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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie


Pastry for 1 pie crust

2 large eggs

cup milk

1 cups fresh pumpkin puree (instructions below)

2 tablespoons melted butter, unsalted

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon dark molasses

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

teaspoon ground cloves

pinch salt

1 cup heavy cream, cold


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Heat milk in saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to bubble around the edges. Remove from heat.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,250 to 294,750, the Labor Department said Thursday. Overall, 2.3 million people are receiving jobless aid. That's the fewest since June 2006, which predates the start of the Great Recession by 18 months.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A Schuylkill County Sheriff's Department vehicle blocks the parking lot entrance at the Schuylkill County Courthouse, Pottsville, at 12:30 Friday. Employees were sent home following a threat that closed the facility and impacted activities at county agencies and county jail.

Pottsville police have arrested Todd Dohner, 48, of Pine Grove for making calls to the Schuylkill County Courthouse overnight Thursday, threatening to have terrorists shoot up a school unless the courthouse was closed by noon.

The caller said he was the leader of a "terrorist group" and would have his group shoot students at a school from 100 yards away at 3 p.m. if his demand was not met.

The courthouse was closed at about 11 a.m.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Where to get your pumpkin fix:

Old Homestead

Tree Farm

Off Route 209 in Forest Inn, along Strohls Valley Road, about seven miles east of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Mahoning Valley interchange.

Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every weekend in October.

Choose from a wide variety and sizes of pumpkins as well as gourds and Indian corn.Admission is free.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The West Penn Township Lions and Lioness Clubs, along with the Andreas Sporting Club will host the Andreas Halloween Parade at 7 p.m. Oct. 15, with the rain date set for Oct. 16.

The parade committee welcomes individual participants or groups to preregister in either the marching or the float category.

Deadline to register for the parade is Thursday.

Only those preregistered are eligible for monetary prizes. Register by contacting Becky at 570-386-3045.

Parade formation begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Andreas Sporting Club.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow, Lake View and new Roc Loop Trails at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17.

The hike is seven miles in length and moderate to difficult. The trails cross two creeks, and runs parallel to the lake. There is a spectacular view from the dam and opportunity to explore the State Game Lands near the spillway pond.

Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

Call Robin at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Formerly "55-Alive," the new Smart Driver four and eight-hour classroom refresher/defensive driving course is designed for qualified drivers 50 and older. There are no tests and membership in AARP is not necessary. All automobile insurance companies doing business in Pennsylvania are required by state law to give a minimum discount of 5 percent to all qualified policy holders age 55 and over who take the course.

Classes are given by trained volunteer instructors.

The eight-hour class is given in a two-day period in two four-hour sessions and is required for first timers.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Schuylkill is the eighth fattest county in Pennsylvania, according to rankings released by National the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Carbon County ranks 24th, followed by Northampton at 45th, Monroe at 53rd and Lehigh at 54th.

About 33 percent of Schuylkill County residents are obese, with body mass indices of 30 or more. About 32 percent of Carbon County residents are obese; about 29 percent in Northampton; and 28 percent each in Monroe and Lehigh counties.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Caity Zimmerman gets a paint refill from Ray Kunkel, a maintenance worker at Tamaqua School District.

The Tamaqua Area High School senior class painted the streets around the school this week. This has been an annual tradition for more than 30 years. At left: Caity Zimmerman gets a paint refill from Ray Kunkel, a maintenance worker at Tamaqua School District. Above: Derek Keich puts the finishing touches on his name

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Schuylkill County prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of endangering the welfare of children against a woman accused of giving birth in the shower and then putting her newborn's body in the trash.

But District Judge David Plachko, Port Carbon, sent charges of concealing the death of a child, recklessly endangering another person, and abuse of a corpse against Tara Lynne Paltanavage, 22, of Middleport, to court.

She remains in the county jail under $250,000 cash bail.

Paltanavage's preliminary hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday.