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Saturday, September 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

St. Jerome Regional School performing arts and music director Paul Mulhern plays the piano while Molly Carnish, 15, performs a vocal piece during Thursday night's free open stage event held that the Tamaqua Community Art Center.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Bob FORD/TIMES NEWS

City of Bethlehem Police Detective Douglas Nothstein, right, presents a plaque to Kovatch Ford President John Kovatch IV in appreciationfor the company's $1,000 donation to the Police Unity Tour. The ride, which raises awareness to fallen officers nationally, was a 300-mile, four-day ride from East Hanover, N.J. to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. This year's tour raised more than $1.7 million.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mahanoy Area School District added $330.611 to its assessment on properties for 2014 taxes through appeals filed against 27 properties in its district, including 11 in Barnesville, Ryan Township, which were granted by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board at a hearing in the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

The school district asked for the increase claiming the properties were purchased at prices higher than they had been assessed. The assessment board based its decision on the sale price.

The market value and assessment were increased on the following:

Saturday, September 14, 2013

If you've seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, you probably know a bit about paleontology and anthropology; how scientists quarry the Sahara Desert's sands searching for clues to ancient empires or to the earliest forms of mankind.

Matt Bielecki, an anthropologist in the tradition of Indiana Jones, spent three weeks sifting through the Kem Kem Beds in Morocco, North Africa. "It was very hot and dry, about 115 degrees farenheit," he said. "The bugs were insane - large flies and scorpions, and a variety of vipers - not a pleasant place."

Friday, September 13, 2013

Several Carbon County employees received permission from the commissioners on Thursday to attend various training seminars and conferences.

Area Agency on Aging: Ethel White, Mary Ann Marzen and Sandra Wisnewski to Protective Services Basic Enrollment - Investigative Interviewing, in Clark's Summit, Lackawanna County, at a cost of mileage and meals.

Children and Youth Services: Sallianne Newton and Anissa Nunnemacher to PCYA Quartly meeting in State College, at a cost of a $100 conference fee, lodging, meals and mileage.

Friday, September 13, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Dora Wentz, a PCA at Mrs. Bush's, models everything from jewelry to top, slacks and purse at the home's Fashion Show.

Do you remember visiting Hess's Department Store in Allentown?

Do you remember the beautiful models parading throughout the store, showing off the latest fashions?

Did you visit The Patio and indulge in Hess's famous mile-high strawberry pie as models walked by?

Carrie Shafer, the activities director at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home, wanted to bring those special memories back to life and organized a fashion show for the residents and the public.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Statewide Historic Preservation Plan, which the Schuylkill County Commissioners adopted at its meeting Wednesday, is a working document intended to achieve the following goals:

Increase preservation at the planning level; expand and strengthen state and federal partnerships; bolster the efforts of preservation advocates and partners to advance local, regional and statewide preservations; identify, recruit and engage new audiences; and administer effective statewide historic preservation programs.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday Sept. 16.

The meeting will take place at the Democratic Information Center at 110 S. 1st St. in Lehighton (across from the senior high-rise in downtown Lehighton).

The program will focus on three issues:

Ÿ The recent nationwide protests by "fast food workers" who are pressing for a living wage of $15 per hour.

Ÿ The Chapter will discuss a recent effort to unionize workers.

Ÿ The Chapter's project to help food banks within the county.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Slatington Public Library will be closed the week the Oct. 7-12 because the ceiling is being painted. It will reopen Monday, Oct. 14.

Debra Bartlieb will be offering Yoga Time Story Time at the library, starting Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 4:15-5 p.m. for grades K-2. Anyone interested may call to sign-up.

Friday, September 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, right, reads a proclamation officially announcing September 15 as National Back to Church Day in Tamaqua.

Church bells rang throughout Tamaqua Thursday at 6 p.m. Community and church members joined with Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison outside the Tamaqua Train Station as he read a Tamaqua proclamation announcing September 15 as Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network's (TAFFN) National Back to Church Sunday.

TAFFN and its participating churches are among 21,206 churches recognizing and promoting the worldwide movement. That number is up from 13,150 last year.