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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The St. Joseph's Festival in Summit Hill continues at 5 p.m.

The St. Gabriel procession, in which the people carry the statue of St. Gabriel through the streets of Summit Hill, will took place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by the benediction before the opening of the festival.

It will conclude with a fireworks display after 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania congressman's press secretary has pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge after Capitol police say he carried a gun into a federal office building in Washington.

An attorney for Ryan Shucard says he entered the plea Saturday in D.C. Superior Court. Lawyer Jason Kalafat called the gun incident unintentional.

Shucard is the press secretary for Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Marino. He was released on his own recognizance.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. House members from Pennsylvania and their staff accepted 41 privately paid trips so far this year, ranging from $20,000 in business-class airline tickets to Japan for Rep. Charlie Dent and his wife to $300-a-night hotel rooms for congressional staff at a luxurious Las Vegas casino resort.

The Associated Press reviewed gift and travel records on the House clerk's website in the wake of a controversy about how those trips would be disclosed.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy had to work a little harder and sweat a little more. No matter. Just like his other two majors, this British Open was never really in doubt.

With two key birdies around the turn, and a powerful tee shot at just the right moment, McIlroy completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at Royal Liverpool and captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland joined some elite company beyond the names on the silver claret jug.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This past weekend, Skirmish Paintball in Albrightsville hosted the 13th annual "Invasion of Normandy," with close to 4,000 paintballers from across the country and around the globe taking to the 700-acre field for what some are calling the Super Bowl of paintball.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
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Four-year-old Madison Schaeffer of Andreas tries her luck at the ball toss at St. Joseph's Festival in Summit Hill on Friday evening as her grandmother Nancy Neff watches. The festival, initially called the St. Gabe's Festival in honor of St. Gabriel, the patron saint of the Italian people, is celebrating its 80th anniversary. It runs from 5 to 11 p.m. today, and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. The St. Gabriel procession, in which the people carry the statue of St. Gabriel through the streets of Summit Hill, will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's always nice when there is a happy ending to a story.

In Josi's case, her happy ending came on July 1.

The 5-year-old brindle pit bull, who had been living in the Carbon County Animal Shelter since February, walked through the halls of the shelter one last time after being bathed and brushed.

At the end of the hall stood her new family, Kelly and Joe Kilpatrick and their two sons, waiting anxiously to take their new addition home.

Kelly said that it was love at first sight when the family saw Josi at the shelter a few days earlier.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Lehighton 9/12 Project is joining the Lehigh Valley 9/12 Tea Party for a demonstration Sunday morning.

The group is protesting illegal immigrant children possibly coming to Kids Peace in Fountain Hill.

The demonstration will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday in front of the Fountain Hill location of KidsPeace 1650 Broadway, Bethlehem.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
FYI

The West Penn Lions and Lioness clubs will again be sponsoring the annual West Penn Senior Fun Day. The fun filled day will be held Aug. 2 at the West Penn Park. Activities will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The event is open to all township residents age 62 and older.

The day will include free entertainment, free food (lunch and supper) and lots of fellowship.

Preregistration is required to ensure there is enough food to go around. To register, call Melissa at 570-386-4138 no later than July 25.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lehigh Valley Hospital ranks for the 19th consecutive year as one of the nation's top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list.

The 2014-2015 list names LVH among the nation's top 3 percent of leading hospitals in 10 categories: cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. This is the first year in which the hospital ranked in double digits. LVH is the only hospital in the region nationally ranked.