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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Trish Burkhardt, of Lehigh Valley CART, assesses a horse before it is transported to another location during a simulation drill in Jim Thorpe on Saturday.

Three County Animal Response Teams joined forces this weekend during a hands-on simulation drill.

The teams, which consisted of members from Carbon, Schuylkill and Lehigh Valley CARTs, met at the farm of Pearl Sheckler in Jim Thorpe Saturday morning to work with a number of farm animals on the scene.

The drill was not announced so CART members were unaware that the event was an exercise until they arrived.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Busy Scouts Pictured, from front left, are scouts Anthony DeAngelo, 17; Aidan Bonner, 12; JJ Behr, 13; and Bradley McAloose, 15. From back left are Assistant Scout Master Kevin Steigerwalt; Owen Berezwick, 13; and Chris Daynorowicz, 15, who participated in clean-up work at the Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua.

Scouts with Tamaqua Cub and Boy Scout Pack 777 spent time over the weekend pulling weeds, picking up trash and revitalizing paths at the Owl Creek reservoir in Tamaqua. Revitalizing old paths are scouts Owen Berezwick, 13; and Aidan Bonner, 12.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the 2013 Jim Thorpe Lions Club Halloween Parade Committee who met to discuss planning for this year's parade are, l-r, Bill Reabold, Jim Trainer, Debbie Trainer, Melissa Redline, Kathy Schwartz, and Sandy Gallagher. The parade will be held Sunday, Oct. 27.

Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins will fill the streets of Jim Thorpe on Sunday, October 27 as the town's 2013 Halloween Parade makes it way down through the streets of the East side of the borough.

The parade is being organized and coordinated by the Jim Thorpe Lions Club Halloween Parade Committee.

It will start at 4 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Area High School and travel down Center Street to 9th Street; then down 9th Street to North Street; down North Street to 5th Street; across 5th Street to Center Street; and down Center Street to 2nd Street where it will disband.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a "Long Loop" hike on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit trails on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. in Tuscarora State Park. Shine only.

The hike is 8 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. Hikers will meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road. Bring a bag lunch and water.

Call Tracey at (570) 467-2506 for information or weather conditions.

This is a dog-friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Carbon and Schuylkill counties received $73,175 in Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licensing fees.

The amount is a slice of $2.4 million distributed statewide by PLCB, which oversees the regulation of more than 17,000 liquor licenses and permits statewide, including restaurants, clubs and beer distributors.

Carbon County received $19,650, including $1,250 for Lansford, $1,350 for Lehighton, $2,900 for Jim Thorpe and $1,600 for Palmerton.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Opting to save a piece of history, members of the American Hose Company in Tamaqua are looking to restore and display a 25-foot wooden ground ladder in their fire company. Originally mounted on their 1937 Seagrave tillered aerial fire truck, the ladder was recovered and stored at the company's grove in West Penn Township for many years. The truck was in disrepair and eventually sold to a private party in the early 70's. Members are planning on revitializing the ladder for prominent display in the firehouse.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

No one was seriously injured during a three-vehicle accident near the intersection of Municipal Road along SR309 in West Penn Township just after 6 p.m. yesterday. The incident involved a box truck, a station wagon and a sedan. Responding in addition to township police, were West Penn Fire Company, Lehighton Ambulance, Tamaqua Ambulance and Penn Mahoning Ambulance. Township police are investigating. No more information was available as of press time.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board hired for several positions on Monday evening for the 2013-2014 school year. Included in those hires, left to right, are Samantha Kistler as special education teacher, Kevin Bond as high school technology teacher, and Bobbie-Jo Stehle as speech therapist.

Personnel changes and issues kept Lehighton Area School Board busy on Monday evening as the school district prepares for the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 3.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuscarora State Park naturalists will guide a hike at Roaring Creek watershed, north of Mount Carmel, on Saturday. Aug. 31 at 1 p.m.

This hike is 5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty, and passes by two large reservoirs.

Hikers will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot, located on Route 42 below Aristes.

Call Robin at (570) 467-2506 or register online at dcnr.pa.gov under the calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.

This is a dog-friendly hike but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

PennDOT and the state Insurance Department today urged motorists to contact PennDOT if they change their vehicle insurance provider, as vehicle owners – not insurance providers – are responsible for reporting new policy information to the department.