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Saturday, July 2, 2011

The federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy legislation (CAFE) was originally passed in 1975 to mandate better fuel economy on all new cars. It was passed in response to the Arab oil embargo of 1973, in the hopes that better mileage would reduce our dependency on imported oil. At the time, auto manufacturers had fleet-wide averages of 13 miles per gallon (mpg).

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Codey Drum climbs the wall in the training program

For most students summer break means vacation, the beach and video games.

But for seven cadets of the Panther Valley JROTC it meant leaving family and friends for the chance to develop their leadership qualities. The cadets left from the Panther Valley High School for the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) located at "Outdoor Odyssey" facility in Boswell, near Pittsburgh.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Former Lehighton resident Maynard Hill inspects model aircraft, which he called the "Spirit of Butts Farm" before flying it across the Atlantic Ocean and setting at least two international flying records in 2003. The plane had a wing span of six feet and weighed under 11 pounds. Hill, who resided in Silver Spring Maryland, died on June 6.

Most Lehighton residents probably never heard of Maynard Hill, a 1943 graduate of Lehighton High School.

Yet his death at the age of 85 on June 7 resulted in long, by-lined obituaries in such distinguished newspapers as the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, and even the London Telegraph.

The Washington Post carried the large headline – a size reserved for major political or entertainment figures – over his obit:

"Model airplane history-maker Maynard Hill dies at the age of 85."

Saturday, July 2, 2011

State Representatives Jerry Knowles, Doyle Heffley, and Julie Harhart have issued the following statements on the passage of the state budget:

Rep. Jerry Knowles

"I am glad that we were able to complete the budget process on time. I am also pleased that for only the third time in nearly 40 years, this budget spends less than the previous year's budget. This budget spends over $1 billion less than last year, eliminates many wasteful and unnecessary government programs and does not include any or new borrowing.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A bear weighing about 100 pounds paid a visit to the D Estates in Palmerton last week. A photograph of the cub raiding dumpsters was shot by Bruce Fronheiser of Harvard Avenue, who watched the bear with his wife, Patricia. "He just helped himself in the dumpster," laughed Fronheiser.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Mackenza Kunkle, 8, left, and Dina Cords, 10, walk on the hanging lily pads.

The newly renovated South Ward Playground in Tamaqua has been bustling with activity as children try out the new playground equipment

The playground had been closed for renovations since September of last year. Organized by the South Ward Neighborhood Committee, the total renovation project cost about $350,000 and involved the construction of a community center, new playground equipment, basketball courts and installation of new park lighting and security cameras.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

A century ago, one writer for the Tamaqua Courier talked about how the nation was trending to a more patriotic expression than the solemn July 4th gatherings of the previous generation.

"Of course the (town) fathers used to have a jolly time with wrestling matches, barbecues of fat animals, and other exuberance," he stated. "But when one reads the typical Fourth of July speech of the years 1840 to 1850, it is clear that the patriotism of today is at least more intelligent."

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Persons interested in becoming charter members of a new Lions Club forming in Carbon County are invited to attend an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the home of Robert and Gail Maholick, 576 Main Road, Lehighton.

The informal meeting will be a covered dish social so everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Robert V. Stanek

Robert V. Stanek, a 1970 Marian High School graduate, and retired president and CEO, Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, has been installed as chairman/chairwoman of the board of trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) for 2011-2012.

The installation ceremony took place during the 2011 Catholic Health Assembly in Atlanta, June 5-7.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Linda Kaufman, Brodheadsville - "I'm going to South Carolina for my girlfriend's wedding. I'll be one of those crazy people out on the roads."

What special plans do you have for this July 4th weekend?