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Saturday, November 26, 2011
elsa kerschner/times news Bill Roberts, a volunteer for the Horses Helping Heroes program, and Joe Stuchko work with Ginger, who didn't want to leave her baby, the black and white horse at Roberts' elbow. The exercise is part of "temptation alley" at the Ananda Farm in New Tripoli.

Dave Carey was one of a group of veterans visiting Ananda Farm in New Tripoli on Nov. 14 to take part in a unique outdoor therapy program called Horses Helping Heroes which was coordinated through the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Hospital.

Upon arriving, Carey said he wanted to work with Ruby, the same animal he had been with the previous month.

"I love Ruby," he said.

That signaled the start of another once-a-month session between Carey and his four-footed friend.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lock 13 at Parryville was a busy place recently as 24 Trail Tenders installed benches and a picnic table and did some general cleanup at the Lehigh Canal Park.

Volunteers burned brush, tore down an erosion fence, and removed parking dividers installed by a local restaurant during the workday.

In charge was Dennis Scholl, outreach coordinator of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Volunteers included members of the Beltzville Lions Club, Dean Hower of Treichlers, Dean Black of Allentown and Jerry Weiner of Nazareth, plus Boys from Valley Youth House.

Friday, November 25, 2011
Thanksgiving play at Rush elementary

Kindergarteners and first graders at the Rush Elementary School, Hometown, held their annual Thanksgiving play Wednesday in the school's gym. The play, called "ABC's of First Thanksgiving", involved students singing and reading special Thanksgiving phrases with each letter of the alphabet.

Friday, November 25, 2011

How well retailers do during this Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, will have lasting consequences not just on them, but the still-fragile economic recovery.

Across the nation, many stores for the first time used midnight openings, along with the usual bevy of deals, to lure consumers, whose appetite for good buys has been increasing since the Great Recession.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Although Lehighton Borough Council has yet to officially present its 2012 budget, borough manager Nicole Beckett said there will be no tax hike.

The tentative budget will be unveiled at a special meeting of the council at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Last year the council increased taxes by a half-mill, which puts the present levy at 4.5 mills.

That tax hike could have been higher, but council opted to increase by $80,000 the transfer of funds from the Light and Power Department to the General Fund in 2011. This increase had no impact on electric rates in the borough.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Scenes reminiscent of the year 1917 were reenacted in Mauch Chunk this morning when Robert Lobien, 23-year-old Second Ward resident, among the first Carbon County draft eligibles to volunteer for selective service training with Uncle Sam's first peace time army, entrained for Wilkes-Barre aboard a L.V.R.R. train amid a tumultuous ovation collectively contributed by more than 1,000 people, 500 of them school pupils. Music was played by the Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk school bands.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thomas G. Hood, president of MMI Preparatory School, has announced the names of students who achieved Honor Roll status during the Fall 2011 quarter.

The Honor Roll recognizes sound academic performance each quarter. To earn a place on the Honor Roll, a student must have a cumulative average in all core subjects of 85.0, have attained an average of 70.0 or better in each course, have no "incompletes" at the end of the nine-week grading period, be enrolled in a complete schedule of courses, and have a satisfactory citizenship record.

Friday, November 25, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS  It was a dream come true for Jackie Tracy to perform Thursday in the nation's oldest Thanksgiving parade.

You couldn't fault Jackie Tracy of Palmerton for delaying the family's traditional Thanksgiving Day meal for a bit on Thursday.

The Palmerton Area Junior High School student spent the first part of her day marching with the Universal Cheerleaders Association through the heart of historic Philadelphia in the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the nation. The daughter of Jamie and Jonice Tracy of Kunkletown, Jackie was honored to be one of over 500 junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country who performed in the parade.

Friday, November 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

District Governor Scott Dudley, left, visited the Penn-Kidder Lions Club at a recent breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also present were guest speaker, Boy Scout Luke Eggert and club president Manuel DaCosta.

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Tamaqua Public Library is showcasing three mini exhibits of work created by local artists.

In the lobby, visitors will find the work of David Hafer, which includes a model train exhibit. There are also 11 vintage photos of Tamaqua and the surrounding area.

Jeff Rimm's work can be found in the Reading Room. On display are framed works ranging from pen and ink sketches to photographs of local places, such as the Rabbit Run Reservoir and the Tamaqua Train Station.