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Monday, July 23, 2012

Tamaqua Crime Watch's monthly meeting scheduled for this Wednesday has been postponed to next month, Wednesday August 22 at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Borough Hall. A new form of high tech crime watching will be discussed. For more information, call coordinator Andrew Leibenguth at (570) 668-1234. Applications can be found in the Borough office, 320 East Broad Street.

Monday, July 23, 2012

MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning in conjunction with the Jukebox Cruisers will hold a Car Cruise on Saturday, July 28 from noon to 3 p.m. on the grounds of MapleShade Meadows at 50 Locust Street, Nesquehoning. This will be the third year for the event.

On display will be various antique, classic and special interest vehicles. "Cruisin'" music will be provided by DJ Ray and refreshments will be available for a donation.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network (TAFFN) invites all residents of the Tamaqua area to attend a free showing of the movie "Courageous" on Sunday, July 29, at the Tamaqua Middle School Auditorium from 3 to 5 p.m.

"Courageous" is about four men with one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, these men are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

Monday, July 23, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania's Department of State said Friday it will offer a special photo ID card for voters who are unable to obtain birth certificates or other documents for a non-driver ID issued by the Department of Transportation.

Secretary of State Carole Aichele said the new card is designed to provide "a safety net" for voters who are unable to get the documents they need for a PennDOT ID. It will be available through PennDOT starting the last week of August.

Monday, July 23, 2012
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At its most recent meeting, Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch presented a program on gang awareness. Leading the discussion were, left to right, Lehighton Area High School Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher; Lehighton Police Officer Matt Arner; Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig; and Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch Program Coordinator Byron Schnell.

At its most recent meeting, Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch presented a program detailing gang activity not in Allentown, Hazleton, or Scranton – but right here in Carbon County – specifically in the Lehighton area.

With extensive gang awareness training under his belt, Lehighton Police Officer Matt Arner explained that several "former" gang members are now living in Carbon County.

"Also, the gang culture is reaching into our schools," said Arner.

Monday, July 23, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization raise the bar to its apex now that $168,909 has been raised to build a veterans' memorial in the borough park. Pictured are Robert Solt (front), and (back row, left to right) Joe Uhnak, George H. Duell Jr., and Richard Nothstein.

Thanks to the big-heartedness of many, enough funds have been raised to build a veterans' memorial in Palmerton.

At present, $168,909 has been raised for the memorial, according to Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, Palmerton United Veteran's Organization.

"We've reached our goal," Uhnak said. "We're very grateful to the people of the Palmerton Area School District."

George H. Duell Jr., a United States Army Reserve Ambassador for Pennsylvania, complimented all who contributed toward the cause.

Monday, July 23, 2012
Punishment

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NCAA slammed Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal Monday with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all the school's victories from 1998-2011, knocking Joe Paterno from his spot as major college football's winningest coach.

Monday, July 23, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Walter Lee and Jesse Eppinger of Karen Meeks and Soul stroll through Memorial Park on Saturday during the fifth annual "Cruise to the Music" festival.

Music, music and even more music, great weather, friends and food were brought together on Saturday at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe to make the fifth annual "Cruise to the Music" festival a great success. There were vendors selling candles, jewelry items, princess attire, hula hoops and more. There was information on greyhound rescue and several dogs to meet who needed a forever home by Pocono Greyhound Association. There were also children's activities, including a face-painting artist who was raising funds for Carbon County Friends of Animals.

Monday, July 23, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Richard Nothstein, co-owner, Country Harvest Family Market, presents a $12,000 check to Palmerton United Veterans Organization members Joe Uhnak (first vice commander) and George H. Duell Jr (second vice commander) to be used toward the base of the "Some Gave All" sculpture, where the names of 62 veterans who were killed in action will be placed. Also pictured from Country Harvest Family Market are Darlene Nothstein, Sherri Anthony and Chris Anthony.

A Palmerton business has donated a handsome sum toward a monument that will honor veterans who were killed in action.

Representatives from Country Harvest Family Market recently presented a $12,000 check to the Palmerton United Veterans Organization.

On hand to give out the contribution were owners Richard Nothstein, Darlene Nothstein, Sherri Anthony and Chris Anthony.

The donation is for the base of the "Some Gave All" monument, where the names of 62 veterans who were killed in action will be engraved.