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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Palmerton Area Library is a community hub for more than just checking out books.

Preschool Story Hour is held every Friday at 10:30 a.m. during the school year. It is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company reported it responded to 23 calls in September and 13 in October. If people would like to learn about upcoming events, they can visit its website at www.polkfire35.org or Facebook.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Boy Scout Troop 20 of Palmerton will be holding a pork and sauerkraut dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at St John's Lutheran Church on Fireline Road in Palmerton.

Tickets are available at the door for $8 per adult and $4 per child.

The menu is pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade pickled cabbage, dessert and beverage.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good Shepherd U.C.C., 3490 Mountain Road in Slatington, will host a Hymn Sing and Music Fest at 3 p.m. Sunday. Special guests will be The Quartet of Five, directed by Gary Miller.

The event is free.

Light refreshments will follow in Fellowship Hall.

The program was created by Marion Straub, director of music at Good Shepherd.

For more information, visit www.goodshepherdslatdale.org or call 610-767-9680.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NORRISTOWN (AP) A judge has declined to reduce the sentence of a man police called a wedding crasher thief who stole cash and gifts from wedding receptions in Pennsylvania.

Thirty-seven year-old Joseph Franzone Jr. of Bridgeport was sentenced to four to eight years after pleading guilty in March in Montgomery County to theft and attempted theft.

The (Pottstown) Mercury reports that he appealed the sentence, arguing that it was excessive and harsh under the circumstances.

Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy denied the motion Tuesday without elaborating on her reasons.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS A group of Tamaqua children await the start of the parade, hoping to collect candy. From left are Hannah Schreffler, Hunter Schreffler, Maddisen Gore, Hilary Schreffler and Hailey Schreffler. They were attending the parade under the watchful eye of their grandmother, Judy Lafong, Tamaqua. Maddisen's mother is Jessica Gore, and Beth Schreffler is the mother of the four Schreffler's.

Take unseasonably warm weather, mix in hundreds of assorted costumed participants, intricate floats, marching bands, and thousands of spectators, stir carefully with a completed bridge repair project along your main street and you've brewed up a perfect Halloween parade.

Such was the case Tuesday night as Tamaqua's 48th Annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Tamaqua Lions Club and the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, brought joy and laughter, as well as a few scary "monsters" to parade watchers and participants alike.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Moser

By DEN MCLAUGHLIN

dmclaughlin@tnonline.com

An inmate in the Carbon County Correctional Facility asked a judge on Tuesday to change his sentence from a county term to a state term because he is "starving" at the county jail.

Larry J. Moser Jr., 35, of Lehighton, appeared before Judge Steven R. Serfass to be sentenced in three pending cases.

He previously pleaded guilty in the cases to charges of simple assault, unsworn falsification to authorities, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1955 held its annual reunion picnic at Miller's Grove, in West Penn Township, with 18 class members and 13 guests in attendance. The group

discussed the upcoming 60th anniversary, which will be celebrated in September 2015. Class members in attendance included, front row from left: Dorothy Toth Ross, Jean Herring Gurnavage, Dolores Knepper Steigerwalt, Ethel Houser Keich, Ruth Dunn Gerber, Jane

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Having health insurance provides a safety net to your most important asset good health.

The 2014 open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Nov. 15.

Intended for people who are uninsured and those assisting the uninsured in making decisions about getting health insurance, this free webinar provides practical information about changes, shows how to find local in-person assistance, and identifies other resources to make decisions about health insurance.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A former tavern in Palmerton will be converted into two apartments.

The borough's zoning hearing board on Monday unanimously agreed to grant a special exception and two variances to Tom Ring to change the use of his property at 301 Lehigh Ave.

A special exception was necessary for the proposed second apartment addition, as were variances from the minimum lot size and off-street parking requirements to convert the use of the first floor of the structure, which was previously occupied by the tavern, to a second apartment.