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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.

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.