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Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Coal Miners Heritage Festival, 9 Dock St., Lansford, will host a Miller-Keystone Blood Center blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in addition to celebrating the area's coal miners and coal mining history.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lehighton Area High School announces honors list for the fourth marking period.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Weissport Community Yard Sale is seeking vendors for the event in the Weissport Park to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23.

The rain date is Sunday, July 24.

For information about spaces, call (610) 377-4147.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Marine Corps Reserve Lance Cpl.  Brian E. Rivera

CAP DRAA, Morocco – The sun barely peeked over the horizon when the stillness was shattered by the roar of artillery. Two men with ties to Carbon County crawled out of their tents into the southern Moroccan morning to begin another day.

Marine Corps Reserve Lance Cpls. Brian E. Rivera, son of Rosalind Rivera of Cedar Avenue, Jim Thorpe, and Brian Zulic, son of Michael and Marti Zulic of West Fell Street, Summit Hill, are in Morocco supporting exercise African Lion 2011.

"I'm a howitzer crewman," said Rivera, "I am the Marine who loads the round into the cannon."

Saturday, July 9, 2011

During the 4th of July holiday weekend, Waterways Conservation Officers of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission conducted roving fish and boat law enforcement patrols on numerous waterways in Carbon County.

Patrols consisted of boat patrols, vehicle patrols and foot patrols.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

For years, Pennsylvania's highways were ranked the worst in the country by truckers, according to Overdrive Magazine.

There has been no such ranking this year, but another publication has taken a swipe at the state's travel system.

"Transportation for America," also known as "T4," is regarded as the largest, most diverse coalition working on transportation reform today. It ranks Pennsylvania's bridges the worst in the country, stating 26.5 percent are structurally deficient.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, on the new Lions Club is forming in the Carbon County area.

The meeting, a covered dish event, will be at 576 Main Road, Lehighton.

For additional information, call (610) 533-9311 or (610) 377-5559 or email carey@ptd.net.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Earl Beers attended the July 7 meeting of the Towamensing Township supervisors to ask about "No Trespassing" signs at the recreation property, which is public land.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said the signs were to keep hunters out who may not know there are people in the woods.

Beers said therefore they should be "No Hunting" signs.

Resident Guy Seifert asked if it isn't a safety zone and should be so posted, and if the ballfield would be begun this fall in the area discussed.

Kleintop said the preliminary plan for the ballfield was received that day.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
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Jordan Kennedy, 13, of Tamaqua shows off a hanging form of "parkour" at the South Ward Playground. Parkour is becoming more common among youth. Normal parkour involves running, climbing and jumping along a route, attempting to navigate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only their bodies. Skills such as vaulting, rolling, swinging and wall scaling are employed. Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles are preferable and it is most commonly practiced in urban areas.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Parts of Hometown, including the Hometown Commons and Wal-Mart, were without power for about an hour last night.

Generators were used at a number of main intersections as PPL crews investigated the cause to the power outage.

Rush township police and fire police also controlled traffic at larger intersections north of Hometown.

At least 94 PPL customers in Rush Township and another 120 homes in Lake Hauto were still without power last night following Thursday night's severe storms that uprooted hundreds of trees and knocked down dozens of poles.