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Saturday, October 8, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  The Horsehead Community Development Fund, Inc. has been chosen as grand marshal for the 20th annual Palmerton Halloween Parade to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Board/Committee members pictured include (l-r) Ann Campton, chairperson, Jean Stemler, member, Bill Smelas, executive consultant, and Bob Kuba, secretary/treasurer.

A prosperous organization known for its civic-mindedness has been tabbed to lead this year's Palmerton Halloween Parade.

A pillar in the community for several decades, the Horsehead Community Development Fund, Inc., has been chosen as grand marshal of the 20th annual event.

Sponsored by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. The rain date is Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

Bill Smelas, executive consultant for the HCDF, said the company was "happy to participate."

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Tammy Coyle, Lehighton - "It should stay for flood and disaster relief."
Saturday, October 8, 2011

The first annual Junior Firefighter Matthew T. Aungst Memorial Softball Tournament was held recently at the Lansford Little Complex.

The two-day tournament was hosted by American Fire Co. No. 1 of Lansford to raise funds for the Aungst family to assist with the funeral costs.

The tournament was attended by West Penn Fire Co., Citizens Fire Co. (Tamaqua), American Hose Co. (Tamaqua), Diligence Fire Co. (Summit Hill), Diligent Fire Co. (Jim Thorpe) and two teams from the American Fire Co. No. 1 of Lansford.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Carbon County Economic Development Corporation wants to create a business incubator in the county.

That's why on Nov. 4, the corporation will sponsor a bus trip to two successful neighboring incubators Can-Be in Hazleton and Innovation Center in Wilkes-Barre. The trip is free and open to area leaders and businesses interested in learning about a possible new venture in the county that could create jobs and support existing businesses.

Saturday, October 8, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Three miles northeast of Jim Thorpe, at the summit of Rt. 903, a frame on a blue post is what remains of a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker that told the story of the Walking Purchase in which native Lenape Indians were defrauded of their hunting lands by the sons of William Penn.

About three miles northeast of Jim Thorpe, at the summit of Rt. 903, a blue post stands along the roadway holding up nothing buy empty air.

The now-empty Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker once held a sign describing how much of northeastern Pennsylvania was acquired.

The marker had read, "In the early afternoon of Sept. 20, Edward Marshall, with an official timer, ended the 'Indian Walk' having covered some 65 miles in 18 hours travel. His stopping place is supposed to have been in this general area."

Saturday, October 8, 2011

An Old Fashtion Hay Ride and Fall Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Lehigh Canal Park Weissport. Special accomdations are availabe to assist senior citizens and handicapped persons. There will be tractor-drawn hay rides along the canal towpath. For addtional information, call 610-377-5559.

Donations accepted.

Friday, October 7, 2011
Rep. Doyle Heffley

Working to reduce some of the rampant fraud taking place in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and ensure only those eligible for public assistance receive it, state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) Thursday unveiled legislation he is introducing in the House to prohibit illegal aliens from possessing and using ACCESS cards.

Joining him at a press conference in Memorial Park for the unveiling were Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks).

Friday, October 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Over the past few weeks, sets of cascading plastic road signs are appearing on sides of major roads and highways. Geared toward pointing out the dangers of cell phone usage while driving, the green and white signs are easy to read and placed far enough apart to get the message across. According to the drivesafepa.org website, currently, there are no statewide laws in Pennsylvania against cell phone or texting usage while driving, although some local ordinances are starting to crack down. According to handsfreeinfo.com, distracted driving continues as a national hot-button issue.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Hotel American in Mauch Chunk, one of the most moder hostelries in the area, has taken on another new look, thanks to its enterprizing proprietor B. W. Freed. Added to the hotel, located on Market Street, is a luxurously furnished lounge, which doubles as an apartment for late arrivals when the hotel's accommodations are taxed to the utmost. It is located to the left of the lobby. The new lounge is part of the building, which was burned out in a fire on March 15, 1953.

Friday, October 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township police have taken a man into custody who allegedly tried at least twice to remove money from an account that was not his. Police report the individual tried unsuccessfully to remove monies from an account of an individual at the PNC National Bank on South First street, Lehighton. When that failed he traveled to the PNC National Bank in the Carbon Plaza Mall where he tried again. After being refused he reportedly made several threats before leaving the bank walking into the parking lot.