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Saturday, October 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Board members, Corps officers, sponsors and volunteers of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps were given a special gratitude dinner Tuesday evening in appreciation for their efforts and initiatives given to the Corps. Tamaqua Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell stated, "The dinner was well deserved by so many dedicated people." Dina Depos, programs director, stated "we hold this dinner every year as a way to say thank you."

Saturday, October 1, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Concourse Club members Marge Porambo (left) and Anita Harry (right) stand beside the frame of what will be the "Concourse Club Lady" scarecrow that they will decorate and have displayed in front of 405 Delaware Avenue as part of a Scarecrow Display promoted by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce in the month of October. Businesses on Delaware Avenue have been invited to participate and have a scarecrow placed in front of their establishments, or, if they prefer, in their windows. For a $10 fee, Palmerton Lumber Company will make stands for any business that needs them.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Service of the Lord's Supper will be held during Morning Worship at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Sunday School will be held at 10 a.m.

The church board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

The church's Women's Class will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, nursing home services will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's-Miners and MapleShade, respectively. Choir rehearsal will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Morning Worship will be held at 9 a.m. and Sunday School at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Today is Saturday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2011. There are 91 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 1, 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162-game season, compared to Babe Ruth's 60 home runs during a 154-game season. (Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox gave up the round-tripper; the Yankees won 1-0.)

On this date:

In 1861, during the Civil War, the Confederate navy captured the Union steamer Fanny in North Carolina's Pamlico Sound.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Boots, a 6-year old female tuxedo cat, displays two exercises most popular with cats – stretching and scratching – as she tests the bark on a tree at the Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua. Her owners are Russell Keich and Thomas Anthony.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

After lengthy discussion and a suggestion by supervisor chairman Brian K. Ahner, the Polk Township board moved to hold a special meeting Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. on a proposed Solar Nation Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan-Commercial Solar Plan, to be built on lands owned by Robert and Donna Coleman.

Issues will include concerns about decommissioning, the boundary line and related screening requirements, height of fence, storm drainage and underground lines.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Visitors view the varieties of designer glass produced by Steuben Glass on display at the Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.

Near the end of a recent tour of the Steuben Glass section at the Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, the guide said that she had learned that Steuben Glass was going out of business.

Perhaps, she wondered, were we going to be the last tour?

Steuben Glass is a 108-year-old American manufacturer of art glass. It specialized in designer glass that, in the waning days of the Victorian era, was a sought-after decoration for a mansion living room or as a wedding gift.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Ronald and Sharon Klein of northeastern Pennsylvania visit the balcony of the Harry Packer Mansion during Sunday's Jim Thorpe Victorian House Tour.

On Sunday, hundreds of visitors enjoyed the unique opportunity of touring Victorian homes in the Historic District on Jim Thorpe.

Many of these buildings are private homes generally not open to the public. The last open house tour was three years ago.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

During the September meeting of Nesquehoning Borough Council, members of the borough's Cadette Girl Scout Troop 4096 received approval to clean up litter in the New Columbus and Nesquehoning playgrounds. If they have time this fall they will also do Hauto's play area. If not, they will return in the spring to pick up litter.

Samantha O'Donnell also attended the meeting for a class at school.