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Friday, August 30, 2013

There will be a Unite Community Service to pray, share and hear from many faith leaders in the community to help the grieving and healing process due to the tragic event of Monday, Aug. 5 at the Ross Township supervisors' meeting. It will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Van Buskirk-Haney Park, located on Anchorage Road, next to the Ross Township municipal building in Saylorsburg.

The faith leaders will share words designed to encourage, offering hope for the hopeless and strength for the weak.

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Standing on a ladder, Captain Jason Hartz, Citizen's Fire Company, works with fellow firefighters to install veteran banners on poles at the east end of Tamaqua as part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Hometown Hero Banner Program. In addition to honoring the veterans with these banners, the chamber makes a donation to Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 for each banner that is purchased. Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the chamber, said over 50 new banners are expected to be placed by fire company members and other volunteers throughout Tamaqua over the next few weeks.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during yesterday's pre-Zoostock party at the Sports Zoo in Lansford are event volunteers, l-r, Abby Billig, 15; Kaylee Gilbert, 9; co-coordinator Lisa Hiles; Jane Breiner; Darlene Hentosh; co-coordinator Ann Marie Calabrese; and co-coordinator Jesse Hiles. Zoostock will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Labor Day.

Organizers are completing plans for Zoo Crew's 15th Annual "Zoostock."

The free concert event takes place on Labor Day, Monday, September 2 from noon until 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar at the West End of Lansford.

Proceeds benefit the Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Zoostock is held rain or shine and visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket.

Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS State police Trooper David Beohm talks to media during a press conference held yesterday outside the Frackville State Police barracks concerning an incident that resulted in a police officer shooting a 69-year-old man during a high-speed chase, which ended in Mahanoy Township.

State police in Frackville announced yesterday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a 69-year-old man shot by police during a high-speed chase through Schuylkill County.

John A. Pino, Shenandoah, currently a patient at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, was shot by St. Clair Police Chief Michael Carey after a 90-mile-per-hour chase that stretched over a dozen miles from St. Clair to Barnesville, and ended in Mahanoy Township.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon, at podium, announces that no charges will be filed against an East Brunswick homeowner who shot and killed an 18-year-old neighbor after a confrontation in his home. The announcement was made yesterday during a press conference held outside the State Police Barracks in Frackville. Pictured, from left, are Sgt. Barry Whitmoyer and Trooper John D. Powis.

Pennsylvania State Police and the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office announced yesterday during a press conference that no charges will be filed against an East Brunswick homeowner who shot and killed an 18-year-old intruder inside his home.

"We believed that it was important to announce this decision as soon as it was made," said District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon. "Initially, our thoughts go out to the families who have dealt with this tragic incident."

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TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Keller William Real Estate team include, front l-r, Sue Kromer, administrator, Tiffani Christman, marketing director, Jim Christman, associate broker; back l-r, Rachel Rzepiela, administrator, Mary Rogal, agent, Mary Jo King, buyer specialist, Matthew Kessler, agent, and Tom Rogal, agent. Missing from photo is Amanda Raudabaugh, agent.

It may be under a new name, but its core values remain the same.

Keller Williams Real Estate in Palmerton will hold its grand opening from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

As part of the occasion, an iPad and other items will be raffled off to all those who attend. Refreshments will also be served.

Located at 362 Delaware Avenue, the business has been in operation since December. Prior to that, it had done business as Christman Realty since 1999.

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LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Gilbert American Legion Post 927 Ladies Auxiliary officers for 2013-2014 are: sitting, from left, Tara Furman, president and treasurer; Audrey Patterson, 1st vice president; Margaret Kluk, 2nd vice president; Tracy Giambalvo. Standing left to right: Betty Gambucci, Sr. Sgt. of Arms; Cathy Olker, district president; and Nina Giambalvo, Jr. Sgt. of Arms.

The American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert held the installation of officers in its various groups, on Saturday, Aug. 24 in its outdoor pavilion. Officers and guests were honored at a dinner afterward.

The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders comprise the American Legion family.

John Krebs, 30th District Commander performed the installation duties.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Smoke detectors

With the fall and winter seasons approaching, Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm would like the residents of Jim Thorpe to check their smoke detectors, to make sure they are in working order. He also stated that he has smoke detectors for any resident of the community, not commercial businesses, who may need one. Please contact Diehm at (570) 325-3890.

Celebration-dedication service

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Jack Norbeck, president of Norbeck Research of Coplay, currently has a research collection on display at the Slatington Library.

His latest exhibition is titled "Harvesters" and covers grains, sugar and cotton from the year 1850 to the present time. The display centers on the progression from horse-drawn to steam tractors.

Over 100 different companies supplied history, pictures, field signs, and models to Norbeck in order to organize his display.