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Friday, October 15, 2010

The Carbon County Veterans Affairs office will be closed on Oct. 25, 26, and 27 and will reopen for business at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 28.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Visitors are reminded to follow parking restrictions and safety issues for this Sunday's Palmerton Halloween Parade.

There is no parking along the parade route as well as the 600 and 700 blocks of Franklin Ave due to the formation area of the parade. Anyone who disobeys these parking restrictions is subject to ticket or towing.

Friday, October 15, 2010

State Rep. Keith McCall said that his annual Senior Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at Memorial Hall, East 10th Street in Jim Thorpe.

"Every year the Senior Fair gets bigger and better, and I hope we have another record-breaking turnout this year," McCall said. "There will be more than 50 area companies and service organizations on hand to provide great information, health screenings and prizes – and of course we'll be once again providing a free lunch to the seniors who attend."

Friday, October 15, 2010
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

McMichaels UMC periodically holds Miller-Keystone Blood Center Blood drives. At its most recent one, Annmarie Henry of Effort was a first-time donor. Asked why she donated, her response was," I thought it would be good to do." Miller-Keystone personnel agree, noting that one unit of blood may help as many as three people.

Friday, October 15, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A $2,000 donation pushed the Tamaqua Leo Club to reach their goal of raising $10,000 for their St Luke's Art of Caring Endowment Fund, which started in 2008 to benefit the St Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Geriatric Department in Coaldale. The Leo's Art of Caring Endowment Fund works by making more than 100 pieces of donated framed artwork displayed throughout the hospital available for sponsorship by community organizations and individuals.

Friday, October 15, 2010
AP Photo A jury convicted former Shenandoah high school football players Brandon J. Piekarsky, left, and Derrick M. Donchak of a federal hate crime in the fatal beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant in 2008.

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) More than a year after their acquittal on state charges, two Pennsylvania men were convicted of a federal hate crime and could be sentenced to life in prison for beating and kicking a Mexican immigrant who died of his injuries.

The family of 25-year-old illegal immigrant Luis Ramirez applauded the verdict Thursday as a belated measure of justice, while defense attorneys criticized the government's pursuit of charges in a case already once decided and promised an appeal.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hidden Creek Equestrian Center in Kunkletown, will be hosting the second annual Ride 4 Hope Quadrille Challenge to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as part of the Saddle Up for St. Jude's program. This event will be held during the Northeast Pennsylvania Show Series Championships on Sunday, October 17. The Quadrille Challenge will begin at 11:45 and conclude at 12:25. Voting will take place from 12:25 to 1:30, with the award ceremony to be held at 2:00.

Friday, October 15, 2010

An ordinance prohibiting the use of skateboards in public areas passed without opposition at the Jim Thorpe Borough Council meeting Thursday night, with little surprise from borough residents in attendance, including four local skateboarders.

The ordinance, which will go into effect Tuesday, prohibits skateboarding on streets, paved parking lots and recreation areas owned or maintained by the borough. Violation of the ordinance can result in a fine of up to $300.

Friday, October 15, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS First Graders from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, read books as part of the Scholastic Book Club's ClassroomsCare Program. Students include, Front row, left to right: Sadie Trubilla, Emilia Tenisci, and Edward Mullen. Back row, Sierra Bauer, Hannah Soberick, Rilan Gombert, Matthew Rehrig, and Brayden Feisel.

First graders from Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Sarah Stashefski's classroom are helping other children while they help themselves this school year by participating in Scholastic Book Clubs' ClassroomsCare program.

ClassroomsCare is a philanthropy-based literacy campaign designed to teach children about the joys and importance of reading and giving – and to encourage them to read everyday to lead better lives.

Friday, October 15, 2010

For the first time in many months the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board received good news on the fund's financial standing.

Controller Melinda Kantner, secretary of the board, reported the market value of the fund as of Wednesday, Oct. 13, had increased to $90,047,246, which is a gain of slightly more than $4 million in one month.

The fund is managed by 10 financial firms and all reported increases in the funds they manage for the retirees.