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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

With the end of summer approaching, parents need to be certain that their children are ready for school before Aug. 29. It is extremely important for parents to register their children for kindergarten before school begins.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are TAWSP president Justin Startzel, TSMA president Marko Blasko and Officer's Choice Award winner Bruce Kemmerer.

The Tamaqua Street Machine Association, TSMA, was filled with a constant flow of visitors and cars of all types during its latest car cruise held Saturday at the Heisler's Dair Bar in Lewistown Valley.

The well-attended event raised $335 for the Tamaqua Area Willing and Skate Park, TAWSP, which is located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Who needs the reality show American Pickers when they can find bargain basement deals in their own backyard?

Merchants can scour several blocks of Delaware Avenue in Palmerton to uncover their own hidden gems as part of the borough's 40th annual Sidewalk Sale.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to closing time on Saturday.

For shoppers, that means a litany of items to scroll through, as various businesses in the downtown showcase their wares inside and outside their stores as part of the sale.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors, left, and borough manager Harold Pudliner, right, show state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) two possible plans for helping the borough's police department obtain more space. Currently, the police station, which is housed in the former Weatherly Train Station, has two rooms totaling 258 square feet which serve as an office for 13 officers, criminal holding area, evidence room, lunch room, locker room and storage facility.

Weatherly police know the meaning of tight quarters.

Their station, located in the former Weatherly Train Station, has two rooms totaling 258 square feet. One is the department's main office and criminal holding area and the second serves as the evidence locker, lunch room, locker room, and storage facility.

When officers make an arrest and bring the person to their department, the defendant is seated on a bench, located only about three feet away from the officers' working quarters.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A horse show will take place at Getz's Farm, Albrightsville, to benefit the Special Olympics of Carbon County beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 4.

There will be events for English, Western and Gymkhana riders. A trophy and six ribbons will be awarded in all classes and the winner of each championship division will be awarded $50. There is an entry fee per class.

In addition, there will be a Chinese auction, games for kids and lots of food.

For more information, call (570) 722-8548.

Rain date is Sept. 5.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Work to replace its stadium bleachers in late fall could cause hardships for Palmerton Area School District down the road.

Demolition of the bleachers is scheduled to begin in November sometime after Thanksgiving, the school board learned at a committee workshop on Tuesday.

Rob Sarnowski, of Barry Isett & Associates, informed the board that the current stadium bleachers are a "real safety concern."

Sarnowski said the new bleachers should be installed in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

It's Market Day in Nazareth at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown. During Vacation Bible School, the children had an opportunity to get a glimpse of what the young Jesus experienced when he went to the market with all sorts of vendors. Right, Kayla Wolf and Jen Kratz are farmers and help Austin Kresge, Katie Lachcik and Bradon Bates make mud pies.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 will meet tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Lehighton American Legion, 381 Bridge Street. New members are welcome to attend. FMI: (570) 386-2129 or visit www.mcldet626.org.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Magician Tom Yurasits, master of magic and illusion, will put on a free show at 2 p.m. August 6 at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

There will be free hotdogs and drinks for the family.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Two 80-year-old women plan to testify against a Slatington man who allegedly tried to rape them.

The women will testify against their alleged attacker, John Anthony Vega on Aug. 23 in a videotaped hearing designed to preserve their testimony in case anything happens to them before the case goes to trial