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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Three people who previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges were sentenced Monday by Judge Joseph J. Matika in Carbon County Court.

Daniel Jeremiah Cressley, 36, of Norristown, and formerly of Nesquehoning, was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison on a charge of driving under the influence.

He was arrested on Jan. 17 along Catawissa St., by Nesquehoning police. He refused a blood test and will lose his license for a year for the refusal.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Devon Dillard of Coaldale was one of three defendants arraigned on drug charges Monday in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer. Dillard was escorted by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Rodgers. Rodgers, Patrolman Anthony Stanell, rear, and Chief Richard Weaver conducted a drug sweep in connection with the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force and the office of District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon.

Tamaqua Police, as members of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, along with officers from the Schuylkill County District Attorney's and sheriff's offices, conducted a drug sweep on Monday, arraigning three people on drug-related charges. The arraignments were held at the office of District Judge Stephen Bayer.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Advanced Green Solutions Inc. will host an electronics and universal waste recycling event at the Ashton Park Pool parking lot, 500 W. Patterson St., Lansford, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The deadline to adopt a tree to decorate as part of Palmerton's Christmas in the Park event is rapidly approaching.

Those who wish to claim a tree have until Friday, Nov. 1, to do so, as announced at a meeting of the Christmas in the Park Committee held recently at the home of Michele O'Neill, committee chairwoman.

That's also the cutoff point for those who would like to set up a vendor, said O'Neill, who added the cost is $25 for a space. Anyone who would like to adopt a tree, or set up a vendor, should contact O'Neill at 610-737-4503.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Two drug dealers were sentenced to prison terms on Monday in Carbon County court.

The two previously enetered guilty pleas to the drug counts and were sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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William M. Graver Jr., 45, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve a total of 10 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Graver admitted selling methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some canoe riders get ready to depart while others prepare to jump in at the canal boat launch Sunday.

Under a clear and breezy sky Sunday, thousands of eventgoers enjoyed a step back in time at the 33rd annual Canal Festival along the Lehigh Canal in Walnutport.

"It's a beautiful day," said Donna Buhay of Slatington, who was there with her husband, David, and their 12-year-old neighbor Emma Wetzel and her family.

"We come almost every year for the music and food and to see our friends, neighbors and the canal. It's just an enjoyable family day. "

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Democratic Party of Carbon County held its annual fall dinner Sunday night at the Tresckow Fire Company hall, where Banks Township resident Joseph Colecio, second from right, was recognized for more than 50 years of service to the party. Also honored was Banks Township Tax Collector Irene Makowiec, who was unable to attend. She is completing her 40th year of service in the township.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lehighton artist Susan Trainer helps Tyler Schalkhammer, 12, and Chris Zubris, 11, paint pumkins. Both boys are from Weatherly.

Visitors to Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua were treated to a Fall Festival event. The event consisted of music, dancing, tours, nature walk and a craft show. Porcupine Pat, center, shows visitors the views of Stonehedge Gardens.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko is interviewed by Julia and Rocky Urich of FireRock Productions for a video introduction to an October 29 Mayors' Reception at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The annual kickoff event for the Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at La Dolce Casa Restaurant (DiMaggio's), 16 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. Committee members are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

The event is open to all relay participants and anyone wishing to get involved. There will be light refreshments, door prizes, and an inspirational guest speaker.

If you are planning on attending, RSVP to 570-874-1413 x2103 or email caylan.chanwik@cancer.org.