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Friday, October 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Karen Bandzi, president of the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 of Walnutport, assisted by kindergarteners Zachary Lehman and Kaitlyn Getz, lead all Peters Elementary School's kindergarteners in giving the Pledge of Allegiance during an assembly about the Pledge.

With hands over their hearts, young earnest faces turned toward the American flag, all kindergarteners of Peters Elementary School recited the Pledge of Allegiance during an assembly about the Pledge.

Karen Bandzi, president of the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 of Walnutport, showed them a video about how the Pledge of Allegiance came into being, as told by President Theodore Roosevelt to a classroom, and the meaning behind the words.

Friday, October 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/FILE PHOTO/TIMES NEWS Pictured last year, are No. 9 Mine volunteers scaring visitors as walk pass different scenes of horror deep in the mine.

The Third Annual No. 9 Mine Haunted Mine Tours will be held at the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford today, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5 PM to 10 PM.

Tours will be offered each evening with the last tour going into the mine at 9:30. Tours will go into the mine every half hour.

Friday, October 28, 2011

TAMAQUA (AP) - The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has awarded an $100,000 grant to Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP) for the continued development and implementation of a community-driven safety initiative that organizes residents and businesses around issues of blight and crime.

At an event today here at Lehigh Carbon Community College, LISC announced the grant as a 12-18 month investment that would advance TACP's partnership with local police and support broader efforts for revitalization throughout the community.

Friday, October 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Anndrea Yetter

Imagine a cool crisp autumn morning. Over 45,000 people will be stretching and jogging in place. There is an adrenaline high permeating the air. All are waiting for the signal that will begin the New York City Marathon.

This year, one of the West End's own will be running the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6. Anndrea Yetter, 25, of Saylorsburg is steadily training for one of the world's pre-eminent long-distance marathons, a total of 26.219 miles. Sponsored by ING, organized by New York Road Runners, it has been held every year since 1970.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Palmerton has agreed to shell out more than $250,000 for a vacuum truck.

Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to purchase a vacuum truck from Vac-Con, of Evans City, Butler County, in the amount of $258,214.

Council later agreed, on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Chris Olivia opposed, to accept an additional $2,500 from the same company to haul away the borough's 1988 vacuum truck.

Olivia said he voted against the measure because he believes the borough could have gotten more money for the used truck.

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Palmerton youth organization has been given the green light to once again utilize the borough hall gymnasium as a practice facility.

Kyle Kratzer, a member of the Palmerton Youth Basketball Association, told borough council on Thursday the organization had previously met with the borough recreation committee.

Kratzer said the PYBA has agreed it would help to pay for cameras to be installed in the gymnasium, but needed to know if it had the borough's permission to utilize the space.

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.

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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.