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Monday, October 17, 2011

Jim Thorpe- Senators David Argall (R-29th) and John Yudichak (D-14th) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-122nd) are hosting an expo for the area's senior citizens on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, 101 East 10th Street.

The expo will feature dozens of exhibitors from local, county and state agencies to provide up-to-date information on programs and services available to the area's older residents.

Lunch will be provided free of charge.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Carbon County Association of Realtors is launching a winter apparel collection to benefit residents of communities in Carbon County and beyond.

Kim Rabenold, spokeswoman, said the Realtors are seeking new or gently used, clean winter coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, scarves and boots.

Donations may be dropped at the Carbon County Association of REALTORS office at 180 South First Street or at any Carbon County REALTOR's office during normal business hours.

If needed, alternate arrangements can be made for donating items by calling (610) 377-8121.

Monday, October 17, 2011

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan has promoted James E. Emigh Jr., 41, of Morrisdale, Clearfield County, to lieutenant and assigned him as the Staff Service Section Commander at Troop G, Hollidaysburg.

Emigh most recently served as the Station Commander at Troop G, Rockview.

A native of Morrisdale, Clearfield County, Emigh enlisted in the state police in 1991.

Following his training at the State Police Academy in Hershey, he was assigned to Troop F, Montoursville.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home will be meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 to plan for its major essentials shipment to the troops.

Monday, October 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Regen Schieck, 2, smiles as he sits in the seat of a skidloader.

Children got the chance to look and play with real trucks during the West Penn Fire Company's Touch-A-Truck event held at their station to benefit the fire company.

Trucks varying from dump trucks, tractor trailers, farm tractors and ladder trucks were all part of the event.

West Penn firefighter Kelly Boerner, event organizer, stated, "The children really had fun riding on and experiencing these big trucks up close." She also stated her appreciation to all the businesses that donated the trucks for the event.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Lt. Tom Chew, left, of the Franklin Township Fire Department, discusses fire prevention safety in the kitchen, with youngsters in the department's special Safe House. The unit was utilized during Fire Prevention Week program at the Lehighton Fire Department last evening. Looking on are, seated in front, from left, Ron Halenar, Kathryn Halenar, Nicholas Ziegenfuss, Callie Hayman, Paige Shellhammer, and Carter Birnbaum. In back is Lt. Mark Hayman of the Mahoning Valley Fire Company.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news State Sen. Dave Argall cuts a ribbon to open a 2.9-mile section of D&L Trail connecting from the Lehigh/Carbon County border at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center to the entrance to the Trailhead at the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Boat Launch at Riverview Park in East Penn Township.

A 2.9-mile section of D&L Trail connecting from the Lehigh/Carbon County borders at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center to the entrance to the Trailhead at the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Boat Launch at Riverview Park in East Penn Township was officially opened on Friday.

A ribbon-cutting dedication signaled completion of the $475,000 project that began construction in January 2011 and was completed in June.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday's rainfall throughout the state was nothing out of the ordinary.

In fact, gauging from the number of soggy days we've seen over the last two months, it was par for the course.

August and September were the wettest months on record in Allentown, according to the National Weather Service.

It's too early to tell what the second half of October will total but so far it's been a pretty wet month and more heavy rain may arrive next week.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Morgan, Bridget and Tina Dowd ride on an elephant trek in Thailand during family vacation. Tina and her husband John, of Franklin Township, own Sundance Vacations, ranked one of the top growing companies in America.

Twenty years ago, John and Tina Dowd (she was Tina Berger at the time) were ambitious college students, working together in sales.

They decided the concepts of their company were good, but could do better.

They married and formed their own travel company. Today, Sundance Vacations has offices in nine American cities as well as Mexico and the Caribbean, and employs more than 500 people.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Grant White holds a Gai-nah-ne, a hand-carved Hopi kachina eagle, part of his Southwest collection.

Grant White welcomed visitors to the Open House of his Grouse Hollow Wildlife Art Museum in Slatington. He was opening the door to his own home, his own collections and his own philosophy of the world.

He calls it a "poor man's gallery" and wants to make it accessible for children from schools, daycares, Boy and Girl Scouts and for anyone who enjoys nature.

He has been called a "visionary" and a "conservationist."