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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thomas Bell from Shirley, Ind., is the special speaker for next week's 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 trough 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.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
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David Perkins directs combined choir of several church during practice for a "Remember 9/11" concert on Sunday. The program will be held at 3 p.m. at St. Peter's Church in Mahoning Valley and at 7 p.m. at Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church in Summit Hill. The choir is comprised of members from St. Peter's Lutheran/UCC Church in Mahoning Township, Zion Stone Lutheran/UCC Church, Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church in Summit Hill, and First Methodist Church of Tamaqua.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Steven Sofranko almost turned down a request for an interview about him witnessing one of the most horrific events to ever occur in the United States: the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Sofranko, a native of Jim Thorpe, was living in Princeton, N.J., at the time, commuting daily to the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Working 80 hour weeks, he was climbing the ladder of corporate success.

"What I didn't like is that it was like a Machiavellian Wall Street World," he said.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Nate Rylas, foreground, and Ben Moore watch their 9/11 tribute video.

It was mid-morning on Sept. 11, 2001, and Nathan Rylas was sitting in his second grade classroom in the Panther Valley Elementary School, eager to watch a movie.

"They turned on the TV to show the movie, and the towers going down was the first thing everybody saw. Nobody knew what happened because they turned the TV off real fast," he said.

The baffled students were sent home.

"I came home and my Mom was bawling her eyes out. I was confused, I didn't know why," he recalls.

His mother explained to him what was happening.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Chase Dailey, 14, of Palmerton, proves he isn't afraid of heights as he braves the Rope-A-Phobia challenge set up by the National Guard Friday at the 22nd annual Palmerton Community Festival.

After a gloomy week, it was time to once again enjoy the outdoors.

Indeed, Mother Nature shined down bright on the 22nd annual Palmerton Community Festival, which got under way Friday in the borough park.

While the messy weather over the past week made for soggy conditions, it wasn't enough to derail interest as patrons anxiously lined the walkways.

That the event was able to get off to a successful start was a huge weight off everyone's shoulders, according to Susie Arner, festival chairperson.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured pausing for a quick photo while working late to prep the trails are from left are key organizers Aaron Berger, Jason Boris and Rich Chwastiak.

Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to converge in Tamaqua for tomorrow's annual Coal Cracker Classic.

This year's race is incorporated in the Mid-Atlantic Super Series circuit, which makes it the largest bike race in the mid-Atlantic region

"This year's race will be like no other, because for the first time ever, the Coal Cracker Classic is part of the Mid-Atlantic Super Series race circuit," said Jason Boris, executive director of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Committee. "ESRC and its volunteers have been doing bike races on an off for the past 12 or so years."

Saturday, September 10, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Pete Curtis of Weatherly American Legion Post 360, left, presents the American flag as other members of Weatherly Post 360 and the Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League stand with post and POW flags during the Carbon County 9/11 memorial service in Josiah White Park on Friday.

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that will be etched into all Americans' lives forever.

During the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil this weekend, many area organizations will be holding memorial services to remember the thousands who lost their lives on that horrific morning when life as we knew it changed forever.

In Jim Thorpe, Carbon County officials gathered in Josiah White Park on Friday to remember the victims of 9/11 and honor men and women who serve in the armed forces and as emergency responders.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

George Thear, superintendent of the Panther Valley School District, said the administration, school board education committee, and members of student council met in the high school to discuss a merit and demerit system and air minor problems in the school cafeteria. The session lasted nearly two hours. Thear said a request from the students that they be permitted smoking privileges in a designated outdoor area was denied. He said similar sessions are anticipated throughout the school year.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kimberly Sword, a native of Nesquehoning, said Sept. 11, 2001, was one day in her life she thought she was going to die.

She was only two blocks east of the World Trade Center when it was attacked by terrorists and collapsed into a colossal cloud of dust and dirt. She was kept inside her office building for over six hours, and didn't know if that building was going to become a target of the attackers.

The event made such an impact that she placed the clothing she wore that day, including the shoes, into a special time capsule for safe keeping.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Glenn Millen of Mahoning Township will be a participant in a special Sept. 11 anniversary program at the New York Jets football game Sunday.

Millen, a captian and a veteran pilot for American Airlines, will represent the airline when a large American flag is unfurled during the pre-game ceremony.

Two pilots and a stewardess from both American Airlines and United Airlines will participate in the program, along with police officers, firefighters, and military personnel. Terrorists used those two airlines in their attacks on the World Trade Center.