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Thursday, October 17, 2013

David Anthony is keeping his fingers crossed that his home loan will finally go through after being stalled by the government shutdown.

The Lehighton man was in the midst of selling his home in Mahoning Township and buying a smaller one in Lehighton, planning to use the mortgage payment savings to take his daughter on summer vacations.

He had just submitted paperwork to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development home loan program when the shutdown hit on Oct. 1.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS West End Volunteer Fire Company's firefighter Jeff Weiss, asked students to demonstrate how to Stop, Drop and Roll in case they or their clothing catches on fire as firefighters in the background look on. From left, Captain Alex Blew, Steve Marino, Rocco Twardzik, Charles McFeeley of Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company, and Donald Zipp, Chestnuthill Township's director of emergency management.

Thanks to Polk Township, West End and Albrightsville Volunteer fire companies, the Polk Elementary students learned about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week, with a truck from each fire company at the school where the children could get a close-up and personal look at the trucks. Firefighters explained what each one's function was.

In the morning session, Polk's kindergarten teacher, Julie Weiss and then later in the afternoon session, Principal Erica Walters, waved to students and staff from 75 feet in the air on a ladder of Polk Township's fire truck.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Carbon County has received $34,362 through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program under the Department of Homeland Security.

This funding is monitored by the National Board. EFSP is nondisaster, supplemental funding. There is an administrative allowance of $687. This leaves $33,674 to provide for food, shelter and utility assistance.

EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIME NEWS Tamaqua Raider Band member Francesca Gerace, 17, chose to dress as a balloon-lifted house from the movie "Up."

Spectators lined the streets of Andreas during the town's 63rd annual Halloween Parade Parade Wednesday night. The parade is hosted every year by members of the West Penn Lions/Lioness Club, Andreas Sporting Club, Andreas VFW Post 5069 and others.

More than two dozen organizations took part in the parade, including the Tamaqua Raider Marching Band, fire companies, church groups, Scouts and local residents. Judges this year were Marie Gursky, Ronald Yeakel and Tina Scott.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
After two years in local production, a zombie film will debut Saturday at the Angela Theater, Coaldale.

For the past two years, a group of local filmmakers has been promising that their final product would be ready for Halloween 2013.

It appears they've delivered.

"Within the Woods of Undead County," an independent film produced in the Tamaqua area and a few other locations of eastern Pennsylvania, will premiere 4 p.m. Saturday at the Angela Theater, Coaldale.

Proceeds of the launch will be donated to the American Cancer Society, along with a percentage of DVD sales, producer Joshua Solarczyk of Lehighton said.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kenny Bailey, 5, searches for pieces of coal among other rocks next to railroad tracks along Pine Street in Tamaqua. He is the son of Justin and Kate Bailey of Tamaqua.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company's Billie Jo Moyer, right, an EMT and volunteer firefighter, talked to Mrs. Green's A.M. kindergarten class about the importance of smoke alarms. Volunteer Tom Woodring showed the children how a fireman looks when he or she wears all the gear needed. Volunteer firefighter, Colton Shoemaker, left, looks on.

Several members of the Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company visited Towamensing Elementary School during Fire Prevention Week.

Billie Jo Moyer, an EMT/firefighter, and Captain Wayne Knirnschild, spoke to the students about the importance of smoke alarms, having an escape plan and an outside meeting place as they visited each classroom.

They demonstrated how a fireman looks when he or she wears 80-90 pounds of protective clothing and gear, which includes an air tank that makes the firefighter sound like Darth Vader from "Star Wars."

Thursday, October 17, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A structure fire broke out at around 7:29 a.m. today at the U-Haul Neighborhood Dealers, 620 Little Gap Road, Palmerton. The building, the former Bennett Dealership, sustained minimal smoke damage.

Minor damage was sustained after a structure fire broke out this morning at a former automobile dealership in Palmerton.

The Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department responded to U-Haul Neighborhood Dealers, which previously served as the former Bennett Dealership, located at 620 Little Gap Road, at around 7:29 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered smoke, according to fire Chief Bill George.

"We had trouble gaining access because they were all steel doors," George said. "We found debris, old records, papers, in the back hall storage area that were burning."

Thursday, October 17, 2013

An employee in the pet department of Country Junction Store in Towamensing Township is hoping that the missing 10-week old Red Dachshund has a good home.

Bryana Steinmetz said the puppy, valued at $750, went missing last Saturday while employees were busy with other customers.

"It's our Oktoberfest festival and we were extremely busy," said Steinmetz.

"I'm just hoping that whoever took the puppy is giving it a good home," she said.

She added that the person who took the puppy has no idea of which immunizations the dog has had and which ones are still needed.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Updates on Walnutport's canal locks, canal association by-laws and upcoming canal festival werediscussed at Wednesday's Walnutport Canal Association meeting.

While reporting on construction at Lock 23, President Everett Kaul said that last Sunday the Army Corps of Engineers released an excessive amount of water from the Francis Walter Dam, causing the Lehigh River to rise and flood the canal in Walnutport.