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Thursday, October 13, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Friends of the Library, Janet Serfass, left, and Sharon Jadick, right, were selling tickets for the Western Pocono Community Library's "Taste of Fall" at the First National Bank of Palmerton in Gilbert. All proceeds will benefit the library.

The Western Pocono Community Library is cordially inviting everyone to a first time savory event. "A Taste of Fall" will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the library, which is located on Pilgrim Way, off Rt. 115, Brodheadsville (across from Pleasant Valley Middle School.)

This fundraiser is being hosted by local restaurants, businesses and friends so that you may enjoy a sampling of delectable foods and beverages as you walk around the main floor of the library. Music will be available for your listening pleasure.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

West Penn Township is no longer part of the Schuylkill County's non-entitlement communities to receive funds the county receives from the federal government for community development and housing needs, it was announced by Gary Bender, director of the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Bender explained the township no longer needs to compete with other communities to get grants from the county. Pine Grove Township also can also file on its own because of population growth.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

About 20 signs for Republican political candidates have been stolen, according to MaryEllen Salerno, chairwoman of the Carbon County Republican Committee.

She said nearly all were for the commissioners' race.

One sign couldn't be stolen and was destroyed. She said it appears someone backed a vehicle into it.

The matter has been turned into police in Lehighton and Mahoning Township, Salerno said.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Northeast Regional Key and the LEARN coordinators in the Northeast region are collecting new and delicately used books for children, from infant to school-age, to be given to child care programs and families who were hit by the recent floods.

In Carbon County, books can be dropped off at the Jim Thorpe Area School District Administration Building, 410 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, during office hours

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Louise Wentz, a 15-year-old Lehighton Area High School junior, was crowned Miss Engine Company 2 of Lehighton during a program held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week at the fire company. She succeeds Kerry Kester, who has been reigning as Miss Engine Company 2 for the past year. Named runner-up to Miss Wentz was Tracy Jo Harris, 16, also an LAHS junior. Five girls competed for the title.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

An update report on the Schuylkill County Airport was presented to the county commissioners who held their public meeting Wednesday at the airport site located in Foster Township, located just off Interstate 81 Exit 116.

"Welcome to Schuylkill County's business gateway and port of commerce," remarked Dale Shoenaman, chairman of the Schuylkill County Airport Authority. He and Craig Shields and Joseph Mazzuca, members of the airport authority, were present at the meeting.

William Willard, airport manager, gave a brief history of the airport.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Borough and Water Authority workers prepare to replace a fire hydrant on Willing Street after it was damaged when struck by a 2011 Kia Sorrento. The Kia was being operated by Joseph B. Evans, 60, of 313 Mountaintop Rd., Summit Hill, at 10:40 a.m. Monday when Evans suffered some type of medical episode and lost control. Evans was transported to St. Luke's MIners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, then airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lehighton Area Pool Pals will be sponsoring its Third Annual Halloween Dance, on Oct. 29, at the Orioles Grove pavilion, Oriole Drive, Lehighton. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music will be provided from 7 to 11 p.m. by Layne Roberts "The Doctor," show host for Penn's Peaks TV and Radio. There is a fee to attend.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
TV theft suspect

Rush Township police are asking for the public's help in identifying two men involved in recent shoplifting episodes at the Hometown Commons Wal-Mart.

The first incident took place last Friday, Oct. 7, at 9:42 p.m., when a 26-inch Vizio television was removed from the store. The suspect is a white male, in his early to mid 20's, with short brown hair. He was last seen traveling north on SR309 in a black, four-door Chevy Tracker.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tom Kobal, firefighter, explains the equipment found inside a firetruck to children at Franklin Elementary School during a Fire Prevention Program at the school.

Franklin Township firefighters gave the children at Franklin Elementary School a message about fire safety, but not before they congratulated the children for listening to their messages in past years.

Thomas Chew, fire prevention officer, announced that because the children in Franklin Township do not play with matches or lighters, Franklin Township is the safest community in the county.

"In the last year, we've only had one house fire in Franklin Township and in the last year, we've had no injuries because of a house fire."