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Thursday, October 16, 2014
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS Drivers navigate through water on the road at the  intersection of routes 209 and 443 Wednesday afternoon.

Roads are flooded, cellars are leaking, but the animals aren't marching two by two into any arks.

Despite the deluge that rained down on the area Wednesday through this morning, the amount of precipitation so far this year is below normal, says National Weather Service meteorologist Kristin Kline.

Between Jan. 1 and Wednesday, the total amount of rain, snow, sleet and other wet stuff that fell, as measured at Mount Pocono, came to 33.38 inches.

"That's actually a little bit below where we were last year at this time, and 5.14 inches below normal," Kline says.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Crowds of people cross the Trout Run Covered Bridge along Seventh Street in Slatington, site of Saturday's "The Gathering" community fundraiser.

Though the weather was brisk, hundreds of people still came out to celebrate Slatington's 11th annual fundraising event, "The Gathering," at the Trout Run Covered Bridge along Seventh Street recently.

The event, which started at noon, included food and beverage vendors, a "Biergarten," bingo, a 50-50 drawing, a duck race down the creek, a Chinese basket auction, wagon rides, free music all day, fireworks and more.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Past winners of the Lehigh Carbon Communiy College's Collegiate Award of Distinction:

Ÿ 1991, George Southworth, former LCCC trustee and Chamber of Commerce president.

Ÿ 1992, Fred Masenheimer, general manager of The Times News.

Ÿ 1993, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Fuller who donated the land upon which the college is situated

Ÿ 1994, Don Mershon, VP of Lutron Electronics.

Ÿ 1995, Herman Clegg, Chair of the LCCC Foundation Board.

Ÿ 1996, Ellen Millard Kern, VP of Allentown-Lehigh Co. Chamber of Commerce.

Ÿ 1997, State Representative Don Snyder.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Tamaqua School Board used a rainy night to meet and get their ducks in a row to save money.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  This vacant tavern at 301 Lehigh Ave. in Palmerton could eventually be converted into two apartments.

A former tavern in Palmerton could eventually be converted into two apartments.

That's after the borough's Planning Commission met on Tuesday to discuss the proposal brought forth by Tom Ring.

Ring wants to convert the former Susies Penn Lunch at 301 Lehigh Ave. into two apartments, and has requested a special exception for the proposed second apartment addition, as well as a variance from the minimum lot size and off-street parking requirements.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy for September are, front row from left: Valerie Blasko, Aleck Jewells, Jack Jewells, Delaney Gombert and Connor Roetz. Second row: Brayden Feisel, Jacob Trubilla, Keith McCall and Katrina Horvath.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford were recently named Students of the Month for September. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of responsibility.

The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Jack Jewells: "I am helpful and I listen to my teacher."

First grade, Delaney Gombert: "I was being responsible."

Second grade, Connor Roetz: "I was chosen as Student of the Month because of my good grades and my respect for others."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eldred Township

Halloween parade is 1 p.m. Oct. 19. Rain date is Oct. 26.

Jim Thorpe

Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Halloween house-decorating contest judging will take place on between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

Lansford

Lansford Alive Event's Committee is sponsoring the Panther Valley Children's Halloween Party from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 25 with a rain date of Oct. 26.

A teen dance will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Panther Valley Mini Mall.

Lehighton

Halloween parade, 4 p.m. Saturday.

Northern Lehigh

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Laura Bailey of Lady Harmony Rebekah Lodge No. 86, Tamaqua, welcomes visitors to the Tamaqua Heritage Festival Sunday near the train station. Bailey is wearing a period outfit created by Tamaqua seamstress Pat Eisenberg.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tax office

closed Saturday

The office of JimThorpe tax collector Terry McElmoyle will be closed Saturday, and will reopen Monday.

Bloodmobile

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be stationed at the Fairview Hose Company from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday.

House decorating

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club is sponsoring a Halloween house decorating contest in conjunction with their Halloween parade. Prizes of gift certificates will be given to first, second and third places.

The decorations will be judged on originality, scariest and overall appearance.