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Saturday, October 4, 2014
Special to the Times News  Students of Mountain Karate Academy recently performed a demonstration for the crowd that gathered for its opening at 636 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton.

Their first dojang opened in Lehighton in 2007.

Then in 2012, they opened a second one in Tannersville

And now, Mountain Karate Academy has opened its third location, this time at 636 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton.

The organization recently celebrated its opening with a party in the former Now and Then Antiques shop, the site of the new karate dojang, and in the parking area of Terry's Winner's Circle, which continues to do business in the rear of the building.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) Times-Shamrock Communications has sold The Virgin Islands Daily News and its affiliated publications to a businessman based on the islands.

The family-owned company says the sale to Archie Nahigian, originally from California, closed on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Times-Shamrock owns The Times-Tribune in Scranton and five other daily newspapers in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
The pages of "Coal Cracker" offer youngsters the opportunity to color strong, classic images associated with anthracite mining.

It's nice when children learn to color.

But it's even nicer when their coloring book teaches and reinforces their proud heritage.

With that thought in mind, Joe Evanousky of Barnesville, a retired schoolteacher, produced a first-run of "Coal Cracker A Story to Color," which might be the first coal-region-themed coloring book.

"I actually had the idea to do it 35 years ago, but my mom talked me out of it," he said.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

Pastry for 1 pie crust

2 large eggs

cup milk

1 cups fresh pumpkin puree (instructions below)

2 tablespoons melted butter, unsalted

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon dark molasses

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

teaspoon ground cloves

pinch salt

1 cup heavy cream, cold

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Heat milk in saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to bubble around the edges. Remove from heat.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,250 to 294,750, the Labor Department said Thursday. Overall, 2.3 million people are receiving jobless aid. That's the fewest since June 2006, which predates the start of the Great Recession by 18 months.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A Schuylkill County Sheriff's Department vehicle blocks the parking lot entrance at the Schuylkill County Courthouse, Pottsville, at 12:30 Friday. Employees were sent home following a threat that closed the facility and impacted activities at county agencies and county jail.

Pottsville police have arrested Todd Dohner, 48, of Pine Grove for making calls to the Schuylkill County Courthouse overnight Thursday, threatening to have terrorists shoot up a school unless the courthouse was closed by noon.

The caller said he was the leader of a "terrorist group" and would have his group shoot students at a school from 100 yards away at 3 p.m. if his demand was not met.

The courthouse was closed at about 11 a.m.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Where to get your pumpkin fix:

Old Homestead

Tree Farm

Off Route 209 in Forest Inn, along Strohls Valley Road, about seven miles east of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Mahoning Valley interchange.

Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every weekend in October.

Choose from a wide variety and sizes of pumpkins as well as gourds and Indian corn.Admission is free.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The West Penn Township Lions and Lioness Clubs, along with the Andreas Sporting Club will host the Andreas Halloween Parade at 7 p.m. Oct. 15, with the rain date set for Oct. 16.

The parade committee welcomes individual participants or groups to preregister in either the marching or the float category.

Deadline to register for the parade is Thursday.

Only those preregistered are eligible for monetary prizes. Register by contacting Becky at 570-386-3045.

Parade formation begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Andreas Sporting Club.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow, Lake View and new Roc Loop Trails at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17.

The hike is seven miles in length and moderate to difficult. The trails cross two creeks, and runs parallel to the lake. There is a spectacular view from the dam and opportunity to explore the State Game Lands near the spillway pond.

Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

Call Robin at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Formerly "55-Alive," the new Smart Driver four and eight-hour classroom refresher/defensive driving course is designed for qualified drivers 50 and older. There are no tests and membership in AARP is not necessary. All automobile insurance companies doing business in Pennsylvania are required by state law to give a minimum discount of 5 percent to all qualified policy holders age 55 and over who take the course.

Classes are given by trained volunteer instructors.

The eight-hour class is given in a two-day period in two four-hour sessions and is required for first timers.