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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder Fire Company Auxiliary, across from Ye Olde Saylors Inn in Saylorsburg, is having a Craft Fair and Bake Sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23. They are looking for vendors.

There will be crafts, including hand-knitted sweaters, crocheted items, natural soaps, gifts for the home, Liztech Pins, Ladies Auxiliary cookbooks and many other items.

Have your picture taken with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. There will be a quilt raffle drawing, bake sale and lunch will be served.

Reserve a table now by calling Brenda at 610-802-1657.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Nevin P. Farber to Dennis N. Ahner, 613 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown, property at 613 Hamilton St., $109,900.

Franklin Township

Robert A. Farenkopf to Daniel L. Shoenberger, 1161 Hemlock St., Palmerton, property at 936 Hemlock St., $150,000.

Kidder Township

Kevin P. Campbell to Oleksandr Mogylei, Wildwood, New Jersey, property at 607 Estates Drive, Lake Harmony, $226,000.

Michael L. McDonald to Christopher L. Bohme, New York, New York, property at 1006 Pineknoll Drive, Lake Harmony, $174,000.

Lehigh Township

Monday, October 27, 2014

An early-morning fire in Palmerton today ruined two businesses and left two people homeless.

The blaze occurred in the structure housing the Grab Bag and the Yarn Basket at 210 Delaware Ave. shortly after 2 a.m. Palmerton Fire Chief David Lucia said the 2 1/2-story building was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Despite the start the fire had, Lucia said firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the one structure. He said, "the fire never even got through the roof, thanks to the work of our volunteers."

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Tamaqua native has been elevated at a federal agency.

Joe Reilly, a 1971 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, was named administrator of the National Agricultural Statistics Service earlier this year.

NASS is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

In addition to conducting the Census of Agriculture every five years, NASS conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture.

Monday, October 27, 2014
Madison Freeby, left, and Ava Schafer hand out candy Sunday in the Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade. The duo was with Brownie Troop 30140.

Three days before the official trick-or-treat festivities in Jim Thorpe, children lined the town's streets Sunday hoping to get a candy appetizer.

They didn't leave disappointed as the 20th annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade drew a steady crowd on the east side of the borough.

Floats featured popular characters from the Disney movie "Frozen," the lovable minions from the "Despicable Me" flicks, and the famous Scooby-Doo. Santa Claus even brought up the rear of the procession, signaling that the holiday season is right around the corner.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Before the present Jacob's United Church of Christ was built, the Reformed and Lutheran people of Weissport had been holding services under the trees along the Lehigh River.

The following is a timeline of the church's 175 years:

August 1838: Services were transferred from Gnaden Huetten to Weissport.

December 1839: Christmas day services were held in the completed church, which was on a lot presented by Jacob Weiss.

1893: The church was remodeled.

1898: The Sunday School was remodeled.

1908: The parsonage was built.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Pocono Medical Center is sponsoring some upcoming events.

PMC will host a free program Nov. 14 to celebrate life and honor all those affected by lung cancer. Registration is at 5 p.m. with the program from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, 188 East Brown St., East Stroudsburg. Refreshments will be served. To preregister or for more info, call 800-298-2436 or visit: shinealightonlungcancer.org.

The Spirit of Women's Ladies Night Out will be from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Shawnee Inn at 1 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee on Delaware. Admission is $5.

Monday, October 27, 2014
larry neff/special to the times news

Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, West Penn Township and Tamaqua police were dispatched to the intersection of Route 443 and Mush Dahl Road in the village of Clamtown. There they discovered a woman in a car who suffered head trauma from an assualt. Thevictim was treated at the scene by member of the Penn Mahoningambulance and Lehighton paramedics and then transported to a trauma center.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Choir rehearsal will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunday services will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, with Sunday school at 10 a.m.

The annual Harvest Home collection of nonperishable food items at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, will begin Sunday. Distribution of food will take place on Nov. 23.

Monday, October 27, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Students from Franklin and East Penn elementary schools throw colored powder into the air at the end of color run fundraiser at the school on Friday.

Students from Franklin and East Penn elementary schools throw colored powder into the air at the end of color the run fundraiser at the school on Friday.