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Thursday, October 10, 2013

School safety was on nearly everyone's minds at Monday evening's meeting of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board following last week's deadly attack at an Amish school in Lancaster County and an incident in which bottles of ketchup were thrown at two Jim Thorpe school buses returning from the Minersville football game on Friday evening.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Carbon County 4-H clubs and members will be honored in this year's Lehighton Area Halloween Parade.

The 43rd annual parade will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

At the front of the procession will be Carbon County's longest-active 4-H volunteer Robert "Bob" Miller of Franklin Township.

He will be riding with his wife, Ferne, who also is a long-time 4-H member and volunteer.

Julie Harris, chairman of the Lehighton Area Halloween Parade Commitee, said last year marked the centennial celebration of 4-H.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The partial government shutdown has affected the market value of the retirement fund of Schuylkill County employees.

Controller Cristy Joy, secretary of the county retirement board, reported to the board Wednesday that the market value of the fund, as of Wednesday, dipped from $115,191,417 to $114,351,199.

Prior to the partial shutdown the market value had climbed steadily as the fund reached record heights.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Dana Sytnik, helps her son Evan, 7, draw a chalk rainbow on the sidewalk in front of their West Broad Street home in Tamaqua.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Advanced Green Solutions will hold an electronic and universal waste recycling event at the Palmerton Borough Garage, 402 3rd St., Palmerton. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Residents and small businesses are welcome to take their old, used electronic and universal waste to the borough garage. They will offer a no charge drop off service at the site location for most electronics.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Simon Kramer Cancer Institute in New Philadelphia will be hosting its annual Fall Pumpkin Festival Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. on the outside grounds of the institute.

The free event includes corn maze, carnival food, music, entertainment, games and crafts.

The event also includes a pumpkin and gourd painting/decorating contest.

Any donations received will benefit the Educational and Scientific Fund of the Simon Kramer Institute.

The institute is located at 15 Alliance St. (the old school on the hill).

Thursday, October 10, 2013
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The Nesquehoning Woman's Club held an informative talk by Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Office at its meeting. He spoke on media scams and works closely with Rep. Doyle Heffley and Senator John Yudichak in combating this problem. He told the women about several types of phone calls and to be aware that they trigger the elderly. Some even come door to door. So don't give out any personal information. The next regular meeting is set for Nov. 4 with the Kaska Ukrainian dancers for entertainment. Midas is seen with club members Judy Moon, left, and Jane Pietruch.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Volunteers are needed this Saturday to help prep Tamaqua's newly created gallery to be located at the Tamaqua Elks Lodge.

The work will start inside the Elks Lodge, 201 W. Broad St., at 12:30 p.m.

They will be painting, scraping, cleaning and bowling in the basement with the ghosts.

For more information, contact Stephen Bennett via Facebook or (570) 668-1622, (646) 427-2884.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce has new letterhead.

The new design was displayed by Peter Kern, chamber president, when the organization met on Tuesday. Kern also briefly discussed the chamber's recently approved affiliation with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Kern stressed that while the group is a part of the GLVCC, it still has maintained its designation as the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, and is still part of the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Two area fire companies will be celebrating special anniversaries this Saturday.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary will be the South Ward Fire Company in Tamaqua. The celebration will take place in Hazleton. For more information, call 570-668-1828.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary will be the Tuscarora Fire Company in Tuscarora. The celebration will take place at the fire house. For more information, call 570-527-7335.