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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Diana Armstrong, PASR state vice president and PASR Citations Committee chairwoman, left, with Carbon Chapter President Janet O. Hall, center, and Stephen Vak, PASR state president.

Earlier this month at the 51st PASR Convention held in Lancaster, the Carbon Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees was recognized for the exceptionally broad array of services that its members provide to others living in their communities.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

West Penn Elementary School students took part in the annual Raider Run recently in support of numerous activities and field trips throughout the year.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

By the end of next month, Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton will be owned by a local bank.

In a letter released to the club's golf and social members Tuesday afternoon, the club's executive committee announced that the "deed in lieu" has been signed, and as of Nov. 30, the bank will own the property.

The letter states, "It's been about seven weeks since we informed you that the club could no longer sustain our financial obligations with the current number of golfing members."

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Drum Major Jared Sharpe leads as the Tamaqua Raider Band continued its tradition of marching and playing in costume. Also pictured holding the banner is Jocelyn Rega.

An estimated 8,000 spectators lined the main streets of Tamaqua as over 75 organizations, consisting of about 1,750 participants, paraded down Broad Street during last night's 47th Annual Halloween Parade.

The parade, which lasted just over an hour and a half, is hosted and organized every year by the Tamaqua Lion's Club and Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce.

"The parade serves as a great way to bring the businesses, organizations and people of Tamaqua together for an evening of fun and candy," said parade chairman and Tamaqua Lions Club President Brian Keich.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Ryan Township supervisor Nicholas Sanko Jr., 76, of south McAdoo, was transported via ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale after crashing into a PPL pole yesterday along Penn Drive in West Penn Township. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Penn Drive (Route 443) and Spring Road, just outside Mantzville, for a report of a single motor vehicle accident with injury. When they arrived, they observed a gray sedan articulating atop the bottom portion of a snapped PPL pole. Sanko, who was trapped in the vehicle, had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In the mood for some haunting good times? Then visit the Western Pocono Community Library at 6;30 p.m. Thursday, and noon Saturday, for the Interactive Haunted Laboratory. This free event is open to all ages of the public. It will be held in the library's lower level on Pilgrim's Way, Route 115, Brodheadsville.

For more information call 570-992-7934.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Carbon County woman who struck three individuals at a bus stop in Summit Hill, including two elementary school children, entered a guilty plea in the county court on Tuesday.

Maxine A. Royer, 53, of Summit Hill, appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika and pleaded to one count each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, both misdemeanors, and a summary offense of stop sign violation.

Royer was arrested by Police Chief Joseph Fittos for an incident on Feb. 7 about 8:25 a.m. at Market and Hazard sts.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Connie Wentz of Lehighton plays with her 8-month-old Irish doodle, Snickers, at Saturday's Beltzville Lake Fall Foliage Festival.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Anderson Garcia-Escobar and Jaiden Leidy are both Kindergartners receiving homework help from Palmerton Area Library's Homework Helper, Gayle Behr of Schnecksville. The program is free and offers homework help for students from K-12.

Does your child need help with his history assignment? Does your daughter's math assignment look like Greek to you? Could your child benefit from someone to help him or her with homework? Extra help with reading assignments?

The Palmerton Area Library's Homework Helpers would like to help your children with their homework, free of charge.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Carbon County resident was sentenced to time served on Tuesday in the county court after previously pleading guilty to indecent assault.

Christopher John Vogel, 30, Lansford, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to time served (244 days) to one day less 24 months in the county prison on a charge of indecent assault.

Vogel previously admitted sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend at the Lansford townhouses on Jan. 24.