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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pocono Whitewater Merchant's Day Adventure this year introduces the Pingauer Tours excursion. Pinzgauer is a high-mobility, all terrain military vehicle. Visitors escape to a private, mountain world with rugged terrain, hidden lakes, and beautiful vistas. The driver will chat about local lore and history as passengers Pinz up and down 10 miles of rugged trails, pass shear rock faces, and straight down the mountainside aptly named "Hades Hollow". Mid-way, there will be a break from all the off-road excitement for a short guided hike on "Bear Run" ending near "Rattlesnake Bluff".

Thursday, August 4, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Postmaster Larry Kachmar waves "Good-bye" to all his friends at the Kresgeville Post Office as he retires after 38 years with the United States Postal Service.

On the morning of Monday, Aug. 1, Larry Kachmar opened the window at the Kresgeville Post Office just like he has for the last 27 years, with a smile and a pleasant "Good morning."

But he knew the day was going to be emotional as he prepared himself to say "Good-bye" to all the customers he has been faithfully serving as the Postmaster.

It marked the mailing of his last letters and selling his last stamps because he was retiring after 38 years with the United States Postal Service.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don't put away those beachballs, sunscreen or swimming trunks just yet.

Despite the cooler weather, the list of activities are about to heat up at the Palmerton Memorial Pool in the weeks ahead.

This Sunday will feature the annual Old-timers Day event, complete with a DJ with oldies music. There will also be hot dogs and birch beer, games for adults, a candy scramble for children, and free watermelon slices later on in the afternoon.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

They'll raise their hands in prayer as the presence of the Holy Spirit is felt.

Plenty of spontaneous praise and worship will be expressed when a Charismatic Mass is held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton.

Rev. James Sandy, founding director of St. Mary's Orphanage in Sierra Leone, and adviser to One Love Foundation school projects in Sierra Leone, West Africa, said the mass isn't all that different from that of any other masses held at the church.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gabriella Geronimo, 11, and her cousin Casey Reifsnyder, 2, recently visited the Camden Aquarian. They are the Grandest Kids of Don and Gail Handwerk of Andreas. Gabriella is the daughter of LeeAnn and Chris Motz and Cello and Lisa Geronimo, both of Tamaqua. Casey is the son of Heather and Corey Reifsnyder of Reading.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A benefit for a Slatington family who recently lost their infant daughter will be held this weekend in Palmerton.

Pride and Passion Grooming Shoppe in Palmerton, located at 413 Delaware Avenue will host a Dog Wash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

All proceeds will benefit Mark Gunkel and Dana Frisk, the parents of infant Katrina Gunkel, who was driving with her parents on July 18 in North Whitehall Township in Lehigh County when their minivan was tragically struck by a pick-up truck, killing Katrina.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nearly 50 volunteer firefighters are still on duty on Broad Mountain in the Hauto Valley, hoping to prevent a blaze from reaching cabins which dot the northern shore of Hauto Dam. W. Righter Reabold, Jim Thorpe, inspector from the Department of Forests and Waters in Carbon County, said, "The fire, in general, is under control." Reabold's face was severely cut from low hanging branches as he directed fire fighting crews and operated a bulldozer. The fire crept to within 30 feet of some cabins. About 450 acres have burned.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jim Simpson brought part of his rock collection to the Kibler School for its Three Thursdays program.

Jim Simpson brought a portion of his collection of fluorescent rocks to the Kibler School for the final Three Thursdays program. He attended Kibler School as a classmate of Roy Christman, lived near Graver's Orchard, and is now a resident of Valley Forge. He graduated from Palmerton High School.

Simpson began collecting rocks when he was 10 years old.

The fluorescents look like any other rock until he shines an ultraviolet light on them. What you see is reflected light, he said.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The former Kiddie Kloes factory at Cortright and W. Bertsch streets, Lansford as seen from the intersection of West Bertsch and Cortright streets.

As one blighted building in Lansford falls to the wrecking ball, another is in the crosshairs of a community improvement group.

Officers of Lansford Alive want borough council to take action to force the owner of a long-vacant clothing factory at Cortright and West Bertsch streets to fix up his massive red brick building.

Code enforcement officer Katheryn Labosky says she's cited George Geissinger, the owner of the former Kiddie Kloes factory, many times over tall grass, broken windows and a rusting old fire escape.