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Friday, October 7, 2011

A free luncheon will be held at the Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome.

Friday, October 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A fast moving fire destroyed a Kidder Township home late Thursday night. The fire was first reported at 9:30 p.m. at 43 Crest Drive in Lake Harmony. Firefighters responding to the scene reported seeing the flames on the far side of Lake Harmony. When fire crews arrived on scene they found heavy flames and smoke shooting from the ranch style home but were also confronted with live electrical wires which several firemen described as a "large fireworks show." Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon said a state police fire marshall will assist in the investigation.

Friday, October 7, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sierra Scheirer, 3, of Lehighton, and a client of Carbon County "Right from the Start," gathers a pumpkin at Troxell's Pumpkin Patch, Mahoning Mountain Road.

Youngsters from Carbon County "Right From the Start" visited Troxell's Pumpkin Patch to pick out a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, but also to get a behind the scenes look at a working farm.

Danette Troxell, owner of the farm, gave all the youngsters the opportunity to pet a chicken, touch their eggs, play with shelled corn, travel in a corn maze and visit the pigs and turkeys. They also slide down a slide from the second floor hayloft and

Friday, October 7, 2011

On Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Kidder Township Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents should bring their medications for disposal to Kidder Township Municipal Building at the intersection of SR903 and Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Carbon County commissioners have approved project applications for the 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the county's entitlement and non-entitlement municipalities.

The CDBG programs provides technical assistance to aid municipalities in community and economic development projects. Federal monies are channeled through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and distributed by each of the counties.

Friday, October 7, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Democratic Club Vice-President, Sandi Peters, left, welcomes new Democratic Club members Audrey Larvey, third from left, and Robert Jacobs, who came to the opening meeting Sept. 14 to hear Palmerton Area School Superintendent Carol Boyce, second from the left, speak about the impact of state budget cuts on Palmerton area schools.

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown.

The program will feature an opportunity to meet Democratic candidates for local offices in the area covered by the Club which includes Palmerton, Bowmanstown, Towamensing Township and Lower Towamensing Township and learn more about the upcoming General Election.

Friday, October 7, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kathy Ruff, left, organizer of the Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival & Walk, presents a $250 check donated by the Black Diamond Parrot Head Club to Barbara Wilson, special events coordinator of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The third annual Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival & Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe. The event includes a motorcycle run, car cruise, live entertainment, free games, karate and dance demonstration, refreshments and more.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Carbon County Environmental Education Center is hosting a "fall foliage hike" with Bureau of Forestry Consultant, Jeff Wartluft, along CCEEC's trails at peak fall foliage season

He'll help identify tree species behind the blast of color, and explain why leaves change. The trails are easy to traverse but fall can be wet time of year here at the center so good foot gear is recommended.

Friday, October 7, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

"The Doctor" (Layne Roberts) of Penn's Peak radio has been selected as the chairman of the American Cancer Society's 2012 Daffodil Days. Standing behind him are Bob Stevenson, the ACS volunteer chairman and Caylan Chanwik, ACS income development representative. The new Shar N Hope bear will be sold this year along with the daffodils. Daffodil Days starts Monday, March 19 through 24. Presale orders will be taken in January. Roberts has said that he will assist the program in any way he can and is looking forward to working with everyone.