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Thursday, October 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Performers in the Strawberry Playhouse's production of "The Mousetrap" include, front from left, Karen Calarco as Mrs. Boyle, Jenna McBreen as Mollie Ralston, and Fran Flickinger as Miss Casewell; and back, Ron Calarco as Major Metcalf, Tim Zaspel as Giles Ralston, Brian Cassell as Christopher Wren, Pat Kerwick as Mr. Paravicini, and Chris Fulmer as Sergeant Trotter.

Performers with the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora are holding their last showings of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" this weekend.

"The Mousetrap" first opened in London in 1952. The play has been running continuously since then and has the longest initial run of any play in history. The play is also known for its twist ending, which the audience is traditionally asked not to reveal when exiting.

Remaining show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The playhouse is located at 60 Church St. in Tuscarora.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Helping sort many piles of clothing and hundreds of other items during a recent donation collection are, from left, Alivia and Kailce with their mother Amanda Woodring, Ann Hadesty and Dona Hollywood.

A number of community members and organizations have come together over the past few weeks with efforts of helping the families and victims of three recent fires in our area.

Seven families, consisting of 14 adults and eight children, were left displaced after three multi-dwelling fires struck three area communities last month.

On Monday, Sept. 16, two Brockton families were displaced after a row home fire damaged at least four homes. The home at 221 Valley St., which received the most damage, was occupied by a mother and her 3-year-old boy.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lansford borough council on Wednesday discussed its disappointment with recent work on the town's playgrounds.

President Rosemary Cannon, Councilman Tommy Vadyak, and other council members agreed the company hired to refinish the playgrounds did a bad job.

"I would like to address the job that was done up there at the students' playgrounds. Also, if you look at the job that Strohl Seal Coating did at Rite Aid, that job should not be paid for. Furthermore, I know that I asked to see their insurance and I have yet to see their insurance," Vadyak said.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Guests will be able to tour the $600,000 Mary D Borehole Filtration System in Mary D on Oct. 19.

The Schuylkill Headwaters Association will be providing the tour.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
JUDITH DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Abigail Dein, 8, of Jim Thorpe poses on a fire truck at Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1's annual open house. Many of the fire houses in the area have held special events like this to promote fire safety.

Wednesday evening families from all over the Penn Forest Township area were treated to an open house at Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 on Route 903 in Jim Thorpe.

The fire company had all of its equipment on display and open for children to inspect. Firefighters gave tours of the facility and handed out information on fire safety geared to children. Tot and pet finder window stickers were also available.

In addition to the equipment used by the fire department, there was also a "smoke house" demonstration provided by Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Ben and Sean Jahelka of Palmerton prepare to take a ride in the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company truck during an open house and public awareness safety day held recently.

An open house and public awareness safety day was held recently at the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 6-12.

The fire company partnered with the Pennsylvania State Police, Palmerton Ambulance, and Franklin Township Fire Company to conduct demonstrations, poster contests with cash prizes, and child safety awareness and safety seat checks by the Pa. State Police.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Penn Forest Township

Municipal building closed for holiday

Penn Forest Township Municipal Building will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 14. The building will also be closed for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The municipal building office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1-4 p.m. The building is also open the first Saturday of the month from 9-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
TIMES NEWS file photo Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery

Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery made his first public council appearance at a borough council meeting Tuesday night since his arrest in July 2011 for possession of child pornography.

Corkery, whose trial is scheduled for January in Carbon County Court, announced his remorse that secretary-treasurer Nancy Lorchak's was resigning, and then addressed the board and public regarding the police layoffs.

Lorchak said she was offered back her former position as administrative assistant at Maple Shade Meadows senior living community in Nesquehoning. Council accepted her resignation.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer screenings for depression and mood disorders, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Palmerton Area Library at 402 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Program of Wellness, Empowerment & Recovery (POWER) at 188 S. 1st St., Lehighton.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:How it feels to be a firefighter Amber Dreher, 8, of Middleport, rides in the driver's seat of Middleport's fire truck during the Middleport Fire Company's annual fire prevention and safety fair held inside and outside their fire house.

Children and families were treated to various activities during the Middleport Fire Company's annual fire prevention and safety fair held inside and outside their fire house. The fair consisted of many interactive activities, including fire presentations, simulated smoke chamber, Smokey Bear presentation, and truck seatings. Firefighters and volunteers from surrounding fire companies were also on hand showing their fire trucks. Dave Duffy, fire chief, New England/Walker Township Fire Company, shows John Ryan Difilippo, 5, of Middleport, how much damage can be caused from a forest fire.