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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Jordan Reabold/Times News Jeff Stansbury, who has taken his first full-time position as pastor, said members of Bethany ECin Lehighton have graciously welcomed him.

For Jeff Stansbury, the new pastor at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church in Lehighton, leading a church means more than standing at a pulpit, reading Scripture and shaking hands on Sunday morning.

He's a people person, and he hopes to establish rapport with not only his congregation, but the general public as well.

"Relationships are very important," Stansbury said.

After graduating from Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown this May, he served as assistant pastor for First EC Church in a town called Palmyra, near Hershey.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Justin Carlucci/Times News Crowds gather at Mahoning Valley Speedway on Saturday nights.

If you're a local fan of racing or simply looking for a new experience, the Mahoning Valley Speedway is the place to be on a Saturday night.

Locals and race enthusiasts from all over northeastern Pennsylvania venture out to the racetrack on a weekly basis.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Best friends and biking buddies, Anne Messick, left, and Tracy Smith, are in training as they prepare for a 150-mile bike Ride to Conquer Cancer in October.

Tracy Smith of Palmerton is in training.

She's biking her heart out and is planning on participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 150-mile bike ride Oct. 11-12.

Conquering cancer is a personal crusade for Smith. Her father, Manuel Muniz, recently lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Even closer to home, her husband of 27 years, Scott, is currently battling the incurable multiple myeloma, which he was diagnosed with four years ago.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Jordan Reabold/Times News Mark Mason gently coaxes Mykonos to behave like the champion he is. "Horses respond to kindness," he said.

Mason Training Stables in Lehighton took home a number of awards from the Western New York Morgan Horse Show over Memorial Day weekend.

The show took place from May 23 to 25 at the Show-plex at Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, New York.

There were about 250 horses present at the show, belonging to stables from Pennsylvania and surrounding areas, including Massachusetts, Ohio and New York.

To prepare for the show, owner Mark Mason begins each horse with a standard type of training.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWSCSI CAMPER TERRA STEIGERWALK USES THE "MEASURING MASTER" WHEEL TO CHECK THE LENGTH OF SKID MARKS.

Here are a couple clues that this is not your typical summer day camp experience: the Med-Evac helicopter landed, firefighters cut a crash victim out of a vehicle, and a narcotics dog found some pot in the garage.

On the last day of camp, a "body" was found on the floor inside, along with a couple of bloody footprints, fingerprints on the cash register and bullet holes through the walls. A possible "witness" to the crime, Bubba Ray, was a tough interview, since he was more concerned about his lost dog.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Laura Kennedy, director for the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, looks over the hundreds of bicycles packed into passenger car for Scenic Bike Rides, which were held on Saturday and Sunday. Kennedy said the event was such a success that there's a good possibility it will be held again in the fall.

It was a first in Jim Thorpe.

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway partnered with Pocono Biking of Jim Thorpe for what it called "Scenic Bike Rides" last weekend.

Laura Kennedy, director for the railway, termed the event the first of its kind "a huge success."

A total of four trips left from Jim Thorpe to White Haven, with seven passenger cars on each train. Every trip was sold out.

An estimated 1,400 people participated, ranging from small children to senior citizens.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Gene Salvatore's plane is a home built RANS S-7.

The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 855, is headquartered at the Slatington Airport, 1000 Airport Lane. It fosters camaraderie among pilots and supports people who build their own kit airplanes.

But a more important purpose, according to President Gene Salvatore, is to introduce youth to its Young Eagles program that started in 1992 with free flights.

A rally will be held at the Slatington Airport from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Heritage Center of the Western Pocono Community Library opened Tuesday. It is a museum of cultural and historic artifacts of the West Endof Monroe County.

The Western Pocono Community Library has turned another page in its book. This one reads, "Heritage Center of the Western Pocono Community Library."

It's an exciting new chapter and is all about the history and culture of the West End of Monroe County. It comes in the form of an actual building. The new Heritage Center is located in the library's former Back Door Books store at the corner of Route 209 and Bond Lane in Brodheadsville. It opened its doors to the public this week.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Richard E. Forgay sits in his favorite seat in his home in Lansford.

When you walk into Richard E. Forgay's Lansford home, you are greeted by the warmth of love and memories of family that have settled into the walls over the decades.

Richard sits in his favorite armchair, a beige floral print high-back chair, enjoying one of his favorite beverages.

His eyes are kind, his smile inviting, and he is dressed like he just came home from a day at the office.

He is sharp as a tack, even at 84 years old, remembering the good ol' days as if they were yesterday.

Richard is one of the remaining gatekeepers of Lansford's rich history.

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Al Dietz

For the first time in 72 years, there's a story about the busy man behind the familiar name.

Veteran newsman Al Dietz, behind-the-scenes court reporter on the Schuylkill County beat, spoke this week about highlights of his legendary career.

That development, in itself, is news.

Dietz, 92, has turned down interview requests for decades, and in no uncertain terms.

"I don't make news. I cover it," said the courthouse news courier whenever asked for an interview.