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Thursday, October 10, 2013

An Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest will take place from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Weissport Park and Lehigh Canal Park in Weissport.

The event will include free tractor-drawn hayrides along the historic canal, tractor show, crafters, pumpkin patch, free Trick or Treats in the park, canal artifacts, homemade food and children's activities, including make your own scare crow. This festival will cater to seniors, elderly individuals and people with disabilities, and there will be attendants to assist those in need on and off the wagons.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mary Ann Lalumia, right, was recognized with the annual Sisterhood Award at the Western Pocono Lioness Club's Fashion Show held at the Hideaway Hills Golf Club in Kresgeville. The award was announced by club president Ruth Smith and presented Lalumia by Lioness vice president Nancy Beck.

"Once upon a Time," began the 17th annual fashion show presented by the Western Pocono Lioness Club as a major fun and fundraiser for the club's program year.

With 33 presentations by over 15 models, food, entertainment, special recognitions, and about 150 club members and friends present from far and near for a good cause, the show was deemed "a great success" by WPLC President Ruth Smith.

"We see so many repeat guests and everyone is telling us what a great time they have," she adds. That was echoed by first-time visitors Sharon Jens and Marielle Mendez.

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Tamaqua Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell places a metal placard on the side of their center's sound system in appreciation for a family's donation and long-time volunteerism. This piece of equipment, along with speakers and many other items, was donated via the Holmberg family over the past 10 years. The placard was placed in memory of longtime volunteer Betty Holmberg, who passed away in 2008. Another longtime volunteer remembered was Elmer Holmberg.

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TN ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS Bob Vybrenner, Tamaqua, seen here at the 2009 No. 9 Mine Festival, will discuss Victorian funeral customs at the Lansford Historical Society on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Victorian customs were often peculiar, no more so than with their burial traditions.

A local expert will reveal some surprising details about all things funerary, including practices that existed in the Victorian era and others that have survived and have become part of the fabric of our mourning customs.

The Lansford Historical Society will host the special Halloween program titled 'Victorian Death, Mourning and Burial Customs' at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

The presentation will feature Bob Vybrenner of Tamaqua, a Lansford native and authority on Victorian funeral customs.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Palmerton man accused of the indecent assault of a woman will have his case settled in Carbon County court.

Franklin Zerby, 61, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Zerby waived his right to a hearing, and will appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas for a pretrial status conference at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14.

Zerby faces charges of two counts of indecent assault, and one count each of simple assault-attempt, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lower Towamensing Township plans to hold off on a wetlands delineation study in conjunction with its Act 537 Plan.

By a unanimous measure, the township's board of supervisors agreed on Tuesday to table the Official Sewage Facilities (Act 537) Plan Wetlands Delineation/Bog Turtle Phase 1 study.

Supervisors Chairman Brent Green stated that the township received three estimates for the study to be done so that the township can send it to the state Department of Environmental Protection for approval.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Performers in the Strawberry Playhouse's production of "The Mousetrap" include, front from left, Karen Calarco as Mrs. Boyle, Jenna McBreen as Mollie Ralston, and Fran Flickinger as Miss Casewell; and back, Ron Calarco as Major Metcalf, Tim Zaspel as Giles Ralston, Brian Cassell as Christopher Wren, Pat Kerwick as Mr. Paravicini, and Chris Fulmer as Sergeant Trotter.

Performers with the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora are holding their last showings of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" this weekend.

"The Mousetrap" first opened in London in 1952. The play has been running continuously since then and has the longest initial run of any play in history. The play is also known for its twist ending, which the audience is traditionally asked not to reveal when exiting.

Remaining show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The playhouse is located at 60 Church St. in Tuscarora.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Helping sort many piles of clothing and hundreds of other items during a recent donation collection are, from left, Alivia and Kailce with their mother Amanda Woodring, Ann Hadesty and Dona Hollywood.

A number of community members and organizations have come together over the past few weeks with efforts of helping the families and victims of three recent fires in our area.

Seven families, consisting of 14 adults and eight children, were left displaced after three multi-dwelling fires struck three area communities last month.

On Monday, Sept. 16, two Brockton families were displaced after a row home fire damaged at least four homes. The home at 221 Valley St., which received the most damage, was occupied by a mother and her 3-year-old boy.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lansford borough council on Wednesday discussed its disappointment with recent work on the town's playgrounds.

President Rosemary Cannon, Councilman Tommy Vadyak, and other council members agreed the company hired to refinish the playgrounds did a bad job.

"I would like to address the job that was done up there at the students' playgrounds. Also, if you look at the job that Strohl Seal Coating did at Rite Aid, that job should not be paid for. Furthermore, I know that I asked to see their insurance and I have yet to see their insurance," Vadyak said.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Guests will be able to tour the $600,000 Mary D Borehole Filtration System in Mary D on Oct. 19.

The Schuylkill Headwaters Association will be providing the tour.