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Friday, October 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township police have taken a man into custody who allegedly tried at least twice to remove money from an account that was not his. Police report the individual tried unsuccessfully to remove monies from an account of an individual at the PNC National Bank on South First street, Lehighton. When that failed he traveled to the PNC National Bank in the Carbon Plaza Mall where he tried again. After being refused he reportedly made several threats before leaving the bank walking into the parking lot.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The next Hour of Honor will be on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg. The Hour of Honor is held in remembrance of our troops killed in the current war against terror.

Friday, October 7, 2011
Tamaqua MS Students of the Month

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal, Chris Czapla is pleased to announce the middle school Students of the Month for September 2011, including: Abigail Brickler (7th grade), Patrick McMullen (8th grade), Nicole Prantow (8th grade), Hannah Stott (6th grade), Isaiah Kupchinsky (6th grade), Edward Titus (7th grade).

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jordan United Church of Christ, 1837 Church Road, Allentown is hosting an Electronics and Universal Waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Any item that has an ON/OFF switch can be recycled and diverted from landfill. This is part of the church's green project to re-duce, re-cycle, re-use and re-think.More information can be found by calling (610) 767-2577. The event is hosted by Advanced Green Solutions.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Lansford Alive is hosting a free guided real estate tour of vacant commercial properties from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Tour guests will begin assembling at the Lansford Family Restaurant on 28 W. Ridge at 10 a.m.. The tour will leave promptly at 11 a.m.. Registration is not required to attend; however, an RSVP is encouraged. Please call (570)645-7561 or email lshcpmanagerATgmail.com.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Two Lehighton men accused of burglarizing a restaurant in the borough opted not to have hearings on the charges this week.

Jesse Lee Hackman and Gage Duch, both 18 and both of Gypsy Hill Gardens Apartments, Lehighton, had been arrested and charged with burglarizing the Lehighton Boulevard Restaurant, Route 443, on Sept. 20.

They had hearings scheduled Wednesday before District Judge Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Both waived the charges to Carbon County Court. They are both presently free on $5,000 bail.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Senior citizens who receive disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will not lose their Social Security benefits nor have their benefits cut.

"A FEMA grant does not add to a senior's taxable income, as long as the grant is given as assistance to recover from a disaster," said Commonwealth Coordinating Officer John Forr of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). "Seniors will not have to sacrifice any part of their Social Security benefits."

Friday, October 7, 2011

Carbon County PASR (Pa. Association of School Retirees) will sponsor a free Pre-Retirement Seminar from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Hampton Inn, Lehighton, for public school employees who have retired or anticipate retirement. Speakers will cover topics of major interest to retirees. Included is a free breakfast buffet, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Spouses and friends are also invited. To register, contact a member of the Retirement Planning Committee by Oct. 15, Clare Hoffman, (610) 377-0615; Carol Ziegenfuss, (610) 377-4696; or Vince Spisak, (570) 645-4542.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The newly formed Iraq and Afghanistan Last Man's Club will meet Tues. Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Penn Municipal Building, 27 Municipal Road. The club is open to all United States veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Free baseball caps will be given to all new members attending. New members are always welcome to attend. FMI: Call Andy at (570) 668-1234 or Eugene at (570) 386-3224.

Friday, October 7, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Lois E. Randolph is now serving First Presbyterian Church of Lehighton. She offers to help others any way she can.

The Rev. Lois E. Randolph is now serving the welcoming and friendly congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Lehighton. Randolph has been an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since April 1999.

She previously has served two congregations, the Presbyterian Church in Pluckemin, N.J. as an associate pastor and Lower Saucon United Church of Christ, Hellertown.

"Ever since I can remember, I have always attended church and Sunday school," she said. "I looked forward to Sundays and couldn't wait to get there."