Flight 11, loaded with people, to crash into the World Trade Center.

Monday, September 12, 2011
Members of Palmerton and West End Fire companies were thanked for what they do for their community.

With the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Katie Frey, a 9/11 memorial service began at the Palmerton Community Festival. Although it honored those who died 10 years ago, it also honored those emergency personnel who serve in the local communities.

On stage were Joe Rogowitz; Dennis Behler; Katie Frey; Wayne Nothstein; Mayor Brad Doll; Jane Stroup, master of ceremonies; Clayton Borger; Rich Bachert; Mike Spairana; Bill George and Larry Arner.

The Lord's Prayer was recited.

Monday, September 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Fay Montgomery, Tamaqua New Life Assembly of God Church member, places an honor rose on veteran William Meredith during the annual 9/11 memorial service held at the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center yesterday. Meredith is well known for being the life-long owner and operator of the old Meredith's Shoe Repair Shop in Tamaqua.

Tears ran and salutes were given during the well-attended South Ward Playground Association's annual 9/11 memorial service held Sunday at the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Red, white and blue decorations and displays honoring all the victims and first responders who lost their lives, as well as those who have continued to fight for freedom since that fateful day, greeted guests as they arrived.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will hold its opening meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. The topic will be "Back to SchoolWhat's In, What's Not" with featured speaker Carol Boyce, Superintendent of Schools for the Palmerton Area School District.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lehighton Area High School class of 2012 all night party planning meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in the high school cafeteria. This is the first meeting to form a committee. Anyone who needs additional information, should call Anne at 610-377-8875.

Monday, September 12, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Cassandra Rehnert, 14, of Lehighton, paints a bench at the Lehighton Grove. Cassandra is earning her Silver Award by painting benches and power washing play equipment at the Grove playground in Lehighton.

A Lehighton Girl Scout is well on her way to earning the Silver Award.

Cassandra Rehnert, 14, chose to refurbish the playground at the Lehighton Grove. She painted benches and power washed the playground equipment to give the playground a fresh, clean look that should last years before it needs another touch-up.

Rehnert said her advisers, Tom Evans, Lehighton recreation director; Kathy Hosler, leader of Cadette Troop 3801 and Senior Troop 3802, helped her come up with the project.

The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.

Monday, September 12, 2011
Trent Stair, 3, carefully stares at his vigil candle.

A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night outside the Coaldale VFW Post to remember all the victims and emergency responders that died on September 11, 2001, as well as all the service members who have lost their lives at home and abroad.