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Monday, July 8, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Local youngsters take part in burlap sack races during a recent Miner's Heritage Festival at the No. 9 Mine, Lansford. This year's event will take place July 14.

The 6th Annual Coal Miner's Heritage Festival is set for Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford, Carbon County.

This unique, fun and educational annual event celebrates northeastern Pennsylvania's coal region history, culture, art, crafts, food, and music. The event is presented by the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum and draws throngs of people each year. This is the largest event put on each year by No. 9 Mine and Museum. Admission to the festival grounds and parking are free.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak on Wednesday hailed the unanimous Senate concurrence vote on legislation that authorizes the Office of Safe Schools to award targeted grants to address school violence and enhance school safety in Pennsylvania.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
Dee Kasarda

Someone Special: A Lion's Tale celebrates the value of the uniqueness and individualism that we all share.

This children's book, written and illustrated by Dee Kasarda of Pocono Lake, teaches kids that the key to being awesome is by being different.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sheryl Hawk, director of development at America On Wheels points to a display of Billy clubs on a 1916 Mack "Paddy Wagon," converted from a former Mack fire truck.

Mack Trucks was one of the largest employers in the Lehigh Valley throughout most of the 20th century. Many of these thousands of workers lived and retired to Carbon County and still have a warm spot in their hearts for the company that made the Bulldog insignia famous.

Anyone who loves cars will surely love America On Wheels where, in addition to two fully loaded immense floors brimming with over 75 exhibits. A new exhibit features four full-size restored classic Mack trucks.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Let us never bring disgrace to this, our nation, by any act of dishonesty or cowardice, nor ever desert our suffering comrades in the ranks.

We will fight for the ideals of the nation both alone and with others.

We will revere and respect our nation's laws, and do our best to incite a like respect and reverence in those above us who are prone to annul and set them at naught.

We will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
Jason Breidinger, master of ceremonies, stands before the Northern Lehigh Community Band during July 4 Heritage Day program at the Slatington Baptist Church.

George Duell Jr., U.S. army Reserve Ambassador and a former principal at Palmerton Area High School, served as the main speaker during the July 4 Heritage Day program at Slatington Baptist Church.

Duell, who represented Chief, Army Reserve Jeff Talley at the program, talked about the seven values of the military which are also the seven American values.

Those values are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

The Northern Lehigh Community Band, under the direction of Theodore Steinbrecher, played several selections.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Two area fireworks shows are scheduled for this evening.

In Jim Thorpe, fireworks are part of the annual Stay-at-Home Festival at Memorial Park beginning at 10 p.m. The festival is sponsored by the Jim Thorpe American Legion Post.

The Emerald Fire Company is having its annual picnic and will be having fireworks beginning at 10:30 p.m. Music will precede the display. There is an admission fee.

The Stay-at-Home Festival is a two-day event which began yesterday.

Today's activities officially begin at noon with a flag-raising ceremony at Memorial Park.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
katie wargo/special to the times news

Privy digger and bottle collector Bob Perrin of Coaldale donates a rare Dr. T.E. Davis' Cough Cure bottle to the Summit Hill Historical Society Museum in memory of his friend and past Society President Lee Mantz who died in an accidental fall at Lehigh Gorge last summer. Accepting the bottle from Perrin, back row, left, are President Harry Miller and Secretary Mary Ann Szczecina along with Mantz's brother Lyle, nieces and nephew. In the front, l-r, are Crystyn Mantz Jones, Beth Mantz, Liana Jones, Becca Mantz Sommers, Lyle Mantz. Back row: Perrin, Miller, Szczecina, Lyle K. Mantz.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This purple clematis blooms inside this outdoor light at a home on South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The gala re-opening of the new Lakewood Country Playhouse at Barnesville will take place on July 11 in the theater at Lakewood Amusement Park.

The outstanding Broadway star John Raitt will appear in the hit music comedy, "I Do! I Do!," and later will entertain with an encore of songs he made famous in Broadway shows.

Free champagne will be dispensed to first-nighters, and quite a few other surprises will be in store for those on hand for the big event.