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Monday, October 3, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State Sen. Dave Argall, left, and State Representatives Doug Reichley and Julie Harhart tap the first beer of the evening.

The threatening sky and bursts of rain did little to hamper the spirits of the attendees or the festivities hosted by the 8th annual Gathering on Saturday, which is the primary fundraiser for the Northern Lehigh Historical Society (NLHS). Most of the funds go towards continuing improvements along the Slate Heritage Trail in Slatington and Washington Township.

Monday, October 3, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Alive president Mark Sverchek holds one end of a celebratory ribbon as Ameriprise Financial adviser Michael Davis, center, cuts it. At right is Davis' wife, Erin.

When Michael Davis decided to open his Ameriprise Financial office at 8 East Ridge St., Lansford, in August 2010, he felt like he was coming home.

Davis was born in Coaldale and grew up in Nesquehoning. A 1997 Panther Valley High School graduate, he earned a degree in Business Administration, with a financial emphasis, from Susquehanna University in 2001. He's worked for Ameriprise Financial since his graduation, in Conshohocken, Montgomery County; Lehighton, and now Lansford.

Monday, October 3, 2011

On page 3 in Saturday's TIMES NEWS it stated there would be a candidate debate for Penn Forest Township supervisors at 8 p.m. on Oct. 11, at Dom N Ali Restaurant, Route 903, Jim Thorpe.

Township officials wish to clarify that the township is not sponsoring this debate.

Monday, October 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ken Lehman, President of Pine Grove Borough Council, places an item in the time capsule.

A program to conclude the celebration of the 200th year of the founding of the County of Schuylkill was held Sunday on a dreary afternoon, which cut short the celebration because of the rain. The bicentennial finale was held outdoors in front of the towering courthouse building in Pottsville.

The highlight was the presentation of items from many boroughs and townships, which were placed in a time capsule.

Monday, October 3, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Planning commission members look over the many maps that are part of the Central Carbon County Regional Comprehensive Plan. From left are Paul Kocher of Franklin Township and Lawrence Rehrig and Manny DeCosta, both of the Lehighton Planning Commission.

Joint planning commission members from East Penn Township, Franklin Township, Mahoning Township and Lehighton were treated to a presentation of the new Central Carbon County Regional Comprehensive Plan that is nearing completion last week by Allen Heist, consultant, of Stell Environmental Enterprises, Inc.

A fifth community involved in the creation of the comprehensive plan is Weissport. No one represented Weissport at the meeting.

Monday, October 3, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS A scrap of pink polka-dotted fabric was the start of this quilt to promote breast cancer awareness. From left are, Jane Heckman and Cindy Mengel-Smith, co-owners of the Quilted Crow, and Brenda Green and Linda Benner, members of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club.

Scraps of pink polka-dotted fabric are being credited with helping fight breast cancer.

Last year, several friendly quilt ladies at the Quilted Crow, 175 Interchange Road, Route 209, Lehighton, were each given an 18- by 22-inch scrap of pink polka dotted fabric and were challenged to use the fabric to create a quilt block with the theme "Breast Cancer Awareness."

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Bruce and Dorene Shannon, along with Slatington Mayor Walter Niedermeyer, point to a map that shows the worldwide beneficiaries of medical supplies. The Shannon's are still cleaning up after being devastated by flood waters that ruined many medical supplies.

On a rainy, cold day in 2010 Cong. Charlie Dent, Rep. Julie Harhart and Slatington Mayor Walter Niedermeyer attended an opening dedication of a nonprofit organization called 'Through These Hands.'

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ten defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Senior Judge Richard W. Webb accepted the pleas from the following:

John J. Duke, 47, of Schnecksville, formerly of Lake Harmony, pleaded to two counts of driving under the influence (DUI), and one count each of driving under suspension-DUI related and recklessly endangering another person.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Employees of Frey & Company CPA's of Walnutport gather outside the building after the firm was chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

It isn't always all about the numbers.

At least not at Frey & Company CPA's in Walnutport, where the bottom line isn't just measured by dollars and cents.

For its dedicated service to the community, the company has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Gary Frey, who founded the firm located at 121 N. Best Avenue a dozen years ago, said he's honored by the accolade, but gives much of the credit to his hard-working staff.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Students of Lehighton Area High School as well as the community will take part in the historically rich Philadelphia area today when a scaled replica of the Battle of Chew Mansion is presented to the mansion museum as a permanent monument. The battle scene was recreated by the Man and War classes at L.A.H.S. under the director of advisor Glen Frakes as a bicentennial project. The 36 square foot battlefield display will be considered a focal point for tourists at the mansion.