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Friday, October 7, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Public Library board president Marie Ondrus and board secretary Dawn Neyer organize donated books for the library's book sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The library is 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Panther Valley School District has scheduled parent/ teacher conferences on Nov. 9 and 10.

The schedule is a follows: Nov. 9, elementary 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.; middle school, 12:30 to 3 p.m. and high school, noon to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10, elementary, 1 to 3:30 p.m.; middle school, 12:30 to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m.; high school, noon to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Student dismissal times on conference days on Nov. 9, 10 and 11, elementary 1 p.m.; middle school 12:30 p.m.; and high school, noon.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Kraft Food Global Inc. has issued recalls on some of their products.

Kraft Foods Global, Inc. is voluntarily recalling three varieties of Velveeta Shells & Cheese Single Serve Microwaveable Cups with limited "best when used by" dates as a precaution due to the possible presence of small, thin wire bristle pieces.

Friday, October 7, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

"It was a pleasure to burn" begins Dee Everett of Albrightsville at a dramatic reading of Ray Bradbury's 1953 book, "Fahrenheit 451" at Western Pocono Community Library. Volunteer readers read the book in celebration of Bradbury's novel about a futuristic American society where reading is outlawed and firemen start fires to burn books. Bradbury once stated that the novel is not about censorship, but a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature, which leads to a perception of knowledge as being composed of factoids-partial information devoid of context.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Train Station volunteers Dan Schroeder, right, and son, Nicholas, paint the sign to The Old Station Candy Shop in preparation for Tamaqua's 27 Annual Heritage Festival this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is also one of the last official 2011 events celebrating Schuylkill County's Bicentennial.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured is one of the many types of trucks which will be staged during this Saturday's Touch-A-Truck event to be held at the West Penn Fire Company.

+- trucks, dump trucks, tractor trailers, farm tractors and ladder trucks will all be part of the West Penn Fire Company's Touch-A-Truck show this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event, to be held at their fire house, 21 Municipal Road, encourages both children and adults to stop by, learn and enjoy all the different types of heavy duty trucks.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

This month's local TV report by Senator David G. Argall focuses on a local employer combining old and new industries.

Founded in 1900, FesslerUSA is a family-owned private label knitwear producer with a focus on custom garments.

Recently, the company embarked on a four year project, which added 1,608 solar panels that supply between 50 - 75 percent of the overall energy needed for the company to operate.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dead birds by the hundreds scattered over the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport told a tragic story of feathered migrators whose journey south was halted. Just what caused the deaths of the birds could only be surmised. Two theories were advanced by ornithologists. One was that birds were migrating in strange territory. The other is that they were caught in turbulant storms which might have pulled them to the ground in a downdraft. Among the birds were woodpeckers, starlings, and warblers.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Navy Club of the U.S.A. Ship 260 USS Carbon County will conduct the second annual Birth of Seaborn Services at 7 p.m., on Oct. 13, at St. John's Slovak Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford. The Rev. Marjorie Keiter will host the service.

Veterans in the Navy, Marines or Coast Guard, as well as their families and friends are urged to attend. Also invited are the Panther Valley JROTC; Panther Valley Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; county, state and federal legislators and area residents who wish to celebrate the military.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Alive President Mark Sverchek, left, shakes hands with Jim Thorpe National Bank President Craig Zurn. In the middle is Lansford branch bank manager Monica A. Marshall.

When Jim Thorpe National Bank moved it's Panther Valley branch from Coaldale to neighboring Lansford, it did so with its customers' best interests in mind.

The short move from 100 East Phillips St., Coaldale, to its new location at 430 W. Patterson St., Lansford, was a good one, officials said at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.