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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Earlier this year, Tamaqua Borough Council voted to offer longtime employees a once in a lifetime opportunity to take early retirement.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, two more borough employees notified council of their intentions to take advantage of the deal.

Mark Sinn will take his retirement as of July 29. He is currently employed at the Tamaqua Water Authority's treatment plant in Still Creek.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III on Wednesday rejected a Schuylkill County official's attempt to challenge his May 20 ruling that struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same sex marriage as unconstitutional.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ahoy. Calling all Treasure Seekers.

That is the theme for this year's Vacation Bible School at Cornerstone Community Church in Kresgeville, which will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 13-17.

Use a compass and follow the treasure map to Son Treasure Island VBS.

Children ages 4 to those entering sixth grade this fall will discover a colorful island where gems of buried treasure await them.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Children living inCarbon and Lehighcounties, going into first through sixth grades, are invited to attend Good News Club Day Camp at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe.

Camp activities include crafts, games, singing, swimming, Bible verses and lesson time, as well as a missionary story time.

There are three sessions to choose from: July 7-11, July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8. Each session runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The cost for campers is $26.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Special to the times news Receiving Melvin Jones Fellowships were Lisa Sharpe and Melissa Kistler. Presenting the recognitions were Past International Director Robert Miller and District Governor-Elect Sharon Kimmel.

The West Penn Township Lions Club and West Penn Township Lioness Club held their installation banquet June 4 at Knepper's Inn in New Ringgold. At the banquet, the officers and directors of each club were installed by Sharon Kimmel, district governor-elect.

During the evening both clubs also presented special awards to deserving members.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Lioness Club recently awarded three scholarships to Carbon County graduating seniors.

Gavrielle Mele, a graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, James Riley McHugh of Marian Catholic High School, and Shane Sutch of Carbon Career & TechnicalInstitute all received $150 from the club.

In addition, it was announced Christmas in July will be hosted by the Jim Thorpe Lionessat Kimmel's PersonalCare Home at 6 p.m. July 14.

The club will becelebrating its 15th anniversary in August.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Joyce Hinkle from Allen Township and Lorraine Smith of Lehigh

Township, enjoy homemade strawberry shortcake with ice cream at St. Matthew's UCC, Kunkletown's Strawberry Festival. "I come for the homemade ice cream," says Smith.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS Volunteers at Grace Community Church in Lansford serve free lunches to local children and teens.

The Summit Hill Heritage Center began its Summer Food Program on Monday.

The program offers a free lunch to children and teens in Lansford, Coaldale and Summit Hill from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every day until Aug. 15.

Lunch is served at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, Grace Community Church in Lansford and Christ Redeemer Church in Coaldale.

The administrator for the program, Deb Ranck of Summit Hill, said that donations have been down a bit this year, but those who have donated are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A dedication ceremony in honor of Palmerton's new fire station will be held at noon Saturday.

At that time, an open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company, located at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue.

The keynote speaker will be Wayne Nothstein, a veteran firefighter and chairman of the Carbon County Board of Commissioners.

Also in attendance will be former Speaker of the House Keith McCall, as well as a representative from the office of Doyle Heffley, borough officials, and firefighters.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  It was a late harvest for crops such as peppers, mostly because spring weather was too cool and rainy. But in recent days, Rich Konkus, owner, Konkus Produce, reaped a bounty of colorful varieties, selling for low prices last week at the Hometown Farmers Market.

Recent weather patterns have caused a number of problems for local farmers.

After a snowy cold winter, we've had many rainy days this spring.

Rich Konkus of Konkus Farms in Cressona has been dealing with drawbacks because of the frequent rainy days.

"On cool, rainy days, it's hard to get outside. I can't get anything done," he said.

He grows peppers, tomatoes, squash and corn, among other kinds of produce, but harvest days have been pushed back because of the cool spring.