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Friday, September 13, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kaylee Gilbert, 9, recently donated her hair to Locks of Love. It was cut by Joe Krushinsky of the American Cancer Society at ZooStock 2013. This is the second time Kaylee has donated a foot of her hair to help children with cancer, with the last time at ZooStock 2011. Kaylee is the daughter of Jason and Leslie Gilbert of Coaldale. The donation was facilitated by Joanna Rice of JJ's Hair and Tanning in Lansford.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thousands walked the Palmerton Hospital Festival last night, tasting a variety of homemade foods, listening to live bands, and even playing a few hands of blackjack.

Rides and entertainment filled a third of the Delaware Avenue ball field in Palmerton.

A borough-wide effort, almost all of Palmerton's citizens are somehow tied to the annual two-day festival.

Local leaders man food and ticket stands, extra security monitors traffic and parking, and folks come from miles to meet people they see only once a year.

Friday, September 13, 2013

A tremendous amount of community support has been shown for a Christmas in the Park program and holiday lighting project in Palmerton.

A meeting of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee was held Wednesday at the home of residents Joe and Marj Federanich.

To date, committee member Michele O'Neill said "The response has been overwhelming."

Friday, September 13, 2013
Stacey Solt/Times News Jean Papay, left, a representative with State Rep. Doyle Heffley, receives a flu shot from Blue Mountain Health System nurse Candy Madera during the Carbon County Senior Expo.

Hundreds of area seniors attended the third annual Carbon County Senior expo on Thursday at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

The program was a chance for seniors to learn about the programs and services available to them, and to get their questions answered about local resources.

The event was jointly hosted by State Sens. David Argall and John Yudichak, and State Rep. Doyle Heffley.

"The goal is to provide a host of services, all under one roof," said Sen. Argall.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's summer concert yesterday evening was postponed due to heavy rain. The concert, featuring Large Flower Heads performing 60's classics, is moved to Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. in front of the Tamaqua Train Station. The concert is the first in a series of free concerts held at the train station throughout the summer, courtesy of the chamber and sponsors.

For more information, or to sponsor an upcoming concert, call the chamber at (570) 668-1880 or visit the website Tamaqua.net or Facebook page.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Monroe County Bible Clubs of "BCM International" will be conducting interdenominational "Released Time Bible Classes" for Monroe County public school children in grades K-6. Home-schoolers are also welcome.

Free parental permission slips (with schedules and times) to attend are now available for these one-hour weekly Bible classes. They are held at a church facility near the school. Transportation is provided by Bible Club approved local volunteer drivers.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The question of when Carbon County would be reimbursed for its part in a special election surfaced at an election board meeting Thursday.

By meeting's end, the check had, indeed, been in the mail. The $6,137 check was in the county's hands before noon.

Friday, September 13, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Rotary District Gov. Frank Romano and his wife Jean, recently visited the Rotary Club of Slatington. Club President Ryan Van Norman, right, welcomed Frank and Jean to the Rotary Club of Slatington's meeting at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Starting Oct. 10, the Rotary Club of Slatington will be holding its meetings at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069 out of Andreas held their installation of officers over the weekend at the West Penn Community Park. The officers are, front l-r, trustee Mahlon Shaffer (member since 1978), adjutant Eugene Schaeffer (member since 1972), Sr. Vice Commander Nevin Fritz (member since 1972), and Jr. Vice Commander James Martinez (member since 2004); back l-r, quartermaster Harold Osenbach (member since 1972), trustee Glenn Stevens (member since 1987), Commander Ernest Daubenspeck (member since 1972), and Sgt. At Arms Ernie Bailey (member since 1975).

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Approval was given by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to seek bids for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects in East Union, West Penn, and Pine Grove townships, in action taken at the public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Gary Bender, the county CDBG director, said the project in East Union Township is replacing 915 feet of pipe on First Street in the village of Oneida for a storm sewer; in West Penn and Pine Grove townships is to install handicap accessible walkways and paths in their parks.

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