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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

As our world turns more and more to violence to resolve everything from differing opinions to boredom, our entertainment continues to become more vulgar and degrading, and our language more coarse and crude, small groups of the faithful will turn to prayer on Saturday in an effort to elevate the human spirit.

Across the nation, Catholics will gather at noon to publicly pray the rosary.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighter Dave Herring teaches students the workings of one of their engine trucks.

Firefighters with each Tamaqua fire company volunteered their time to teach students at St. Jerome's School in Tamaqua about fire safety and prevention. Tamaqua firefighter Dave Herring teaches students the workings of one of their engine trucks.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Camera Club's new officers are, seated from left, Roger Smith, publicity chairman, Don Dieter, vice president, and Jeannie Carl, monthly challenge chairperson; standing, Don Kearney, equipment chair, Connie Reinhart, newsletter editor, Marc Deerman, salon chairman, Don Schroder, field trip co-chair, Jackie Kaspern, web master, Don Donett, president.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Women in Business will hold a luncheon at noon Thursday at Dom 'N Ali's Restaurant, 1553 Route 903, Jim Thorpe.

Kassala McLaughlin, director of member relations for the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation, will be the speaker. She worked for the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as the manager of the Downtown Bethlehem Association. She is a 2008 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and attended Moravian College. She earned her degree in English with a focus in writing and communications.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Zackary Yordy, 5, of Middleport, right, shows his friend Thomas Linchorst, 7, how to use a small fire hose, during Fire Prevention Week "Safety Fair" staged by the Middleport Fire Company. For more fire prevention photos, see page 18.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The covered bridge in Little Gap remains open to traffic for now.

The status of the bridge was discussed briefly at the Lower Towamensing Township board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

Ed Ziegler, a resident of Washington Township, asked supervisors about the bridge.

Supervisors Chairman Brent Green said, "The bridge is closed as soon as the county receives the materials to close it."

Green added that he was told the county plans to review the costs to repair it, and if it's too high, they may choose not to.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Moon

Rachel Moon, daughter of Dave and Cathy Moon, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for September at Weatherly Area High School.

Rachel serves as captain of the girls' varsity soccer team, and is a member of the Weatherly Area High School's chapter of the National Honor Society. She is involved in yearbook, SPARC, Teens Against Tobacco Use, the Health Careers Club, and Dual Enrollment.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tomorrow, from 6-9 p.m., the Southward Playground will be hosting the 2nd Annual Tamaqua Blue Raiders Community Pep Rally.

Organizers anticipate over 500 people in attendance this year. There will be giveaways, DJ Steven Kunkle, entertainment by the Dakota Mcgeehan Band, glow products for the first 100 children and a concession stand.

The Tamaqua Blue Raider football team, as well as Tamaqua cheerleaders of all ages, will be in attendance.

The free event is open to all ages. The playground is located at the corner of Oak and Penn streets in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – An eastern Pennsylvania congressman says he's switching his stance and no longer supports a bill to reopen the federal government without strings attached.

Rep. Lou Barletta said Tuesday he now believes the best chance to win congressional approval of a government funding bill is attach a provision repealing a medical devices tax that was in the sweeping 2010 health care law.

House Republican leaders have insisted that the price to keep the federal government funded and operating is to scale back President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This scary two-some greets passers-by along Hudsondale Street in Weatherly.