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Saturday, November 26, 2011
First graders pay their respects to Veterans

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The first grade class at Our Lady of the Angels Academy remembered our veterans by saying special prayers for them and visiting the Veteran's Memorial alongside St. Katharine Drexel Church in Lansford. Pictured are Ryli McGorry, Valerie Blasko, Rebecca-Lynn Graham, Ethan Gardiner, Riley Fenstermaker, Joshua Shelton, Andre Velez, and Alfred Collevechio, III.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thomas McLaughlin, Principal at the Weatherly Area High School, has released the Honor Roll for the first marking period.

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Flower pendant found on woman's coat.

A woman's body was found yesterday in the Lehigh River, in Lehigh Gorge State Park near Rockport Road, in Carbon County.

State police at Hazleton barracks are seeking help from the public in identifying the woman.

Trooper Christopher Hill of Troop N, Hazleton, the investigating officer, said an autopsy is expected to be done today to determine how the woman died.

Her body was found in the river at about 11:25 a.m. at an area near Lehigh Gorge State Trail East of Rockport Road.

Trooper Hill said the victim was wearing black AVIA toning shape-up shoes.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 28, at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St.

New members are always welcome.

Scott Reinhart, commander, will be in charge of the meeting.

Saturday, November 26, 2011
elsa kerschner/times news Bill Roberts, a volunteer for the Horses Helping Heroes program, and Joe Stuchko work with Ginger, who didn't want to leave her baby, the black and white horse at Roberts' elbow. The exercise is part of "temptation alley" at the Ananda Farm in New Tripoli.

Dave Carey was one of a group of veterans visiting Ananda Farm in New Tripoli on Nov. 14 to take part in a unique outdoor therapy program called Horses Helping Heroes which was coordinated through the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Hospital.

Upon arriving, Carey said he wanted to work with Ruby, the same animal he had been with the previous month.

"I love Ruby," he said.

That signaled the start of another once-a-month session between Carey and his four-footed friend.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lock 13 at Parryville was a busy place recently as 24 Trail Tenders installed benches and a picnic table and did some general cleanup at the Lehigh Canal Park.

Volunteers burned brush, tore down an erosion fence, and removed parking dividers installed by a local restaurant during the workday.

In charge was Dennis Scholl, outreach coordinator of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Volunteers included members of the Beltzville Lions Club, Dean Hower of Treichlers, Dean Black of Allentown and Jerry Weiner of Nazareth, plus Boys from Valley Youth House.

Friday, November 25, 2011
Thanksgiving play at Rush elementary

Kindergarteners and first graders at the Rush Elementary School, Hometown, held their annual Thanksgiving play Wednesday in the school's gym. The play, called "ABC's of First Thanksgiving", involved students singing and reading special Thanksgiving phrases with each letter of the alphabet.

Friday, November 25, 2011

How well retailers do during this Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, will have lasting consequences not just on them, but the still-fragile economic recovery.

Across the nation, many stores for the first time used midnight openings, along with the usual bevy of deals, to lure consumers, whose appetite for good buys has been increasing since the Great Recession.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Although Lehighton Borough Council has yet to officially present its 2012 budget, borough manager Nicole Beckett said there will be no tax hike.

The tentative budget will be unveiled at a special meeting of the council at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Last year the council increased taxes by a half-mill, which puts the present levy at 4.5 mills.

That tax hike could have been higher, but council opted to increase by $80,000 the transfer of funds from the Light and Power Department to the General Fund in 2011. This increase had no impact on electric rates in the borough.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Scenes reminiscent of the year 1917 were reenacted in Mauch Chunk this morning when Robert Lobien, 23-year-old Second Ward resident, among the first Carbon County draft eligibles to volunteer for selective service training with Uncle Sam's first peace time army, entrained for Wilkes-Barre aboard a L.V.R.R. train amid a tumultuous ovation collectively contributed by more than 1,000 people, 500 of them school pupils. Music was played by the Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk school bands.