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Monday, October 27, 2014

A series of open houses will be held next month on a proposed pipeline that would extend from Luzerne County to New Jersey that could pass through several townships in Carbon County.

One of those sessions that will be hosted by the PennEast Pipeline Company LLC from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company, 290 Little Gap Road.

Monday, October 27, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Halloween parade spectators, mother and daughter Arianna, 7, and Ashley Malave, of Slatington, pose in their Spider-Girl  and bumblebee costumes.

Celebrating its 107th year, the Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade marched, rolled and otherwise made its way from its start in Slatington to its conclusion in Walnutport on Saturday evening.

Begun in 1907, and formerly called the Slatington Halloween Parade, it may be the oldest continuously run Halloween parade in the United States.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets in both boroughs to watch floats and marchers make their way down Main Street in Slatington, across the Lehigh River bridge and into Walnutport to the Walnutport Playground Association pavilion.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A baby shower on Saturday night in Lehigh County, ended in a brawl involving a large group of people.

State police at Fogelsville said at 10:45 p.m. troopers received multiple complaints of a large group of people fighting during a baby shower at the Wescosville Fire Company social hall in Lower Macungie Township.

Monday, October 27, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) – One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting died Sunday night, raising the number of fatalities from when a student opened fire in a cafeteria to three.

Officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett confirmed the death of 14-year-old Gia Soriano. Another girl was killed during the shooting Friday by a popular freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, died of a self-inflicted wound.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Three days before the official trick-or-treat festivities in Jim Thorpe, children lined the town’s streets Sunday hoping to get a candy appetizer.

They didn’t leave disappointed as the 20th annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade drew a steady crowd on the east side of the borough.

Floats featured popular characters from the Disney movie “Frozen,” the loveable minions from the “Despicable Me” flicks, and the famous Scooby Doo. Santa Claus even brought up the rear of the procession, signaling that the holiday season is right around the corner.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press

They came from broken homes to a state university in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and met the father figure they never had: a school vice president who offered them scholarships or campus jobs as they adjusted to college life. But then came the pressure for sexual favors or, in some cases, sexual assaults, according to a federal civil-rights lawsuit heading to trial this week.

Now in their 20s and early 30s, the men are pursuing the justice they say they've so far been denied by law enforcement.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Have you ever wondered how companies make the stonework patterns in the concrete on area bridges?

If so, the answer can be found locally.

Architectural Polymers, a company located along Little Gap Road in Palmerton, is the one-stop shop used by companies around the world to create the look of stone or brickwork without actually using stone and full-sized bricks.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Police have determined that Eric Frein, accused of shooting to death a state trooper in September and wounding another, did not steal a Porsche that had been taken from the Pocono Mountains, trooper Connie E. Devens reported early Saturday.

The high-end sports car was reported stolen to Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department on Oct. 18. No details have been released on the owner of the car or the specific address from which it was stolen. The 2012 Porsche Cayman was found about 100 miles north of the Pocono Mountains in Bovina, Delaware County, New York, police said.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Ambulance EMT Shawn Martin displays some of the gear needed to properly equip an ambulance. The cost for just the gear inside can reach about $400,000.

Tamaqua and Hazleton aren't far apart; in fact, just a dozen miles of Route 309 separate the two. But to an emergency medical technician, they are light years apart.

"In our area, the most common call an EMT gets is for a sick person," said Tamaqua Ambulance EMT Shawn Martin, who also works as an EMT in Hazleton. "In Hazleton, the most common call is for a drug overdose, and the second would be a gunshot wound."

Saturday, October 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Lions Clubs of Coaldale and Summit Hill conducted a joint meeting at the Viennese Villa in Coaldale this week, hosting Sharon E. Kimmel, governor of Multiple District 14, Pennsylvania. From left, are Kimmel, Robert Ames, president of the Coaldale Lions, and Judith Mida, president of Summit Hill Lions Club.

The Lions Clubs of Coaldale and Summit Hill conducted a joint meeting at the Viennese Villa in Coaldale on Oct. 21.

They hosted Sharon E. Kimmel, governor of Multiple District 14, Pennsylvania; Lions International.

The meeting was presided over by Robert Ames, president of the Coaldale Lions. Assisting was Judy Midas, president of the Summit Hill Lions Club.

District Gov. Kimmel described the challenges to Lions organizations, her program and the priorities of District 14.