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Friday, October 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Residents in Tamaqua are asking each other, "Why does the bull horn on top of the American Hose Company building keep sounding?" Is there a fire? Should I be worried? The answer is no. The alert system is old and electrical shorts in the wires have been causing the bull horn to sound. Borough workers are going from one pole to another tracing the source of the short that is causing all the false alarms.

Friday, October 21, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Nancy Kovatch Patton, left, owner of Kovatch Sales and Service, 420 N. First St., Lehighton, is hosting a "Help Feed the Hungry" campaign to collect canned and non perishable food for local food pantries. Eric Ramos, right, sales representative, is assisting with the Help Feed the Hungry campaign.

A Lehighton business, Kovatch Sales and Service, 420 N. First St., is hosting a "Help Feed the Hungry" food donation drive to help the less fortunate make it through the holidays.

Nancy Kovatch Patton, business owner, said that Kovatch Sales and Service will be accepting food donation for the local food banks for the holidays.

Patton is planning to promote the venture in her car care and car sales ads.

Friday, October 21, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Zimmer salesman Tyler Malayter talks with company marketing specialist Shawna Dixon in the Zimmer Mobile Learning Center, which visited the Gnaden Huetten campus of Blue Mountain Health System on Thursday afternoon.

Orthopedist Dr. Robert B. Grob of Mahoning Valley Orthopedics, has performed more than 1,200 joint replacement operations, and in every one, he used artificial joints made by Zimmer-Randall Associates, Harrisburg.

"I've been using this product for the past 12 years, since I've been practicing in Carbon County," he said. "It has a very good track record. The survivability of its implants are nearly as high or higher than most of the competitive products out there."

Friday, October 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Hehn and McArdle family won second place in the float category for their Neverland theme.

Hundreds of ghosts, ghouls, princesses and many other fairytale characters converged in Andreas while Grand Marshals Leroy "Butch" and Wilma Wentzel led the way for more than 400 costumed marchers and participants during the West Penn Lions and Lioness Club's 61st Annual Halloween Parade last night.

Members of Andreas VFW Post 5069 performed as the parade's color guard.

"Despite being postponed and intermittent rain throughout the area, the turnout of spectators was great," said Lisa Sharpe, parade coordinator.

Friday, October 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Officer Michael Hobbs reaches for a fire extinguisher during the response.

A mother and son are displaced following a small electrical fire that started near their electrical box of their Tamaqua home.

Around 5 p.m. Thursday, Schuylkill communications received a call of arcing wires and heavy smoke in a home at 234 East Elm St. The home is lived in by Josephine Marshakas and her son Leroy Kowalczyk.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A vehicle smashed into a residence along Hahns Dairy Road Wednesday, casuign this gaping hole.

Three young persons escaped serious injuries Wednesday afternoon after a car they were riding in tore through the bedroom of a home along Hahns Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

State police at Lehighton said the crash occurred about 4:41 p.m. when Sierra L. Miller, 17, of Palmerton, traveling westbound lost control of her 1998 Subaru Forester after negotiating a right-hand curve.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Presenting the Lehighton Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award was William A. Billowitch to the daughters of William H. Bayer, esquire, for his service to the Lehighton Area Council and Carbon County Chamber of Commerce. From left are, Tricia Bayer, Beth Bayer, state Rep. Doyle Heffley, Barbara McCullion and Billowitch.

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce honored outstanding volunteers and community members during the 2011 Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held Wednesday at Blue Mountain Ski Area, Vista Ballroom.

It was a night of celebration to honor the many volunteers and community members who have helped the area and chamber thrive and grow and help make Carbon County a wonderful place to live, work, play and raise a family.

David Althouse, chairman of the CCCC board, welcomed the crowd of about 150 people. Jack Sturm, vice chairman, served as master of ceremony.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host a "nature hike" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Leave everything behind and spend time in the woods during this leisurely hike along our easy trails. The group will stop, look and listen ... taking in the quiet beauty of the center's trails.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." All ages welcome along easy walking trails.

A $5 donation is suggested per person.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students at Our Lady of Angels Academy in Lansford participate in the flag folding part of the program.

Navy Club of Carbon County announces that it is offering a flag program called "Honoring Our Flag" to school groups, youth groups and civic groups.

When the Navy Club realized there was a need for a program to show the history and heritage of our American Flag, and that students were not getting taught how to respect and display the flag during their regular classes, they created a program that covers all aspects of flag history and protocol.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The first postwar Air Show to be presented at the Lehighton Airport was held today for the benefit of the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Fund by members of the Blue Ridge Aero Club. Jake Arner, chairman of the general committee, was in charge of the three-hour event which included a glider demonstration, a parachute jump, and the Rex trophy aerobatic event. A group of Navy fighter and bomber planes also participated.