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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.

Monday, September 12, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Legendary former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes addresses Anthracite Chapter Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association officials prior to the start of the 2011-12 football season.

Sometimes a pep talk is all it takes to get the juices to flow.

Especially when that speech comes from a legendary figure known the world over for his boxing prowess.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes recently visited with Anthracite Chapter Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association officials.

Nicknamed the Easton Assassin, Holmes, 61, told the officials that it's important for them to loosen up beforehand.

"Hard work ain't easy," Holmes said. "But, you want to feel good when you're running up and down the field."

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thomas Bell from Shirley, Ind., is the special speaker for revival meetings at God's Missionary Church, 139 north 6th St., Lehighton.

He will also be providing special music with Judy Bell.

Services will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The Praise Singers from Penn View Bible Institute will also be leading a time of praise and worship at the church on Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call (610) 377-1067.

Monday, September 12, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS American Legion Post 360 Commander Thomas Keener speaks at the podium during the dedication on Sunday morning of the Memorial Brick Walkway installed at the Memorial Grounds on Spring Street across the street from the Schwab School Building in Weatherly.

Immediately following the Patriot Day-9/11 Memorial Service that was held at the Memorial Monument in Weatherly on Sunday morning, the Memorial Brick Walkway was dedicated at the Memorial Grounds on Spring Street across the street from the Schwab School Building.

The walkway is made of bricks for veterans, parents, children, families, friends, relatives, organizations, clubs, and graduation classes.

Monday, September 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS AMS Auto Sales and Blondies Family Restaurant along SR309 were flooded in less than 20 minutes during a flash flood that struck West Penn Thursday morning.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ray Koons of All Saints Episcopal Church was the keynote speaker at the 9/11 Remembrance Service held Sunday at the Lehighton Park. The service concluded with a candlelighting ceremony.

Life (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship) held a 9/11 Remembrance Service Sunday at the Lehighton Park Amphitheater.

Shirley Stamm of First Presbyterian Church welcomed everyone to the service on behalf of Life, which is an interdenominational group of representatives from local churches who meet to show a unity of service in the Lehighton area.

Monday, September 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Riders get a police escort as they travel down Stadium Hill to start the race at the bottom of North Lehigh Street.

The Reading Anthracite Coal Cracker Classic mountain bike race was held in the mountains north of Tamaqua on Sunday as part of the Mid-Atlantic Super Series, one of the largest regional mountain bike races.

Tamaqua Area High School graduates Richard Chwastiak and Aaron Berger organized the event with additional support by Jason Boris, executive director, Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission.