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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monthly soup socials are held at Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette St.

The next outreach social will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The free event is part of Trinity's monthly "Feeding the Hungry" program.

Those attending are reminded to use the lower parking lot entrance into Founder's Hall.

Monday, October 27, 2014

They came from broken homes to a state university in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and met the father figure they never had: a school vice president who offered them scholarships or campus jobs as they adjusted to college life. But then came the pressure for sexual favors or, in some cases, sexual assaults, according to a federal civil-rights lawsuit heading to trial this week.

Now in their 20s and early 30s, the men are pursuing the justice they say they've so far been deniedby law enforcement.

Monday, October 27, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Brenda Davis, 72, of Effort is in training for the Philadelphia Half Marathon on Nov. 23. She is hoping to raise $2,500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

When Brenda Davis' husband, Bob, got sick with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, their daughter Kim ran the Nike Women's Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., in his honor. Davis said he was very proud of her and it meant a lot to him in his final days.

He battled the cancer for seven years, then died from complications from COPD on July 10, 2013.

"When Bob first died, I was so wrapped up in what happened. July 10 this year was very hard. The loss was a lot harder one year after than when it happened," said his wife of 41 years.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder Fire Company Auxiliary, across from Ye Olde Saylors Inn in Saylorsburg, is having a Craft Fair and Bake Sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23. They are looking for vendors.

There will be crafts, including hand-knitted sweaters, crocheted items, natural soaps, gifts for the home, Liztech Pins, Ladies Auxiliary cookbooks and many other items.

Have your picture taken with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. There will be a quilt raffle drawing, bake sale and lunch will be served.

Reserve a table now by calling Brenda at 610-802-1657.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Nevin P. Farber to Dennis N. Ahner, 613 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown, property at 613 Hamilton St., $109,900.

Franklin Township

Robert A. Farenkopf to Daniel L. Shoenberger, 1161 Hemlock St., Palmerton, property at 936 Hemlock St., $150,000.

Kidder Township

Kevin P. Campbell to Oleksandr Mogylei, Wildwood, New Jersey, property at 607 Estates Drive, Lake Harmony, $226,000.

Michael L. McDonald to Christopher L. Bohme, New York, New York, property at 1006 Pineknoll Drive, Lake Harmony, $174,000.

Lehigh Township

Monday, October 27, 2014

An early-morning fire in Palmerton today ruined two businesses and left two people homeless.

The blaze occurred in the structure housing the Grab Bag and the Yarn Basket at 210 Delaware Ave. shortly after 2 a.m. Palmerton Fire Chief David Lucia said the 2 1/2-story building was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Despite the start the fire had, Lucia said firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the one structure. He said, "the fire never even got through the roof, thanks to the work of our volunteers."

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Tamaqua native has been elevated at a federal agency.

Joe Reilly, a 1971 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, was named administrator of the National Agricultural Statistics Service earlier this year.

NASS is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

In addition to conducting the Census of Agriculture every five years, NASS conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture.

Monday, October 27, 2014
Madison Freeby, left, and Ava Schafer hand out candy Sunday in the Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade. The duo was with Brownie Troop 30140.

Three days before the official trick-or-treat festivities in Jim Thorpe, children lined the town's streets Sunday hoping to get a candy appetizer.

They didn't leave disappointed as the 20th annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade drew a steady crowd on the east side of the borough.

Floats featured popular characters from the Disney movie "Frozen," the lovable minions from the "Despicable Me" flicks, and the famous Scooby-Doo. Santa Claus even brought up the rear of the procession, signaling that the holiday season is right around the corner.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Before the present Jacob's United Church of Christ was built, the Reformed and Lutheran people of Weissport had been holding services under the trees along the Lehigh River.

The following is a timeline of the church's 175 years:

August 1838: Services were transferred from Gnaden Huetten to Weissport.

December 1839: Christmas day services were held in the completed church, which was on a lot presented by Jacob Weiss.

1893: The church was remodeled.

1898: The Sunday School was remodeled.

1908: The parsonage was built.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Pocono Medical Center is sponsoring some upcoming events.

PMC will host a free program Nov. 14 to celebrate life and honor all those affected by lung cancer. Registration is at 5 p.m. with the program from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, 188 East Brown St., East Stroudsburg. Refreshments will be served. To preregister or for more info, call 800-298-2436 or visit: shinealightonlungcancer.org.

The Spirit of Women's Ladies Night Out will be from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Shawnee Inn at 1 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee on Delaware. Admission is $5.