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Friday, October 28, 2011
AP Photo/Henry Doktorski Swami Bhaktipada is seen in a 2008 photo provided by Henry Doktorski. A biographer for the disgraced former leader of a Hare Krishna community in West Virginia, Doktorski, says Bhaktipada has died in India. He was 74.

Few things have united the local community together Republicans and Democrats, the middle class and the poor more than a proposal made in 1987 to turn Flagstaff Mountain into a Hare Krishna community.

The man who instigated the Flagstaff proposal was Swami Bhaktipada, who preached that the intent of a previous Hare Krishna leader was to "build seven temples on seven hills," and who had taken over as the leader of the American Hare Krishnas. He wanted one of the hills for one of his temples to be the Flagstaff.

The Swami never had his dream materialize.

Friday, October 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Alexis Stankovich rode her carousel horse in her very own private carousel designed for a princess in the Eldred Twp. Halloween Parade. With her are her mother, Ashley Stankovich and aunt, Kristin Sherer. The float was designed and made by her grandmother, Tammy Sherer, and other family members, who all say "She is our Princess."

Friday, October 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the third generation family-run Becker Homes in Walnutport are (l-r) Carl Becker, co-owner, Richard Becker, owner, and David Becker, assistant manager.

Customer satisfaction is a hallmark of any successful business.

That tried and true tradition has proved to be the recipe for success at Becker Homes in Walnutport.

Five decades since its inception, the third-generation business is in the midst of its 50-year anniversary celebration.

Carl Becker, co-owner, said his father, Richard Becker, owner, began the business in 1961.

"We've seen a lot of changes over the last 50 years," Carl Becker said. "We evolved to Becker Homes because of our modular homes and more permanent housing."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Zion Lutheran Church, Nesquehoning, the four Lutheran churches of the Panther Valley Zion, St. Paul's, Trinity, and St. John's will host a Reformation service at 3 p.m., Sunday that includes a re-enactment of highlights of the Reformation. Dr. Louis Vermillion and Brian Buzik "star" in this miniproduction.

The four churches have been planning this service, and the refreshments that follow, since August.

Reformation Day, Oct. 31, honors Martin Luther, who on that day in 1517 posted his 95 theses on the door of the castle church at Wittenberg.

Friday, October 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS New inductees into the Robert F. Kennedy Chapter of the National Honor Society at Marian Catholic High School are, front row from left, Samantha O'Donnell, Sara Fatula, Kasey Rossell, Tiffany-Lynn Grutza and Samantha Faust. Second row, Sarah Zurawa, MaryKate Sherkness, Jessica DeLash, Sabrina Krupko and Jessica Horlacher. Third row, Nicholas Kweder, Patrick McGettigan, Ryan Karnish and Nathaniel Keer. Fourth row, Eric Swankoski, John Julian, Damian Richards and Christopher Postupack.

Eighteen students from Marian Catholic High School were inducted as new members of the Robert F. Kennedy Chapter of the National Honor Society. The induction ceremony took place following the weekly Liturgy in the school auditorium. Relatives and friends were invited.

Members were selected by the chapter's Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Friday, October 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Karen Bandzi, president of the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 of Walnutport, assisted by kindergarteners Zachary Lehman and Kaitlyn Getz, lead all Peters Elementary School's kindergarteners in giving the Pledge of Allegiance during an assembly about the Pledge.

With hands over their hearts, young earnest faces turned toward the American flag, all kindergarteners of Peters Elementary School recited the Pledge of Allegiance during an assembly about the Pledge.

Karen Bandzi, president of the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 of Walnutport, showed them a video about how the Pledge of Allegiance came into being, as told by President Theodore Roosevelt to a classroom, and the meaning behind the words.

Friday, October 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/FILE PHOTO/TIMES NEWS Pictured last year, are No. 9 Mine volunteers scaring visitors as walk pass different scenes of horror deep in the mine.

The Third Annual No. 9 Mine Haunted Mine Tours will be held at the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford today, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5 PM to 10 PM.

Tours will be offered each evening with the last tour going into the mine at 9:30. Tours will go into the mine every half hour.

Friday, October 28, 2011

TAMAQUA (AP) - The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has awarded an $100,000 grant to Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP) for the continued development and implementation of a community-driven safety initiative that organizes residents and businesses around issues of blight and crime.

At an event today here at Lehigh Carbon Community College, LISC announced the grant as a 12-18 month investment that would advance TACP's partnership with local police and support broader efforts for revitalization throughout the community.

Friday, October 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Anndrea Yetter

Imagine a cool crisp autumn morning. Over 45,000 people will be stretching and jogging in place. There is an adrenaline high permeating the air. All are waiting for the signal that will begin the New York City Marathon.

This year, one of the West End's own will be running the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6. Anndrea Yetter, 25, of Saylorsburg is steadily training for one of the world's pre-eminent long-distance marathons, a total of 26.219 miles. Sponsored by ING, organized by New York Road Runners, it has been held every year since 1970.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Palmerton has agreed to shell out more than $250,000 for a vacuum truck.

Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to purchase a vacuum truck from Vac-Con, of Evans City, Butler County, in the amount of $258,214.

Council later agreed, on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Chris Olivia opposed, to accept an additional $2,500 from the same company to haul away the borough's 1988 vacuum truck.

Olivia said he voted against the measure because he believes the borough could have gotten more money for the used truck.