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Thursday, July 18, 2013

A vintage square grand piano has been donated to a Jim Thorpe historian, and will be available for view during the annual Olde Mauch Chunk open house tours and by appointment.

The circa 1884 Behning Piano Company product had been in the Rehrig family's Mahoning Valley summer home since its construction during the late 1920s. The home is currently for sale, and Christine Rehrig Kuruna and David Rehrig are disposing of the contents.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Board of Directors of Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corporation has released the earnings results for the corporation for the period ended June 30, 2013.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was $1.6 million, $612 thousand less than the first half of 2012.

On a per share basis, net income was $.53 this year versus $.72 per share last year. For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, net income was $870 thousand, $343 thousand lower than the same period in 2012. On a per share basis, second quarter net income was $ .28 this year versus $ .39 last year.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
 VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In a check presentation at their main office on North Street in Jim Thorpe, MCT Branch Manager Sharon Cimono presented Shepherd House Executive Director Stanley Haupt with a donation of $500 to aid their efforts to feed the needy of our area.

Mauch Chunk Trust Company (MCT) has made a donation to the Shepherd House food pantry.

In a check presentation at their main office on North Street in Jim Thorpe, MCT Branch Manager Sharon Cimono presented Shepherd House Executive Director Stanley Haupt with a donation of $500 to aid their efforts to feed the needy.

In thanking MCT for their donation, Haupt said, "This bank is very community-minded and this is their way of helping."

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jennifer Stefano, an Emmy-nominated reporter turned activist and outspoken political commentator, will be attending a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project on Thursday, July 25.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.

An optional dinner will be available at 6 p.m.

Dinner reservations are required by Saturday. For more information, e mail or call Sandy at (570) 645-8510. Her email address is gramzey@ptd.net.

Stefano serves as the Pennsylvania director for Americans for Prosperity.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Vice District Governor Lizanne McElwee, left, visited the Western Pocono Lions Club recently. As part of her duties she presented PDG Bob Argot with a Certificate of Appreciation for services rendered as the Lions Clubs International Foundation District 14U's District Coordinator. Argot served in that capacity for three years. He madepresentations at most of the district's Lions Clubs and at the Lions District Convention. He now serves on the state Lions Finance Committee.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The 92nd Annual West End Fair in Gilbert has announced its preliminary special baking contests. Entrants may not have won first place in this PA Preferred Chocolate Cake, Cookie, Brownie, or Bar contest at any other fair in 2013. The same rule applies for the Apple Pie and Angel Food Cake Contests for 2013.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

An elderly Slatington area man was struck by a car Wednesday evening and killed.

State police at Bethlehem said the accident occurred in Heidelberg Township about 6:15 p.m.

Troopers said James M. White, 71, of 4973 Mountain Road, was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Paul F. Hoffman of Lehigh County at 7 p.m. The cause of death was listed as multiple traumatic injuries.

The accident occurred near White's home along Mountain Road. Lorie A. Hughes-Rehrig, of Kempton, was driving eastbound when she hit White, who was walking south across the road.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The pool at Panther Valley High School presently sits unused.

It would cost Panther Valley School District up to $16.2 million to build an addition onto the middle school; either $12 million or $16 million, depending on size, for a stand-alone building at either the middle or elementary school; or about $5.7 million to redesign the now-closed high school pool and locker rooms into educational space in anticipation of increased enrollment over the next decade.

School directors expect to choose an option when they next meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Earl Scott, of Palmerton, leaves the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Charges against a Palmerton man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl nearly a decade ago have been bound over for court.

Earl Scott, 53, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton. Scott faces three counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors.

Scott waived his right to the hearing and will appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 15.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The supporters of the Carbon County Animal Shelter will host "Dogs 4 Dawgs" in the parking lot of the Kovatch Corporation in Nesquehoning, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 23, 24, and 25. The event is open to everyone.

During the three-day event, supporters of the animal shelter will be serving hot dog lunches, with all proceeds benefiting the shelter, located on top of the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning. Donations, in addition to the lunch cost, will also be accepted.