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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lansford Borough Council announced last night that the long-awaited Panther Valley Bus Lines, Inc., would begin operations.

The scheduled runs will make their pickup every 90 minutes in the community.

Permission was granted for a passenger bus stop in front of Bright's Store on West Ridge Street.

Rates and a time schedule will be announced by the firm.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – The Miss America pageant is back in the city where it began, six years after spurning the city for Las Vegas.

The pageant held a welcoming ceremony in Atlantic City on Tuesday for the 53 contestants, one from each state plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The contestants filed out of Boardwalk Hall, where the competition will begin next week and culminate days later, and walked across the Boardwalk to a stage.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Shanah Tovah" - Hebrew for "Have a Good Year" - is what members of Temple Israel of Lehighton are wishing for all as they join others of the Jewish faith throughout the world in preparing for what are called the "High Holy Days."

Known as "Elul," this is a time dedicated to preparing for the New Year by opening one's heart to personal reflection and spiritual preparation.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A long-range program designed to alleviate parking conditions in Mauch Chunk was planned at the regular meeting of borough council.

Points to be considered will include:

Parking meters and the attitude of businessmen toward them; operation of a municipal parking lot; and the widening of Race Street to provide more parking spaces on Broadway.

The program is expected to take considerable time and will be ready for execution next spring.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jeremy Benack guides daughter Abigail as she rakes up debris in a small perennial garden at Springgarden and Water streets in Lansford.

The Lansford Alive community improvement organization spent Saturday laboring to make the borough more welcoming.

Members rototilled a triangular plot of land at Springgarden and Water streets, then raked, planted, and spruced up the parcel.

"We're doing this project through Lansford Alive to brighten up this part of the community," said organizer Mary Soto. "This is a part of an ongoing effort to take pride in our community by doing things like cleaning up an area, painting," and other tasks.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lehighton Borough Council voted unanimously to end its decades-long efforts to develop a hydroelectric project at the overflow of Beltzville Lake.

While the vote seemed to signal the finale for the project, the council then agreed to let one member "possibly repackage it and move forward with the project."

The motion for ending the project was 5-0. Councilman George Kogut recused himself from voting on the matter and another council member, Bessie Bauchspies, was absent from the meeting.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
carol zickler/special to the times news Sherry Whitehead, a member of the Meed's Methodist Church in Nesquehoning, serves a meal of chicken parmigiana and spaghetti to Alan Donaldson.

Sherry Whitehead says that for the past seven years the Meed's United Methodist Church in Nesquehoning has been serving free supper meals to anyone who stops by.

Whitehead said that the idea came to her and, under the guidance of former Pastor Mike Netznik, they proceeded to take the plan and run with it. It has been very successful and with the support of a store donating desserts and breads, this adds to the popularity of the program.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Bob Serfass of Union Hill was the winner of the Best Deer Rack Contest at the Weissport Redneck Festival.

Three days of redneck fun brought out huge crowds at the Weissport Redneck Festival over Labor Day weekend. This was the sixth year for the festival, held in the borough park.

The festival features a variety of contests where the public is encouraged to participate and cheer on their favorite team or contestant.

While some contests were all in fun, such as the Miss Daisy Duke, Mr. Redneck contest, Chariot Races and Best Rack Contest, others had some serious competitors for example the Zimmies and Hot Wings Eating Contest and the Junkman's Contest.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rain wasn't a deterrent for hundreds of visitors that chose to endure the rain during the event.

Rain didn't stop visitors and spectators from enjoying the 15th Annual Zoostock held Labor Day at the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar in Lansford.

The event, held to benefit the Carbon Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society, consisted of free entertainment, family actitivities, t-shirts, food and prizes.

When asked about the event, co-coordinator Ann Marie Calabrese stated appreciation to all the volunteers, sponsors and visitors to the event.