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The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

Lehighton Area Middle School welcomes FeRROUS

Thursday, November 1, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Popular mascot for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, FeRROUS was surprise "special guest" at the spirited pep rally at Lehighton Area Middle School on Friday. Pictured is FeRROUS joking with Beth Perkins' seventh and eighth grade band members.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Popular mascot for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, FeRROUS was surprise "special guest" at the spirited pep rally at Lehighton Area Middle School on Friday. Pictured is FeRROUS joking with Beth Perkins' seventh and eighth grade band members.

In what can only be described as a "maroon and white out," Lehighton Area Middle School held a pep rally on Friday to celebrate school spirit.

LAMS Assistant Principal Michael DeAngelo surprised the entire student body by welcoming a "special guest" to the pep rally – FeRROUS. As popular mascot for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, FeRROUS is known as "Head Swinertainer" for the triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Halloween Bash held to benefit American Cancer Society

Thursday, November 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Staff and volunteers of the Hang Loose bar in Tamaqua held a Halloween Bash recently to benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. The event consisted of dancing, music, contests, prizes and so on. Enjoying themselves at the Halloween fundraiser are Sandy and Bud Wychulis, of Coaldale, who celebrated their 28 year wedding anniversary the same day.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Staff and volunteers of the Hang Loose bar in Tamaqua held a Halloween Bash recently to benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. The event consisted of dancing, music, contests, prizes and so on. Enjoying themselves at the Halloween fundraiser are Sandy and Bud Wychulis, of Coaldale, who celebrated their 28 year wedding anniversary the same day.

Tamaqua Legion holds community Halloween party

Thursday, November 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members and volunteers with the Tamaqua American Legion held their annual community Halloween party recently at their post. Placing top in the costume contest are, from left, Ray Swartz dressed as a She Devil, Skyler Moore, 14, dressed as a blind fire police volunteer (he is also junior fire police volunteer), and Janet Hill dressed as a zombie. Kneeling is Bryan Yates dressed as an obedient Fox.

Beltzville Lions Club stages Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Weissport was filled with the sounds of tractor motors and children playing during the Beltzville Lions Club Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Weissport was filled with the sounds of tractor motors and children playing during the Beltzville Lions Club Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest.

Beltzville Lions Club staged its Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest this past weekend at the Weissport Park and Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport.

Several hundred people took part in the tractor drawn hayrides along the historic canal, checked out the tractor show, the crafters, pumpkin patch and tasted the homemade food. Also entertaining was A.D.D., a band of young performers who really rocked the park.

Annual Veterans Day services held Nov. 11

Thursday, November 1, 2012

American Legion Post 16, Slatington, will conduct annual Veterans Day Services at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 7239 Decatur St., New Tripoli. Dennis Ziegler is president of the Veterans Day committee and James Gourniak is commander. Marcy Knappenberger is president of the auxiliary and Garry Jacoby is commander of Sons of the American Legion. They will be in charge of the services.

Buglars Marc Beleno, Aiden Burke and Nathaniel Csarnecki will play "Taps."

Trick Or Treat in Coaldale

Thursday, November 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Above, stopping for a quick photo during their candy quest last night in Coaldale are, from left, Sabella Kresge, 5; Austin Gruber, 3 months; and Patience Kresge, 7, all of Coaldale.

Right, Coaldale Police Chief Tim Delaney, dressed as a creepy clown, did a great job of scaring Trick Or Treaters last night in Coaldale.

On this date

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 1, 1972

A fire is burning underground near a mine pit about a half mile northeast of Lansford's Andrewsville section. Apparently the fire is feeding on coal. Glowing coals are visible in holes beneath the surface. The burning area coves about 15 square feet. The burning area is between a stripping road and a pit into which debris has been dumped, including the body of a scrapped car. The fire was discovered this week by Robert Vybrenner of Lansford, who was hunting small game on Hauto Mountain and saw smoke.

Pa. House recognizes the Asa Packer Mansion in JT

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Representatives of the Asa Packer Mansion Museum in Jim Thorpe traveled to Harrisburg for the presentation of a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the acquisition of the Asa Packer Mansion by the Borough Jim Thorpe.

The proclamation reads as follows :

House of Representatives Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of the Speaker In the House, October 15, 2012

Whereas, The Asa Packer Mansion was built in 1860 in the town of Jim Thorpe; and

PennDOT's quick response

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PennDOT crews have been working non-stop since the start of the storm. Pictured working in the rain are PennDOT workers clearing debris from Ben Titus Road in Rush Township.

Take safety precautions when operating generator

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Widespread electrical outages caused by Hurricane Sandy triggered a surge in generator sales. But Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Nalesnik urges people to read the safety precautions before firing up the alternative power sources.

A Penn Forest Township resident is believed to have died on Tuesday from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator being operated in an attached garage.

"Do not use a generator inside a building or next to an open door, because the wind blows carbon monoxide back into the building," Nalesnik cautions.