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Monday, October 24, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley SHINE students Mariah Geiger, left; Briah Keller, center; and Liberty Clymer perform "The Three Little Birds" with the rest of their class during the 12th Annual Lights On Afterschool Program, held at Panther Valley High School on Thursday evening.

There were 7,500 afterschool programs throughout the country making children's lives a little brighter.

The Carbon and Schuylkill County SHINE Afterschool Program is one of them.

During the 12th Annual Lights On Afterschool Program, held at Panther Valley High School on Thursday evening, more than 200 elementary school children from six area school districts, showed their parents, lawmakers and the community how the SHINE after-school program has helped them socially and educationally.

Monday, October 24, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Standing proudly in the John F. Cerchiaro Memorial Park in New Columbus is the recently-erected gazebo. The gazebo was provided by the Nesquehoning Recreation Committee.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Eleventh Annual Walker Township Safe Trick or Treat Night will be held Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the New England Fire Company. This event is open to township children, and the children of fire company members, up to the age of 12.

Township residents are also welcome to bring their treats for distribution to the children.

Donations are welcome.

For further information, contact Karen Wagner at (570) 668-5528.

Monday, October 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

West Penn elementary school students got a chance to pick their own pumpkin while taking a field trip to Byler's Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Slatington.

Monday, October 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters deal with heavy smoke, congested rooms and exploding ammunition as they battle a house fire that started late Saturday night in New Philadelphia.

A man is in critical condition following a house fire that closed SR209 in New Philadelphia for more than 16 hours Saturday night into Sunday afternoon.

Just after 11 p.m. Saturday, more than 200 firefighters from 12 surrounding fire departments responded to a fully-engulfed house fire at 220 Valley St. (SR209), located at the intersection of Cooper Street in New Philadelphia.

Monday, October 24, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS District 14 U Lioness Chairperson, Nancy Da Costa, left, welcomes state Lioness Chairperson from Bucks County at the District Lioness Rally in Lehighton. The rally gathered information from member Lioness clubs.

When the 14U District Lioness clubs met for a fall rally at JD Citros in Lehighton, as organized by Lioness District Chairperson Nancy DaCosta, they had special guests addressing them.

Among those guests were State Lioness Coordinator Estella Kristiniak from Bucks County; Linda Benner, District 14U Youth Seminar chairperson, from Lehighton; and Past District Governor Judy Dudley from New Ringgold.

Monday, October 24, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton High School retired librarian Mazie Ziegler, left, 98, and her niece, Ruthann Schlecht, ride in back of a convertible during the Lehighton Area Halloween Parade on Saturday. Ziegler was the parade's grand marshal.

Julie Harris couldn't believe it.

For decades she has been helping to organize the Lehighton Halloween Parade, and it always draws a lot of people. But the annual parade on Saturday had one of the largest turnouts of spectators that Harris and other parade committee members can recall.

"There's been no gaps (of spectators) along the whole route," she said. "In all my years, this is the best spectator turnout that we had. We also had a lot of people in the parade. In just one day care group, we had 138 people."

Monday, October 24, 2011

They did it again! The Panther Valley Jaycees held the most extravagant Pumpkin Parade to date. Parade chairman Clyde Bachert and his committee estimated the turnout of participants and viewers at about 25,000. The five-division parade had 10 bands and drum and bugle corps. Dr. Stanley Drukenmiller was grand marshall. Among the special guests was Sally Starr of WFIL television.