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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport.

The event will include tractor drawn hayrides along the historic canal, homemade food and children's activities. This event is catering to seniors, elderly individuals and people with disabilities. Families with young children are also invited to attend. Hay rides will be held every 20 minutes, from 10 a.m. throughout the day.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As the leaves transform from their summer greento the brilliant colors of autumn, a sold-out passenger train in the background prepares to depart the downtown Jim Thorpe station for its return trip to Port Clinton. The various artisans, businesses, crafters, entertainers, and food vendors enjoyed last weekend's picture-perfect weather and more fine autumn weather is on tap for visitors to the Carbon County tourist hub this weekend as the annual Fall Foliage Festival continues.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Families from throughout eastern Schuylkill County took part in the annual Family Fun Skating Event held Tuesday evening at The Strand Skating Arena in McAdoo via the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua. Anyone, not just church parishioners, were able to partake in the event, which was held via the church to promote family togetherness and laughter.Despite many attempts to skate with friends, Megan Belford, 12, laughs as she keeps falling.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Home League and Men's Fellowship members were enrolled and recognized during the dinner. Pictured from back left are Major Ronald Santmyer, DHQ, Philadelphia; Tamaqua soldier Frank Latham; soldier Jesse Durning; soldier Mary Hosler; and Major Sharon Whispell. From front left are Major Pamela Santmyer, DHQ, Philadelphia; soldier Karen Hosler; Major Margaret Johnson; and soldier Mel Latham. Not pictured are soldiers Jesse Tongue and Kim Latham.

Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps held their annual dinner Tuesday night at the Corps.

Enrolling officers and guest speakers were Majors Ronald and Pamela Santmyer, Divisional Headquarters (DHQ), Philadelphia.

The Tamaqua Salvation Army's Home League is a fellowship group designed to influence women in the creation and development of Christian standards in personal home life involving fourfold aims of worship, fellowship, education and service.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Defendants in a stabbing incident which occurred in Lansford on Thursday night are led from the office of District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford. They are, front to back, Jennifer Catherine Steigerwalt, Steve Allen Walck, and Kevin Marshal Brandwein, all of Lansford. Escorting them are Cpl. Joseph Sparich, front, and Criminal Investigator Chris Bonin, back, of the Lehighton barracks of the state police. The three defendants were jailed in default of $25,000 straight bail, each.

Two men and one woman have been arrested and charged with allegedly beating a Lansford resident, tying him up, and then stabbing him in the back several times, attempting to kill him.

The alleged assault happened inside the victim's home on Thursday night.

Arraigned Friday morning before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford were:

Ÿ Kevin Marshal Brandwein, 24, of 115 E. Snyder Ave., Lansford.

Ÿ Steve Allen Walck, 26, of 3 N. Walnut St., Lansford.

Ÿ Jennifer Catherine Steigerwalt, 34, of 115 E. Snyder Ave., Lansford.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Four area residents were among 22 who placed into Schuylkill County's Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition(ARD) probation program for first time offenders. He were recommended by District Attorney James P. Goodman.

Senior Judge D. Michael Stine admitted them into the program and if they complete the conditions he imposed then their record will be wiped clean.

All were placed for a year.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent afternoon weather has made for perfect outdoor fall weather. Pictured playing on playground equipment at the Willing Park in Tamaqua are Adrianna Dalessie, 8, and Daymein Rush, 7.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured changing to bright orange are a couple trees located at the Willing Park in Tamaqua.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the ACS annual committee retreat will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Tamaqua.

Relay For Walk committee members are encouraged to attend. For more information call (570) 645-2162 or leave a message at (888) 227-5445 x3112.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The 41st annual Lehighton Halloween Parade, which will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, will have six division and six bands.

Julie Harris, parade committee chairman, said the parade will be led by Grand Marshal Mazie Ziegler, 98, of Lehighton, who was a librarian in Lehighton schools for 34 years.

The parade forms at Eighth and Coal Street, heads on Coal to Third Street, continues down Third Street to Mahoning Street, and proceeds on Mahoning to Eighth. From there it heads to the Community Grove where it disbands.