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Saturday, August 4, 2012

A nice alternative to the costly family vacation is the 13th annual Carbon County Fair, which opens Tuesday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 11.

Volunteers and vendors were hard at work this week preparing for the fair which will be open from 3-to-11 p.m. each day, rain or shine. This year's theme is "Blue Jeans and Country Dreams." During the five days, visitors will find plenty of food, entertainment and rides. The opening ceremony and fair queen crowning will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Saturday, August 4, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Akantha Susko publishes the 2012 Carbon County map, which is available at many shops and attractions in Carbon County.

Looking for things to do in Carbon County?

What you need is a map, an illustrated map of Carbon County – a map that shows the attractions and shops and shows you where to find them, all packaged in an easy-to-understand, fun to use, and suitable to be framed format.

Where do you find this map? All over. In just about every shop, restaurant and attraction in Carbon County you can find one on a table, counter or rack just inside the entryway. It's the free Carbon County map.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold Holy Community at the 9 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 5.

The theme is "Scholarship Sunday." Seminarian recipients will be participating as liturgist and homilist. Plus college student recipients will be present to receive their gifts. Coffee house fellowship follows. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming events at Trinity include Sunday School for all ages starting weekly at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Monroe County teen was charged with shooting a teenage girl in the head. The suspect was arrested following a manhunt on Thursday.

Pocono Mountain Regional police have charged Dominique Smith, 17, of Tobyhanna, with shooting the girl in what was described as a drug deal gone bad.

Smith was found in the woods not far from where the girl was shot.

The girl, who was not identified by police, is in the intensive care unit of the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Friday, August 3, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Seems like a fitting thing to say as this full moon rises over Bear Mountain in Jim Thorpe. For those old enough to remember, "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain" was the theme song of American singer Kate Smith who actually helped write the lyrics for the song.

Friday, August 3, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Commissioners named August as Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month in Carbon County on Thursday. Accepting the proclamation is, seated from left, Mary Kunkel, director of Domestic Relations; Roberta Brewster, county court administrator; and Pierre Guichardan, assistant director of Domestic Relations. Behind them are, from left, Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard; Wayne Nothstein, chairman; and William O'Gurek.

August is Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month in Carbon County.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to adopt a proclamation to help ensure that children receive "emotional, financial and medical support they deserve from their parents."

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, read the proclamation following the adoption.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Will Daskal, who teaches ongoing art classes in watercolor and acrylics for the Pocono Arts Council, was honored with a First Place in Watercolor at the Pocono Mountains Art Group's 66th Annual Courthouse Square Art Show. Daskal's half-sheet original watercolor painting entitled "Brodhead Creek – Autumn" will be on display in the PAC's ARTSPACE Gallery in Stroudsburg during October when Daskal will be the Featured Artist there. Daskal's upcoming fall show will be a personal celebration of the Pocono Landscape, with many pieces painted on location en plein air.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A special exception to the county's zoning ordinance was granted to Gladstone Partners, LLC by the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board, which will allow the firm to construct a commercial cargo airport on a site in East Union Township.

The board met Thursday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The decision ended more than a year's worth of hearings in which strong objections were raised by East Union Township citizens and other officials, and Service Electric Cable Company, which provides the television signals to residents in the county.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai Gaffney, returned from attending the 85th annual convention of the Rgisters of Wills and Orphans Court Association of Pennsylvania which was held last week at the Sinking Springs Resort in Summerset County. She was appoined to serve on the Ways and Means Committee.

She reported many topics pertaining to the services delivered by her office located in the courthouse in Pottsville. She was one of 10 newly elected registors of wills who attended and 44 register of wills out of 67 attended.