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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Joe Kearns, MS, CRC, LPC rehabilitation therapist, spoke to those who attended the Pocono Medical Center's health event at Western Pocono Community Library. The program was in response to the Ross Township tragedy to help the community in the healing process.

Seven weeks ago, on Aug. 5, Rockne Newell opened fire on a room full of unsuspecting people at a Ross Township supervisors' meeting. Three men died as a result. Others were injured. All who were there have emotional scars they will live with forever.

A community woke up the next morning in shock and grief.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Carbon County Fair board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten Campus, community room, Lehighton. Members are asked to make a note of the change in date.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2014 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at (570) 325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the Fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com. For more information about the fair, go to their website at www.carboncountyfair.com or call (610) 826-1862.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A hike will be held on Thursday Oct. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. at Locust Lake State Park, in Barnesville. The hike will explore the mountain behind the park and visit the Silver Creek Fire Tower. The hike is eight miles in length and moderate in difficulty.

The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. Participants should meet at the visitor parking lot of the park which is located before the contact station. Bring a bag lunch and pets are allowed for a relaxing hike in the woods.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Lehighton United Veterans Organization will be host to this year's Veterans Day Parade.

The parade will be held beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. The rain date is Sunday, Nov. 17.

Last night, Lehighton Borough Council unanimously approved the plans for the parade.

K.M. "Spike" Long, of the Lehighton U.V.O., said in a letter to the council that the parade will form on Coal Street between Seventh and Fourth streets. It will begin at Third and Coal, proceed south on Coal to Iron Street, then west to Eighth Street. It will disperse at the Community Grove.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The developer of a mobile home park in West Penn Township is offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for vandalism at the site, which now includes gunfire.

Developer James E. Saunders of Mohrsville, Berks County, told the TIMES NEWS that there have been several instances of damage by vandals over the past two weeks at the future West Penn Pines Mobile Home site, located on SR895 near Dorset.

An incident on Wednesday included discharge from a firearm, said Saunders.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Slatington motorcyclist died of injuries he sustained in a crash in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton identified the victim as Stephan P. Papay, 56. The crash occurred about 1:41 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the intersection of SR248 and Centre Street in Parryville. Papay was taken by Pennstar helicopter to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, where he died at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Bill Spillane has decided to close the doors of Spillane's Variety Store in Palmerton after 37 years and marks the end of a 64-year family-run business. The store's going-out-of-business sale starts tomorrow.

A visit to Spillane's is like a visit to the local general store of years gone by. It has all those everyday items needed, and some you just didn't know you needed.

You invariably meet a neighbor or two. The staff is friendly, warm and always helpful. All that's missing is the old pot belly stove.

Palmerton and the surrounding community, will soon be bidding Spillane's Variety Store, located at 260 Delaware Ave., a fond farewell.

An era will come to an end beginning tomorrow, when Bill Spillane will hold the first day of his store closing sale.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

State Department of Transportation officials were called out to remove several rocks from a portion of Route 248 near Bowmanstown early yesterday morning.

Though not believed to be a major rockslide, PennDOT's county maintenance office did receive a call at around 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to spokesperson Ron Young.

Contacted this morning, Young told the TIMES NEWS the staff went out a little after 4 a.m. yesterday, at which time three or four rocks had to be removed from the roadway.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The purchase of a new generator was one of the topics covered at last night's Slatington Borough committees meeting on Finance/Planning/Zoning, Public Safety, and Human/Community Serives.

Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver said that the 13k generator he had used for the town's recent Bike Night had performed wonderfully, being both powerful yet quiet. He said he might be able to obtain that type of generator for approximately $3,000.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Attending the PNA Luncheon of Champions are, from left, Bridget Vilenica, chairperson, PNA Circulation Committee; TIMES NEWS carrier Deborah Kurz; and Rebecca Wraight, acting circulation office manager, TIMES NEWS.

A TIMES NEWS carrier was selected as one of the best senior carriers in the state by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation.

Deborah Kurz, 61, of Tamaqua, was named third overall senior carrier during a "Luncheon of Champions" held at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey.

Kurz, who has worked a total of 28 years as a newspaper carrier, has spent the last eight years with the TIMES NEWS. And all of those miles over the years were done on foot, as Kurz doesn't drive.