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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Strong winds caused even the largest trees to snap like a twig, as is pictured here along Zion Stone Church Road in West Penn. West Penn firefighters, police and fire police were out cutting trees and controlling traffic through the township.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Christian Kehler, left, and her chihuahua "Kissy," and Maryann Yurchak, "right," and her chihuahua "Honey," of Nesquehoning, are all set for the doggie costume contest.

Even though the weather Sunday was dark and damp, more the a hundred brave souls came out to Dog Days in the Park at Lehighton Park.

The event was the brainchild of Lehighton Area High School junior, Kamara Litchauer, as her senior project. The goal was to raise money for the Carbon County Animal Shelter.

There was food, music and vendors featuring animal-related merchandise.

Consummate K-9 of Andreas put on a demonstration of both human rescue/recovery by Lucas the German Shepard Dog and bomb detection by Buttercup, a Belgian Malinois.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Recent rains have done little to ease water problems in Monroe County, county emergency services coordinator Marv Stuart reported to the county commissioners. Stuart said that although rainfall has been about average in recent weeks, the drought emergency has gotten worse if anything. The problem, he said, was the rain fell on dry ground during the growing season. "As a result, all the water was slurped, may I say, and did not get into the ground," he added.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) As Superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation's largest city unusually vacant and dark.

New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Due to Hurricane Sandy, there have been some changes announced for Tamaqua's trash collection schedule. Tuesday's customers will now have pick up on Wednesday, while recyclables will be collected on Saturday. Thursday and Friday's schedules will remain as usual.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Three area men were among 12 defendants who had criminal charges brought against them dismissed in Schuylkill Count\y court on motions by District Attorney Karen Noon Byrnes to nolle prosequi (a formal motion of abandonment or prosecution of all or parts of a an action). However, the court ordered all costs to be paid by the defendants.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

DARE instructor and Police Leutenant David Midas with the Carbon County Sheriff's office talked with children about the DARE program and Halloween Safety at the Panther Valley Public Library in Lansford over the weekend. In addition to telling kids the dangers of drugs, Midas, who is also a police officer with the Lansford Police Department, stressed the importance of being safe and avoiding strangers during Lansford's Trick Or Treat night, Wed. Oct. 31 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Lansford AMVETS held their annual Halloween fundraiser party over the weekend. Enjoying themselves during the event are Joelle Simmons, Coaldale, dressed as a witch; Jason Vazquez, Lansford, dressed as a dancing banana; and BrittanyO'Gorman, Coaldale, dressed as a French Maid.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Holding copies of the "Magnificat Year of Faith Companion" after the Mass at St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe at which a special request from Bishop John O. Barres was delivered are, left to right : Pat Hydro, Irene Milan, Deacon Jack Mroz, Sister Marlene Weitzel, Sister Mary Stanislaus, Pastor Father Francis Baransky, Frank Sebelin, and Cecelia Sebelin.

Catholic parishioners at churches throughout the Diocese of Allentown listened to a special request from His Excellency Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown during the Year of Faith Weekend.

"I am asking you and every active Catholic in the Diocese of Allentown to invite one inactive Catholic back to Mass during the Year of Faith," the bishop said. "I am asking young active Catholic families to invite young inactive Catholic families back to Mass. This is a very practical step of the evangelization and it could have incredible results."

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kindergarten students Micah Lawson, Connor Rehnert, and Xander Nunemacher pose for pictures in their Halloween costumes.

Our Lady of The Angels Academy in Lansford celebrated Red Ribbon Week last week with a variety of activities, lessons, and theme days.

On Monday students participated in "Are You Red-y To Be Drug Free?" Day, where the school body dressed in red, received their red ribbons to wear throughout the week, and created a human red ribbon. Pledges were also signed in each classroom where the students pledged to remain the best them they can be while maintaining a healthy, drug and alcohol free body.