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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ed Finney of Lehighton attends Lehighton Bike Night with his daughter, Sheila, left, and wife, Linda. Finney, who founded Bike Night in 1999, said he would like to see it become a two-day event.

In 1999, Lehighton resident Ed Finney put together the community's first Bike Night, a gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts that became an overwhelming success.

It was held in the downtown Lehighton parks and has become an annual one-day event.

Finney had to bow-out as an organizer of the event after about five years because of his work schedule, but he still attends every one.

The 14th annual Bike Night was held this past Saturday and like the previous ones, attracted many motorcyclists and spectators.

Finney said he is hoping Bike Night can become even bigger.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Would you be interested in joining a Quilt Guild? One is forming in Palmerton and you could be part of it.

There will be an organizational meeting on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Palmerton Area Library at 402 Delaware Ave. (Use the side door.)

You are invited to come help start a guild, to offer suggestions, to learn how to sew and quilt and to meet other quilters in the area.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the library.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The 22nd annual Palmerton Community Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 9, from noon to 9 p.m., in the Palmerton Borough Park.

The event is held rain or shine. There is no admission charge, plenty of free continuous entertainment, bingo, rides, Chinese auction, games, lots of homemade foods and crafts, and free parking. There is fun for the entire family. No pets, bikes, skateboards or roller skates of any kind or permitted in the park the entire weekend. Handicapped parking is available.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mrs. Norbert V. Schwartz, Jim Thorpe, experienced quite a thrill while vacationing with her family in the Adirondacks in New York. While in The Lavender Shop at Lake Placid, she met Kate Smith, nationally-famous vocalist of "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain" fame. The proprietress, who is hospitalized, is a close friend of Kate, so the singer and a number of friends have been taking turns staffing the store in her absence. Kate owns a cottage at Lake Placid. She leaves each customer she serves with the greeting, "God bless you."

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Cub Pack 145 recently held its annual boat regatta at Riverview Park, East Penn Township. Pictured "blowing" their boats down the rain gutter are Montana Confer and Andrew Eisenhardt.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The general membership meeting of the Tamaqua Historical Society will be held next Thursday, August 23, starting at 7 p.m. in the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce office, 114 West Broad St. in Tamaqua.

Anyone interested in joining or getting involved with activities of the society or museum is encouraged to stop.

For more information, call (570) 668-1880.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Supervisor Todd Weaver, left, was sworn in by township solicitor Tom Nanovic, right, just prior to Monday night's meeting. Weaver, a first time supervisor will fill the unexpired term left when Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt resigned in June. He was elected at a special meeting on July 17.

The Mahoning Township supervisors welcomed their newest member, resident Todd Weaver, who was appointed on a 4-0 vote during a special meeting on July 17.

The vacancy was created when former supervisor Travis Steigerwalt resigned in early June at the conclusion of a supervisors meeting.

Weaver will serve the remaining year-plus term until the November 2013 election, but has not indicated whether he will be running next year for election.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Street Machine Association (TSMA) will be holding a car show this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Heisler's Dairy Bar, 743 Catawissa Road, in Lewistown Valley, Tamaqua.

Entry is free for spectators. Event includes, dash plaques, 50/50, music, door prizes, arcade, miniature golf, driving range and so on.

For more information, call (570) 668-0323.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Kevin Barlett, of 134 Greenwood St., accuses code officer Jamie Nicholas of unfair practices at a public meeting Tuesday. Nicholas denied the accusations.

Coaldale Code Enforcement Officer Jamie Nicholas came under fire Tuesday by three Greenwood Street residents who claimed they were unfairly cited. Nicholas said the accusations were untrue.

Kevin Barlett, of 134 Greenwood St., said Nicholas cut trees down that had been keeping a non-operational vehicle of Barlett's from public view. Once the trees were down, Barlett said, Nicholas cited him for violating the section of borough code that requires such vehicles to be kept from public view.

Barlett also said Nicholas lied to him about sewer connection laws.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area School District Athletic Director Mike Hromyak explains the steps taken by the newly formed Tamaqua Area Booster Board at Tuesday's council workshop. Taking in the details are, from left, Raymond Kinder, assistant superintendent; Connie Ligenza, financial manager; and board members Aaron Frantz and Wanda Zuber.

The Tamaqua Area School Board is expected to approve the establishment of a new group to oversee booster club activities within the district.

At Tuesday's board workshop meeting held at the Tamaqua Area Middle School all-purpose room, the board heard from Athletic Director Mike Hromyak and Superintendent Carol Makuta, who explained that a group of 13 individuals representing 10 booster organizations met on August 1 to form what will be called the Tamaqua Area Booster Board (TABB).

"It's their next step to satisfy qualifications," said Makuta.