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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.

Friday, September 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Flash flood waters didn't stop Tamaqua freshmen Bailey Hartung, 14, and Brianna Wittig, 14, from walking through it after getting out of school early.

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

County Line road at the border of Mahoning and West Penn townships is covered by the waters of the Mahoning Creek Thursday afternoon.

Friday, September 9, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Diligent Fire Company No. 3 of Jim Thorpe, in conjunction with Dom N Ali's Restaurant on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, held a benefit golf tournament at Mahoning Valley Country Club on July 17, with the help of 99 golfers and more than 70 sponsors and donations. The golf committee of Ed Lewis, Louis Hall, and Tom Kattner; along with the owners of Dom N Ali's Restaurant, Giuseppe and Michele Buzzetta, raised $7,500 which will be donated to the fire truck fund for the recently acquired 2010 KME Custom Pumper at a price of $448,000.