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Monday, June 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from the Community Fire Company of New Ringgold and the Orwigsburg Fire Company rescued a biker Sunday afternoon after he lost control of his bike and slid down an embankment East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said Thomas F. Costigan, 62, of Howell, N.J., was operating a 2005 Harley-Davidson southbound on Mountain Road, about 4:25 p.m. He lost control while negotiating a right curve, troopers said. The bike left the road, went down an embankment and struck several trees.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Anticipating the heaviest holiday travel in many years over the long Fourth of July weekend, the Jersey Central Railroad is making elaborate preparations to accommodate the expected crowds. Nearly every branch of service will be improved by additional trains and equipment. Regular service to seaside points will be augmented by a least seven extra trains. Special July 4th excursions will be operated to Asbury Park, Long Branch, and other locations.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Eagle Produce, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona has announced a limited recall of certain cantaloupes shipped from Arizona to upstate New York in late May, due to their potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

Although no illnesses have been reported, Eagle Produce has voluntarily decided to recall the potentially affected shipments, which were sold at Sam's Club between June 2 and June 17, 2011.

Monday, June 27, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This group of pupils who will enter the second grade in the fall display one of the projects they work on as part of the Summer Skills Sharpener Program held over a three-week period at the Parkside Education Center in the Palmerton Area School District.

Just because school is no longer in session doesn't mean students can't brush up on their lessons.

At least, that's been the case in the Palmerton Area School District, where elementary students grades 1-5 have continued to hone their skills in math and reading.

About 75 students have participated in the Summer Skills Sharpener Program, held over a three-week period at the Parkside Education Center.

The program, which runs through July 1, provides students with another outlet to learn, said program co-coordinators Deborah Hard and Bobbi Beckley.

Monday, June 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young male driver of a green Chevrolet Cavalier escaped serious injury after flipping his vehicle on Wildcat Road in Walker Township just before 3p.m. Friday. New England Fire Company and State Police responded.

Monday, June 27, 2011
More than $1,000 was raised during the Mrs. Relay show, in which guys, dressed in women's attire and compete with each other to raise donations for the Relay. Participants were, from left, Timmy Collins "Candyliscious" from team Luther's Angels, Matt Witkowski "Matilda" from team Wal-Mart, Tom Griffin "Sally" from team Tranwestern Polymers, and Jeremy "Sweet Thing" and Jessie "Candy Cane" Thomas, both from team Panther Valley High School Band.

Relay For Life Committee members and volunteers had tears of joy as Marsha Resch, event chair, read the total amount of donations raised by all the Relay teams during Tamaqua's 18th annual Relay For Life, which took place over the weekend.

Monday, June 27, 2011
ron gower/times news

The Franklin Township Lions Club recently honored its 25 year members during meeting held at Phifer Ice Dam in the township. The long-time members include, seated l-r, Adam Christman, Henry Faust, Len Eckhart, Jake Lorah; standing l-r, Richard Schirer, Raymond Haydt, and Larry Diehl. It was noted that Haydt has been a member for 35 years.

Monday, June 27, 2011
BRAD REISS JR., SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shelby patiently waits to ride.

Shelby Jewel Brazes is an 8-year-old girl from Walnutport who took her first ride on the back of a Harley Davidson when she was 5. The minute she got off she told her father, "I want a motorcycle one day. I want a fast bike, maybe faster than yours."

Her proclamation came as no surprise to her father, Brad Reiss Jr. because his family has a long history of riders, beginning with his great grandfather, Harry Keck, who was the first motorcycle police officer in Allentown. Riding is in their genes.

Monday, June 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Installation of new officers was held recently for the Franklin Township Lions Club. The officers are, seated l-r, David Hawk, president; Pat Hawk, third vice president; Shirl Gross, secretary; Bob Correll, treasurer; standing l-r, Ed Dudley, past district governor; Joel Christman, first vice president; Carl Gross, second vice president, and Scott Dudley, district governor elect.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Carbon County District Attorney Gary F. Dobias praised the General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett for enacting a new law to ban the possession, use, and sale of so-called bath salts, synthetic marijuana, 2C-E and salvia divinorum.

The bill was signed by Governor Corbett on Thursday, June 23.

The bill quickly moved through the General Assembly and to the governor's desk after prosecutors and law enforcement reported an alarming number of bizarre and dangerous incidents involving new, dangerous drugs that fell outside of he law related to controlled substances.