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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some of the most obvious things to watch for and include are:

· A stranger entering your neighbor's house when it's unoccupied.

· A scream heard anywhere might mean a robbery or assault.

· Offers of merchandise at ridiculously low prices could mean stolen property.

· Any removing of accessories, license plates or gasoline from a car should be reported.

· Persons entering or leaving a business place after hours could mean burglars.

· Anyone peering into parked cars may be looking for a car to steal, or for valuables left displayed in the car.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A coffer dam that has been missing from Lehigh Canal at Long Run since a high water event in the mid-1990s will be replaced, according Armand Galasso of the Lehighton Water Authority.

During a meeting of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission held Thursday at the Lehigh Canal at Weissport, Galasso presented a photo from 1985 which showed the coffer dam was originally located in the middle of the Lehigh Canal at Long Run. Galasso said it was put there to stop flooding downstream into Weissport from the Lehigh River.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS After a Saturday on whitewater, the Lehigh Sojourn turns to canoes and kayaks, traveling the meandering sections of the Lehigh River. Preregistration is required for the 2011 Lehigh River Sojourn which runs from June 24-27. Registration information is available at www.wildlandspa.org. The registration deadline is June 10.

It's time to register for the 2011 Lehigh River Sojourn, an educational whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking trip down the Lehigh River, runs from Friday, June 24 to June 27.

Now in its 15th year, the Sojourn offers a three-day paddling adventure meandering from the rural wilderness of the Upper Division of the Lehigh River in Lehigh Gorge State Park, to the metro-wilderness of Cementon as the Lehigh River enters historic industrial territory.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Loretta Smith, Ashfield "Going to Knoebels with my whole family."

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tamaqua and New Ringgold men were among seven persons who lost appeals in court from judgements found against them by district magistrates after receiving hearings before Judge Jacqueline Russell in the Schuylkill County Court.

Stephen M. Smolar, 38, of 250 E. Union St., had his appeal dismissed because he failed to appear for the hearing and the fine and cost imposed by the district judge stands.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Nathanael Horvath (left) funeral director, and David Harding (right), owner/supervisor, stand outside the Harding Funeral Home at 25-27 N. 2nd Street in Slatington. The funeral home has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

For over a half-century, it's served as a last stop for family members to pay their final respects to their loved ones.

A second generation business, Harding Funeral Home at 25-27 N. 2nd Street in Slatington continues to remain fully involved with the community

Because of its community-oriented nature, the business has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

David Harding, owner/ supervisor, is thankful for the recognition.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital recently sponsored its 3rd annual future physicians dinner at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua. The event allowed local high school students interested in pursuing careers in the medical field to speak with local health care providers. Attending the event were (front, left to right) Micahel Warkala and Graham Strauss, both juniors at Lehighton Area High School, Philip Christman, a senior at Tamaqua Area High School, Dr.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Launch Guest pin for NASA Kennedy Space Center VIP section.

As the seconds on the digital takeoff clock approached zero, adrenaline flowed as the eyes of a thousand onlookers at NASA's Kennedy Center VIP bleachers squinted to watch the three-mile-away Endeavour space shuttle begin to, from a trail of flames and white vapor, slowly rise into the Florida sky.

"It was almost at a 30-degree angle before I heard the sound of the ignition from the rocket launch," said Mike Hopstock. "It sounded like a jet taking off, maybe a half-mile away."

Saturday, May 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This chicken coop on the Lane Freeman property along Sechler road in Lynn township took a direct hit by high winds or a possible tornado Thursday night.