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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent rain storms downed this large White Oak tree at the St. Jerome's Cemetery in Tamaqua. It landed on a number of tombstone markers.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The third and final concert of the summer season by the Lehighton Band will be presented in the Lehighton Park on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.

Paul R. Smith, conductor of the band, announces a varied program featuring three soloists from within the band.

The concert will begin with Laurel Seemiller as soloist singing the Star Spangled Banner. Laurel appeared at last month's concert as part of a French Horn duet. This past school year, Laurel was selected to sing in the District 10 District Chorus, the Regional Chorus and was also picked to sing in the All-State Chorus.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Enjoying the last few remaining weeks of summer, children play on a jungle gym in the backyard of Tamaqua home locatedon Lombard Street. Pictured,l-r, are Jocelynn Kuhn, 6; Zoe Seltzer, 9; Gabrielle Osenbach, 5, on slide; Larissa Markey, 9; and Chris Osenbach, 11.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network is hosting an evening of music and fellowship at the Tamaqua Train Station Aug 17 starting at 6 p.m.

Musicians representing congregations in the area will present a program of inspirational songs similar to the Chamber of Commerce's Summer Community Concerts at the station. Messages will be mixed with the music and free ice cream will be distributed near the end of the program.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. is hosting a giant yard sale on Friday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the social hall to help make payments to pay for the new tanker for the fire department.

There will be household items, toys, tools, tires and furniture. Refreshments and a bake sale items will also be available.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ed Flyzik and Susie Staloski of Air Products and Chemicals, Hometown, present a program on liquid nitrogen during the 25th annual Carbon County Environmental Education Center's Conservation Camp. The annual camp is held at Camp Shehaqua at Hickory Run State Park.

For the 26 youngsters at Carbon County Environmental Education Center's Conservation Camp, fun was the word for the week, as they met up with old friends and made some new ones and learned a lot about their environment.

The overnight camp began Monday and continues through Friday at Camp Shehaqua at Hickory Run State Park.

The weeklong camp gives children the opportunity to connect with nature through hands-on activities.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Displaying his parents' wedding portrait and tattoos honoring his father, John Bova, son of lost Sheppton miner Louis Bova, reflects on the tragedy of 50 years ago.

After 50 years, John Bova says it's time for his parents to be together again, and it's time to heal.

The 50-year-old son of lost Sheppton miner Louis Bova says he's ready to make it happen.

John told the TIMES NEWS Tuesday that he will visit his father's entombment site late Wednesday and scatter the ashes of his mother, Eva Bova, Louis Bova's beloved wife.

"When that happens, they will be together again," says John, of Lower Shaft, a small Shenandoah-area settlement that some consider part of the town of William Penn.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Family members pose for a quick photo with their returning loved ones outside the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Scranton. Pictured with returning soldier SSGT Tim Kromer (fourth from left) are from left mother Regina Kromer, cousin Melissa Butrie, girlfriend Jessica Hoben with her daughter Mackenna Jacobs, 6, Tim's son Takota Kromer, 12, and Tim's father LeRoy Kromer. Pictured with returning soldier SSGT Matt Frey (third from right) are mother Julia Schock, sister Jamie Keller holding 3 week old nephew James Keller. Frey is holding his 2-year old niece Jovi Keller.

Family members posefor a quick photo with their returning loved ones outside the Armed Forces Reserve Centerin Scranton. Pictured with returning soldier SSG Tim Kromer of Palmerton, fourth from left, are from left mother Regina Kromer, cousin Melissa Butrie, girlfriend Jessica Hoben with her daughter Mackenna Jacobs, 6, Tim's son Takota Kromer, 12, and Tim's father LeRoy Kromer. Pictured with returning soldier SSG Matt Frey of New Ringgold (third from right) are mother Julia Schock,sister Jamie Keller holding 3 week old nephew James Keller.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Grants were presented recently to six area high school graduates. Pictured from left are TRC members Pat Truskey, Wendy Dunkelberger, 1st place Tamaqua female finisher Emily Bumbulsky, 2nd place secondary female finisher Mairead Casey, 1st place secondary male finisher Brendan Shearn, first place secondary female finisher Goldie Nicotra, and TRC member Wayne Truskey. Not pictured were first place Tamaqua male finisher David Frederick and 2nd place secondary male finisher Codi Wood.

On Sunday, six area high school senior recipients received scholarships from the Tamaqua Runners Club. The presentation was in prelude to their 23rd annual Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run / Walk set for next Saturday at the Tuscarora State Park.

The awards consisted of four $750 awards and two $500 awards.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tony Iannelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and his fiance, Wendy Perry, talk with the news media before boarding a raft in Jim Thorpe for a rafting trip on the Lehigh River.

The head of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce yesterday experienced first-hand the lure of the Lehigh River rapids.

Iannelli, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, was accompanied by friends and family members on a rafting trip.

The contingent entered the river from the county parking lot in Jim Thorpe with Pocono Whitewater Rafting of Jim Thorpe.

The rafting trip occurred as a result of the recent partnership of the Lehigh Valley Chamber with the Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development.