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Thursday, October 28, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kindergarten and first grade students participated in a costume contest during the Penn Kidder PTA's Seventh "Annual Fall Festival".

Last Saturday Penn Kidder PTA's Seventh "Annual Fall Festival" was held at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

All kinds of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and other strange creatures invaded the school's gym and cafeteria to enjoy a day of carnival games, costume contests, music, dancing, and food.

There was a Chinese auction which had over 100 items in it including two bicycles and in addition to that, there was also a 50-50 raffle

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Although Wal-Mart had its grand opening Wednesday, there are still issues which need resolution to match the development plans submitted to the township at the start of the project according to the township engineer T&M Associates' letter. But the supervisors, following a discussion, unanimously approved the plan subject to the fulfillment of the conditions outlined in the engineer's letter.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's that time of year, Kick-Off Time for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities. The kick off event will be held Monday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7 p.m., at the LCCC Morgan Center on High Street in Tamaqua. All relay team members, survivors, and caregivers are welcome to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be awarded.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sixth through eighth grade students of Saint Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe break away in a running start for their hour of participation in the school's "Race for Education" which was held last Friday on the track at the Jim Thorpe Area High School football field.

Students from Saint Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe held their Eighth annual "Race for Education" last Friday on the track at the Jim Thorpe Area High School football field.

The students had sent out sponsor sheets for friends and family members to send in donations to sponsor them with either a per-lap or straight donation and so far they have raised $15,500.

All of the monies come back to the school eventually for things such as field trips, educational materials for the students and instructional materials for the teachers for prep for their classes.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An elderly woman was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in was involved in a crash about 5:09 p.m. on Wednesday along SR443 at Frantz Rd., in Washington Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the deceased as Mabel Groff, 95, of Lebanon. She was pronounced dead at the scene by county deputy coroner Paul Kennedy.

Troopers gave the following details of the accident.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Operation: Touch of Home is gearing up to ship out its next essential's shipment to area troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and they need names and addresses of these troops.

Family members or friends with this information are asked to contact: touchofhome@hotmail.com or mail to Operation: Touch of Home, P. O. box 162, Brodheadsville, Pa. 18322 with the GI's name, rank, address and deployment date. Please include your name and email/phone number as well.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission (OCRC) held its

Owl Creek Fall Foliage Hayride event this past weekend. Visitors, young and old, enjoyed haunted hayrides, a campfire, pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, face painting, hay maze, prizes, funnel cakes and other

festive foods. Aislynn Gallagher, 5, Alice Taylor, and Ed Sookikian, dress as witches and a devil to scare riders. Carlee Deetz, left, and Roger Taras, both from Tamaqua, stick their heads through the Owl Creek Reservoir

Thursday, October 28, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Middle School seventh-grader Rebecca Blocker and eighth-grader Stephan Scheib have been chosen as queen and king of this year's Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade. The students earned the distinction after they won an essay contest that explained what community meant to them and their definition of community pride. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at South and Main Street in Slatington.

They aren't old enough to drive, but that won't prevent a pair of Northern Lehigh Middle School students from sitting behind the steering wheel.

That's because eighth-grader Stephan Scheib and seventh-grader Rebecca Blocker have respectively been chosen as king and queen of this year's Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade.

The 103rd annual parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. It will form at 5 p.m. at South and Main Street in Slatington. Streets in the boroughs of Slatington and Walnutport will be closed to traffic at 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fran Brennan with Chip. a four-month-old German Shepard. Every Tuesday, they visit the Dimmick Library for a "read to the dog" program. "It teaches kindness and a dog does not judge you," Brennan said.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Two rooms were used in the demonstration. The one on the right has the sprinkler system. Pipes run across the outside of the ceiling.

Clouds of black smoke reached far into the sky behind the Lehigh Township municipal building on Oct. 24. Before the firefighters could be expected to reach the fire the living room was in flames. However, Lehigh Township firefighters were already on hand because the fire was the first half of a residential sprinkler demonstration held by the fire company.

The fire company received a $1,000 grant - one of only 100 in the entire country. There were four or five in the state, said Roger Spadt, fire marshal. The grants were provided by the Home Fire Sprinkler Association.