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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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This scary two-some greets passers-by along Hudsondale Street in Weatherly.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:A fire danger Hometown Fire Company Chief Barry Messerschmidt shows the dangers of spraying water on an oil fire during fire safety program Wednesday at the Hometown Fire Station.

Firefighters, police officers and fire police volunteers in Hometown spent time teaching fire prevention and safety to visiting youth during their annual open house Wednesday at the fire station. In addition to various displays, the fire department utilized a fire prevention training trailer to simulate a burning home. Assistant Fire Chief Dave Clewell Jr. helps Jacob Davis, 6, Hometown, climb down from the ladder of a fire prevention and training trailer.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are increasing the pressure on each other to bend in their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown. Even as they do, there are hints they might consider a brief truce.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania is inviting girls, ages 5-18, to sign up for Girl Scouts.

This year, Girl Scouts have partnered with first lady Michelle Obama, honorary chair of the Girl Scouts and a prominent advocate of female education and empowerment, to spread the positive message of Girl Scouting through social media.

As the state's largest girl-serving organization, GSEP serves 40,000 girls across eastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Four ponies that escaped from their pens Monday morning at the intersection of Route 248 and Municipal Road have been returned to their owner unharmed.

The ponies got loose from their pens at around 7:15 a.m. according to Lehigh Township Police.

Police then went out to the scene, where they banded the ponies together away from the roadway, and found a nearby pen to keep them sheltered until their owner was located.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Facebook lit up over the past few days as posters rallied behind a Lehighton couple.

Lora and Dave Krum, whose son Dylan would have been a senior at Lehighton Area High School this year, had requested they be allowed to walk across the football field on the school's senior night in memory of their son, who passed away in July of 2010 just two months after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Over 75 classic, custom or antique cars took part in Kaska Fire Company's annual car show over the weekend. In addition, visitors were treated to free entertainment and other family activities. Event chair Miranda Nothstein, and her father, fire chief Adam Nothstein, said the event was also held in memory of the late Bob "Moe" Mullin, a 55-year firefighter with the fire company. A 1931 Ford Street Rod, left, sits next to a 1934 Ford 3 Window during the event.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Abby Fredericks, 6, learns to play the bells from her grandfather and Tamaqua Salvation Army soldierJesse Durning of Lansford. The bell choir is practicing in preparation for numerous holiday events.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer a free educational seminar on weight loss surgery at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

The bariatric (weight loss) surgery program at Blue Mountain Health System can help individuals with severe obesity lose weight they have been unable to lose using other methods. Bariatric surgery is an option for people whose health and quality of life are being affected by severe obesity.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's been 10 years in the planning and development stages and finally, says the Walnutport Authority, the borough's new water filtration system should be operational before the end of this year.

"We're in the process of finishing up a new filtration system at one of our old, existing water sources that has not been online for a number of years," said Walnutport Authority Chairman Ron Kuntz. "It's taken this long for engineering, for permitting…DEP regulations, EPA, [etc.]."