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Saturday, August 11, 2012
CALL CHRONICLE PHOTO Chester Gangaware, second from right, with fellow coal miner Frankie Edmondson of Summit Hill and others in 1952.

Within a matter of weeks, Chester J. Gangaware went from the heady glories of the football field to the cold, dank depths of a coal mine.

It was 1942, and Gangaware, freshly graduated from Coaldale High School, where he was a standout running back for the Tigers' football team, headed to the only work around: Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co.'s No. 8 mine.

"I got out of high school and went into the mines. That was the only place around here to work," he says.

Saturday, August 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Socializing at a friend's home in Hometown are Tamaqua Knights of Columbus members, from left, Dan McHugh, Glenn Mummey, Herb Eisenman, Bob Haggerty, Joe Ward, Ed Arcand and Bob Blihar.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Winning "Best of Show" in an animal costume contest at the Carbon County Fair near Palmerton was 4-H member Cody Fronheiser of Palmerton and her goat, Magic.

An extra day has been added at the Carbon County Fair after rain canceled last night's activities.

The fair will continue through Sunday, said Alicia Silliman, fair spokesperson. She said the fair will open at noon today and tomorrow.

Today's events will go on as scheduled, including a livestock auction at 1 p.m.

Silliman said that exhibitors can pick-up their displays on Sunday after 3 p.m. at the agricultural gate, instead of Saturday.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Carbon County commissioners want the public to know that the county animal shelter is not closing.

On Friday afternoon, the commissioners released a statement addressing a number of rumors that have been circulating to as far away as Philadelphia, regarding the dog shelter, including that it was closing and that the county was going to euthanize the remaining canines.

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Rosemary Warren, Effort "I took a little trip to Cape May and in January, I might go to Puerto Rico."

Have you taken a vacation this summer, or is one still in your plans?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Lehighton InterFaith Council will be hosting a Community Day at the Lehighton Pool on Sunday, August 12, from noon to 7 p.m.

The Community Day will feature exhibit tables from local churches, as well as Community organizations.

Admission to the pool that day will be free and free hot dogs will be served while they last.

If you have questions, call Rev. Kenneth Ogden at 610-377-1696 for details.

Saturday, August 11, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A total of 18 Eskimo dogs were at a gathering of the American Eskimo Dog Fanciers Club of Greater Philadelphia, held at the Lehigh Canal Park in Weissport and hosted by Sandra and Todd Wingert of Mahoning Township. Eskimo dog owners from as far away as New Hampshire and Buffalo, N.Y. attended.

If you want to know what makes an Eskimo dog so special, just ask Sandy Wingert of Mahoning Township.

"For me, their beauty captured me," said Wingert, who has six Eskimos and has even shown the breed at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show.

"They're intelligent," she continued. "They just want to be with you. They're a good companion dog. They're always willing to please. They want to make you happy."

Wingert hosted a gathering of Eskimo dogs and owners at the Lehigh Canal in Weissport, recently. Attendees were from as far away as New Hampshire and Buffalo, N.Y.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A stay has been put on the scheduled sheriff's sale of a landmark vacation resort in Kidder Township.

The sale was scheduled yesterday in the Carbon County Courthouse Annex for property owned by Vacation Charters Ltd., which owns the Galleria, H2ooooh water park, and a ski area.

The stay was imposed at the request of Gregory L. Taddonio on behalf of TD Bank of Wilmington, Delaware, which is owed more than $21 million by Vacation Charters.

Taddonio, in his request to Carbon County Sheriff Dwight Nothstein, asked that the sheriff's sale be postponed.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Kathy Rehrig, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Rehrig, Lehighton, received a person-to-person phone call from Brian Jones, star of The Rolling Stones rock and roll group, and Kathy's idol. The call came through at 9:15 p.m. and was arranged by a neighbor, Donna Lee Koch, 23, a bit player in films made in Chicago. She learned of Kathy's admiration for the Rolling Stones while home on vacation and said she knew the group personally. Although Koch made arrangements to have the Rolling Stones send autographed items to Kathy, Jones decided to call her personally.