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Thursday, August 4, 2011
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Diann Bittenbender, left, help, left Kellen Trotter and Meredith Howell, make sheep toys at the marketplace at St. Matthew's UCC's Vacation Bible School. The theme is Hometown Nazareth and the children are experiencing what it may have been like when Jesus was a boy through Bible stories, crafts and songs. Other activities at the marketplace included: making a bracelet from beads made from clay and making their own pinch pots from clay; making a rock necklace or mosaic from the rock quarry; making a money box (tzedakah) found in the synagogue; tie dying using colors from Biblical time.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Some people like to have their cake and eat it too.

Or, in the case of others, their beer and wine and drink it too.

Guests who attend the fourth annual "Best of Both Worlds" Beer & Wine Festival this Saturday at Blue Mountain Ski Area would surely attest to that.

Held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Valley Lodge, the Beer & Wine Fest will showcase local microbreweries, wineries, distinctive flavors and gracious hospitality.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Corazza, dealer principal, of Fairway Chevrolet in Hazle Township, accepts "Chevrolet's Mark of Excellence Award" from Chevrolet's zone manager Dan Ahearn. The "Mark of Excellence Award" is given toonly a few selected Chevrolet dealers in the country that achieve superior sales, service and customers satisfaction goals.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A special tribute to honor the start of the 47th anniversary of the Vietnam War will be staged in Palmerton.

Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County, the event will get under way at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the borough park.

Among those who will speak at the ceremony are Henry M. Desrosiers, DVA, Carbon County; Floyd C. Brown, Commander, VVOCC; and Ed Moyer, Commander, American Legion Post 269, Palmerton.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Federal and state funds were received by the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority, which operates the county bus system. The Schuylkill County Commissioners accepted and executed the consolidated operation assistance grant agreement for 2011-2012 season during Wednesday's work session.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

In what appeared to be a head-to-head matchup of two major party candidates for a six-year term on the Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisors has materialized into a four-person race.

That's because two persons have filed nominating petitions as independent or minor party candidates in the Carbon County Board of Elections to have their names placed on the ballot for the township position.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

An effort is underway to form a club for veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation. An initial planning session will be held Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the West Penn Community Park.

For more information, contact Eugene at (570)386-3224.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Schuylkill Township is going to proceed with the application for CDBG fund in order to upgrade sections of the Tuscarora water lines.

Karen Parrish, a grant consultant from Mullin and Lonergan Associates, reviewed the process with supervisors at last night's regular meeting.

"Hopefully, they'll be able to do enough work out there for most of the people of Tuscarora to have better water service," she said.

The township is currently applying for $350,000; however, they are also planning to approach the Blythe township water authority about funding part of the project.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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A doe finds a farmer's harvest along Route 902 in Mahoning Township to be a pretty good meal. Motorists are urged to be cautions with mature deer and their fawns on the move, feasting in alfalfa patches, corn fields, and orchards. We've even spotted deer this week feasting on low-hanging branches in the front yard of the TIMES NEWS.