Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The walls of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church started rising in 2002.

It is believed by the Christian faithful that Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which His church is built.

Some years ago, a group of followers took a giant leap of faith. Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Trachsville left the comfort of the known and bravely blazed a path to build a new foundation. Literally. They wanted to build a new church.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The need for more volunteers was a primary topic at the Walnutport Recreation Board meeting last night, with temporary President Wayne Weidner saying they don't have enough people to get much accomplished.

"We need support and volunteers from the community," agreed secretary Michele Novak. "Our biggest problem is manpower … We have to have the backing of the community."

The current committee consists of just five volunteers, who said they handed out flyers at last Sunday's Walnutport Canal Festival in an effort to garner more interest in the program.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC Harvest Festival will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the church at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

All children and their families are invited to come for candy, games, crafts, food, a movie and bonfire (weather permitting).

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151or go to

Friday, October 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Beekeeper Bob Reed, Tamaqua, shows guests how he extracts honey and bees wax from the hive from special extraction equipment.

Visitors were treated to a honey pot full of knowledge during a free honey bee and beekeeping presentation held recently at the Faces of the World venue, also known as the old First Presbyterian Church, 224 West Broad St., in Tamaqua.

"The lecture was offered to grant the curious a chance to look at what is involved with beekeeping," said co-host and local artist Stephen Bennett.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A letter of protest is being sent to President Barack Obama by the Schuylkill County commissioners asking him to suspend the New Source Performance Standards regulations because they will have a negative effect on the coal industry.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A frustrated Summit Hill Borough Council last night said it plans to switch BLS (basic life support) ambulance coverage from the Lansford Ambulance to the Lehighton Ambulance Association.

Council member Kevin Steber stated pointedly, "I prefer we go to Lehighton."

He then made a motion, which passed unanimously, to "obtain a proposal from Lehighton to our BLS and ALS (advanced life support) provider."

Friday, October 25, 2013

Picture being in an imaginary place that provokes wonder and astonishment.

Participants in the 106th annual Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade on Saturday won't have to ponder that thought any longer.

That's because the theme of this year's parade is "Halloween in Fantasy Land."

The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. The lineup will form at 4:30 p.m.

It will start in Slatington, continue down Main Street, and go through Walnutport, where it will end at the Walnutport Playground on Lincoln Avenue.

Friday, October 25, 2013

If you think this is a spooky Halloween hand, perhaps the hand that left the print on the walls of the Old Jail, guess again. It is the hand of Jim Thorpe house painter LaurieHolland who has been painting an oldVictorian home in shades of cranberry and white. But as the house is across the street from the Old Jail, it only makes sense to wonder.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The state's 2006 plan to use gaming revenue to help offset school taxes, known as the Taxpayer Relief Act, levies a 34 percent tax on slot machine revenues.

This year, school districts are expected to receive about $611.5 million of that money to offset property taxes. The money goes to school districts, and used to reduce tax bills for property owners enrolled in the homestead/farmstead exclusion program. The average homeowner sees about $200 shaved from her bill.

Friday, October 25, 2013
Francis O'Donnell will have the honor of serving as grand marshal for the Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade on Sunday night.

A Jim Thorpe veteran has been selected to serve as grand marshal of the 2013 Jim Thorpe Halloween parade.

Francis O'Donnell, 84, will head the 19th annual parade that will step off at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, from the Jim Thorpe Area High School parking lot area under the sponsorship of the Jim Thorpe Lions Club.