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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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The members of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club welcomed "Sy and I" as the monthly entertainment to their meeting for the month of October. Judy Greg introduced her friend Sy and they performed several musical duets for the club. The group voted to participate in the Jim Thorpe Lioness's Fashion Show in the spring. The next executive board will be held at the home of Pat Sasserath on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The regular meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5 with Joseph Paluck. Reservations are being accepted by Jane Pietruch for the Christmas dinner at DiMaggio's in Tamaqua on Dec. 3.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Thursday, Oct. 11 is National Depression Screening Day. You can receive free screening and assessment at the Pocono Medical Center Learning Institute on Storm St., Stroudsburg. You can walk in any time between 1-5 p.m. for totally anonymous and confidential screening.

Dr. Robert E. Morrow will be speaking at 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Randolph "Randy" Rabenold

Randolph "Randy" Rabenold, a school teacher for 36 years, was named grand marshal for the 42nd annual Lehighton Area Halloween Parade.

The parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The rain date is 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

Julie Harris, chairman of the Lehighton Area Halloween Parade Committee, said the parade normally is held in the evening but the time was changed because of a conflicting community event.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

After nearly two years, a suit against the owners of a Lower Towamensing Township business has been dropped.

On a 2-0 vote Tuesday, the township's board of supervisors agreed to withdraw the suit that was filed against Ronald Gilbert and Carol Withers, the owners of the Covered Bridge Inn, Kunkletown. Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert was absent.

Township solicitor Jim Nanovic said that in the past, Gilbert and Withers "had not followed the state's uniform construction code."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Louise Lill

Longtime Coaldale Borough Secretary-Treasurer Louise Lill on Tuesday announced her impending retirement.

Lill, who has worked for the borough for 11 years, will retire effective Nov. 30. However, after thanking council for a good decade-plus, she offered to remain available to help train her successor and to wrap up any open projects.

Council reluctantly accepted her retirement, with Councilman Joe Hnat moving to accept the action "with regret," and Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak symbolically declining to accept it at all.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO The sidewalks in downtown Tamaqua were filled with visitors during last year's Heritage Festival.

The Tamaqua Historical Society will present its 28th Annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14 in downtown Tamaqua from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The annual event celebrates the fall foliage season in the community that historically has served as a 'Gateway to the Anthracite Region.'

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System will sponsor an Open House/Health Fair on Wed., Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at its West End Physical Therapy facility on Route 209 in Kresgeville.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Northern Lehigh School District will file for a pair of referendum exceptions that would enable it to raise next year's spending plan by up to 2 mills.

The district will apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the special education and retirement exceptions, as relayed by Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, to the school board on Monday.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Specialist Craig Welsh, 25, left, and PF2 Donald Fernandes, 22, both of Summit Hill, pack their alice packs Tuesday morning prior to the departure.

It was an emotional send off this morning in Hometown as hundreds of family, friends, firefighters and community members got up early to show their appreciation to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (Company C, 1st Battalion, CAB, 109th Infantry Regiment, PAARNG) as they set off for deployment.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Members and volunteers with Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua held their annual fall festival over the weekend.  The event consisted of fall-related activities, music, food, massages, tours and more.  For more information about the non-profit gardens, visit their website at StonehedgeGardens.org.  Volunteers point out that the gardens are open 365 days a year, and encourage people to walk through the gardens any day of the week.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Painting "en plein air" are from left, Patrick McWhorter, Allentown; Janet Dean, Germansville; and Susan Trainer, Lehighton.