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Saturday, July 2, 2011
Linda Kaufman, Brodheadsville - "I'm going to South Carolina for my girlfriend's wedding. I'll be one of those crazy people out on the roads."

What special plans do you have for this July 4th weekend?

Saturday, July 2, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Josh Friebolin (left), chairman, Washington Township board of supervisors, and Ron Rucker (right) vice chairman of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation, unveil the banners that will eventually adorn the Village of Emerald.

Ask anyone about the village of Emerald, and the first thing that typically springs to mind is its impressive pyrotechnics display.

Which is why it should come as no surprise, then, that a dozen banners created for the tiny village pays tribute to its popular fireworks attraction.

Washington Township, in cooperation with Northern Lehigh Future Focus, unveiled the banners at a news conference on Tuesday at the Star Hose Company in Emerald.

Ron Rucker, vice chairman of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation, said the banners project was "exciting.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS JoAnn Pilston gets a kiss from Sadar, the Doberman Pinscher she and her husband Neil are fostering for a soldier who will be in Afghanistan for six months.

Sadar, a 6-year-old Doberman Pinscher, stands beside his caregiver, JoAnn Pilston of Walker Township, watching with keen interest as a visitor approaches the front porch.

Once the well-muscled dog learns the stranger means no harm, Sadar greets her with kisses on the hands, arms, face and feet.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust Company held its 12th annual Community Heroes Banquet. From left is Patrick H. Reilly, president and CEO of MCTC and honorees are, Wayne Wentz of Franklin Township, Geraldine "Geri" Haas of Lehighton, Otto Barbush of Weatherly and George H. Duell Jr. of Palmerton.

Mauch Chunk Trust Company honored four outstanding volunteers at the 12th annual Community Heroes Award Banquet Wednesday at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Patrick H. Reilly, president and CEO of Mauch Chunk Trust Company who presented the awards, welcomed the present and 34 past heroes to the banquet, stating that the Community Heroes program was begun by Mauch Chunk Trust Company to honor people for their commitment and dedication to their communities. He hopes that the Community Heroes program encourages more people to become involved in their community in the future.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Welcome to the wave of the future.

For students at Slatington Elementary, the world is readily at their fingertips thanks to a Nook color device.

The Nook Color is a color version of the Nook e-reader device. It is a 7-inch tablet with full-color multitiouch touch-screen input designed for full-color viewing of books, newspapers, magazines and children's picture books.

Kristie Borger, a Title I Reading Specialist at Slatington Elementary, said the district was able to utilize Title I funds to purchase the Nook colors.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Chris Parker/Times News John Donato gets a hospital visit from his black Lab, Diesel.

JoAnn Pilston left her Walker Township home for Blandon, Berks County, early on May 28, an exuberant, 80-pound black Labrador Retriever named Diesel grinning in the back seat.

The two had taken road trips many times before, driving to visit Diesel's owner, Vietnam veteran John Donato, at the Lebanon Veterans Hospital.

But this journey was special: Donato was finally out of the hospital, and Diesel was on his way home.

Pilston and her husband of 23 years, Neil, had fostered Diesel under a program called Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pet.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

This month's local TV report by Sen. Argall focuses on the 'Senator for a Day' program which he hosted at Lehigh Carbon Community College's Tamaqua Campus, and features 11 local area high schools from the 29th Senatorial District.

Argall emphasized the impotance of hosting the program.

"When I hosted my 'Senator for a Day' program in May, it gave our region's high school students a chance to see the realities of state government. The program is a hands-on experience, which I think is very important for students interested in politics and government."

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Croslis Realty opened a new office at 1405 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East in Lehighton. From left are, Amanda Belletieri, office manager; Matthew Croslis, broker/owner; Eric Bierman, agent and Tim Klotz, key agents.

One of the fastest growing real estate offices in the Lehigh Valley has come to Carbon County.

Croslis Realty recently held a grand opening for its new office at 1405 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East in Lehighton. The open house gave broker/owner Matthew Croslis, and key agents Tim Klotz and Eric Bierman the opportunity to meet local residents and show off the new location. Visitors also had an opportunity to win prizes, including a flat screen television and front row tickets for an Iron Pigs game.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A brief stand-off with police allegedly preceded a drug arrest Wednesday in Penn Forest Township.

The incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. at 86 Mountain View.

Defendants, reportedly brother and sister, are Drew Muslim, 27, of Macungie, and Wakeelah Muslim, 23, of North Plainfield, N.J.

Drew Muslim had an active Pa. parole warrant for aggravated assault on a police officer, it was reported.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Apparently half of the full-time officers on the Lehighton Police Department are interested in being the chief.

During a meeting of Lehighton Borough Council, it was noted that four applications were received for the vacancy.

The applications were open to present police officers, according to dialogue at last month's council meeting. The department presently has eight full-time officers.

The borough has been without a chief of police since the borough council failed to renew the contract of former chief Matthew Bender on March 1, 2010.