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Friday, October 4, 2013

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. in their social hall.

The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

For more information or to volunteer, stop by the church, 22 Lafayette St., or call (570) 668-4139.

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Blessing of the Animals service will be held Sunday at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 300 W. Broad Street, Tamaqua. The service with the animals begins at 10:45 a.m. and a second blessing will be done outside at noon. For more information, call (570) 668-2775.

Friday, October 4, 2013
AP PHOTO This view, from the Russell Senate Office Building, shows police converging on the scene of a shooting on Constitution Avenue on Capitol and near the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday. A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown.

For two local families, the events that unfolded Thursday afternoon as a woman rammed her car into a barrier at the White House hit close to home: One of the Capitol police officers who sprang into action during the crisis grew up in Lansford, graduated from Panther Valley High School, and married a young woman from Summit Hill.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Cheryl Leone kneels down next to a tree planted in the front yard of her home in honor of her daughter. Family members and friends have contributed items to the planted memorial.

A 100-mile memorial ride held in support of wounded warriors and in memory of a local soldier raised $5,575 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The ride started at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club and continued to the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, where a ceremony was held to remember and celebrate the life of SPC Christina Joy Leone, 21, of New Ringgold, who passed away July 11, 2012 in Richmond, Va.

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AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle, center, and Mahoning Valley Assistant Fire Chief Jay Michalik, second from left, accept the Fire Prevention Week proclamation on Thursday at the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting. With them are Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard; Wayne Nothstein, chairman and volunteer firefighter, and William O'Gurek.

Carbon County fire departments need more volunteers, officials say.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board adopted a proclamation proclaiming Oct. 6-12 as Fire Prevention Week. This year's National Fire Prevention Week theme is "Prevent Kitchen Fires."

The proclamation talks about the importance of being prepared in case of a fire and how to keep children safe from cooking fire related injuries.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS On hand during the ribbon cutting were, l-r, Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, ESRC member Dan Decindio, Tamaqua Councilman and recreation committee chairman Dave Mace, ESRC chairman Linda Decindio, Tamaqua Area Baseball Association (TABA) member Jimmy Akins, TABA treasurer Harry Lux, TABA President Bill Angst, Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris.

The Tamaqua Borough Council held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Thursday evening for the new Dutch Hill Playground.

Overlooking the baseball fields at Columbia and Biddle streets, the new playground, located on property owned by the Tamaqua Area Baseball Association (TABA), features a large and small play structure and a six-seat swing set.

The small play structure was originally located at the H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool but had to be moved to make room for the new pool water slide.

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VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The annual fall foliage weekends get underway tomorrow in Jim Thorpe. Prepared for the festival is the Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse, where a themed display exists.

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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Cancer Awareness Night was held Thursday during the Tamaqua Area High School soccer team game against Pine Grove. The Tamaqua players wore pink shirts that were made specifically for this game. A number of players' relatives/cancer survivors were also represented as honorary captains as they walked under a blue and white balloon arch. Walking under under the arch are Amy Heisler, her daughter Mackenzie, 17, and Ken Heisler Jr.. They walked in memory of Ken Heisler Sr., Tuscarora, who lost his battle with cancer in November of last year.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7. The meeting will be held at the lower reservoir.

Friday, October 4, 2013

St. Luke's Miners Cares for Kids 5K & Kids Fun is being held tomorrow in support of St. Luke's Miners Community Health Initiatives.

The race will be held at the Lansford Pool with check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K race starting at 9 a.m. A Kid's 1-Mile Fun Run will take place at 10:30 a.m.