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Friday, October 28, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade is Sunday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. It will proceed from Jim Thorpe Area High School, down Center Street to Ninth Street and onto North Street. The parade will end at 2nd and Center streets. Complimentary buses will shuttle participants back to Memorial Hall for free refreshments and awards.

There will be no parking along the parade route starting at 2 p.m. Those vehicles parked along the route will be ticketed.

Leaf pickup

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in Northampton County court this week to charges of stalking and indecent assault.

Joseph Kulp, 39, of Lehighton, entered his plea to the charges which stemmed from an incident that occurred on June 20 in Walnutport.

According to police Kulp was in the Dollar Store, at 200 S. Best Ave., when he touched the buttocks of a 13-year-old girl. The police investigation revealed that Kulp saw the girl outside the store and kept staring at her.

Friday, October 28, 2011

On Thursday evening the Jim Thorpe Zoning Hearing Board conducted a hearing for a variance request. The variance request involved the opening of a small auto repair shop at 830 Center Street.

The building at 830 Center Street (building doors face 9th Street) has a commercial permitted use. Frank Jamison, owner of the building, has a woodshop for his business in the building as well as self storage. The building is 117 ft X 41 ft.

The variance request was for Robert Bekesy to open a small auto repair shop in the building. Bekesy would be renting the space from Jamison.

Friday, October 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Care Net counselors Danette Roberts, acting center director, left, and Debi Dodson, acting development director, sit behind some reference materials available to new families.

"A message of love and committment to protect and enhance the lives of children and families."

Those words reflect Schuylkill Care Net's mission statement as they add a new family support office in Tamaqua.

Care Net, a non-profit organization, was created to provide free services to local families, such as care, counseling, clothing, and referral services. Some services provided also consist of basic pregancy testing, as well as counseling services for women considering adoption and abortion.

Friday, October 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Seniors Group held their annual Halloween party at the Tamaqua Community Center. The event consisted of Halloween costumes, food, chinese auction and bingo. President Jean Machamer stated her appreciation to everyone who dressed up and volunteered with the event.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Repair work will soon begin on a covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a change order with Home Solutions Partners of Palmerton, which set a new completion date for the covered bridge repair project. The new date is Nov. 23.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that work on the bridge should begin shortly, as the products needed for the repair have been purchased.

Friday, October 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Zombies, witches, barnyard animals walked the streets of Kunkletown on Sunday. But they were friendly and well-organized as they waved to onlookers at the Eldred Township Halloween Parade. At the end of the route, they enjoyed refreshments and treats at the Kunkletown Vol. Fire Co. and several lucky winners won cash prizes.

Friday, October 28, 2011
Tamaqua firefighter Travis Heugel inspects a circuit breaker at a local business.

Recent chilly weather has resulted in most area residents to raise their tempertures on their thermostats.

Tamaqua firefighters are encouraging residents and business owners to inspect their heating units and other areas of concern as the start of the winter season approaches. Approximately 30 Tamaqua firefighters volunteered their time recently as they separated into seven inspection teams visiting about 75 Tamaqua businesses for fire and related safety concerns.

Friday, October 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Mike and Donna Krill of Easton receive tips from Chuck Thomas, president of Health Solutions. The vendor was among the many on hand during the annual Health Fair at the Village at Palmerton on Thursday.

Of mind, body and spirit.

It isn't every day that senior citizens are afforded the opportunity to monitor their physical, mental and social well-being

That they were able to receive health tips - free of charge - was an added bonus for seniors who attended the annual Health Fair at the Village at Palmerton on Thursday.

Seniors - some with their caregivers - flocked to the Health Fair to check out the 25 vendors that were at their disposal, according to Norma Kunkel, director of marketing and admissions.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wintry weather usually reserved for Thanksgiving or later is predicted to happen Halloween weekend.

According to forecasters, several inches of snow could arrive tomorrow.

The National Weather Service says 4-6 inches is possible in Carbon County (more in Kidder Township) and six to 10 inches is a likelihood in the Lehigh Valley.

The weather could impact field hockey district playoff games for two local teams scheduled for tomorrow.

Northern Lehigh has a noon game with Moravian Academy, and Lehighton is scheduled to play Southern Lehigh at 2 p.m., both at Emmaus.