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Monday, October 27, 2014

Before the present Jacob's United Church of Christ was built, the Reformed and Lutheran people of Weissport had been holding services under the trees along the Lehigh River.

The following is a timeline of the church's 175 years:

August 1838: Services were transferred from Gnaden Huetten to Weissport.

December 1839: Christmas day services were held in the completed church, which was on a lot presented by Jacob Weiss.

1893: The church was remodeled.

1898: The Sunday School was remodeled.

1908: The parsonage was built.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Pocono Medical Center is sponsoring some upcoming events.

PMC will host a free program Nov. 14 to celebrate life and honor all those affected by lung cancer. Registration is at 5 p.m. with the program from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, 188 East Brown St., East Stroudsburg. Refreshments will be served. To preregister or for more info, call 800-298-2436 or visit: shinealightonlungcancer.org.

The Spirit of Women's Ladies Night Out will be from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Shawnee Inn at 1 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee on Delaware. Admission is $5.

Monday, October 27, 2014
larry neff/special to the times news

Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, West Penn Township and Tamaqua police were dispatched to the intersection of Route 443 and Mush Dahl Road in the village of Clamtown. There they discovered a woman in a car who suffered head trauma from an assualt. Thevictim was treated at the scene by member of the Penn Mahoningambulance and Lehighton paramedics and then transported to a trauma center.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Choir rehearsal will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunday services will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, with Sunday school at 10 a.m.

The annual Harvest Home collection of nonperishable food items at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, will begin Sunday. Distribution of food will take place on Nov. 23.

Monday, October 27, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Students from Franklin and East Penn elementary schools throw colored powder into the air at the end of color run fundraiser at the school on Friday.

Students from Franklin and East Penn elementary schools throw colored powder into the air at the end of color the run fundraiser at the school on Friday.

Monday, October 27, 2014
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A joint choir, which included members and guests of Jacob's UCC and Ben Salem UCC in Andreas, opened the 157th anniversary  service at Jacob's UCC in Weissport on Sunday. From left are Lavaun Shanton, the Rev. Lillian Andreas, Starr Scherer, Linda Greenzweig and Shirley Frantz.

Members and guests of Jacob's United Church of Christ in Weissport marked their 175th anniversary on Sunday with worship and fellowship.

The service was the last in a series to mark the church's history and the end of a yearlong "journey to 175 years." Each service was used to recognize past and current leaders in the congregation, including clergy and worship leaders, acolytes and choir members.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling northbound on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between the Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) and Pocono (Exit 95) interchanges, to be prepared for a single–lane traffic pattern to be in effect today through 7 a.m., Friday, Oct. 31.
Earlier today, construction crews set a single-lane pattern northbound, closing the right lane to begin paving operations on the shoulder between milepost A89.0 – A93.0. This pattern will remain in effect until Friday morning.

Monday, October 27, 2014
Police using unmanned balloon in ambush manhunt

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police say they're using a device similar to a weather balloon in their search for a suspect in the killing of a state trooper last month.

Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman, said Monday the Ohio Department of Transportation donated the use of the large, unmanned Mylar balloon.

He says the device provides troopers with a similar level of technology and coverage at a fraction of the cost of traditional aircraft. It's also silent.

Monday, October 27, 2014
One electrocuted in Towamensing Twp.

An electrical worker was electrocuted Monday morning while working on a high tension power line in Towamensing Township. The incident was first reported at 11:30 a.m. along Route 209 at Hemlock Street in Franklin Township.

Emergency found nothing with a second call reporting the incident on a high tension power line to the rear of Country Junction. Workers and paramedics performed CPR for almost an hour before the victim was removed from the scene by Palmerton Ambulance.

State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A series of open houses will be held next month on a proposed pipeline that would extend from Luzerne County to New Jersey that could pass through several townships in Carbon County.

One of those sessions that will be hosted by the PennEast Pipeline Company LLC from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company, 290 Little Gap Road.