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Friday, October 3, 2014

Tamaqua's Second Annual Pink Light Walk will be held Oct. 4 and will follow the same walking route as the 2013 event. The walk is being held to help raise awareness of breast cancer and is coordinated by Rachael Paisley, ambassador to Girl Scout Troop 31211.

Walkers will begin at the Bungalow Park Pavilion at 5 p.m., then proceed to Broad Street, ending at Depot Square Park. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. that day. The event will be held rain or shine.

For further information, call 570-578-5196, 570-578-5176 or email pinkribbons101@gmail.com.

Friday, October 3, 2014
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TOP: Rollers and heavy equipment apply the final layer of macadam to the Tamaqua East Broad Street bridge Wednesday, as seen in this photo taken from the roof of the ABC Tamaqua High Rise building. RIGHT: The Route 209 bridge across the Little Schuylkill River reopened to traffic Thursday after being closed for 16 months. All of the original stone arches were salvaged. The bridge is believed to have been constructed about 1894. Earlier reports had stated 1904 as the date it was built, but early maps and lithographs show the triple stone arch bridge in place in the 1890s.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Carbon County Area Agency on Aging will hold Medicare annual open enrollment sessions at various locations this month.

APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with understanding and making changes to Medicare health plans during the annual enrollment period.

People will have an opportunity to receive personalized counseling from APPRISE Medicare trained counselors during one of these Medicare Annual Open enrollment sessions. To schedule an appointment, call 610-824-7830 or 800-441-1315.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The meeting room in the Schuylkill Township Municipal Building was packed with people patiently waiting through more than an hour of regular business to have their turn to speak.

They were there to speak out against the proposed solid waste transfer station proposed along Route 209 in the area of Tuscarora. The proposal was made by Larry Wittig of the Environmental Awareness Corporation. Wittig's proposal offered the township a $5 per ton rebate.

Supervisors indicated they were "willing to negotiate" with Wittig's company.

Friday, October 3, 2014
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Lehighton Area High School Class of 1974 recently hosted its 40-year reunion at Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton. Those attending include, top photo, front row from left, Anna Stafiniak Kemmerer, Carla Teets Bednar, Robin Wehr Frey, Jean Mermon Sherry, Cindy David Cordova, Noni Diehl Rifenbary, Chris Osmola Nicholas, Barb Steigerwalt and Debra Kropf Krause. Second row, Denise Leuckel, Nancy Schaeffer Smith, Linda Hrizak Basloe, Tina Domenico Fellin, Denise Prowell and Sharon Kintz Sauerwine.

Friday, October 3, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys Members of the Scranton, Police Special Operations Group, prepare to search the woods, Thursday in Barrett Township near Canadensis, for suspected killer Eric Frein. A massive manhunt has been underway for 31-year-old Frein in the rugged terrain of the Pocono Mountains since Sept. 12.

Recent sightings of suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein are an indication the fugitive is continuing to deteriorate mentally and physically, causing him to make mistakes that will eventually lead to his capture or death, a retired FBI profiler said.

Mary Ellen O'Toole, Ph.D., said she thinks it's unlikely the sightings, the most recent of which occurred earlier this week, were planned by Frein as part of a "game" he's playing with authorities.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Schuylkill County Judge John Domalakes imposed sentences on a number of people.

Eric Snyder, 41, Birdsboro, was charged on Nov. 21, 2013, by Rush Township police with retail theft, receiving stolen property, and driving without a license. Domalakes sentenced him to up to 23 months in jail, less the 83 days he had already served.

Snyder was ordered to pay a $200 fine. The charge of receiving stolen property was dropped in plea negotiations.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Palmerton Area School District has announced that students will not attend school on Oct. 13 due to a teacher in-service day.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Carbon County is working on its 2015 gypsy moth program.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said that David Horvath, director of Mauch Chunk Lake Park and the person in charge of the county gypsy moth program, will be on hand next Thursday to discuss what the county plans to do with spraying for the 2015 season.

Gerhard said that Horvath reported a total of 15 qualifying landowners who requested to be included in the county's treatment plan.

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Lehighton man admitted that he "probably" sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy after giving whiskey and beer.

Summit Hill police charged Jay A. Nenscel, 48, with a felony charge of corruption of minors, and misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, indecent assault on an unconscious person, indecent assault without the consent of the other, indecent assault of a person younger than 16, and selling or furnishing liquor to a minor. He remains free on $100,000 unsecured bail.