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Monday, October 7, 2013

A 26-year-old Hazleton man was shot to death by city police following an incident early Saturday morning.

State police at Hazleton identified the victim as Jonathan Kane Garay, of 521 Alter St. He was shot by police near his home, troopers said.

Monday, October 7, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Brace, a 6-year-old, Holland-born Pug, pants during the annual pet blessing at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton, Friday. More photos appear on Page 9.

Monday, October 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Margaret" will be coming from the Slatebelt Chapter

The 10th annual West End Pink Light Walk will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gilbert American Legion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Mariann Ferro, a committee member and organizer of the walk, said the purpose is to raise awareness of breast cancer.

The walk will go south on Route 209 to the Pencor Building where there will be a ceremony.

Twenty-four cancer awareness flags have been placed at the Pencor building. "Memorial' or "in honor of" ribbons have been sold and attached to the flagpoles.

Monday, October 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Beginning of Alzheimer's Walk Walkers start their procession during the Jim Thorpe event.

Two walks were held on Saturday as part of the Alzheimer's Association's annual Walk to End Alzheimer's. The first walk occurred at Heritage Hill in Weatherly. The second walk, which also consisted of a Family Fun Festival, was held at Mauch Chunk Lake State Park in Jim Thorpe.Proceeds benefited the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Monday, October 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Area residents shoot at targets during the recent basic pistol class, held at the Palmerton Rod and Gun Club.

Palmerton Rod and Gun Club hosted a basic pistol class recently.

The attendees, who were mostly women, learned the structure of the weapon, safe use, cleaning and storage, but the best part was the range time. Many had never shot a weapon before and some were afraid of the gun. Some started with a .32ACP and .22LR and ended with shooting Glock, Sig, and the Taurus Judge.

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RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Alyssa Bartelt, left, the 2012 Rose Queen for the Shower of Roses in Nesquehoning, stands next to the 2013 queen, Michaela Susko, 15, during the annual event held Sunday.

A day-long celebration to Saint Therese, affectionately called "The Little Flower of Jesus," attracted several thousand people to the village of New Columbus in Nesquehoning, Sunday.

A highlight was the coronation of Michaela Susko, 15, a Marian Catholic High School freshman, as the Rose Queen.

She was crowned by last year's Rose Queen, Alyssa Bartelt, 16.

Susko, the daughter of Dave and Jean Susko, of Nesquehoning, rode in a convertible during the Rose Parade. Behind the convertible marched several hundred devotees to St. Therese.

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Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Enjoying the Fall Fest are from left, Lucille Novak and Grant Arner, residents at the The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Beverly Welch and Pauline Arner.

Summer-like weather prevailed Saturday for the annual Fall Fest, hosted by The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The warm weather brought out several hundred folks of all ages to check out the flea market, games, music and food.

There was the crowning of Little Miss Summit/Little Mr. Summit and Jr. Miss Summit/Jr. Mr. Summit and a scavenger hunt for children.

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TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Cub Scout Pack 58 of Slatedale shown ready to depart on a hay wagon ride include (clockwise) Quinn Deinning, 9, Robert Schramel, 10, Bryce Allen, 11, Cole Hausman, 9, and David Neff, 8.

They came together to bask in the ambience of their much heralded Autumn festival.

Even amid unseasonably warm temperatures, patrons anxiously flocked to the 10th annual "The Gathering" by the droves on Saturday.

Held at the Trout Run Covered Bridge in Slatington, the event is a must-see attraction, according to Kelly Schaffer, of Slatington.

"I love The Gathering," Schaffer said. "We don't miss it; it's one of the best days of the year here."

Ariel Sly, of Slatington, certainly attested to that belief as she accompanied her daughter, Meadow, 3, to the event.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Area Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the home of Nancy Mason, 1204 Center St., Jim Thorpe. Light refreshments will be served.

President Edith Lukasevich will be in charge of the meeting.

Monday, October 7, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Blessing pets in Lehighton Fourth grader Jack Lorenz holds the holy water while the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield blesses pet, both living and stuffed during the annual pet blessing at Ss. Peter and Paul school in Lehighton. Each year the school holds a pet blessing in conjunction with Saint Francis of Assisi's feast day. Saint Francis is the patron Saint of animals.

Ss. Peter and Paul fifth grader, Elliott Roberti pets his pet miniature Schnauzer, Lola, during the school's annual pet blessing.