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Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Nesquehoning landlord who fired a warning shot inside a house at a man he believed was threatening to harm a woman will ask a Carbon County court judge to place him in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.

The ARD program, for first-time offenders, allows a defendant to have his record cleared after he successfully completes the program.

Daniel R. Lain, 38, was charged with discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, recklessly endangering another person, and simple assault in the July 15 incident.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Plans for the upcoming 250th Anniversary Celebration of Chestnuthill Township to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 are moving right along. All four townships in the Pleasant Valley School District will be participating.

The 250th anniversary celebration is of the original formation of Chestnuthill Township. Eldred, Ross and Polk townships were broken off from the original Chestnuthill over the years.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Two men who allegedly held up a Lansford convenience store clerk at knifepoint early Wednesday morning are jailed, each under $150,000 straight cash bail.

John A. Simonson, 19, of 220 W. Front St., Lansford, and Scott Heffelfinger, 26, whose last known address was in Lehighton, are each charged by Lansford Officer Joshua Tom with robbery, criminal conspiracy, and theft by unlawful taking.

Thursday, August 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tuscarora RC Flyer Club members, l-r, are 50-year member George Moyer of Ashland; club President Jim Dunn of Lansford, treasurer, 33-year member Walt Basiago of Barnesville, 40-year member Jimmy Grave of Hazleton, secretary Kathy Basiago of Barnesville and six-year member Cullen Dixon, 16, of Frackville. Not pictured is club vice president and 30-year member Bob Greenall of Clamtown. The plane belongs to David Kessler of Tamaqua.

Rainy weather didn't prevent spectators from watching as over a dozen remote controlled planes took to the skies during the Tuscarora R/C Flying Club's annual Aerorama held recently at their flying field located at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville.

"The event combines both fun and group comradery," said club member John Kennedy Sr. of Summit Hill. "It serves as a fun event for both visitors and members."

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Still haven't found the time to be a part of the sights and sounds of summer?

Then don't waste another minute and head on out to the 92nd Annual West End Fair in Gilbert.

There's still time to attend the weeklong event, which continues today, Friday and Saturday at the West End Fairgrounds.

Today saw several performances by Midnight Special on the Main Stage, as well as Glenn Miller, The Big One Man Band in the band shell. There were also Children's Games in the ball field, along with a Children's Day Drawing on the Main Stage at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 29, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Heavy rain yesterday, which left puddles on golf greens, didn't stop a high school golf match between Palmerton and Northwestern at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton, Wednesday.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oldies, but goodies.

Vintage vehicles are sure to be on full display at the 25th annual Slatington Lions Club Antique/Collector Car Show.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873. The rain date is Monday.

Registration of cars is from 9 a.m. to noon. The first 200 preregistered cars will receive a custom dash plaque, while the first 150 preregistered will receive a special participation award.

Thursday, August 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Owners Gloria and Mike Kravetz have decided to retire from the Berlinsville Hotel. Mike Kravetz has run the business for 62 years.

I Love Lucy made its television debut, baseball fans heard the "Shot Hear 'Round the World", and U.S. President Harry Truman declared an official end to war with Germany.

The year 1951 marked a significant milestone locally as well, when a young upstart by the name of Mike Kravetz took over ownership of the Berlinsville Hotel, at 4588 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport.

On July 2 of that year, Kravetz began what would become a hugely successful foray into the restaurant business that would go on to produce cherished cheesesteaks, friends, and memories too innumerable to count.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Have you started fall cleaning yet? If so, members of the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group are looking for donations of clothing, toys, tools, electronics, holiday decorations, pots/pans/dishes, cookware, furniture, appliances and anything else you don't want to throw away or wouldn't mind parting with.

They will accept practically anything clean and odor-free, no matter how small or large. Anybody can donate. The only items not accepted are old computer monitors and old console televisions.