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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Among those awarded scholarships by the Rev. Robert vonFrisch, were, from left, Chris Rothharpt, Deborah Taylor, and Joshua Ferris and the Rev. vonFrisch.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, held "Scholarship Sunday," celebration to present scholarships to the many recipients within the congregation pursuing higher education degrees.

A total of $16,600 was awarded this year.

Scholarships and recipients were:

* George Acker Scholarship, Joshua Ferris, $2,000; and Chris Rothharpt, $1,235.

* Rev. Raymond A. Minnich Memorial Scholarship, Jennifer Soltis, $1,000; and Deborah Taylor, $1,000.

* Thomas L. Reisenweaver Music Scholarship, Dwight Weaver, $500.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) will host a number of free legislative outreach breakfasts for residents of the 122nd District, including one that will be held on Thursday, from 8 to 9 a.m., at the Mahoning Valley Fire Company, 2358 Mahoning Drive West.

"Events like this serve as an opportunity for me to touch base with my constituents and address their legislative concerns," Heffley said. "I'm hoping for a good turnout and looking forward to the chance to answer any questions about local and state issues."

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Lutheran Church of St. John in-the-Heights, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, will continue its annual free clothing giveaway this Thursday, Aug. 9 and concluding Saturday, Aug. 18.

The event is held the first three weeks of August, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

On Thursdays, the times are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.; on Fridays, the times are 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and on Saturdays, the times are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome. There is a nice selection of clothing and shoes for men, women and children, as well as small household items and lines.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Franklin Township Lions Club will host the Franklin Lions Picnic in the Park from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Phifer Ice Dam Park.

The day will include bingo and a cake walk. The Mudflaps will perform from 4 to 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the picnic in the park and have a time of camaraderie with friends and neighbors.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A school teacher charged with corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor, was arraigned yesterday on the charges, according to state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Matthew Ryan Pfautz, 29, of Blue Jay Drive, in Stevens, Lancaster County, was charged last week with the counts. He was arraigned before District Judge James Ferrier, of Orwigsburg, and was released after posting 10 percent of $10,000 bail.

Pfautz has been charged for alleged incidents with a 17-year-old girl at the Pine Grove High School, where he is an English teacher.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System will sponsor an Open House/Health Fair on Wed., Aug. 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Albrightsville Therapy Center, 2588 State Rte. 903 and Old Stage Rd., Albrightsville.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lehighton Interfaith Council will be hosting a Community Day at the Lehighton Pool from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. 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.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

At the last regularly scheduled Jim Thorpe Borough Council meeting, Mayor Michael Sofranko and Police Chief Joseph Schatz, swore in new police officer Matthew Schwarz.

Mayor Sofranko stated, "He (Schwarz) is an outstanding candidate."

"He is a graduate from the Allentown Police Academy. He ranked very high in his class," he added.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

It's about to turn the Big 3-0.

But, that's quite all-right by the Walnut Street Playground Association, which will hold a 30th Anniversary Celebration from 5-10 p.m. Friday.

The event will be held on the playground, located at 125 S. Walnut Street, Slatington. Parking will be available across the street in the Municipal and Vigilant Fire Company parking lots.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Twelve cars in a 99-car train of the Reading Railroad left the tracks at Tamanend near Quakake, at 10:30 p.m. today and piled-up, completely blocking the tracks. Considerable damage was done to seven tank cars, box cars, and one gondola, and several tons of wheat spilled out of the cars. The train was bound for Philadelphia from Newberry.