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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news The MedEvac helicopter takes off from the scene of Sunday evening's incident.

Mahoning Township police responded to a swimming pool incident Sunday evening at a Mahoning Valley residence.

At 6:30 p.m., a male was reportedly found submerged in a pool to the rear of the home at 1772 West Mahoning Drive. Persons at the scene began to apply CPR to the victim.

The man was treated at the scene by members of the Mahoning Valley ambulance and Lehighton paramedics before being flown via to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown.

Attempts to determine the man's identity were unsuccessful.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Members of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission discussed continuing repairs on the towpath in its meeting last Thursday.

The last high water event not only flooded the canal, but nearly caused water shutoffs to thousands of people when 80 feet of the water main became exposed after a break occurred.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/times news

The Bungalow Pool in Tamaqua was a favorite spot for a number of youngsters seeking some refreshment on the July 4th holiday.

In top photo, Jaylen Smith, 9, shows his form off the low dive while in the second photo, Jedediah Seibel, 8, enjoys his trip down the slide.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Carol Zickler/special to the times news

Driftwood in the front yard of Don and Mary McKee's home at Lake Hauto makes a perfect stand for a patriotic display on Independence Day. Mary's nephew Jim Mikovich found it in the lake area and brought it to the Lake Drive home of the McKees. The decorations are periodically changed to suit the holiday.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy legislation (CAFE) was originally passed in 1975 to mandate better fuel economy on all new cars. It was passed in response to the Arab oil embargo of 1973, in the hopes that better mileage would reduce our dependency on imported oil. At the time, auto manufacturers had fleet-wide averages of 13 miles per gallon (mpg).

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Codey Drum climbs the wall in the training program

For most students summer break means vacation, the beach and video games.

But for seven cadets of the Panther Valley JROTC it meant leaving family and friends for the chance to develop their leadership qualities. The cadets left from the Panther Valley High School for the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) located at "Outdoor Odyssey" facility in Boswell, near Pittsburgh.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Former Lehighton resident Maynard Hill inspects model aircraft, which he called the "Spirit of Butts Farm" before flying it across the Atlantic Ocean and setting at least two international flying records in 2003. The plane had a wing span of six feet and weighed under 11 pounds. Hill, who resided in Silver Spring Maryland, died on June 6.

Most Lehighton residents probably never heard of Maynard Hill, a 1943 graduate of Lehighton High School.

Yet his death at the age of 85 on June 7 resulted in long, by-lined obituaries in such distinguished newspapers as the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, and even the London Telegraph.

The Washington Post carried the large headline – a size reserved for major political or entertainment figures – over his obit:

"Model airplane history-maker Maynard Hill dies at the age of 85."

Saturday, July 2, 2011

State Representatives Jerry Knowles, Doyle Heffley, and Julie Harhart have issued the following statements on the passage of the state budget:

Rep. Jerry Knowles

"I am glad that we were able to complete the budget process on time. I am also pleased that for only the third time in nearly 40 years, this budget spends less than the previous year's budget. This budget spends over $1 billion less than last year, eliminates many wasteful and unnecessary government programs and does not include any or new borrowing.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A bear weighing about 100 pounds paid a visit to the D Estates in Palmerton last week. A photograph of the cub raiding dumpsters was shot by Bruce Fronheiser of Harvard Avenue, who watched the bear with his wife, Patricia. "He just helped himself in the dumpster," laughed Fronheiser.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Mackenza Kunkle, 8, left, and Dina Cords, 10, walk on the hanging lily pads.

The newly renovated South Ward Playground in Tamaqua has been bustling with activity as children try out the new playground equipment

The playground had been closed for renovations since September of last year. Organized by the South Ward Neighborhood Committee, the total renovation project cost about $350,000 and involved the construction of a community center, new playground equipment, basketball courts and installation of new park lighting and security cameras.