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Friday, September 6, 2013

The Schuylkill Historical Fire Society will host its Annual Muster on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Schuylkill Fire Training Academy, Morea Road, east of Frackville. An Open House of the Schuylkill Fire Training Academy coincides with this event. The Muster commences with a parade of antique fire trucks from the Schuylkill Mall to the Training Academy at 11 a.m.

Friday, September 6, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Workers from Building Recyclers of Kutztown take down the tower of the former St. Stanislaus Church in Summit Hill.

A massive red brick church that has stood sentinel since 1925 on North Market Street in Summit Hill is being taken down.

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, closed in 2008 by the Allentown Diocese as it restructured, began being demolished last week. Building Recyclers of Kutztown has been working at taking down the steeple and tower and demolishing the back of the former church.

When it closed, St. Stanislaus was folded into St. Joseph's Catholic Church, also in Summit Hill.

Friday, September 6, 2013

No one will ever forget the horrible tragedy that took place Monday, Aug. 5 at the Ross Township supervisors' meeting where three men lost their lives and others were injured.

Those who would like to make a donation to the Ross Township Victims Relief Fund, to be shared equally with the families of the fallen David Fleetwood, James LaGuardia and Gerard Kozic may send it to First Northern Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 510, Sciota, PA 18354, or drop it off at any branch of the bank.

Make checks payable to Ross Township Victims Relief Fund.

Friday, September 6, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From left, Bernie Berlow, Palmerton; host Bert Holczman, Ashfield; Grant Scott, Bowmanstown; George Ognjanovec, Towamensing; and Sandi Peters, PADC vice president; joined other members of the Palmerton and Lehighton Area Democratic Clubs in sharing time with their Democratic Mascot, "Mary" the Donkey, during a Pot Luck Picnic at Holczman's farm in Ashfield recently.

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club (PADC) will hold its opening meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown.

In addition to outlining programs and projects for the coming year, a guest speaker will give an update on constituent services available through the local congressman's office.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Walker Township supervisors met Thursday night and discussed a number of matters.

In attendance were supervisors Dave Price, Bill McMullen, Craig Wagner, roadmaster Chad Felty, planning commission member Randy Bensinger, police officer-in-charge Todd Woodward, solicitor Michael S. Greek, Esquire, and Benesch Engineer Dave Horst.

Although no decisions to continue forward were made in relation to the proposed Sewer Facilities Act (Act 537), it served as one of the key topics during the meeting. The act also pertains to West Penn Township.

Thursday, September 5, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lou Seibert and Todd Dreisbach drive John Deere tractors during the 2012 hayride. They will be back again in Weissport to give hay rides along the Lehigh Canal on Oct. 12 and 13. The rides are free, with donations accepted.

Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Weissport Park and Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport.

The event will include free tractor drawn hayrides (by donation only) along the historic canal, tractor show, crafters, pumpkin patch, Chinese auction, bake sale, homemade food and children's activities, including make your own scare crow.

This event is catering to seniors, elderly individuals and people with disabilities.

Hay rides will be held every 20 minutes, from 11 a.m. throughout the day.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pocono Medical Center (PMC) wants to help its community begin the process of healing in response to the Ross Township tragedy on Monday, Aug. 5.

There will be a special West End community health event on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5:30-7 p.m. to be held at the Western Pocono Community Library. There will be speakers from PMC and the community.

You can RSVP by Sept. 12 to:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network is participating in this year's "Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, observed on Sept. 15.

Everyone is welcome to attend the area church of his/her choice.

National "Back to Church Sunday" ( is an initiative that is "Inviting America Back to Church." It seeks to reach the "un-churched" and "de-churched"-people who once attended church, but don't any more-and invite them to return for a special Sunday.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center will hold its fall mushroom identification class on Mondays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 6-8 p.m.

Participants may attend one or all sessions and are asked to bring any mushrooms they would like to have identified. Local expert Joe Lankalis will comment on each specimen.

Mushrooms collected before the class should be refrigerated in a brown paper bag.

For more information, call (570) 645-8597. The program is free for EEC members. A donation is requested from non-members.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services, Inc. (PRHS) will be hosting a community blood drive in conjunction with the Miller-Keystone Blood Center on Monday, Oct. 7 from 2-5 p.m. at the PRHS outpatient physical therapy office, 1022 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive East in Lehighton.

All eligible community members are asked to consider donating with the goal of keeping the area's blood supply at an optimum level.