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Monday, June 30, 2014

The Camelback Festival of the Arts, a new joint artistic cultural venture, will debut Saturday at The Château at Camelback. The show hours are from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, with ample free parking for all show visitors. The event is co-sponsored by the Pocono Mountain Arts Council and the Pocono Mountains Art Group,

Admission is free and will feature approximately 35 fine artists, potters and photographers of the region.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nearly all of the topics of discussion at Slatington's June 23 committee workshop meeting were presented by Robert Stettner, chairman of the Slatington Parks and Recreation Commission.

First, Stettner said a $500 grant had been received from the Slatington Rotary for bleachers at the West End Playground and that he had gotten three estimates on aluminum ones.

He later said there have been no bleachers at the park since they were removed two years ago because that set had not been up to code.

Monday, June 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Blue Raider Foundation President Bob Miller addresses the group at the foundation's annual meeting.

How can high school students truly learn to apply global positioning technology unless they actually get outside and use it?

Tamaqua Area High School teacher Samantha Yachera wished she could find a way to make that happen.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Officials of a facility for troubled teens in Jim Thorpe say negotiations with the Jim Thorpe Area School District over educational funding have reached a stalemate.

The facility, the privately owned Youth Services Agency, locally known as Camp Adams, currently provides on-site classes for the teens, who were sent there by the courts.

But agency officials said the school district is not providing as much funding as it should, and that if the agency doesn't get more money, it will close its classes and send the teens to the Jim Thorpe High School.

Monday, June 30, 2014
A monarch butterfly, released at the memorial prayer garden, stayed for the dedication ceremony as the Rev. Peter Muhr led the congregation in prayer.

For Jim Thorpe's St. John's Lutheran Church in the Heights, Sunday afternoon marked the end of a 15-month project as the congregation gathered for the dedication of their memorial prayer garden.

The idea for the garden occurred in April 2013, when Irene Remmel and Bonnie Hoffman wanted to make use of the yard behind the church.

"This was a backyard with nothing in it," Remmel said. "Other churches have prayer gardens, and we thought, why not St. John's?"

Monday, June 30, 2014

The former Leiby's Restaurant in South Tamaqua sold at auction for $1.5 million to Gary Dell'Alba of K-Mar Properties, a real estate investment firm.

The auction drew about 160 attendees to the location in West Penn Township and lasted only one-half hour.

The business closed in December 2007 due to declining sales after the restaurant changed hands, leading to a downturn in food quality and service.

Monday, June 30, 2014
Paul Ricciardi of Bethlehem catches cheese puffs on his face.

Daring souls from around the area had a chance to test their physical and mental skills in the first ever Carbon Adventure Race, hosted by the Carbon Chamber Economic Development Corporation and the Carbon County Young Professionals Council.

The race included six different checkpoints.

When participants reached a checkpoint, they could choose either a mental or physical challenge to complete.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Following the Slatington Borough Authority's recent request to borough council to dissolve the authority, many important topics were discussed at the June 23 meeting.

In regard to the June 16 special joint meeting between the authority and the borough council sewer committee, Vice Chairman Laurie Dart-Schnaufer asked authority members to voice their opinions.

Secretary Darrell Baus said he had not gotten responses to some of his questions but that, "I think the council knows by now whose responsibility it was for running, maintaining and repairing a (sewer) plant."

Monday, June 30, 2014

Scranton Congressional candidates U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, and Republican challenger David Moylan, Schuylkill County coroner, have agreed to participate in two debates before the Nov. 4 general election.

A live debate will be held on Oct. 29 at the WVIA Studios in Pittston Township, and a second debate, which has yet to be scheduled, will be hosted by WLVT (PBS39) in Bethlehem.

Monday, June 30, 2014

An Auburn man has admitted shooting up fuel pumps at a Schuylkill County business last summer.

Jonathan Weicicoskie, 24, pleaded guilty before Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin, who ordered a pre-sentence investigation before imposing punishment.

According to state police at Schuylkill Haven, sometime between 11 a.m. July 28 and 12:30 a.m. July 29, Weicicoskie opened fire on diesel pumps at the Economy Gas Station on Route 61 in North Manheim Township.