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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Facebook lit up over the past few days as posters rallied behind a Lehighton couple.

Lora and Dave Krum, whose son Dylan would have been a senior at Lehighton Area High School this year, had requested they be allowed to walk across the football field on the school's senior night in memory of their son, who passed away in July of 2010 just two months after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Over 75 classic, custom or antique cars took part in Kaska Fire Company's annual car show over the weekend. In addition, visitors were treated to free entertainment and other family activities. Event chair Miranda Nothstein, and her father, fire chief Adam Nothstein, said the event was also held in memory of the late Bob "Moe" Mullin, a 55-year firefighter with the fire company. A 1931 Ford Street Rod, left, sits next to a 1934 Ford 3 Window during the event.

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Abby Fredericks, 6, learns to play the bells from her grandfather and Tamaqua Salvation Army soldierJesse Durning of Lansford. The bell choir is practicing in preparation for numerous holiday events.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer a free educational seminar on weight loss surgery at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

The bariatric (weight loss) surgery program at Blue Mountain Health System can help individuals with severe obesity lose weight they have been unable to lose using other methods. Bariatric surgery is an option for people whose health and quality of life are being affected by severe obesity.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's been 10 years in the planning and development stages and finally, says the Walnutport Authority, the borough's new water filtration system should be operational before the end of this year.

"We're in the process of finishing up a new filtration system at one of our old, existing water sources that has not been online for a number of years," said Walnutport Authority Chairman Ron Kuntz. "It's taken this long for engineering, for permitting…DEP regulations, EPA, [etc.]."

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Members of the Tamaqua Street Machine Association held a car cruise in support of the Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival held recently at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe. Proceeds benefited the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Coaldale borough council on Tuesday unanimously voted into effect a feral cat ordinance that forbids the feeding and sheltering of feral and homeless cats.

Violating the ordinance may result confiscation of the cats, fines and summary charges.

During the public comments portion of the public meeting, a woman who lives at 45 East Howard Avenue complained that her cat, which was reportedly confiscated by councilman David Yelito and animal control officer Mark Richards because it turned up in a neighbor's house, had gone missing since being seized.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Elementary School Principal Stephen Behr and first-grade teacher Amanda Peters present Kubilay Arabaci, 6, with a certificate of achievement. Arabaci was one of seven students honored by teachers and the school board for initiative and hard work.

Tuesday night's Tamaqua Area School Board meeting started off with a surprise. Seven elementary school students were recognized by the school district as their teachers spoke of special accomplishments and achievements since the start of the school year. The students are Kubilay Arabaci, 6; Gustavo Pereda, 7; Carly Minchoff, 8; Grant John, 5; John Goho, 8; Kendle Miller, 5; and Marissa Miller, 9.

Board members voted to place numerous resolutions on the agenda for the next public school board meeting set for Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. None were rejected.

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Volunteer Cody Counterman, right, helps event coordinator Justin Startzel prepare for this weekend's second annual Community Raider pep rally. Last year's event drew hundreds of cheering fans. This year's event takes place at the South Ward Playground from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Startzel is asking everyone to wear blue and white.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, memorialized is the late Evelyn Anstead. She served in the Women's Army Corps in New Guinea during World War II.