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Friday, November 8, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School senior Jaclin Valasek receives tips on how to apply costume makeup from Empire Beauty School student Angela Bowman of Hometown. Members of the Tamaqua High School Drama Club were given costume tips and tricks that taught them how to transform fellow actors' faces into works of art for future shows. Lessons learned ranged from styling wigs to applying costume makeup. Teachers and students with Empire Beauty School donated their time Wednesday during an after-school program held via Laura Makuta's Family Consumer Science class.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will hold its regular meeting Monday in the Knight's Gallery of the Palmerton Area Library.

A video of unusual war heroes, "Unsung War Heroes - War Dogs" will be shown.

A brief business meeting begins at 7 p.m., followed by the program.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Contracts with two court related unions were approved by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their work session held Thursday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The agreements call for a 3 percent pay increases for each of the next three years 2013-14-15 years. The co-payment for the health care will be increased under the new contract with payments of $40 for this year, $45 for 2014, and $50 for 2015 for each employee.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Palmerton United Veterans Organization will hold a short dedication ceremony in observance of Veterans Day.

A dedication of all the new names and blocks that have been added to the Palmerton Veterans Memorial will take place at 11 a.m. Monday in the borough park.

This year, the PUVO, which consists of Legion Post 269 and VFW Post 7134, will add 248 more names to the memorial stones, as well as 65 bricks, 30 blocks and three benches.

In addition, Palmerton native George H. Duell Jr., Army Reserve Ambassador for Pennsylvania, will serve as the main speaker.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Carbon County has reached an agreement with one of its unions.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved a four-year collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME AFL-CIO, District Council 87 and Local 2483, which covers about 35 people in various departments. The agreement, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, is in effect through Dec. 31, 2016.

Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein thanked everyone on the negotiating teams for producing the agreement.

Friday, November 8, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has named the October Students of the Month. From left are Gianna Steber, grade six; Trey Turner, grade seven; and Cordell Brettle, grade 8. Students were chosen for their excellence in academics and conduct and received a certificate and gift card for their efforts.

Friday, November 8, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Burglars inside Tamaqua's Primitive Methodist Church grabbed a painting of "Jesus Praying at Gethsemane," turned it sideways, and then shoved it into a basement windowsill to  prevent neighbors from spotting them.

The investigation continues into Thursday's daring act of theft and destruction at Tamaqua's Primitive Methodist Church and church officials fear that costs to rectify the damage will be substantial.

The Rev. Rodney Hall estimates that the house of worship sustained some $10,000 in damage to the heating system, along with the theft of meats and frozen goods from the church's food bank.

The destruction has dealt a blow to the congregation.

With Thanksgiving less than three weeks away, the church was prepared to offer aid to those in need.

Friday, November 8, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Two Tamaqua men escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when mechanical problems caused a pickup truck to go out of control on Bowe Street in the borough. Shane Evans of 243 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, was behind the wheel of the 1993 Ford Ranger, which had been parked on the west side of Bowe Street, facing uphill. He and Martin Sedlock, of 71 Bowe St., were preparing to go to a junkyard. As Sedlock opened the passenger side door, Evans tried to put the truck in gear. Instead of going forward, the truck began to roll backward and Sedlock jumped clear.

Friday, November 8, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Area residents line West Broad Street during last year's Tamaqua Veterans Day Parade. This year's parade, which starts tomorrow at 10 a.m., will be followed by a Veterans Day service in front of the American Legion at 11 a.m.

Friday, November 8, 2013

On Sunday, Nov. 10, American Legion Post 16, Slatington, will conduct its annual Veterans Day Service at United Presbyterian Church, 6750 Route 873, Slatington, at 10:30 a.m.

President of Veterans Day Services Dennis Ziegler, Commander George Burke, Auxiliary President Marcy Knappenberger and Sons of The American Legion Commander Garry Jacoby will be in charge of the service.

Buglers Mark Beleno, Aidan Burke and Nathaniel Csarnecki will play "Taps."

Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion should meet at the Post Home at 10 a.m.