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Monday, July 28, 2014

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.

Officials in Revere, a coastal city of about 53,000, said there no immediate reports of serious injuries, but several people suffered minor injuries, including a baby who was in a car and hurt by flying glass and an elderly woman who suffered cuts.

Monday, July 28, 2014

When Luna Rossa was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, a bit of Gilbert history was destroyed too.

It's not quite known when it was built, but Fern Serfass of Kresgeville remembers when it was Green Gables, owned by Arlington and Ardella Smale.

Sixty-seven years ago, Fern and Stanley Serfass were married on Aug. 2, 1947, and they and their wedding party went to Green Gables for a celebratory meal.

"Alma was a great cook and they served really delicious meals there," recalls Serfass.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Polk Township Fire Chief Billy Tippett says the fire that engulfed the landmark Monroe County restaurant is an example of why he always takes automatic alarms seriously.

"We always go to automatic alarms, every one of them," Tippett said.

The company was dispatched at 4:30 Sunday morning to the restaurant on Route 209.

When they arrived, "Smoke was pouring out of the eaves of the restaurant," Tippett said.

Tippett immediately called it in as a fully involved structure fire.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites children and their parents to a free Backyard Bible Club and Puppet Show from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 6 and 7 at the Lehighton Amphitheater Park (behind Lehighton municipal building).

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is hosting the second Nature in Art Show at the Osprey House from now through Aug. 3.

Twenty-nine works have been entered, including a variety of media from watercolor to oil to acrylic to sculpture and ceramics. All the works are from local artists and most of the art is for sale during the show.

The exhibit is free and open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, plus from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 31.

A People's Choice award will be given to the item that gets the most votes from the public visiting the show.

Monday, July 28, 2014
@$:The Heritage Blues Quintet entertains crowds during the Pennsylvania Blues Festival. See a photo gallery at tnonline.com.

This past weekend, the base area of Blue Mountain Ski resort was transformed into a rockin', swingin' and dancin' outdoor blues event.

The 23rd annual Pennsylvania Blues Festival, sponsored by L.T. Verrastro Inc. and WZIY, brought in 15 national acts and a plethora of craft and music vendors.

This is the third consecutive summer that the festival has been held at Blue Mountain. In previous years, it was held at Jack Frost Ski Resort.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Rotary Club of Slatington recently held its annual changeover dinner at the Woodstone Country Club. The 2014-2015 officers, from left, are Paul Steckel, corresponding secretary; Monica Sellers, vocational service chairman; Carla Green, vice president; Clarence Smith, president-elect; the Rev. Dave Mohr, president; Charlie Breidinger, secretary; Tim Silliman, treasurer; Nick Smith, sergeant-at-arms; Ron Williams, trainer; and Ryan Van Norman, immediate past president. The Rotary Club meets at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fifty years ago, the idyllic community envisioned by Penn Forest resident Josiah W.H. "Cy" Behrens became a reality, known as Bear Creek Lakes.

Following negotiations with Blue Ridge Real Estate Company in 1963, theproperty was purchased and designated to be the site of a lake and development.

Construction of the lake, which covers about 160 acres, was completed within one year and stocked with bass and trout.

The 1,300-acre community, nestled along Route 903 in the Pocono mountains, is now home to approximately 800 residents.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Coaldale tax collector's office will be closed from July 29 through Aug. 4 to prepare school tax forms for mailing.

Normal hours will resume Aug. 5. Taxpayers who qualify for exemption from school taxes are asked to returned signed, dated applications in person, along with proof of eligibility. The exemption application must be notarized.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

Police from throughout Carbon and Monroe counties raced to a reported stabbing late Saturday night in Holiday Pocono, Kidder Township.

The incident began around 10:30 p.m. with a report of a possible fight with a man brandishing a machete.

When Kidder Township police arrived at 34 Tanglewood Drive, they were confronted by a male who they immediately forced to the ground. They called for backup, stating they were holding the male at gunpoint.

That male was then reported to have been stabbed in the chest, and the immediate area was covered in blood.