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Monday, November 7, 2011
Left, Mario Iezzoni, Korea-Vietnam veteran, Summit Hill, salutes the Tamaqua American Legion color guard as it passes. Center, Landon Eisenberg, 3, waves Old Glory as firetrucks parade by. Right, Matt Bynon, a Navy veteran, and Tamaqua Police officer, participates during the Tamaqua American Legion's veterans firing detail service at the veterans monument on East Broad Street.

Spectators placed their hands over their hearts as a parade of veterans and supporters marched passed hundreds of people during the Tamaqua American Legion's annual Veterans Day Parade Saturday.

"This was the best spectator turnout I've ever seen," said Brittany Sheidy, Tamaqua resident and volunteer with the Tamaqua Raider Band.

"In past years, only a few would come out and watch the parade," Joel Perry, commander, Tamaqua American Legion, said. "During this year's parade, there were probably over a thousand spectators who lined Broad Street."

Monday, November 7, 2011

The United Presbyterian Church, 6750 PA Route 873 Slatington, will host its 53rd annual Gymanafa Ganu (Welsh hymn sing) on Nov. 13.

The afternoon session will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is open to everyone. The conductor is Robert A. Jones from New York. The organist is Robert Miller from Maine, and the pianist is Anna Mary Milot, choir director and organist of the Slatington United Presbyterian Church.

Special music will be by the "Quartet of 5," a local group from the Slatington area.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Veterans Day memorial service on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., in the Josiah White Park, located in downtown Jim Thorpe.

The program is open to the public, who are encouraged to attend and honor the area's veterans.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fifteen area residents were among 77 who were arraigned Monday morning on criminal charges before District Attorney Jameis P. Goodman at the Schuylkill County courthouse and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Cory Michael Whitley, 18, of 4 Rose St., Tamaqua, charged by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods, with criminal conspiracy, burglary of Six Pack House, at 209 N. Railroad St., theft of 12 six packs of beer, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief by smashing window of door with a large rock.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Free Community Supper will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. The menu will include a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone invited.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Illustration by Al Zagofsky If you can't occupy Wall Street, you can at least keep Wall Street occupied by returning reply envelopes from credit card companies as proposed in a viral YouTube video.

Frustration with the lingering recession has created what is becoming the American Fall, a domestic reflection of the Arab Spring, with Occupy Wall Street protests held in 70 major cities and over 600 communities in the U.S.

But now, for smaller communities such as here in northeastern Pennsylvania, there is a way of participating, at least a proposed method, which is circulating in a viral YouTube video, Keeping Wall Street Occupied.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Shannon Martin-Fredericks, Tamaqua - "I am voting Tuesday, but am still undecided. The biggest issues should be money and the way things are being run. Someone needs to clean house and get this house back into shape."

BY ANDREW LEIBENGUTH

Are you planning to vote in Tuesday's election? What do you feel are the biggest issues confronting us?

Saturday, November 5, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS William P. Gardiner, back right, stands with a few Panther Valley third grade students who received dictionaries. A total of 147 students at Panther Valley will get a copy of "A Student's Dictionary." With Gardiner and elementary school Principal Bill Lombardo, back left, are, from left, Emily Krajnak, Riley Wehr, Owen Haydt, Patrick Boyle, Anthony Ellis, Raiden Borosh, Jessica Stultz, and Milena Perez.

Panther Valley Elementary School and Our Lady of The Angels third graders recently received dictionaries, thanks to local donors.

William P. Gardiner and Francis X. Koomar purchased and delivered the books to the schools earlier this week.

The pair has been donating the dictionaries for the last 10 years because "a dictionary is the key to communication, education, career and personal growth and self confidence."

Gardiner explained that dictionaries are useful to the third grade students because they can take and use them in their future grades.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The memorial for Monsignor Agnello Angelini sits just to the right of the Grotto, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in New Columbus.

As World War II raged in 1941, Placidio Guido LaRizzio, 34, already exhausted from a shift in the coal mine, laid the first stones of a shrine to honor the men and women who had joined the military to protect their country. It would take LaRizzio, the son of Italian immigrants, four years to build the Grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Arthur Terembula, 17, of Lehighton, plays a C.F. Martin guitar in the sound room at the Martin Guitar Factory, Nazareth.

A Lehighton teenager is embarking on his dream of a lifetime.

For his Dream Come True wish, Arthur Terembula, a senior at Lehighton Area High School, is designing his own custom C.F. Martin guitar.

C.F Martin & Co. has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 175 years.

One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are handmade by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder.