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Thursday, October 11, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe recognized Doctor Clem McGinley (center) with a Paul Harris Award for contributions to Rotary International. Current Club President Bob Stevenson and immediate Past President Susan Sterling made the special presentation at a recent club meeting. The award is named in honor of the founder of Rotary International which began in Chicago in 1905.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Feed the People will offer a free Halloween dinner at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Children and adults are welcomed for a potato soup, franks, and mac & cheese dinner. Frankenstein and Dracula will be preparing sundaes. Dinner is served from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Please use the Tunnel Street entrance.

Participants are encouraged to make or buy their own masks. First prize to the person with the scariest mask.

Volunteers are welcome. For more information, call (570) 657-1480.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Richard Smith/Special to the Times News

The Lehighton volleyball team recently held its annual Match with a Meaning benefit. Proceeds from the match were donated to a Lehighton resident who is battling Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Marian High School, class of 1964, will hold a class reunion meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Parkview Inn, 204 W.Ludlow St., Summit Hill. All class members are interested in holding a 50-year reunion, are invited to attend.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Members of the South Ward Fire Company in Tamaqua will be holding their annual open house today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at their station, 325 Vangelder Street. Volunteers are encouraging everyone to stop.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lansford Borough's budget is being trashed by residents who owe a total of $104,000 in delinquent sanitation bills.

Councilman Tommy Vadyak brought up the matter at a public meeting Wednesday.

"We have to do something," he said.

He suggested sending those residents letters, giving them a set amount of time to respond. If they continue to fail to pay their bills, the borough could take them before a district judge or even, if the overdue bill is high enough, put liens on their properties.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
AP Photo/Pocono Record, David Kidwell The wreckage of a helicopter that crashed on Tuesday is seen in a Wednesday photo. The wreckage was located in woods off Interstate 380 around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are expected to arrive in Monroe County as efforts continue today to investigate a helicopter crash that happened Tuesday night in the Mount Pocono area.

Dense fog is apparently the initial cause of the crash, which claimed the lives of the pilot and one of two passengers. A second passenger survived and is listed in critical condition.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Four property owners in the Panther Valley School District will be paying more taxes in 2013 based on a ruling by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board on appeals filed by the school district based on the sale prices which the school district claimed the sale prices of the homes was greater then the current assessed value of the properties.

Ramona Cruz, 258 Sixth Street Coaldale, had the market value on her property increased from $28,390 to $55,920 and the assessment increased from $14,195 to $27,970, an increase of $13,765 in assessment on which the tax is based.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Slatington Mayor Walter Niedermeyer and Sharon Hartman sell a "duck" to Brittany Cape for the duck race at The Gathering in Slatington. The mayor was going into the water of Trout Creek to capture the first ducks to reach the finish line.
Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Palmerton Borough Council has announced the borough's leaf collection program will be in operation from Oct. 22 through Nov. 21.

Leaf pickup will be as follows:

Mondays - Residence Park and areas north of Columbia Avenue and east of Third Street.

Tuesdays - north sides of Lehigh and Franklin avenues.

Wednesday - south side of Lafayette and Columbia avenues; and south sides of 100 and 200 blocks of Princeton, Edgemont and Harvard avenues.