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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.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
JUDITH DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Abigail Dein, 8, of Jim Thorpe poses on a fire truck at Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1's annual open house. Many of the fire houses in the area have held special events like this to promote fire safety.

Wednesday evening families from all over the Penn Forest Township area were treated to an open house at Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 on Route 903 in Jim Thorpe.

The fire company had all of its equipment on display and open for children to inspect. Firefighters gave tours of the facility and handed out information on fire safety geared to children. Tot and pet finder window stickers were also available.

In addition to the equipment used by the fire department, there was also a "smoke house" demonstration provided by Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Ben and Sean Jahelka of Palmerton prepare to take a ride in the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company truck during an open house and public awareness safety day held recently.

An open house and public awareness safety day was held recently at the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 6-12.

The fire company partnered with the Pennsylvania State Police, Palmerton Ambulance, and Franklin Township Fire Company to conduct demonstrations, poster contests with cash prizes, and child safety awareness and safety seat checks by the Pa. State Police.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Penn Forest Township

Municipal building closed for holiday

Penn Forest Township Municipal Building will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 14. The building will also be closed for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The municipal building office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1-4 p.m. The building is also open the first Saturday of the month from 9-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
TIMES NEWS file photo Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery

Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery made his first public council appearance at a borough council meeting Tuesday night since his arrest in July 2011 for possession of child pornography.

Corkery, whose trial is scheduled for January in Carbon County Court, announced his remorse that secretary-treasurer Nancy Lorchak's was resigning, and then addressed the board and public regarding the police layoffs.

Lorchak said she was offered back her former position as administrative assistant at Maple Shade Meadows senior living community in Nesquehoning. Council accepted her resignation.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer screenings for depression and mood disorders, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Palmerton Area Library at 402 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Program of Wellness, Empowerment & Recovery (POWER) at 188 S. 1st St., Lehighton.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:How it feels to be a firefighter Amber Dreher, 8, of Middleport, rides in the driver's seat of Middleport's fire truck during the Middleport Fire Company's annual fire prevention and safety fair held inside and outside their fire house.

Children and families were treated to various activities during the Middleport Fire Company's annual fire prevention and safety fair held inside and outside their fire house. The fair consisted of many interactive activities, including fire presentations, simulated smoke chamber, Smokey Bear presentation, and truck seatings. Firefighters and volunteers from surrounding fire companies were also on hand showing their fire trucks. Dave Duffy, fire chief, New England/Walker Township Fire Company, shows John Ryan Difilippo, 5, of Middleport, how much damage can be caused from a forest fire.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township firefighter Shawn Sheckler takes off a door of a crashed car during demonstration at Fire Prevention Week program at Franklin Elementary School.

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company on Tuesday offered a fire prevention program to students at Franklin Elementary School to celebrate Fire Prevention Week.

The program began inside the school, where students were taught how to dial 9-1-1 in the event of emergencies, how to stop - drop - and roll to put out a fire on your person; and they also took part in a fire drill, which taught them how to exit a burning building in an orderly fashion.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the students at Mountain Karate Academy taking part in the Kick - A - Thon for Dream Come True - Blue Ridge Chapter are, front l-r, Levi Monk, Andrew Diehl, AJ Noble, Evan Gower, Ryan Smith, Ayden Hand; second row l-r, John O'Toole, Nathan Carr, Kathy Nikritin, Matt Smith, Seth Gower, Ethan Ackernecht, Bryan Carter and back l-r, instructors, Master Kevin Kresge, Master Jan Kresge, Master Rich Maglionico and Master Steve Meining.

Students of Mountain Karate Academy recently presented a Kick - A - Thon at Carbon Plaza Mall.

Students kicked for cause - to raise funds for Dream Come True - Blue Ridge Chapter.

The event included demonstrations, a raffle, Chinese auction, and a hot dog sale. It raised over $1,500, which was donated to the organization.

"We enjoy doing this for Dream Come True," said Rich Maglionico, owner. "We love knowing that the money is going for the kids."

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

As our world turns more and more to violence to resolve everything from differing opinions to boredom, our entertainment continues to become more vulgar and degrading, and our language more coarse and crude, small groups of the faithful will turn to prayer on Saturday in an effort to elevate the human spirit.

Across the nation, Catholics will gather at noon to publicly pray the rosary.