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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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Members of the Tamaqua Street Machine Association held a car cruise in support of the Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival held recently at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe. Proceeds benefited the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Coaldale borough council on Tuesday unanimously voted into effect a feral cat ordinance that forbids the feeding and sheltering of feral and homeless cats.

Violating the ordinance may result confiscation of the cats, fines and summary charges.

During the public comments portion of the public meeting, a woman who lives at 45 East Howard Avenue complained that her cat, which was reportedly confiscated by councilman David Yelito and animal control officer Mark Richards because it turned up in a neighbor's house, had gone missing since being seized.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Elementary School Principal Stephen Behr and first-grade teacher Amanda Peters present Kubilay Arabaci, 6, with a certificate of achievement. Arabaci was one of seven students honored by teachers and the school board for initiative and hard work.

Tuesday night's Tamaqua Area School Board meeting started off with a surprise. Seven elementary school students were recognized by the school district as their teachers spoke of special accomplishments and achievements since the start of the school year. The students are Kubilay Arabaci, 6; Gustavo Pereda, 7; Carly Minchoff, 8; Grant John, 5; John Goho, 8; Kendle Miller, 5; and Marissa Miller, 9.

Board members voted to place numerous resolutions on the agenda for the next public school board meeting set for Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. None were rejected.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Volunteer Cody Counterman, right, helps event coordinator Justin Startzel prepare for this weekend's second annual Community Raider pep rally. Last year's event drew hundreds of cheering fans. This year's event takes place at the South Ward Playground from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Startzel is asking everyone to wear blue and white.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, memorialized is the late Evelyn Anstead. She served in the Women's Army Corps in New Guinea during World War II.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Monument in the Borough of Jim Thorpe where Jim Thorpe, the Olympic athlete, was buried in 1957.

Two grandsons of the athlete Jim Thorpe have filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking to join officials of the town of Jim Thorpe in its appeal to retain the body of the late Olympian.

Michael Koehler and John Thorpe, nephews of two plaintiffs who have filed suit against the borough seeking the removal of the athlete's body from the town, submitted a request to the court asking that they help to defend the borough in preventing the body from being moved.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Free classes are being offered at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library for those with little computer experience who want to learn basics and get hands-on experience with using the computer and the Internet.

Sessions will be held at 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday Oct. 15, Computer Basics; Tuesday Oct. 22, Internet Basics; and Tuesday Oct. 29, Internet Tools.

Classes are free, but space is limited.

Call the library at (610) 377-2750 to sign-up or for more information.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Palmerton Over 60 Club will meet at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in borough hall, 401 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton.

The program will be information concerning the bus transportation for senior citizens.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Monroe County 4-H invites youth to join its clubs and share in the fun. The 4-H Club is open to all youth ages 8 to 18 as of Jan. 1 of the current year.

Over 150 projects and activities are offered through the program. Projects help youth learn new skills like communication, decision making and cooperation. Members make things, go on tours, participate in fun, hands-on activities, attend state events, conduct community service projects and more.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The agenda for the Oct. 7 Penn Forest board of supervisors meeting appeared straight forward, with nothing controversial on tap. Supervisor Paul Montemuro was absent and Supervisor Alan Katz attended the meeting by speaker phone.