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Saturday, August 30, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

This sister and brother duo won ribbons at the West End Fair for their 4H entries. Sophia Alcamo, 11, a sixth grader at Pleasant Valley Elementary and her Buff Orpington, Stella, took a first place. Vinny Alcamo, 14, a Pleasant Valley High School freshman and his Luna, a mixed breed Bantam, won a second place. The fair ends its seven-day run today.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

If a decorative washer and dryer pair are at an entrance, and the bar stools have been fashioned from toilet seats, you might be at a redneck festival. The annual Weissport Redneck Festival will be held over Labor Day weekend. Among the events is photography with horror flick characters. Front, covered in Spandex, is Chase Faulstick, Palmerton. From left are Adam Driscoll, Scranton, seated "victim" Cody Hunsicker, Lehighton, and Charles Knight, Palmerton. They were in a booth for Halls of Horror, Palmerton.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Pennsylvania 715 Bridge over McMichael Creek in Monroe County will be closed and detoured to allow workers to make repairs to the stone arch. The posted detour will route traffic on Camp Akiba and Sterling roads. Expect delays and use caution driving through the area.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Frank DeStenfano of Albrightsville donated this picnic table he made for VALOR Clinic for the enjoyment of its soon-to-be clients, all homeless veterans.

Frank DeStenfano of Albrightsville just can't understand the mentality of someone who would cause damage to VALOR Clinic in Jonas.

"It is such a good cause. So many people have been volunteering here, painting, constructing, making it look nice for our veterans. Who does that kind of thing?" he wonders.

He's referring to the recent vandalism to the former Jonas Hotel which is now the VALOR Clinic, a program for homeless veterans which will open Oct. 1.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
"I've had springers or Labs all my life, even got them out of the pound, and they are great dog breeds. Sometimes people give up on a dog, and it's not the dog's fault. They are good retrievers and great around the house." Jack Tuite and Sandy, Tamaqua

Question of the week: What breed of dog is the most awesome, and why?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Carbon County Commissioners approved a number of personnel actions during their Thursday meeting.

They include:

Hires:

Ÿ Madison K. Heffelfinger of Jim Thorpe, part-time cleaning person, Buildings and Grounds, effective Sept. 2.

Ÿ Ryan A. Richards of Nesquehoning, programs coordinator, Planning and Development, effective Sept. 2.

Resignations

Ÿ Cameron L. Davidson of Jim Thorpe, part-time corrections officer, Corrections, effective Sept. 9.

Ÿ Jeffrey S. Gold of Richboro, law clerk, Court Administration, effective Sept. 12.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Do you have a business idea, but don't know if it would work?

If so, the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation is challenging you to follow your dreams.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 7, CCEDC will host the first Build Your American Dream Challenge, an eight-session challenge aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs with business ideas work through the process of starting a small business.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police throughout Carbon County are looking for a 31-year-old male, a suspect in a case involving an assault on a 5-year-old boy and the theft of a gun and bullets. Friday afternoon police were called to a home at 138 Mauch Chunk Road in the Packerton section of Mahoning Township where the assault and theft occurred. The mother of the child reported the child suffered a fracture of the eye socket, his ear drum was damaged and his hair was pulled out by blotches by his assailant, her brother.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor a Medicare Part D open enrollment program with the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the ground floor community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Feed the People is serving a community dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St. (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. All are welcome to join us for dinner. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 570-657-1480.