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Monday, October 15, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Marie Barth New of Ringgold, District Lioness Liaison, joins Jennifer Gross, Lioness Rally speaker, after a well-received presentation. Gross practices at St. Luke's Miners Hospital in Coaldale.

Three Lioness Clubs in Lions District 14U sent representatives to the fall Lioness Rally held in Kresgeville. Jennifer Gross, MA, RD, LDN, was the speaker at the Lioness gathering with Lioness from West Penn, Jim Thorpe and Western Pocono Lioness clubs in attendance.

Introduced by District Lioness Liaison Marie Barth of New Ringgold, Gross's focus was information about diabetes. She has been a staff person at St. Luke's Miners Campus in Coaldale for 15 years and there sees hospital patients as well as counseling people.

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Kidder Township man who allegedly struck his mother with a BB gun, and then shot her with it, has waived his preliminary hearing.

Dale Michael Wakefield, 20, of Albrightsville, faces 12 charges in connection with an incident that happened during the early morning hours of Sept. 2.

Wakefield was scheduled to have a hearing on the charges before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, but opted to waive the proceedings to Carbon County Court.

Monday, October 15, 2012
Shane McGeehan, left, and Olivia Morrison perform outside the train station during the festival.

Nice fall weather made for a great visitor turnout during the Tamaqua Historical Society's 28th Annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival yesterday.

"We had a nice variety of talent, vendors and entertainment," said Dale Freudenberger, president of the historical society. "You could tell that everyone had a really fun time."

Monday, October 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is just one of many art work on display at the center during the event. This display was done by artist Jeff Rimm.

By ANDREW LEIBENGUTH

aleibenguth@tnonline.com

Volunteers with the Tamaqua Community Arts Center held their first annual Fall Arts and Music Festival in in coordination with the 28th Annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival held Sunday.

The center was open to the public and hosted a large art exhibit, live music and various dance performances. A number of volunteer performers of the center were staged throughout the streets of Tamaqua during the festival.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The 13th annual Lights On Afterschool program will be held across the country on Thursday, Oct. 18.

In Carbon County, the Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE and Career Academy will hold a special assembly for the community at 5 p.m., Thursday, at Panther Valley High School. The program will be held in the school's auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

This year's theme is "Light it up with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)."

Monday, October 15, 2012

It was another super weekend in Jim Thorpe, with the accent on railroading, the industry that helped spur the industrial revolution. With George Hart running morning and afternoon rail safari trains between the county seat community and Haucks in Schuylkill County both days, the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad Company bringing in 1,100 excursionists from the Berks County area today, the town was overflowing with visitors.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Two teenage daughters of a Slatington couple died in a headon crash last week in Jackson, N.J.

Jaime Nicholson, 17, and Francesca Nicholson, 15, died in the two-vehicle crash collision that occurred at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Jaime Nicholson was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, N.J. Francesca Nicholson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ocean County Medical Examiner.

They were the daughters of Thomas Nicholson, and his wife, Lisa-Marie. Other obituary information appears on Page 4 of today's TIMES NEWS.

Monday, October 15, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman was injured Saturday morning when involved in a crash along SR903 near the Penn Forest Township and Jim Thorpe border. The crash occurred at 6 a.m. as the female drove south and apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. Her car swerved to the left crossing the roadway leaving the left berm after striking a set of guardrails. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics before being transported to the Lehighton hospital. The Penn Forest Township and Jim Thorpe fire companies responded to the scene. Jim Thorpe police are investigating the incident.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Reaction to the death of former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who died Sunday:

"He was a mentor, colleague and a political institution, and on a personal level, he was my first boss. Sen. Specter did more for the people of Pennsylvania over his more than 30 year career with the possible exception of Benjamin Franklin. He was a champion for veterans across our state and beyond, and will be deeply missed." – Gov. Ed Rendell, who served as an assistant prosecutor when Specter was Philadelphia's district attorney.