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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS PathStone HeadStart teacher Angela Krapf, holding Nathan Rolon, encourages him to shake hands with firefighter Jonathan Oakes, who looks a little scary in full gear.

Coaldale Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 invited children who attend PathStone HeadStart in the borough to a fire prevention program on Monday. The tykes enthusiastically participated, learning what to do if they see smoke or fire or hear the fire alarm, when they should call 911, and that although firefighters in full turnout gear may look and sound scary, they are there to help.

The program was just one given during Fire Prevention Month.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

William G. Wildoner, 72, of 689 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, former tax collector for Ryan Township, is scheduled to appear Wednesday in Schuylkill County court to plead guilty to charges of failing to turn over to Mahanoy Area School District, Ryan Township, and the county tax monies collected from Ryan Township property owners for the period of 2009 to 2010.

He is expected to enter a general plea of guilty to the charges, which is the result of an agreement with District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Downtown Jim Thorpe looks like its in the throes of a mini-flood as borough workers opened fire hydrants to flush water lines along Broadway.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

On the paint mill site next to the Route 873 bridge over the Lehigh River a new forest is taking shape. The project is in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of Forestry tree-vitalize program, WDYI and the LehighCounty Parks Department with some funding from Air Products and PPL. The old paint mill site was chosen as the planting site to help speed nature's reclaiming of the brown field site by introduction of desired native species of trees. Parks personnel worked for several days prepping the site by mowing and, auguring the holes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A free movie night and book signing will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

The book signing and reception will be by local artist Gene Duffy, whose pen name is Jozef Rothstein. It will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

From 7:45 to 9 p.m., the movie "Living With Uncle Ray" will be shown. The film is about a troubled Vietnam Vet who returns home and finds himself fighting another war … this time for the family TV.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Back-to-back horse-drawn carriages on Broadway in Jim Thorpe could almost make one's imagination drift back to another time and era surrounded by the town's historic Victorian architecture.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Complete with a "birthday cake and candle" in honor of Palmerton's Centennial Celebration, this scarecrow is located outside the Palmerton Borough Hall building at 443 Delaware Ave.

Dressed in their rag-tag garb, they may look the part of odd fellows.

But, don't be fooled: the stick figures that have been placed in front of various businesses in Downtown Palmerton is part of the allure to attract visitors.

Sponsored by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, the second annual Scarecrow Display is in full tilt, according to Joan Turko, coordinator of the display.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Lansford Improvement Committee is reorganizing with a special meeting, which will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St.

Anyone is interested in keeping events including the Children's Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt, and a returning favorite, the Tree Lighting at Kennedy Park, going should attend. Come and share your ideas to make Lansford a better, active community for everyone.

For more information contact Marie at (570) 645-7766, Pat at (570) 805-4189 or the library at (570) 645-3780.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Erin McArdle, a student at St. Joseph's Regional Academy, Jim Thorpe, runs a lap during the 10th annual Race for Education recently.

St. Joseph's Regional Academy recently held its 10th annual Race for Education at the track at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

During the three-hour long event, 111 students, plus a few teachers other faculty ran or walked the track for the school's major fundraiser.

Marcy Vincent, the Race for Education coordinator, explained that the students run around the track for one hour as a way to promote exercise, as well as raise money for field trips, school supplies, and books for the students. Each child receives a sponsor sheet to raise money, based on how many laps they run.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Bruce Wolfe, Franklin Township fire chief introduces firefighter Shawn Sheckler, who is in full firefighting gear, to kindergarten children at Franklin Elementary School.

Franklin Township firefighters recently presented a fire prevention program at Franklin Elementary School which included a stopover by a medical helicopter.

After presenting the program to the entire school, firefighters visited classrooms to discuss fire detectors and exit drills with the children.