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Monday, November 7, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the signature of Family Promise of Carbon County President Larissa Kimmel (left) and the payment of $1 for the yearly rental fee for its office and day center, the organization now officially has a place to call "home." The building for the office and day center, located at 167 South Third St. in Lehighton, has been provided by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Looking on are Barbara Belon, president of the Congregation Council of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton (center) and Family Promise of Carbon County Executive Director Robert (Bob) Fatzinger, right.

With the signing of a contract and the payment of $1 for the yearly rental fee for its office and day center, Family Promise of Carbon County now officially has a place to call "home." The building for the office and day center, located at 167 South Third St. in Lehighton, has been provided by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Monday, November 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Choir members sing patriotic music during the Veterans Day Service.

Reverend James Cavalerro had tears in his eyes as he showed a music slideshow of veterans to parishioners and guests during their 21st Annual Veterans Day Celebration held Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua.

In addition to the slideshow, the service consisted of a color guard entry, special choir music and special veterans message by Robert Evans, a Navy veteran.

Monday, November 7, 2011
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The First Congregational Church in Coaldale held their annual Veterans Day Service Sunday in recognition to all who've served. The church has been paying tribute to area veterans for the past eight years during its Sunday Morning Worship service on both Memorial Day and Veterans' Day. Prior to the service, a slide show of photographs of local veterans dating back to World War II was presented. The service also consisted of a joint community choir of 23 church members from the Panther Valley, Tamaqua and Hometown areas, who sang a number of patriotic selections.

Monday, November 7, 2011
Left, Mario Iezzoni, Korea-Vietnam veteran, Summit Hill, salutes the Tamaqua American Legion color guard as it passes. Center, Landon Eisenberg, 3, waves Old Glory as firetrucks parade by. Right, Matt Bynon, a Navy veteran, and Tamaqua Police officer, participates during the Tamaqua American Legion's veterans firing detail service at the veterans monument on East Broad Street.

Spectators placed their hands over their hearts as a parade of veterans and supporters marched passed hundreds of people during the Tamaqua American Legion's annual Veterans Day Parade Saturday.

"This was the best spectator turnout I've ever seen," said Brittany Sheidy, Tamaqua resident and volunteer with the Tamaqua Raider Band.

"In past years, only a few would come out and watch the parade," Joel Perry, commander, Tamaqua American Legion, said. "During this year's parade, there were probably over a thousand spectators who lined Broad Street."

Monday, November 7, 2011

The United Presbyterian Church, 6750 PA Route 873 Slatington, will host its 53rd annual Gymanafa Ganu (Welsh hymn sing) on Nov. 13.

The afternoon session will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is open to everyone. The conductor is Robert A. Jones from New York. The organist is Robert Miller from Maine, and the pianist is Anna Mary Milot, choir director and organist of the Slatington United Presbyterian Church.

Special music will be by the "Quartet of 5," a local group from the Slatington area.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Veterans Day memorial service on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., in the Josiah White Park, located in downtown Jim Thorpe.

The program is open to the public, who are encouraged to attend and honor the area's veterans.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fifteen area residents were among 77 who were arraigned Monday morning on criminal charges before District Attorney Jameis P. Goodman at the Schuylkill County courthouse and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Cory Michael Whitley, 18, of 4 Rose St., Tamaqua, charged by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods, with criminal conspiracy, burglary of Six Pack House, at 209 N. Railroad St., theft of 12 six packs of beer, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief by smashing window of door with a large rock.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Free Community Supper will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. The menu will include a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone invited.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Illustration by Al Zagofsky If you can't occupy Wall Street, you can at least keep Wall Street occupied by returning reply envelopes from credit card companies as proposed in a viral YouTube video.

Frustration with the lingering recession has created what is becoming the American Fall, a domestic reflection of the Arab Spring, with Occupy Wall Street protests held in 70 major cities and over 600 communities in the U.S.

But now, for smaller communities such as here in northeastern Pennsylvania, there is a way of participating, at least a proposed method, which is circulating in a viral YouTube video, Keeping Wall Street Occupied.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Shannon Martin-Fredericks, Tamaqua - "I am voting Tuesday, but am still undecided. The biggest issues should be money and the way things are being run. Someone needs to clean house and get this house back into shape."

BY ANDREW LEIBENGUTH

Are you planning to vote in Tuesday's election? What do you feel are the biggest issues confronting us?