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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS People's E.C. Church mission team formed to help a community in Newark, N.Y. includes, front from left, Sharon Rabuck, Sarah Kistler, Hannah Bartron, Abigail Bartron, Cera Gaston; back the Rev. Kenneth Ogden, Blade McCabe, Paul VanOsten, Hunter McCabe and Doug Bowman. Also taking part in the mission trip were Jon Smith and Dylan Bowman.

A call for help from Newark, N.Y., a small town near Lake Ontario, gave the People's E.C. Church mission team an opportunity to help those in need.

The team, comprised of nine teenagers and four adult team leaders, took on several projects while working together with other mission groups from July 21 to July 26 while they were in New York.

The Rev. Ken Ogden, pastor, was one of the team leaders. He said the group from People's Church was under the umbrella of Group Work Camps.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Palmerton will decide by next month if it will allow 24-hour parking around the perimeter of its park.

To that end, borough council agreed on a 6-0 vote Thursday to advertise two ordinances related to parking along the park. Council President Terry Costenbader was absent.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson said that two ordinances have been drafted: One, which would allow for parking around the entire perimeter of the park, and the other, which would allow parking only from Delaware to Franklin Avenue.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

School starts Monday and I was thinking about how different things are today compared to when we went to school. It's hard to believe but it has been almost 40 years since I sat in kindergarten with Mrs. Bensinger at the Presbyterian Church in Summit Hill and now on Monday, my daughter Kathryn begins her first day of kindergarten in Nesquehoning and has already ridden the bus for two weeks for orientation. She is so excited about learning and I hope it stays that way.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Claire:

There has been a lot of talk for quite some time about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In," which encourages businesswomen to "lean in, rather than opt out" of their careers, among other things. It's a feminist manifesto of sorts, but one of the more interesting bits is Sandberg's advice that women abandon the myth of "having it all." In Sandberg's opinion, "the very idea of having it all flies in the face of the basic laws of economics and common sense." A recent article in The Washington Post, however, suggests otherwise.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Is a new Irish pub-style business headed to Palmerton?

In accordance with that, Borough Council agreed on a 6-0 vote Thursday to advertise to hold a public hearing for a liquor license transfer. Council President Terry Costenbader was absent.

The liquor license is scheduled to be transferred from Jim Thorpe, with current owners Bernardo Rojas and Susan Rojas, doing businesses as "Pepperjacks" at 41 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, to 315 Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Two men who were found guilty by juries of criminal charges were sentenced in Schuykill County court.

Keith Allen Reber, 49, of Schuylkill Haven, who was found guilty of 11 criminal charges brought against him for tying a man to a tree who was later found dead. Reber was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller to serve a total of 14 to 28 years in a state correctional in institution.

The sentence was broken down he receives sentences as follows:

Friday, August 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of Keystone Fish and Hunt Club in Tamaqua spent many hours purchasing and packing school supplies to be donated to the Tamaqua Elementary School. Donated supplies included backpacks, notebooks, pencils, erasers and glue sticks. Organizers said they are already looking forward to donating next year. Pictured with some of the donated school supplies are, from left, seven-year club treasurer Linda Hutta (14-year member), Vice President Bryan DeLay (22-year member) and Sharon Russell (18-year member).

Friday, August 23, 2013
TNFILE PHOTO/DONALD R. SERFASS The No. 9 Mine will feature underground tours on Labor Day Weekend complemented by a Civil War Encampment above ground.

The No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum in Lansford has announced a special tribute to the American Civil War to take place over Labor Day.

The No. 9 will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a living history Civil War Encampment, coal mine and museum tours, and the old fashioned Miners Picnic and music.

The living history Civil War encampment will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday. Coal Mine and Museum tours will be available each day from 10 to 3.

Friday, August 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Visitors were treated to classic rock music by Y.M.I. a Duo Thursday evening in front of the Tamaqua Train Station. The concert, held as part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series and sponsored by Fegley's Oil and Mini Marts, was free to the public. The Chamber's next public concert is next Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. and features Jay Smar performing folk and traditional music.

Friday, August 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Entertaining the crowd last night are, l-r, Mike Jacobs, Bob Jacobs and Mike Lawver of the Jacob Brothers Band.

The Jacobs Brothers Band performed for a well-attended crowd last night at the Lewistown Tabernacle in Walker Township.

The concert was an event prelude to the 100th anniversary celebration of the tabernacle, which includes free music and other free activities starting today and ending on Labor Day.

Today's event includes Missionary Campout Night with Austin Sullivan.

Saturday will feature music and message by Reverends Jeff and Jeanie Shelburne at 7 p.m.