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Thursday, September 8, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The main stage is set up and ready to host performances from a variety of entertainers as part of the 22nd annual Palmerton Community Festival to be held Friday through Sunday in the borough park.

It's hard to keep a good thing down.

Wet or not, the 22nd annual Palmerton Community Festival will run from Friday through Sunday in the borough park.

The event is open from 5-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.

There is no admission charge, free parking, and plenty of free entertainment, bingo, rides, Chinese auction, games, homemade foods and crafts.

No pets, bikes, skateboards or roller skates of any type are allowed in the park the entire weekend. Handicapped parking is available.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

HAZLETON, PA – Dinkey Memorial Church, 1742 Dinkey Road, Ashfield, will be hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. The blood drive is being held in conjunction with Miller-Keystone Blood Center,In order to donate, individuals must be 17 years of age or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be feeling healthy; they must not have donated in the past eight weeks. All donors must also provide valid identification; ID must have the donor's name printed on it, as well as a photo and/or signature. Walk-ins are welcome at this blood drive.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
West Penn Township Police Officer Melissa Boyer carries perimeter tape as she helps in the investigation.

A Schuylkill County man is in custody and will be charged with killing his father, following a multicounty manhunt that started in West Penn Township Wednesday afternoon on Log Lane, just off SR895 and Blue Mountain Drive, slightly south of Snyders.

Neighbors called 911 just before 1:30 p.m. after hearing multiple gunshots and seeing a black sport utility vehicle (SUV) speed away from their neighbor's home.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nine people died and 351 others were injured in 783 crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police during the Sept. 2 – Sept. 5 Labor Day holiday driving period, Commissioner Frank Noonan said today.

Of the total crashes, 80 were alcohol-related, including five of the fatal crashes.

"All of those killed over the weekend were not wearing seat belts," Noonan said. "It astonishes me that in 2011, some people still don't use seat belts. Please buckle up; not only is it the law, seat belts really do save lives."

Thursday, September 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Despite three days of rain, recent weather has made outdoor activities more pleasurable as comfortable temperatures hit our region. Pictured are guys enjoying the weather by getting in a quick game of hoops at the North and Middle Ward Playground basketball court on Washington Street in Tamaqua.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company, Route 534, will be holding an open house Sept. 22 with everything sponsored by L.T. Verasteo.

There will be a free bounce house and pony rides for the kids.

Beverages and a pig roast, which will include corn on the cob and clams on the half shell, will be available without charge.

All kinds of fire equipment will be on display including the new truck.

The event will be at the firehouse from 5 to 11 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Little Gap Road in Lower Towmensing township was closed to traffic Wednesday after PennDOT thought the rising Aquashicola Creek would be a threat to motorists.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Carbon County Tax Claim Bureau will be conducting their annual Public Upset Tax Sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at the Commissioners Conference Room, Third floor of the Courthouse Annex, Jim Thorpe.

The purpose of the sale is to collect all unpaid taxes, municipal claims and all other costs incident thereto.

Anyone having any questions concerning this sale may contact the Carbon County Tax Claim Bureau in the Courthouse Annex from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call (570) 325-3635.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The weather has forced the postponement of tonight's Tamaqua Summer Concert series performance by the Christopher Dean Band. The concert has been rescheduled for Sept. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., on the platform of the Tamaqua Railroad Station, Tamaqua. The concert series is presented by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Participating in the kickoff of the 2012 Leadership Carbon Class yesterday at the Galleria in Lake Harmony were, l-r, Judy Bowen, professional facilitator; Maureen Donovan, of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Morgan Center; Jack Sturm, vice chairman of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce; Wayne E. Nothstein, Carbon County Commissioner; Elissa Garafalo, of the Leadership Carbon Steering Committee, and Dawn Ferrante, executive director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporationand past graduate of Leadership Carbon.

The sixth annual Leadership Carbon program, a nine-month program designed to improve leadership qualities in the participants, kicked off Wednesday morning with a breakfast at the Galleria in Lake Harmony.

Twelve individuals are enrolled in this year's Leadership Carbon class, which is sponsored by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

The program has a new look from prior years.

Elissa Garafalo, of the Leadership Carbon Steering Committe, said some changes were made after consulting with former participants and with similar leadership groups in other counties.