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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

They may not have earned the ultimate prize, but the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department ended up a big winner behind a strong show of support.

Thanks to an online voting campaign, the fire department is a top finalist in the "Best of Us" campaign after it placed somewhere between sixth and ninth in the voting.

For its showing, the fire department will receive $1,000, training materials, and Johnsonville sausages, according to fire department President Rory Koons.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The existing sign at the McDonald's Restaurant in Hometown will be replaced with a modern, illuminated sign. The Rush Township Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved the change.

The familiar golden arches of the Hometown McDonald's restaurant will soon have an updated sign beneath them.

During a meeting Wednesday, the Rush Township Zoning Hearing Board unanimously granted McDonald's owner Robert Hughes, Macungie, a variance allowing him to replace the existing sign with an illuminated sign. The new sign will have a black background and amber-colored letters and numerals.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Miller-Keystone Blood drive will take place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. July 17 in The Summit parking lot at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital campus in Lehighton.

There are 22 time slots available for donors to choose from. The goal of the drive is to collect 14 units of blood.

Donors must be at least 110 pounds, in good health and over 18 years of age.

To donate, call Denise Kennedy at 610-377-7350.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing an upcoming basketball game, "The Battle of the Badges" featuring Lehighton Area Police Departments against Lehighton Fire Department members, are, from left, Lehighton police officers Matthew Bender and Matt Ahner and firefighters Scott Nothstein and Marty Spezialetti. The game will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Lehighton Area Middle School and will benefit the Lehighton 150th anniversary celebration, planned for the summer of 2016.

A basketball game scheduled for Sunday in Lehighton "The Battle of the Badges" will be fun, but participants also agree it will be competitive.

It will be the Lehighton Area Police Department versus the Lehighton Fire Department.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium. Proceeds benefit the Lehighton 150th anniversary celebration, planned for 2016.

Courtney VanFossen, chairman of the 150th celebration committee, said preceding the game will be a basket raffle from 3-7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participants in commencement exercises for the St. Jerome's Regional School Class of 2014 included, first row from left, Kyle Kapish, Chase Shustack, Catherine O'Lear, Emily Meier, Gianna Agosti, Sophia Susarchick, Kyle Binder and Zachary Miller; second row, teacher Leslie Confer, John Burns, Madison Frye, Joleen Luchetta, Maizy Troxell, Carly Kosciolek, Angela Ceci, Zaccary Roberts and Principal Maryann Mansell; and third row, Christian Slane, Nicholas Kerestus, Nicholas Cerimele, Casey Rother, Gabriel Gregoire, Noah Shustack and Matthew Cervasio.

Commencement exercises for the St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua for the Class of 2014 were held June 4 with 22 students completing the requirements to graduate from eighth grade.

Ceremonies also included the presentation of numerous awards and scholarships.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

An addition to its light and power building will cost Lehighton $487,082.

Borough council, on a 5-0 vote Monday, awarded a bid to C&E Ankiewicz, of Mountain Top, Luzerne County.

Councilmen Scott Rehrig and John Kreitz were absent.

The 72-foot by 105-foot pole building will be an addition to the existing Light & Power building, located at 551 Bridge St.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the addition will consist of a four-bay garage, plus the potential for extra office space.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/times news Penn Line Service trims trees along power lines on Beaver Street near Flagstaff Roadin Lehighton.

Pennsylvania Power and Light Electric Utilities is currently installing new equipment in order for customers in its 26-county range to have more dependable electricity during the summer.

Locally, PPL is working on Smart Grid, a system of automated sensors and switches that immediately detects a power outage and restores it within seconds.

The system is computer-driven, and the grid is air-connected, making it possible to reroute power before people even know they've had an outage.

Paul Wirth, spokesman for PPL, explained how the technology works.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites children and their parents to a free Backyard Bible Club from 10:30 a.m. until noon Tuesday through Thursday, July 1-3 at the Lehighton Grove Park.

The church is also hosting a free baseball camp on the same dates from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the field at Sixth and Coal Street in Lehighton.

For more information contact the Rev. Mark Akers, pastor, at 610-714-9834 or at www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lower Towamensing Township's board of supervisors will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The purpose of the meeting is to purchase a vehicle.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The United Dream Ride, benefiting the Blue Ridge Chapter of Dream Come True, will take place at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at the American Legion Post 927 on Route 209 in Gilbert.

Riders of both motorcycles and cars will depart at 10 a.m. for Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg, weather permitting.

Traffic will be controlled by police with special blockers to ensure a safe and easy 87-mile ride.