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Monday, October 11, 2010

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today added a new mapping feature to its website to better explain the updated Transportation Improvement Program.

The state Transportation Commission in August approved the updated program, which reflected an expected 24-percent reduction in funding for improvements for highways, bridges, transit, aviation and rail freight.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville, is hosting its first Rejoicing Spirits monthly worship service at 2:30 on Oct. 24

The goal of the service is to reach out and encourage individuals with developmental disabilities to become part of a faith community. It is also adapted to their caregivers, families and other supportive members in the community.

All faiths are welcome. The service will be held the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, call the church office at 610-767-6884 or visit online at www.ulclv.org.

Monday, October 11, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Donald Campbell of Hazleton speaks about the blacksmith's craft inside the 1848 Hegarty Blacksmith Shop during Tamaqua's 26th Annual Heritage Festival on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Monday, October 11, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Drummer/bandleader Billy Cobham autographs albums at Soundcheck Records in Jim Thorpe before performing Friday evening with his band at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Monday, October 11, 2010

An estimated 700 to 800 members of Dan Reed's Rail Ramble, a Reading Railroad Company passenger excursion, will enjoyed the scenery from Flagstaff Park in Jim Thorpe. The annual Autumn Leaf Festival excursion had many camera enthusiasts who arrived at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Station in Lehighton and then went to Flagstaff by bus. After their visit to Flagstaff, they reboarded the train at Lehighton and went to the Hazleton area for more scenic appraisals.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The train ride is without a doubt the centerpiece of Tamaqua's Heritage Festival. Whether people come for the journey down memory lane, to see the beautiful fall colors, to experience the slightly terrifying stop on the High Bridge, or just because it's something different to do, the train cars were packed for Sunday's ride.

As my family and I waited for the 3 p.m. departure, the nearby antique steam whistle display added to the feeling that we were actually in a busy, bustling train yard, rather than the busy, bustling Tamaqua train station.

Monday, October 11, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS State senate candidate John T. Yudichak, standing center, listens as Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE after-school program, third from right, explains what the students are learning. Surrounding the pair are fourth and fifth grade Jim Thorpe area students who participate in the SHINE program.

A Pennsylvania senate candidate recently made a stop in Jim Thorpe to learn about an after-school program that aids in children's development.

On Friday afternoon, state Rep. John T. Yudichak visited L.B. Morris Elementary School to see what the Lehigh Carbon Community College's SHINE after-school program had to offer. He asked to learn about the SHINE program after attending a recent legislative brunch, hosted by numerous Carbon County officials and agencies.

Monday, October 11, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by Carbon county firefighters saved a Towamensing township home from being destroyed in an early Sunday morning fire. Fire companies from Towamensing and Franklin townships as well as Parryville and Bowmanstown were dispatched early Sunday to 1665 Station Street when flames were discovered in a two story wood frame dwelling. Fire officials believe the fire had its origin in a wood burner along the east wall of the dwelling. The flames then traveled below the floor at the base of the stove as well as into a wall which carried the fire into the second floor of the home.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Carbon County Veterans Affairs Office will conduct a memorial service on Wednesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 1 p.m. The service will be held in Josiah White Park.

The service is open to the public, as well as all veterans organizations.

Saturday, October 9, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Amelia Ristila, 2, sits on a large white pumpkin surrounded by autumn flowers while her mother Aimee Dotson, Tamaqua, searches nearby for decorative flowers while stopping at Dunn's Farm Market in South Tamaqua.