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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Joe Snedeker and Reagan Medgie, center, of WNEP, are greeted by visitors who anxiously awaited Snedeker's arrival in the Palmerton Borough Park.

Newswatch 16 Meteorologist Joe Snedeker, a celebrity of sorts, visited Palmerton Monday as a stop on his "Go Joe" fundraising bike trek.

Even as the rain delayed his expected arrival by nearly an hour-and-a-half, the excitement never waned as fans anxiously awaited his visit to the borough park.

Snedeker began his 16th annual "Go Joe" bike run to raise money for St. Joseph's Center Monday morning at Hazleton Area High School.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

John Wieczorek, chairman of the Mahoning Township Board of Supervisors, announced a pair of formal settlements involving two civil suits against the township have been resolved.

One was filed by former Police Chief Kenneth Barnes against Mahoning Township and Supervisors John Wieczorek, Linda Benner and Franklin Ruch.

The other was filed by police applicant Maria Lesinski against the township and Supervisors Wieczorek and Benner.

Both settlements were approved at a special meeting of the supervisors on July 12.

Monday, July 22, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township Fire Chief Bruce Wolfe presents a plaque to Brenda Eckley, president of the Franklin Township Fire Co. Auxiliary. The plaque will be attached to Tanker 431.

Fire departments from throughout Carbon County and beyond helped Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company dedicate their newest apparatus on Sunday afternoon.

A truck parade that snaked through Franklin Township preceded the dedication of Franklin Township's new KME Tanker 431 to the members of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary.

The auxiliary was selected for the honor because of their hard work, dedication and their pledge to pay off the fire truck. So far the auxiliary has brought in enough funds to keep its promise.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Activities for the 250th anniversary of the West End of Monroe County continues.

Two members of the Chestnuthill anniversary committee were wearing lavender shirts with the anniversary logo on back during a recent meeting.

The agenda for the July 18 meeting was full as it was getting to the point where final decisions had to be made.

President Norman Burger suggested something for the young crowd should be available. Frisbees were suggested. Dave Fleetwood thought insulated travel mugs should also be added to the list of merchandise.

Monday, July 22, 2013

SLATINGTON, Pa. (AP) – Emergency crews have rescued two people who slid down a 65-foot slate bank while trespassing at an eastern Pennsylvania quarry.

Lehigh County officials say it happened Sunday afternoon at the quarry in Slatington.

Four people had been hiking in the quarry when two of them slid down a slate bank. Authorities say they had to use special equipment to pull them out of the water and that the two were lucky to escape with only a few bumps and bruises.

All four are being charged with trespassing.

Monday, July 22, 2013
sheri Ryan/special to the times news

A spectacular fireworks display is held in conjunction with the St. Joseph's Festival in Summit Hill, Sunday.

Monday, July 22, 2013

This year's Roundup for the 4-H Mahoning Valley Community Club will be on July 25 at St. John's Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West at 6 p.m.

All members must bring projects and project books to the roundup.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Lori (Strohl) Zerbe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few weeks ago and just received her first treatment.

She returns again in two weeks for a second round.

Lori's husband, Mark was in an ATV accident a few weeks before her diagnosis and he was transported by MedEvac to Lehigh Valley Hospital, and released.

Monday, July 22, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Connie Nerwine of Wind Gap, front left, speaks to film crew members during Honda's Project Drive-In interviews at the Mahoning Drive-In. Also interviewed were Joe Farruggio, left, and Meara and Harrison Hanon, age 13. Project Drive-In is meant to raise awareness of the struggles many drive-ins are facing as they face an expensive conversion to digital film.

Film crews descended on the Mahoning Drive-In on Saturday as part of Honda's "Project Drive-In," a nationwide campaign by Honda Motor Company to raise awareness of the difficulties many drive-ins face.

Starting next year, new films will be released exclusively on digital film. All movie theaters must convert to digital film projectors, or they will be unable to offer the latest movies.