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Friday, September 26, 2014

The Charity Challenge 5K "Run for the Ice Cream" held recently at Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley, just outside of Tamaqua, raised over $1,700 for various charities, nonprofit organizations, community causes and emergencies through the efforts of 207 runners, walkers and sponsors.

Every participant also received a free ice cream sundae.

Friday, September 26, 2014

There will be a hike starting at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 1, exploring the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visiting the Silver Creek fire tower.

This hike is 8 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Participants will meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake park located before the contact station.

Bring a lunch and your dog for a nice relaxing hike in the woods. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Friday, September 26, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area Education Association chief negotiator Kathy Mansell shakes hands with School Board President Larry Wittig. The teachers and the school board have reached an agreement on a three-year pact.

Tamaqua Area School District teachers have a new three-year contract.

The district's school board held a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, and the teachers met in a separate area at the same time.

The school board convened only long enough to go into executive session, which lasted about 45 minutes.

There are 150 teachers in the district, and 130 showed up for the vote, which was 111-19.

According to the terms of the contract, the teachers on average will get a raise of about $1,500 per year for each of the three years.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Knights of Columbus will participate in the Shower of Roses celebration in Nesquehoning on Oct. 5 in full regalia or tuxedo.

Mass is at 1 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend.

Grand Knight Francis O'Donnell needs to know who will participate. Contact him at 570-325-2485.

Friday, September 26, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  The Lehighton 150 Celebration Committee on Monday presented logo contest winners Beth Franks and Henry Long with a monetary award. From left, Autumn Abelovsky, chairwoman of the Lehighton 150 Celebration Committee; Franks; Long; and Clark Ritter, committee co-chairman.

A pair of winning submissions have been selected in the logo contest for Lehighton's upcoming Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Autumn Abelovsky, chairwoman of the Lehighton 150 Celebration Committee, made the announcement at Monday's borough council meeting.

Abelovsky told council the committee chose Beth Franks and Kevin Long as co-winners in the logo contest.

The submission by Franks depicts the Lehighton Municipal Building flanked by Indian heads and was digitally generated.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pleasant Valley Elementary, ShopRite, HOPE members and the local community are partnering to provide needy students with lunches and breakfasts on "Long Weekends."

ShopRite is providing breakfast and lunch items at cost. ShopRite is allowing PVE to set up tables for soliciting community members and packing bags in their store. PVE volunteers and HOPE members will be asking community members to purchase a packaged bag which will contain breakfast and lunch items.

Volunteers are needed to pack the bags at the store from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Family Promise of Carbon County aims to help the homeless families of the county.

Here are some facts about the organization since its inception in 2011.

Ÿ Assists single parents and families with children.

Ÿ Currently 10 families are waiting to get into Family Promise.

Ÿ Helped a total of 31 families, which included 42 adults, 27 children ages 6-18, and 30 children birth to 5, over the last four years.

Ÿ So far this year, 12 families have come through Family Promise.

Friday, September 26, 2014
Donald Serfass has been named grandmarshal for the 48th Annual TamaquaHalloween Parade.

The leaves are changing colors in Tamaqua, meaning it's almost time for the haunting to begin.

That's right, the annual Tamaqua Halloween Parade is just a few short weeks away, when the streets of Tamaqua will be filled with all sorts of ghosts, goblins, witches (good and bad) and other assorted pranksters having an old-fashioned good time.

In preparation for the grand event, which will be held Oct. 28, organizers have selected a grand marshal, and he's not spooky at all.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Lansford woman was placed on a long probation period Thursday for an assault incident that occurred almost three years ago.

Carrissa Whateley, 25, was sentenced to four years probation by Judge Joseph J. Matika, on a charge of aggravated assault. She previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

Whateley was arrested by Lansford police for an incident on Jan. 28, 2012, at 508 Lansford Court. Police said she broke into the residence of Cassandra Mitchell and struck her with the leg of a piece of furniture. At the time Mitchell told officers she was holding her 2-week-old son.

Friday, September 26, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Lehighton is seeking grant money to make improvements in its parks, including repairs to this fountain.

Lehighton plans to use grant money to make improvements to its downtown parks.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett briefly discussed funding for the parks that surround the borough municipal building with borough council on Monday.

After the meeting, Beckett said the borough had received a $350,000 Department of Community and Economic Development multimodal grant for its lower park, which requires a 30 percent match. The borough will be responsible for contributing $105,000, and the state will contribute $245,000, she said.