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Thursday, November 13, 2014

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held in Tamaqua this Friday at St. John United Church of Christ on Pine Street. Hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health is eligible to donate. Donor cards or proper identification will be required.

Appointments for donors can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk ins are welcome.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore-based gas station company is being sued for charging customers for air.

The class-action lawsuit was filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Monday under a little-known but longstanding law that requires all gas stations in Baltimore to provide at least one air pump to customers free of charge.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Pleasant Valley Middle School presents "Alice in Zombieland" on Friday and Saturday. Some of the colorful characters, from left: Corrine Bennett (The Duchess); Sofia Dinovo (Cheshire Cat); Willow Krechel (Queen of Hearts); Chase Donnelly (Mad Hatter); Danielle Cleary (Dorothy); and Martha York (Wicked Witch of the West).

The Pleasant Valley Middle School will present "Alice in Zombieland" at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the middle school gymnasium. Adult tickets are $5 and students, $3.

The show is under the direction of Rollene Gougher.

In the story, Alice (Rebecca Makrides), now a teen, has never forgotten her adventures in Wonderland when she was younger. Her best friend, Dinah (Zicora Hamilton), has always told her it was just a dream. But when the White Rabbit appears with its beckoning "We're late," they're off to Wonderland together.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Times News File Photo Among the entertainers were Tommy Zito (The Piano Man) and Krystal Nemeroff, who also served as a host.

The Blue Ridge Chapter of Dream Come True will hold its annual telethon Sunday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

A keystone event for the chapter, the telethon runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and will be televised by Blue Ridge Communications TV-13, and Service Electric in the Tamaqua area.

"It's our opportunity to highlight Dream Come True and thank the folks who did fundraising for us throughout the year," said Eileen Thompson, president of the Blue Ridge Chapter.

"We couldn't do what we do without the support of these groups and individuals."

Thursday, November 13, 2014

People who retire from their jobs with Schuylkill County may see a slight decrease in their benefit checks.

County commissioners on Wednesday approved updating the method of determining the amount of monthly pension stipend for retirees based on workers' projected life spans from the 1983 formula to one created in 2013.

The formulas are called mortality assumptions. They help the county figure how many years it will have to pay the benefits for each retiree.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Ron Gower/Times News Jordan Reis, left, portrays the king while Brianna Picht, center, is Cleopatra and Paige Moser is Queen Anne Boleyn in a scene from "A Night At the Wax Museum," which will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at Panther Valley High School by the school's Drama Club.

The Panther Valley Drama Club will present "A Night at the Wax Museum" at 7 p.m. Friday in the Panther Valley High School auditorium.

The madcap romp focuses on six "historically challenged" students who must attend summer school after failing their respective history classes.

Their teacher decides to take them to Cultully to help her aunts open a wax museum based on historical icons of years gone by.

Through mystical magic and quirky sayings, the wax figures take on a life of their own. All pursue the treasure.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The first chance of snow may be tonight for some areas.

According to the National Weather Service a period of snow tonight could possibly leave up to one inch of snow in our region.

Snow is expected to happen between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. before skies clear. Temperatures are expected to only be in the 20s on Friday morning, with patches of ice freezing on untreated surfaces.

Friday afternoon brings a chance for scattered flurries after 4 p.m., with temperatures in the 40s over the weekend.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers are planning to settle contests for key leadership posts during closed-door secret-ballot elections, with Senate Republicans facing a particularly divisive fight.

The House and Senate each were scheduled to convene at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the last scheduled meeting day until a new Legislature is seated in January for the 2015-16 session.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

State sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) was selected to serve as a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus Leadership Team in the role of caucus administrator for the 2015-16 legislative session.

As caucus administrator, Yudichak will work closely with Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa and the Senate Democratic Leadership Team to develop and communicate caucus legislative priorities. He will also assist in the coordination of caucus meetings and advancing the Senate Democratic agenda.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays" is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one's death.

The free seminar will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one's death.