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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Carbon County residents can learn about the benefits of composting and enjoy s'mores at the same time this weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Carbon County Master Gardeners, a service group of the Penn State Extension; and Mauch Chunk Lake Park, will team up to host a Composting and Campfire Concert at the park. The event, which is free to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., at the picnic area around the camp store.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A stagnant pool of water on Stadium Hill in Tamaqua. Water pockets like this are able breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has added the borough of Tamaqua to the growing list of Schuylkill County municipalities infected with the West Nile virus. Other affected Schuylkill County communities are Ringtown, Cressona, Pine Grove and Schuylkill Haven.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

An area resident was one of two sentenced by Schuylkill County judges on criminal charges.

Franklin J. Kunkel III, 21, Quakake, Rush Township, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy, retail theft from Walmart Store, Hometown, and receiving multiple electronic items stolen from the store last Dec. 8.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The inter-borough bridge, linking the Mauch Chunks, long considered as one of the worse "death traps" in the Pennsylvania State Highway Department's system, will be rebuilt. The Public Utility Commission today condemned the existing structure as "dangerous and grossly inadequate." The announcement was received with enthusiasm here today, particularly among citizens who in years past and in more recent months have vigorously pursued a campaign to have the bridge condemned.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Local bottle collector Bob Perrin (center with tall hat) displays a unique turtle ink bottle from TW Renshaw and a photograph of Arner's Store, two rare items he and local photo collector Joe Slakoper (missing from photo) donated on Sunday afternoon in memory of local historian Lee Mantz. Surrounding Perrin (left to right) are Summit Hill Historical Society Treasurer Louis Vermillion, President Harry Miller, Mary Ann Mantz (back to camera), Lyle Mantz, Bob Crampsie, Nicole Giantesano, Renee Mantz and Kassandra Mantz.

Local collectors Bob Perrin and Joe Slakoper wanted to do something special in memory of their friend and colleague Lee Mantz who died in a tragic accident last Sunday so they contacted the family and Summit Hill Historical Society President Harry Miller and asked if they could make a special donation to the museum in his memory on Sunday during the Hootenanny.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Nesquehoning Crime Watch group hosted the Community Watch of Jim Thorpe at their monthly meeting with guests Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko (right) and coordinator Jamie Solomon (left) of Jim Thorpe in attendance along with Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck. Mayor Sofranko spoke on the actions of the Jim Thorpe group and mentioned that 30-35 people attend their meetings. The group is comprised of over 100 Jim Thorpe residents. He said the curfew of youngsters in Jim Thorpe is 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System wants to construct a storage building on a vacant piece of land adjacent to the parking lot of its Palmerton Hospital campus.

That request is among a pair of cases the borough's Zoning Hearing Board will take into consideration when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Blue Mountain Health System wants to build the edifice on a parcel west of the existing parking lot at the corner of Columbia Avenue and First Street.

Monday, August 20, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Alive! officer Bob Silver, fifth from left, presents the organization's first grant check to Bowie's Family Restaurant owner Robert Middleton. Looking on are, from left: Lansford Alive! member Martin Ditsky; state Rep. Doyle Heffley; Middleton; Sen. John Yudichak aide Bill Richardson; Silver; and Lansford Alive! member David Benevy.

Bowie's Family Restaurant owner Robert Middleton on Friday received the first Downtown New Business Grant offered by Lansford Alive!

The community improvement organization plans to present the grants, the amounts of which vary, to new businesses opening in the downtown Ridge Street business district.

Lansford Alive!'s board of directors see the grants, which can be used to offset startup costs or for advertising, as a way to attract more businesses to the borough, and specifically to the downtown.

Monday, August 20, 2012
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Hooping instructor Dani Butala taught a workshop on hula hooping for fitness during the Summit Hill Hootenanny. Butala said that hula hooping is an excellent exercise choice and can burn as much as 400 to 600 calories per hour.

Folk music, workshops, crafters, food, a museum grand opening and perfect summer weather combined with an estimated 1,000-plus people to make Summit Hill's inaugural Hootenanny a success Sunday in Ludlow Park in Summit Hill. The hilltop community resounded with good old-fashioned music celebrating Americana and the rich musical history that is rooted in the heritage of our country.