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Monday, October 7, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Cub Scout Pack 58 of Slatedale shown ready to depart on a hay wagon ride include (clockwise) Quinn Deinning, 9, Robert Schramel, 10, Bryce Allen, 11, Cole Hausman, 9, and David Neff, 8.

They came together to bask in the ambience of their much heralded Autumn festival.

Even amid unseasonably warm temperatures, patrons anxiously flocked to the 10th annual "The Gathering" by the droves on Saturday.

Held at the Trout Run Covered Bridge in Slatington, the event is a must-see attraction, according to Kelly Schaffer, of Slatington.

"I love The Gathering," Schaffer said. "We don't miss it; it's one of the best days of the year here."

Ariel Sly, of Slatington, certainly attested to that belief as she accompanied her daughter, Meadow, 3, to the event.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Area Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the home of Nancy Mason, 1204 Center St., Jim Thorpe. Light refreshments will be served.

President Edith Lukasevich will be in charge of the meeting.

Monday, October 7, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Blessing pets in Lehighton Fourth grader Jack Lorenz holds the holy water while the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield blesses pet, both living and stuffed during the annual pet blessing at Ss. Peter and Paul school in Lehighton. Each year the school holds a pet blessing in conjunction with Saint Francis of Assisi's feast day. Saint Francis is the patron Saint of animals.

Ss. Peter and Paul fifth grader, Elliott Roberti pets his pet miniature Schnauzer, Lola, during the school's annual pet blessing.

Monday, October 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Fire Police made a generous donation to the Tamaqua DARE program during a recent fire police banquet held at Knepper's Inn in West Penn Township. Pictured during the presentation are DARE committee member Olga Williams and Fire Police Captain Bob Schlorf.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Some 4,000 faithful worshippers turned out in the rain and windswept afternoon yesterday for the annual procession in honor of St. Theresa, the Little Flower, sponsored by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church, New Columbus. The celebration came at the close of the nine-day Novena in the saint's honor.

The Shower of Roses which is usually held in conjunction with the fete had to be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. One million rose petals were to be dropped from low-flying planes over the village, but wind and rain conditions made it inadvisable.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Carbon County will receive a nearly $33,000 state grant for last year's recycling program.

The county commissioners said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded the county $32,926.74 from the grant, which provides 50 percent reimbursement for the recycling administrative costs.

Monday, October 7, 2013

State Sen. David G. Argall has released the highlights of recent legislative activity, with the debate over property tax reform at the forefront. The legislature also worked on tightening protections for children, and took a hard look at secondary education needs.

One of the most thoroughly vetted proposals before the legislature received an updated analysis showing the fiscal impact of Senate Bill 76, a bipartisan proposal drafted by over 80 grassroots taxpayer groups from across the state that would drive a stake through the heart of the school property tax beast.

Monday, October 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of Weatherly's Anniversary Committee wave as they pass during the start of Weatherly's 150th Anniversary Parade Saturday.

The 150th Weatherly Anniversary Committee staged a parade and a gathering of residents in Eurana Park over the weekend as part of its year-long celebration.

"What a great way to enjoy my own living anniversary," said local resident Terry Hartz, while watching the parade with friends and family. Hartz moved to Weatherly 22 years ago on Oct. 5, the same date as the parade.

"What a great way for everyone to come out and support the town," added Hartz, who had two daughters marching in the band.

Monday, October 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Left to right are first place walker Mary Kay Horvath, Summit Hill; third place female winner Janelle Bowman, Delaware; first place male winner Robert Muscovitch, Jim Thorpe; Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Hospital - Miner's Campus; frst place female winner Brandy Hackash, Lake Hauto; and third place male winner Jason Bowman, Delaware.

Numerous runners and walkers took in St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus' St. Luke's Miners Cares for Kids 5K and Kid's Fun Run in Lansford. In addition to the run and walk, the event, which was held outside the grounds of the Lansford Pool, incorporated numerous activities revolving around healthy eating and safety while playing.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Lisa Murphy, 14, Tamaqua - "Lots of snow. I love snow. The reason for this is be

What's your weather prediction for the winter: Mild, mediocre, hard; little snow, lots of snow?