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Monday, November 7, 2011
Phoebe, a 2-year-old Staffordshire terrier, is looking for a forever home. Her owner was a soldier who was deployed.

While not a cuddly-type lap dog, Phoebe has plenty of great attributes for the right owner. Phoebe needs a forever home.

Phoebe is loving, playful, friendly and oh, so beautiful. Phoebe has a strong, sturdy body that ripples with muscles. She is a Staffordshire terrier and her body looks similar to that of a pit bull, but that is where the similarity ends.

Phoebe is two years old spayed female and is absolutely a sweetheart. Anyone who invites Phoebe into their home will be lucky to have her, as long as no cats live there. She seems to have an issue with cats.

Monday, November 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is only a small portion of the hundreds of antique and classic toys that will be on display at the Tamaqua Art Gallery, 114 West Broad Street, starting Wednesday at 6 p.m. courtesy of the Tamaqua Historical Society.

The first show of its kind in the Tamaqua area, the free Antique Toy Show, hosted by the Tamaqua Historical Society, is being held to kick off the holiday season in Tamaqua.

The toy show will feature a wide array of antique and classic toys that were made over the period of a century from about the late 1800's to the mid to late 1900's.

Featured will be toys made of wood, cast iron, tin, steel, composite, cardboard and textiles.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A phone number that was published in the article "New birth certificate needed to obtain passport" was incorrect. The phone number for state Rep. Doyle Heffley's office is (610) 377-6363. The number published was the fax number.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Monday, November 7, 2011

An experiment in revegetating the landscape near Palmerton is literally beginning to bear fruit. Scientist John Oyler, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is supervising with Dr. William Sopper of Penn State University, a project that may ultimately reforest areas of the Blue Mountain above Palmerton. "We've very pleased," said Oyler, surveying acres of mountainside where eight varieties of grass and various species of trees have been battling contaminated soil since Spring.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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.