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PVMS Students of the Month for October

Friday, November 8, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has named the October Students of the Month. From left are Gianna Steber, grade six; Trey Turner, grade seven; and Cordell Brettle, grade 8. Students were chosen for their excellence in academics and conduct and received a certificate and gift card for their efforts.

Estimated bill for damage: $10,000

Friday, November 8, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Burglars inside Tamaqua's Primitive Methodist Church grabbed a painting of "Jesus Praying at Gethsemane," turned it sideways, and then shoved it into a basement windowsill to  prevent neighbors from spotting them.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Burglars inside Tamaqua's Primitive Methodist Church grabbed a painting of "Jesus Praying at Gethsemane," turned it sideways, and then shoved it into a basement windowsill to prevent neighbors from spotting them.

Reward for arrest of vandals who destroyed historic Tamaqua church

The investigation continues into Thursday's daring act of theft and destruction at Tamaqua's Primitive Methodist Church and church officials fear that costs to rectify the damage will be substantial.

The Rev. Rodney Hall estimates that the house of worship sustained some $10,000 in damage to the heating system, along with the theft of meats and frozen goods from the church's food bank.

The destruction has dealt a blow to the congregation.

With Thanksgiving less than three weeks away, the church was prepared to offer aid to those in need.

No injuries after freak accident in Tamaqua

Friday, November 8, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Two Tamaqua men escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when mechanical problems caused a pickup truck to go out of control on Bowe Street in the borough. Shane Evans of 243 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, was behind the wheel of the 1993 Ford Ranger, which had been parked on the west side of Bowe Street, facing uphill. He and Martin Sedlock, of 71 Bowe St., were preparing to go to a junkyard. As Sedlock opened the passenger side door, Evans tried to put the truck in gear. Instead of going forward, the truck began to roll backward and Sedlock jumped clear.

Tamaqua Veterans Day Parade steps off Saturday morning

Friday, November 8, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Area residents line West Broad Street during last year's Tamaqua Veterans Day Parade. This year's parade, which starts tomorrow at 10 a.m., will be followed by a Veterans Day service in front of the American Legion at 11 a.m.

Veterans Day service scheduled

Friday, November 8, 2013

On Sunday, Nov. 10, American Legion Post 16, Slatington, will conduct its annual Veterans Day Service at United Presbyterian Church, 6750 Route 873, Slatington, at 10:30 a.m.

President of Veterans Day Services Dennis Ziegler, Commander George Burke, Auxiliary President Marcy Knappenberger and Sons of The American Legion Commander Garry Jacoby will be in charge of the service.

Buglers Mark Beleno, Aidan Burke and Nathaniel Csarnecki will play "Taps."

Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion should meet at the Post Home at 10 a.m.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8, 1988

Dean D.W. DeLong beamed after he was acquitted of criminal mischief charges. The weight of the world was off his shoulders.

"I just couldn't believe the commonwealth thought it was me," he said.

DeLong, a Carbon County Commissioner, is the Republican candidate for the Pa. House of Representatives in today's general election. Only a few days before his first run at a state office, he was charge by police departments in Nesquehoning and Summit Hill, who allege he drove over political signs for his challenger, incumbent Democrat Keith McCall.

Kazka folk dancers entertain at meeting

Friday, November 8, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Kazka Ukrainian Folk Dancers appeared at the November meeting of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club. Left to right are April Milinichik, Michael Duda, Zoryana Duda, Vladimir Holoviak, Kennedy Malschy and Paula Holoviak. The club donated $50 to the Midas family in memory of the late David Midas, who often appeared at club meetings as a speaker. The next executive board meeting will be hosted by Connie Kravelk and Nancy Kevilly on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. The club's Christmas dinner will be held at MapleShade and reservations can be made through Jane Pietruch before the Dec. 2 event.

Monroe woman jailed after stabbing

Friday, November 8, 2013

A Monroe County woman was jailed in a New York state prison after she was arrested on a warrant issued to Pocono Mountain Regional police for stabbing her husband during a domestic incident.

Pocono police identified the suspect as Jennifer MaCewen, 55, of A Pocono Country Place, Tobyhanna.

She facing charges of aggravated assault and related counts.

According to police about 6:21 a.m. on Tuesday officers were dispatched to the MaCewen home to a report of a male stabbed multiple times. The caller said his wife had stabbed him.

Veterans saluted at Heritage Hill Senior Living

Friday, November 8, 2013
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Smith, formerly of Lake Harmony, holds a photograph of the USS Eisner DE192. While in the Nayv, Smith served on the destroyer, which sailed in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II.
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Smith, formerly of Lake Harmony, holds a photograph of the USS Eisner DE192. While in the Nayv, Smith served on the destroyer, which sailed in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II.

Heritage Hill Senior Living held its 10th annual Veterans Day celebration on Thursday. The center opens its door to not only the 24 resident veterans, but to other veterans living in the Weatherly area.

There were about 100 people present at the program, which included a luncheon and several guest speakers.

One of the speakers, Henry M. Desrosiers of Carbon County Veterans Affairs, spoke of the honor he feels serving the local veteran community.

Walnutport Borough eyes small tax increase

Friday, November 8, 2013

Walnutport officials focused on money matters at their workshop meeting last night.

The discussion included a possible .5- to 1-mill tax increase and rental income from a portion of borough hall housing a new day care.

"Since we have the funding there to pay this year's debt service, I was looking to make it easier on everybody, including us," said President Matthew Newhard about a possible .5-mill tax increase.