Saturday, September 10, 2011

Video from this afternoon's Open Doors event at Pottstown High School

Video from this morning's ceremony honoring first responders

Don't forget the football game

Things are winding up for the Open Doors event at Pottstown High School where thousands were fed, entertained and informed.

Technical difficulties kept us from live-blogging there, but thanks to all of those who stopped by The Mercury table and we hope you enjoy the free flashlights and pens we offered.

The event is not quite over. At 6:45 p.m., Pottstown's Trojan football team takes on the Patriots of Penn Wood High School in Grigg Stadium

Pre-game ceremonies there will honor military and first responders, all of whom will be admitted to the game free.

So stop by and cheer for the home team.

Video of what you'll find at The Mercury's Community Media Lab

5K tomorrow in Pottstown benefits fallen soliders and families

The commander of the Pottstown Army recruiting station reports there will be a 5K run and 1-mile fun run at 3 p.m. Sunday.

It starts at Smith Family Plaza in front of borough hall. The route runs through Pottstown. You can sign up at Smith Family Plaza today, during Open Doors.

The cost is $30 and the proceeds benefit the fallen and their families, as well as Wounded Warriors..

There are many such races being held around the nation tomorrow, and this is the local event.

The races honor first responders and those in the armed forces.

Borough honors fallen with flag placement

For those of you who glanced up this morning and thought the borough had hung the American flag on borough hall backwards, take note.

The flag placement is meant to evoke the way flags are put on the caskets of returning fallen soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, according to state Sen. John Rafferty, R-44th Dist.

Ceremony complete, heroes honored, now for some fun

The ceremony honoring the nation's and the region's first responders and veterans has just completed in Smith Plaza under clearing skies.

If you've been following the Tweets of Mercury Reporter Brandie Kessler (@I_M_BrandieK) and Photographer John Stricker (@MercPhotog), then you know this already.
Pottstown Borough Manager Jason Bobst acknowledged some of our local responders, including Police Dispatcher Michelle Labant, who was injured in July by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while serving with the Army National Guard.

She is recovering in Bethesda,Md. "She's here to protect our community and to protect our country and we hope she gets well soon and comes back to us."

"We've got a lot of great responders in our community," Bobst said. "They are the ones who, when the tones go off, they're leaving not knowing if they're coming back. And I think that's the greatest respect you can pay someone. They're there for us."

Brandie and John are back now in The Mercury's Community Media Lab (stop on in and visit us, 24 N. Hanover St., corner of King and Hanover).

Brandie said Bobst made another significant remark. He said Pottstown needs to come together.

"We are a community, not by wards, not by neighborhoods. We are Pottstown," Bobst said.

Before the skies cleared, while a few raindrops stubbornly fell on the crowd, state Sen. John Rafferty R-44th Dist. quoted an old Irish saying. In reference to those who fell that day, Rafferty said "on a day or a memorial ... raindrops are the tears of angels in heaven welcoming the new souls."

Pottstown Schools Superintendent Reed Lindley urged the community to learn from its history, and to understand that learning is the key to moving forward.

"Let us learn together, our future students and current students are counting on you and me," Lindley said.

Church bells and ringing now in downtown Pottstown, come down and see what they are calling you too.