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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," an entry by the Tamaqua Public Library, captured the Floats/Motorized Division at the Tamaqua Halloween Parade Tuesday evening.

Despite the threat of rain Tuesday evening, the precipitation held off enough to provide a window for Tamaqua's 44th Annual Halloween Parade to proceed as scheduled.

A few raindrops didn't prevent a large crowd from turning out to see the frightfully fun festivities.

The parade, which was once again sponsored by the Tamaqua Lions Club, with assistance from the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Tamaqua Wireless Association, lasted about 90 minutes, long enough for the four divisions to make their way westward on Broad Street (Route 209).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The No. 9 Mine and Museum Organization held its first of two Haunted Halloween Mine Tour weekends for the season this past weekend at their No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford. This upcoming weekend, Friday Oct. 29 and Saturday Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., will wrap-up their tours. No. 9 Mine and Museum Organization President David Kuchta escorts Annette Kirchdoerfer, Nesquehoning, out of a passenger car. Kirchdoerfer's father, the late Joe Matta, was a coal mucker.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the members of Boy Scout Troop 555, Penn Forest Township, enjoying a recent trip to Gettysburg include, front, from left Sal Troia, Charles Wallace, Jason Montemuro, Matt Jefferson and Matthew Miller; and back row, Steven Hutta.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 555, Penn Forest Township, recently spent a weekend touring and camping on the battlefields at Gettysburg. They earned the honor by winning a lottery with nine other troops, to camp in McMillan Woods, where some of General Lee's men had slept the night before Pickett's charge during the Civil War.

The weekend included a lot of walking, as well as a two-hour tour of the battlefields on horseback, giving Scouts the ability to experience what it was like to be in both the calvary and the infantry.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The second of four persons charged in connection with a home invasion incident in Lansford entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Justin Scott Nahf, 21, of Dublin, Bucks County, pleaded to one count of robbery, as a felony two, before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Nahf was charged in connection with an incident that occurred on Dec. 18, 2009, at the home of Derek Hunsicker, of E. Snyder Ave. Also charged in connection with the incident were Ryan K. Dillman, 23, his brother, Jarred Dillman, 20, both of Palmerton, and Joshua Barlip, 19, of Lansford.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Matt Dove, left, and Craig White, relay the ground cover on the Weissport Playground. The men are contracted installers for Playworld Systems, which provided the playground equipment.

Gone are all the little noses pressed up against the fence at the Weissport playground.

The roll of orange caution fencing that has kept youngsters out of the play area since construction began has been taken down.

No one could be happier than the Weissport Recreation Committee, which has waited many weeks for the wire embedded mulch to be removed.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Anticipating a shortfall next year in earned income taxes, Parryville Council president Mike Grant still believes that a tax hike is not necessary for 2011.

Grant said that a shortfall of $4,700 is expected due to the sagging local economy.

Grant did offer three options of a preliminary budget for council members to study so that the budget adoption process will continue without interruption. One budget has no increase. The second has a 1/2 mill increase and the third would increase taxes by a mill.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Karl A. Otto, of 247 E. Moser Avenue, Coaldale, was granted a new trial by Schuylkill County President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin in a ruling made recently. The judge ruled in his appeal Otto established ineffective assistance of counsel at trial and his conviction is vacated and a new trial granted.

Otto was found guilty by a jury in March 2009 of two counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault on a person under age 13 years, and one count each of indecent exposure and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marie Rosahac reads to children at the Preschool Hallowe'en Party

Storytime Hour Costume Party at the Dimmick Library in Jim Thorpe.

She read: "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat," "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything," and "The Trick or Treat Book."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Yogi Bear and Boo Boo float with Ranger Smith won first place in Best Float category at the Eldred Township Halloween Parade. Nickolas Snyder was Yogi Bear, Boo Boo was his sister, Hailee and Ranger Smith was his mom, Magen Snyder.

The Eldred Township Halloween Parade was a successful extravaganza of creative imaginations. The floats and costumes were quite a sight for the largest viewing audience the parade has ever had.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
AMY MILLER Fourth grade students Kelsey Carroll, left; Caroline Snerr, center; and Rhiannon Malarkey, proudly show off their red ribbons saying they are drug free during a drug awareness program at St. Joseph's Regional Academy on Monday.

Students at St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe know how to say no to drugs.

On Monday, the students were treated to a drug awareness program by Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Department and Jim Thorpe Police Officer Eric Schrantz. The program kicked off Red Ribbon Week, which is one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the country. Red Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 25 through Oct. 29.