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Friday, September 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, right, reads a proclamation officially announcing September 15 as National Back to Church Day in Tamaqua.

Church bells rang throughout Tamaqua Thursday at 6 p.m. Community and church members joined with Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison outside the Tamaqua Train Station as he read a Tamaqua proclamation announcing September 15 as Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network's (TAFFN) National Back to Church Sunday.

TAFFN and its participating churches are among 21,206 churches recognizing and promoting the worldwide movement. That number is up from 13,150 last year.

Friday, September 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Three drivers were taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle accident on SR309 in Kline Township late yesterday afternoon. Emergency responders were called to the top of the Mile Hill, at the intersections of Lofty Road and Plant Road, just before 3 p.m. for a report of a multivehicle accident with injuries. The accident, which involved a commercial van, minivan and sport utility vehicle, sent all drivers to the hospital.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a hike on the Oak Loop trail at Locust Lake on Thursday, Sept. 19. The trail is 4 miles in length and difficult.

The trail loops around Locust Creek and transverses up the mountain for a great view of the forest below.

Park of the hike includes the "tree identification trail" created by an Eagle Scout.

Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Meet at the visitor parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Bring water, bug spray and comfortable shoes.

Contact Tracey at (570) 467-2506 for more information. Shine only.

Friday, September 13, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the employees at The Seventh Moon Wellness Spa are, from left, Katelyn Walsh, nail artist; Cinda Nothstein, massage therapist; Rowen Laitila, assistant; Deborah Ahner, cosmetologist; Xandria Ahner, massage therapist and proprietor; Lisann Szerlip; Jill Rehrig, MST specialist; and Christine Afflerbach, massage therapist.

Feel your worldly burdens melt away as you refresh and rejuvenate at The Seventh Moon Wellness Spa. It's a place that allows your entire body to be pampered from head to toe.

Clients have raved about The Seventh Moon Wellness Spa, 701 Bridge St., Suite B-103, Lehighton, for nearly 10 years and with the opening of additional space, their experiences are about to get even better.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for those of the Jewish faith, begins today at sundown and continues until sunset tomorrow evening.

The 10-day period, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year on the first of Tishri, and concluding with Yom Kippur on the 10th of Tishri, is known as Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe. Yom Kippur is a day for Jews to become reunited with God and their fellow men, and to make atonement for their sins.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved applications for Community Development Block Grant funded projects.

The total amount set aside for non-entitlement communities is $235,430 ($42,377 is subtracted for administering the grants). Another $435,322 is earmarked for entitlement communities.

The non-entitlement projects are:

Bowmanstown Borough: $12,000 to replace guard rails along about 400 feet of White Street.

Friday, September 13, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Skyler Stabin, 10, of Jim Thorpe, and her dog Einstein, sit in front of the Mauch Chunk 5 & 10 in Jim Thorpe sharing the great American songbook with weekend visitors.

Friday, September 13, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton United Veterans Organization members (l-r) Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, American Legion Post 269, and Bruce Reiner stand next to a new bench inside the Palmerton Veterans Memorial that was donated in memory of Ramon A. Carazo, Disabled Army Air Corps Veteran, World War II, who also served as postmaster in the borough from 1948-1980.

Plenty of space remains at the Palmerton Veterans Memorial to purchase bricks or blocks as a way to thank veterans for their valiant service.

Orders should be placed by July 1 of 2014 so that they may be placed on the memorial in time for Nov. of 2014, according to Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, American Legion Post 269.

Uhnak said 266 names and 95 bricks have been submitted for inclusion on the memorial since last Veterans Day, when the Palmerton United Veterans Organization held the dedication of the memorial in the borough park.

Friday, September 13, 2013
Stacey Solt/Times News Board members and guests attending United Way of Carbon County's campaign kickoff were, front row from left: Bob Gaudreau, interim treasurer; Greg Bott, VP campaign; Oscar Santizo, VP allocations; Bernette Frantz, agency liaison; Fran Flickinger; and Dr. Lisa Bleicher, president. Back row: Tom Gerhard, county commissioner; Mindy Graver, VP campaign; Wayne Nothstein, county commissioner; and Kathleen Stern.

United Way of Carbon County began its 2014 campaign kickoff on Thursday at the Lehighton American Legion.

During the kickoff, leaders announced that this year's goal is to raise $70,000, which will in turn support 18 Carbon County agencies that directly help members of the Carbon County community.

The program began with an unveiling of the group's television commercial, which will air throughout the county on CNN, ABC Family, Fox News, HGTV, Lifetime, The Weather Channel, TLC, and TV-13.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Carbon County could save about $23,000 a year in electricity costs by upgrading lighting in the courthouse, annex and Susquehanna Street building.

Through grants and rebates, the county would pay only about $15,000 for the $96,000 project. That's on top of the estimated annual energy savings.

The commissioners, at a public meeting Thursday, agreed to apply for a $48,284.34 federal matching grant through the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance to upgrade, retrofit and install energy efficient lighting in the buildings.