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Monday, June 18, 2012
Eagle Scout William Christman presents the mentor pin to his grandfather Claude Kohl Jr.

William Christman of Lehigh Township completed the Trail to Eagle that he began in 2000 as a Tiger Cub Scout at a Court of Honor held at Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville. His brother, Rodney Christman Jr., led the program.

The posting of the colors was done by Jacob Treichler and Zach Vilkauskas.

In the invocation the Rev. Jami Possinger said, "We gather together in celebration of this young person. The Scout Oath and Law were designed to grow with the boy."

More is required from Boy Scouts than from Cubs. Boy Scouts have a motto, "Be prepared."

Monday, June 18, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Members of the renowned Coalcracker Chorus entertain inside the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad train depot Sunday during the 22nd Annual Tamaqua Summerfest. The group serenaded visitors with a variety of tunes performed in perfect pitch and impeccable harmony, starting with an appropriate offering of "I've Been Working on the Railroad."

Monday, June 18, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Briana Morrison, 12, paints a football on the glowing cheeks of Megan Rolko, 9.

Thousands of visitors took to downtown Tamaqua on Father's Day during the Tamaqua Historical Society's 22nd Annual Summerfest. The festival, which was comprised of live music, vendors, foods, crafts, games, activities and rides, was made better this year as live performers or talented volunteers with the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center were staged throughout festival route.

"The addition of these live performers made the festival even more enjoyable for all who visited," said Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rockin' Rescue Day will be held Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the Lehighton Park, both upper and lower areas will be filled with vendors, animal rescue and shelters will be on hand with pets available for adoption and information for the betterment of all animals. There will be music all day, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ReHab X, dance, pop and rock; 1 ti 2:30 p.m., Senile Delinquints, classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s; 3 to 4:30 p.m., DJ Donald F.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The receipt of a generous donation will help St. John Neumann Regional School balance its budget.

That's because for the fourth straight year, the school has received a $25,000 Challenge Grant courtesy of the Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation.

The grant will be used to help defray operating costs, as well as to encourage others to support the school, which serves students in grades K-2 at its Slatington campus and grades 3-8 at its Palmerton campus.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Adult Homemaker Assistance Program provides in-home assistance to income eligible Carbon County residents (aged 18-59) who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or capable of assisting with the care of their home or personal needs.

Monday, June 18, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The twisted wreckage is all that remains of a car that crashed while going 100-miles-per-hour along SR895 in West Penn Township.

A young Schuylkill Haven man escaped death late Friday night when involved in a violent 100-mile-per-hour plus crash along SR895 in West Penn Township.

Monday, June 18, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Don Gildea holds a resolution from Lansford Borough Council honoring him for his contributions to the community. Council presented Gildea with the resolution at a public meeting Wednesday. Council also honored Vince Spisak and Dr. Thomas Pollock for their efforts.

Lansford borough council on Wednesday honored three residents, Don Gildea, Vince Spisak and Dr. Thomas Pollock, for their contributions to the community.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Lansford woman who told borough council on Wednesday that her mold-infested home is not being properly repaired was advised to seek legal help.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Last Thursday, Claude Fenstermaker, 67, of Slatington R. 1, leaped into a pond to rescue a two-year-old child who was the victim of an auto accident. It was through his efforts that the child is alive today. Fenstermaker lost his wallet in the ordeal and hasn't found it. It had two tickets to the Music 500 at Pocono on Sunday. Joseph R. Mattioli III, vice president and general manager of Pocono International Raceway, heard of the problem. He phoned Fenstermaker, giving him and a guest VIP treatment at the race.