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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
MSgt Gary Willet

MSgt Gary Willet was honored with a retirement ceremony on Aug. 15 at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

MSgt Willet is the son of Sarepta "Betty" and MSgt Harvey Willet (U.S. Army, retired). He and his wife, Lynn have two children, Zachary, 13, and Morgan, 11.

He was born in San Antonio, Texas and attended grade school in Lehighton with a year in Hanau, Germany where his father was stationed. He graduated high school in Troy, Pa. in 1988 and entered the delayed enlistment program that year. He entered active duty service in November 1989.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lehighton Borough Council this week heard several suggestions on how security can be increased at meetings. Among them:

Ÿ Locking the doors when the meetings begin and not letting anyone inside the council room at that point.

Ÿ Pat-downs before entering meetings.

Ÿ Metal detectors.

None of these measures are expected to be implemented immediately. Pat-downs would likely be illegal, the borough's solicitor advised.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 370 participants took part in this year's Truskey Memorial Run at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville.

Over 370 participants took part in the 23rd annual Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run / Walk held Saturday at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville. The event consisted of a 5K run or walk and a 10K run.

Organizers said fair skies and warmer weather help to draw in the large crowd.

Claiming first place in the female division during the 10K was Tracy Yutko of Tamaqua with a time of 49:56.

Johnathan Condly, a Jim Thorpe native, was the overall male winner during the 5K with a time of 17:31.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Enjoying a night out with family members, Jeremy Westwood Jr., 2, plays in the sand at a Tamaqua playground.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Recycling is back in the borough for Parryville residents.

According to Cathy Hawk, member of Parryville Council, recycling is back and better than ever.

"The recycling company will take anything," said Hawk. "The container is being delivered on Wednesday."

The 30-yard container will be back in the original location where the former county blue bins had been set up on the grounds of the Parryville Fire Co.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the American Legion's 30th District Carbon County Inter-Post held their installation of officers recently at the Weatherly American Legion Post 360. From left are 30th District Deputy Commander and Inter-Post Judge Advocate Harry Wynn III, 30th District Commander John W. Krebs Sr., Commander Thomas Keenen, adjutant and 1st Vice Commander Leonard E. Sabol, Sgt. at Arms Edward Watkins and 30th District Deputy Commander Gill Lawrence. Post officers not pictured were 2nd Vice Commander Bill Coll, Finance Officer John Kennedy, Sgt.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Trish Burkhardt, of Lehigh Valley CART, assesses a horse before it is transported to another location during a simulation drill in Jim Thorpe on Saturday.

Three County Animal Response Teams joined forces this weekend during a hands-on simulation drill.

The teams, which consisted of members from Carbon, Schuylkill and Lehigh Valley CARTs, met at the farm of Pearl Sheckler in Jim Thorpe Saturday morning to work with a number of farm animals on the scene.

The drill was not announced so CART members were unaware that the event was an exercise until they arrived.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Busy Scouts Pictured, from front left, are scouts Anthony DeAngelo, 17; Aidan Bonner, 12; JJ Behr, 13; and Bradley McAloose, 15. From back left are Assistant Scout Master Kevin Steigerwalt; Owen Berezwick, 13; and Chris Daynorowicz, 15, who participated in clean-up work at the Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua.

Scouts with Tamaqua Cub and Boy Scout Pack 777 spent time over the weekend pulling weeds, picking up trash and revitalizing paths at the Owl Creek reservoir in Tamaqua. Revitalizing old paths are scouts Owen Berezwick, 13; and Aidan Bonner, 12.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the 2013 Jim Thorpe Lions Club Halloween Parade Committee who met to discuss planning for this year's parade are, l-r, Bill Reabold, Jim Trainer, Debbie Trainer, Melissa Redline, Kathy Schwartz, and Sandy Gallagher. The parade will be held Sunday, Oct. 27.

Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins will fill the streets of Jim Thorpe on Sunday, October 27 as the town's 2013 Halloween Parade makes it way down through the streets of the East side of the borough.

The parade is being organized and coordinated by the Jim Thorpe Lions Club Halloween Parade Committee.

It will start at 4 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Area High School and travel down Center Street to 9th Street; then down 9th Street to North Street; down North Street to 5th Street; across 5th Street to Center Street; and down Center Street to 2nd Street where it will disband.