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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Swimming lessons at the Palmerton Memorial Park are in full swing. Over 255 individuals have signed up for the four-week course. The forty-five minute classes, held Monday through Friday, are scheduled at three different time slots to keep class sizes manageable. Teaching swimming at the Palmerton pool has been a tradition for over 30 years. Life Guard and swimming instructor Sabrina Strunk teaches 5-year-old Robert Zarayko of Emerald how to float on his back.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

PPL Electric Utilities customers have already recycled more than 55,000 appliances as part of the utility's E-power® appliance recycling program.

Now, the bar is being set higher.

Now that the E-power energy-efficiency programs have begun a three-year second phase, the utility has set a goal to increase that tally to at least 100,000 older appliances, said Maureen Fenerty, a customer programs specialist for the company.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Aliyah McHugh, 11, center, of McAdoo, decided to open a lemonade stand to help raise funds for a family of a a young girl who died in a fire that destroyed their home last month. Despite being rescued by firefighters, Madison "Maddie" Arner, 7, passed away two days later. In just three days, McHugh raised just over $600 for the family. McHugh stated that fellow girl scouts helped her man the stand. Aliyah's father, Kurt, is a paramedic and firefighter with the McAdoo Fire Company. With Aliyah are Katie Mourer, left, age 7, and Madison Savadge, age 6. All are Girl Scouts.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Summer fun Nick Pekurny, 9, shoots water from a water gun while staying cool at the Pekurny Pond in East Penn Township.

Abby Pekurny, 5, plays in the family pond in East Penn Township. Many families have taken to area pools and ponds to escape the warmer weather.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
DANIELLE FOX/TIMES NEWS The historic Crown Victoria police car is a thing of past. Today, specialized units like this 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedan rule the road. KME in Nesquehoning is one of the leading firms in the state for upgrading and designing the modern vehicles.

If you ever find yourself in the back of a police car, use the time to admire the specialized interior design and high-tech technology that's becoming commonplace in today's law enforcement vehicles.

Gone are the days of the Ford Crown Victoria equipped with little more than sirens, light packages and a radio unit. Today, high performance vehicles rule the road, outfitted with specialized equipment.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Repair work to the clearance bars of the covered bridge that were damaged last month by a vehicle should soon be completed.

Lower Towamensing Township Supervisor Jesse Mendez announced at Tuesday's board of supervisors meeting that the Carbon County commissioners have authorized Home Solutions Partners, Palmerton, to make the necessary repairs as specified by Carbon Engineering.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

"We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now," said Maria Elena Geyer, chief executive officer for the Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Region. "Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need."

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon, right, presents a check for $500 to Leona Rega, coordinator, Tamaqua Safety Initiative (TSI). Byrnes-Noon stated the donation came from their office's regular forfeiter fund, created to help reduce crime in neighborhoods and communities. The TSI comprised of a number Tamaqua residents and business owners, property owners, community organizations, police department, crime watch volunteers, borough council members, code enforcement, fire department, Chamber of Commerce and health professionals.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 307 Coal St., Lehighton, will hold its annual Community Block Party on Friday, July 19; Saturday, July 20; and Sunday, July 21. There will be food, fun, games and more. Friday hours are 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Friday's entertainment is Boomerang at 7 p.m.; Saturday, ADD, at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company will dedicate the KME pumper at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, to the ladies auxiliary, during the 33rd annual block party. The block party will be held July 19, 20 and 21 on fire company grounds. A truck parade will precede the dedication at 2 p.m. The ladies auxiliary has voted to pay off the truck loan by agreeing to pay $650 a month for the next 14 years.

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company will be honoring its ladies auxiliary when it dedicates its new KME tanker at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

The dedication program will be held during the fire company's 33rd annual block party. A fire truck parade featuring over 40 fire companies will precede the dedication program beginning at 2 p.m.