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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Ronald Sheehan, left, chairman of the Jim Thorpe Lions Club's 65th anniversary celebration, goes over plans for the upcoming event with George Hiller, club president.

Sixty-five years of philanthropy and service to the community will be celebrated and recognized on Saturday, Oct. 26, when the Jim Thorpe Lions Club holds its anniversary gala at the American Legion Post 314, Lehighton.

The club was officially chartered as the Bear Mountain Lions Club on that date in 1948, its incorporation having been endorsed then by the Lehighton Lions Club.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Weatherly Area Community Museum to consider formation of a Friends of the Museum organization.

Anyone who would like to get involved is invited to attend the session. The museum is located behind the borough building across the tracks from Wilbur Street.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pocono Painters is a local chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters. This month they have a display of some of the decorative paintings some of its members have done at the Eastern Monroe Public Library at 1002 N. 9th St., in Stroudsburg in observance of National Arts & Humanities Month.

Do you attend craft shows and view the beautifully hand-painted decorative art pieces and say, "I wish I could paint like that"?

Do you already paint? Is your medium watercolor, oils, acrylics?

Pocono Painters could be just the organization for you. Guests may attend one meeting to learn more about the chapter before joining. Its next meeting is Friday.

Eddiejo Herbst of Lehighton, PP's first vice president, has been a member of Pocono Painters for about five years but has been painting for at least 25 years.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Schuylkill Township board of supervisors has announced that Halloween in the township will be observed 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Carbon County planners gave the green light on four subdivision/lot line revision proposals in the county.

During the monthly meeting of the county planning commission, the board addressed four proposals throughout the county. They included:

Ÿ Blue Heron Homeowner's Association received conditional plan approval for its proposed subdivision at Big Boulder Drive and Lake Harmony Road in Kidder Township. The plan, which came before the board this past August and received conditional plan rejection until a number of issues were addressed, calls for subdividing a 42.5-acre plot.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The annual meeting for the Weatherly Area Community Library will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at American Legion Post 360 in Weatherly.

The public is invited to attend and hear about the library's plans for a new building; ask questions and provide input. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Palmerton Area School District's director of technology has also been named as acting director of curriculum and instruction.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve Dan Heaney as acting director of curriculum and instruction, at the additional stipend of $90 per day, retroactive to Oct. 1.

Heaney, who also serves as the district's director of technology, will fill the position until Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, returns from leave.

In other business, the board:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Carbon County officials are looking for input on a new support group that will soon be available to people who are raising their grandchildren.

Jeanne Miller, co-chairperson of the Carbob County Child and Family Collaborative, said recently that many grandparents who are raising their grandchildren need help with finding what programs and options available to them and their families. A support group may help bring light to these services; as well as provide outlets to learn from others raising their grandchildren.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Trick or Treat Night in Lansford will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Residents participating in trick or treat night are asked to turn on their porch lights. Rain date for the event will be Saturday, Nov. 2.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS R.F. Ohl Fuel deliveryman Brent Schoenberger delivers propane to a house in Weissport Friday afternoon. Schoenberger, who started working for the company in 1998, started delivering propane three years ago.

Home heating fuel cost hikes are hurtling toward the northeast like a midwinter blizzard.

It's going to cost people more to keep their homes toasty, or even barely comfortable, this winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.

EIA is projecting a colder winter and higher prices for natural gas and propane. The cost of fuel oil will be a smidgen lower, but still high.