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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Registration forms are available at numerous locations for the 44th annual Lehighton Halloween Parade.

The parade will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 18. The rain date is 2 p.m. on Oct. 19.

Registration forms can be picked up at Carbon County Music and More, Larry Markley Insurance, the Lehighton branch of Jim Thorpe National Bank, Dance With Kim, Lehighton Borough Building, and Zimmerman's Dairy.

The deadline for entries is Oct. 9.

Donations can be sent to Lehighton Area Halloween Parade Committee, P.O. Box 241, Lehighton, PA 18235.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Hayrides along the historic and scenic Switchback Trail were a big hit at the eighth annual Heritage Festival, held at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. For more photos visit our gallery at tnonline.com

The subtle colors of autumn were this weekend at Mauch Chunk Lake Park where the park's eighth annual heritage festival was held.

Hundreds of people attended the festival that featured virtually nonstop music, crafts, food, displays and hayrides.

Park manager Dave Horvath said, "We had a nice turnout. We're trying to get more historical exhibits to promote our history. Number 9 Mine will be here next year."

Horvath said 4-H members were at the festival and decorated pumpkins.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ginger was treated at an emergency veterinary hospital for wounds from a bear attack.

Bears have been a common sight lately in Lehighton, but an encounter Friday night was much too close for a family on Pine Hollow Drive.

Bernie Utrata said his wife arrived home from work and let both of their American bulldogs go outside.

While in the bedroom, she heard the younger 60-pound Maci barking vigorously at what turned out to be a nearly 300-pound black bear.

"Our older 80-pound dog Ginger was standing at the door bleeding from the neck," Utrata said.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club is looking for high school volunteers to serve as flag and banner holders in the annual Veterans Day parade in November.

A total of five students are needed.

To volunteer, call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at 570-645-6586.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260 will celebrate its fifth anniversary at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

The celebration will be held during the club's monthly meeting at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St.

The club is one of only seven chapters in the state. There are currently 30 members in the chapter, but membership is always open to anyone who served in the United States Navy, Marines, Seabees or the Coast Guard.

The anniversary celebration is open to everyone.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lehighton Ambulance Association is in need of donations to help supplement or offset the cost for new emergency care equipment.

By a 6-0 vote on Monday, borough council agreed to consider making a possible capital donation from out of its 2015 budget to the Lehighton Ambulance Association for its Life Pack 15 monitor/defibrillators. Councilman Darryl Arner was absent.

Joni Gestl, administrative coordinator, said that in May, the association purchased seven brand-new Physio-Control Life Pak 15 Monitor/Defibrillators with accessories.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Annual Andreas Halloween Parade will be held on Oct. 15. The parade will form at the Andreas Sporting Club at 6:15 p.m. Rain date will be Oct. 16.

The event is sponsored by the West Penn Lions/Lioness Clubs and the Andreas Sporting Club. To register, call Becky at 570-386-3045.

Deadline for registrations will be Oct. 9.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A man told Summit Hill Borough Council on Monday that he is concerned a resident living a few doors away from him is illegally disposing of sewage.

Monroe Mechling of White Bear Drive said he previously had complained about people living near him pumping sewage into their yard "and nothing was done."

He said that resident might be improperly disposing of the sewage in an old tank.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lehighton's police department will receive new lockers.

On a 6-0 measure, borough council on Monday agreed to purchase 10 lockers for its police department from Reynolds Business Systems Inc. in Allentown, at a cost of $12,280. Councilman Darryl Arner was absent.

Prior to council's decision, borough Manager Nicole Beckett said there was no money allocated in this year's budget for the lockers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, will sponsor a buffet-style meatloaf dinner on Sept. 28. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take outs are available.

For more information, or to preorder, call 570-668-4630.