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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Richard Hoey had trains air brushed onto his 2001 PT Cruiser. It is colorfully painted on all four sides.

The Dream Come True benefit at Becky's Drive-In, Berlinsville, was delayed a week because of rain. It was rescheduled for Oct. 9.

There were 401 cars entered in the show hosted by the Blue Ridge Rod and Custom Car Club - the second highest number ever even with the delay which caused them to expect a lower number, said Wanda Strohl. "It is just such a wonderful cause that people come to support it. There were generous donors who helped us with the expenses and provided door prizes. Word has gotten out. It's surprising how many are here for the first time."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was killed in a crash in Luzerne County on Monday.

State police at Hazleton said Martin Cichowic, 77, of McAdoo, died of injuries he sustained in a crash along the Airport Beltway in Hazle Township. The crash occurred about 11 a.m.

According to troopers Cichowic pulled out of a parking lot and his four-door sedan collided with a pickup truck operated by Michael Mrazik, 40, of Hazle Township.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shepherd House Lansford Food Pantry is open the third Monday of each month. This month, that's Oct. 17. All community members who qualify are welcomed. The pantry distributes food from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 104 East Abbott Street (Trinity Lutheran Church). Due to the increasing need for food, donations of funds and non-perishable food are requested. For further information call Betty Pearson at (570) 645-3416."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club donated funds to four community groups. From left are, Kim Babcock, LALLC; Jim Blakeslee, Lehighton Area Memorial Library board president; Susan Anthony, LALLC club secretary; Cpl. Neal Ebbert; Linda Schoenberger, Barbara Christopher and Martha Balogach, Lehighton Pool Pals; Joey Zellner and Steven Anthony, Lehighton Fire Department.

Members of Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club recently supported the community organization with donations to help their cause.

Selected to receive funds were the Lehighton Police Department, Lehighton Fire Department, Lehighton Area Memorial Library and Lehighton Pool Pals.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The economy is struggling, entertainment is reaching new depths of vulgarity and bullying is becoming the norm at all age levels.

In stark contrast to the anger and despair, islands of peaceful prayer will bloom in public places throughout the Panther Valley on Saturday as dozens of faithful Catholics will gather to pray the most holy rosary.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting celebration at the East Penn Trailhead of the D&L Trail.

The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday Oct. 14 and marks the official opening of a 2.9 mile section of D&L Trail.

It connects the previously completed segment of trail at the Lehigh/Carbon County Line, to the Trailhead at the East Penn boat launch.

In the spring of 2010, a nearly three-mile undeveloped segment of the D&L Trail between East Penn Township and Lehigh Gap was surveyed, planned for, approved and ready to go.

Monday, October 10, 2011
Harakel

Justin M. Harakel, 26, a Tuscarora man, was killed in a two-vehicle crash just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday on SR209 at the intersection of Catawissa Road in Schuylkill Township.

State police at Frackville said Harakel was killed when his vehicle, a 1997 Honda Civic, collided with a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Josh E. Fox, 40, of Tamaqua.

Monday, October 10, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person is dead and 10 others are homeless after the historic, century-old Blue Fox Hotel on Coplay Road, Coplay (Whitehall Township) was gutted by fire on Saturday. Melvin Keyser, 55, managed to escape the inferno, but reportedly suffered an attack and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown. He was pronounced dead at 8:20 a.m. The fire reportedly was discovered at about 7:30 a.m. Numerous fire departments from Lehigh and Northampton counties fought the blaze.

Monday, October 10, 2011
Karl Rolappe presents a plaque to Guy Seifert who earned it by rebuilding his old historic barn that is on the Historical Commission's list of old buildings in Towamensing Township.

Karl Rolappe, treasurer of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission, presented an award to Guy Seifert for doing the most to preserve a historic building. His barn on Spruce Hollow Road has been completely resided after the original board siding was removed.

The plaque was presented to Seifert at the Oct. 6 meeting of the supervisors. This is to be an annual event and nominations are accepted for people who restore or enhance their historic building. Connie Bieling designed the plaque.

Before and after pictures were passed around the room.

Monday, October 10, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS "She's Got Legs and She Knows How to Use Them," team members stage a quick reunion along Route 903 in Jim Thorpe. Team and support members are Mike Lautenslager, Brenda Miller, Charlene Kelbaugh, Abbi Crowe, Anna Jones, Crystal Yoder, Angie Fuss and Nikki Graftneterova.

If you were out and about in the Lehighton/Jim Thorpe area on Saturday and happened to see a lot of orange cones and solitary runners along the highway, you were seeing the participants of Ragnar Relay Pennsylvania.

Teams put nearly 200 miles on their sneakers in an overnight relay race that started in Lancaster and finished at Pocono Manor in the Pocono Mountains. This was the 15th race in the national series.