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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The two-mile Scamper began at 9 a.m. on the D&L Trail.

"On the way back it was rough." "Looking at the last downhill you think 'It can't be.'" "The grass was wet on the one corner." But the most important comment about the trail were "It was wonderful, a beautiful course."

The first of what is expected to be an annual event was held Oct. 8 beginning on the Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Trail and then into the trails of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

It was organized by experienced runner Dr. Michael F. Martinez, M.D. There were 12 runners in the two-mile scamper and 80 in the trail run.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

For years, Palmerton's organizations and individuals have had to attend Halloween parades in Satington, Lehighton, or other communities. This year they had their own. The first Palmerton Halloween parade in over 35 years was held, with even a thunderstorm failing to halt it. The event was sponsored by the Palmerton UVO and hosted by civic groups. The grand mashal was Dr. Robert Mendsen, a local dentist and volunteer for the Palmerton Porpoises and Boy Scouts.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Writer and producer of the film "The Fields" Harrison Smith, to whom the events actually happened, clowns with his on-screen counterpart, Joshua Ormond, at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, where the movie won Best Feature Film.

A small town teacher writes a script and dreams of someday seeing it on the big screen and then living the life he always hoped he would, of writing and producing his own films, and maybe producing other people's scripts.

Stuff like this only happens in the movies. Right?

Wrong.

Harrison Smith of Kunkletown is now living his dream.

He wrote and co-produced the movie.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Two Allentown real estate agencies, who own properties in Schuylkill County, won appeals before the Assessments Appeals Board to reduce the market value and assessment on several properties because they are in dire need of repair.

Apartments and Acquisitions, LP., received reductions on the following:

Property at 168 Kimber St., New Philadelphia, market value reduced from $24,540 to $3,784 and assessment from $12,270 to $1,890, a reduction in assessment of $10,380 on which the property tax rate is computed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The foot traffic in downtown Jim Thorpe during the 2011 Fall Foliage Festival rivaled the traffic on area highways this past weekend.

Clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine greeted thousands of visitors on the second of four weekends of the 2011 Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe this past weekend.

The event is sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce; and Executive Board Member and past President Dan Hugos noted that they had a very good turnout.

This, he explained, was aided by the positive weather hype that they received and that it was a shirt sleeve type of crowd with everyone relaxed and had a great time.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

There's a positive vibe that continues to permeate throughout the Northern Lehigh School District.

Indeed, optimism reigned supreme on Monday as school board members heard from administrators as well as several students.

Junior Anthony Connell, one of two student representatives to the board, spoke of the success generated by last week's Spirit Week.

That was followed by a report given by Karen Nicholas, assistant superintendent, who discussed several activities that are in the works.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A solar energy presentation was presented at Monday evening's Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting. The presentation was given by Dr. Rex D'Agostino, Sr. Vice President of Business Development at MetroTek Electrical Services.

D'Agostino discussed what MetroTek does, especially with solar energy, and how their company could work with JTASD.

"We are renewable energy advocates. We're interested in trying to drive down the cost of electricity," he stated.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Three fire departments will be joining together for a Fire Prevention Week program tomorrow in Lehighton.

Then on Thursday night, the Franklin Fire Department is planning an event which includes auto rescue simulation utilizing a Jaws of Life tool and a MedEvac landing is scheduled.

The Lehighton, Franklin Township, and Mahoning departments will host an event from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Lehighton Fire Department, 140 S. Third St.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Scamper-

Overall: Madison Martinez, female, 24:31

Joren Husic, male, 17:58

Female

18 and under: Emma Martinez, 29:03; Taylor Hirochek, 31:53; Peyton Flynn, 41:42

30-39: Holly O'Connor, 26:54; Stacey Connell, 32:28

40-49: Sheryl Roland, 35:33; Tushanna Flynn, 41:50

50-59: Alison Pierpont, 32:04

Male

30-39: Jerome Slusser, 26:16; Michael Flynn, 41:50

Trail run-

Overall: Leah Hefflefinger, female, 59:43

Michael Mengel, male, 45:08

Female

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Richard Hoey had trains air brushed onto his 2001 PT Cruiser. It is colorfully painted on all four sides.

The Dream Come True benefit at Becky's Drive-In, Berlinsville, was delayed a week because of rain. It was rescheduled for Oct. 9.

There were 401 cars entered in the show hosted by the Blue Ridge Rod and Custom Car Club - the second highest number ever even with the delay which caused them to expect a lower number, said Wanda Strohl. "It is just such a wonderful cause that people come to support it. There were generous donors who helped us with the expenses and provided door prizes. Word has gotten out. It's surprising how many are here for the first time."