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Thursday, August 7, 2014

VIZIO has issued a recall on approximately 245,000 39- and 42-Inch E-Series Flat Panel televisions after receiving 51 reports of televisions unexpectedly tipping over.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice, VIZIO has stated that the stand assembly can fail and cause the television to tip over, posing a risk of impact injury if anyone is near it at the time.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

AmeriHealth Northeast's annual Children's Art Contest encourages young membersto express themselves creatively, boosts self-esteem and promotes health awareness. This year's theme featured drawings about what the family does to keep healthy. This year's winner, Darian Johnson from East Penn Elementary School, proudly shows his winning entry.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
CASSANDRA JONES/Special to the Times news Meg Walker of PPL; Bonnie Fisher of Wegmans; Amy Bartholomew of United Way; Andrew Steele of Wegmans; prize winner Nolan LeBlanc; Phillip St. James and Kelly Gooley, both of United Way; and Sarah Cooke of PPL watch as LeBlanc is presented with a $10,000 check Wednesday at the Allentown Wegmans.

What would most people do if they won $10,000 worth of food? Keep it? Share the food with family?

For Lehighton resident and PPL project manager Nolan LeBlanc, the answer was easy. He plans on donating a majority of his winnings to local food banks and organizations helping to feed homeless children in Allentown.

LeBlanc was presented Wednesday with a symbolic big check for $10,000 worth of groceries from the Allentown Wegmans.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

For the sixth time this summer, Beltzville State Park closed its waters to swimming due to high bacterial counts in a sample taken on Monday. The closing was effective Wednesday morning.

According to Terry Brady, deputy press secretary for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, "it's a pre-emptive safety move."

He said that there have been no reports of swimmers becoming sick, so it is not necessary to close the park for the remainder of the summer.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram of Slatington recently presented a check for $3,460 to the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club. Pictured are Rentschler General Manger John Kleintop, left, general manager, and Jim Nemeth, president of the PHS Basketball Parents' Club.

A mutual arrangement between a local car dealership and high school basketball program continues to flourish.

Further proof of that was evident when Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram of Slatington recently presented a check for $3,460 to the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club.

The money was raised during a Free Test Drive held in June in the Palmerton Area High School parking lot.

As part of the fundraiser, parents, faculty and guests were able to take a five-minute test drive in a Dodge Caravan, Journey, Durango or Dart.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  The former headquarters of the Kaier Brewery in Mahanoy City, a landmark dating to 1880, will be torn down and replaced with a  recreation area for children, according to borough officials.

The building that housed what was once the largest beer-making operation in Schuylkill County will be demolished.

The towering Kaier Brewery, which dominates the 100 block of North Main Street in the heart of Mahanoy City, will be dismantled as part of a borough improvement plan.

The long-neglected landmark is targeted for razing as part of a streetscape project and the area turned into a recreation area for children, according to borough officials.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs.

H.H.T.L.C., a registered nonprofit organization, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309. Therapeutic riding lessons are offered Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.

Lesson volunteers must be at least 14 years old, in good health, and able to walk for an hour at a time.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The non-fiction reading room at the new Penn Kidder Library Center is the perfect place to relax and read your favorite novel.

The Penn Kidder Library Center in Albrightsville opened a little over a year ago and has already outgrown its space.

Originally situated in a rented trailer located at the Pine Point Plaza, the library now occupies the former Carrigan's Pharmacy location next to the post office in the same plaza.

The new space is much larger and much better suited to the growing number of regular programs the library sponsors.

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays it is also open from 4 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the St. Gabriel's Italian Club in Summit Hill recently donated $500 to help aid the Summit Hill Food Pantry. The Italian Club held various fundraisers to raise money for the pantry. Fromleft are, Rita Bennyhoff, club vice president; Debbie Leonzi, club president; Rose Marie Armon, food pantry director; John Williams, food pantry director; Angela McGlinchey, club secretary; andLorraine Hartung, club trustee.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua native Scott Herring discusses his lifetime commitment to capturing the essence of the anthracite region as he stands beneath one of his classic coal region photos donated to the Tamaqua train station.

Scott Herring has been capturing historic images for 40 years.

Not for his own benefit, but for others.

"The pictures have no value sitting in my files," said Herring, who grew up on Tamaqua's Dutch Hill.

And now, the results of his lifetime passion for anthracite photography will become part of the permanent collection of a Lackawanna County museum.

The images in Scott Herring's Hardcoal Chronicles 40th Anniversary show will be featured at the Anthracite Heritage Museum on Bald Mountain Road in Scranton, beginning Aug. 16.