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Thursday, October 14, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The operator of a tractor trailer that was hauling live pigs escaped serious injury Wednesday morning when he rolled his rig along the exit ramp of Interstate 80 in Kidder Township. The incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. as the driver was traveling east and attempted to exit at the 177-mile marker to gain access to the turnpike. The unit rolled onto its right side. Responding were the Albrightsville and Kidder Township fire companies. State police at Fern Ridge are investigating. It was reported one pig escaped and several more were killed in the crash.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

There will be a meeting of the Summit Hill Republican Club on tonight at 7 p.m. in the borough hall to discuss the upcoming election. Vice President David Wargo will officiate this meeting.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Annual Tamaqua Halloween Parade will be held on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 27.

The parade will again be sponsored by the Tamaqua Lions Club, with assistance from the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. Communication assistance along the parade route will be provided by the Tamaqua Wireless Association.

Entries are being accepted now for floats/motorized units and marching units. Oct. 15 is the deadline for registration.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Julie Harris, chairman of the Lehighton Area Halloween Parade Committee, speaks with this years grand marshals, Hilbert Haas, center, and Charles Harris. This is the 40th anniversary of the Lehighton Area Halloween Parade. Haas and Charles Harris have assisted with the planning of the parade for all 40 years.

In 1970, the late Ervin L. Hawk organized the first Halloween Parade to be held over a decade in Lehighton. The annual march has become one of the largest in the area of the Halloween season.

Two members from that first committee, who have served continuously through the 40-year history of the parade, will be honored as grand marshals at this year's march.

Hilbert "Hilly" Haas and Charles Harris will lead the parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Franklin Township kennel owner, who on Sept. 23 was arrested and charged for various acts of theft by deception and fraudulent business practices has been charged for a fifth incident.

According to State Police at Lehighton, Patricia E. Gadaleta, owner of Musket Labradors in Franklin Township and who has been under investigation since her arrest, used an alias name to order Labrador Retrievers from Katie Somers of Quincy, Wash. The dogs were sent as pet animals only, but evidence showed that these dogs were placed into Gadaleta's commercial dog breeding kennel.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Carbon Career and Technical Institute Adult Education Center and day care program have been temporarily closed since Oct. 4 due to water damage from drenching rain storms that pounded the region on Sept. 30.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua emergency responders arrived within seconds Wednesday evening after an alert passerby called 911 to report smoke coming from an area of the 401 Apartment Building Complex located on Hazle Street. When firefighters and police arrived they searched the building for any signs of smoke or fire. Nothing was found. Some residents were asked to leave their apartments during the response. Some of the residents on scene said they smelled a strong odor that resembled "burning tires" that made them cough, but most stated they didn't see any smoke.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Democrats for Change enjoyed their September meeting which featured a speech by Michael Luis Principe, J.D., Ph.D. on the topic of the "Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution" which defines citizenship in the United States. Left to right are Roy Christman, Mike Miles, Secretary of The Club, Dr. Principe and Patti Borger, Vice President of Carbon County Democrats for Change. The Club will meet next on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Carbon County Democratic Election Center (101 N. First St. in Lehighton) at 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Democratic Party continues to hold a sizable voter registration edge over the Republicans in Carbon County, according to the latest voter registration totals, which were scheduled to be certified by the county's election's board today.

At the close of the voter registration period on Monday, Oct. 4, the Democrats have over 50 percent of the voters eligible to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, with 19,379 persons linked to the party. That compares to 14,184 Republicans.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A weekend filled with autumn activities is on tap in Walnutport.

The 30th annual Walnutport Canal Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday along the historic Lehigh Canal in Walnutport.

Sponsored by the Walnutport Canal Association, the festival will once again have its share of ghosts, ghouls and goblins, according to Marilyn Kaul, vice president, canal association.