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Saturday, August 10, 2013
Sign on the Gehring Farm barn reads 1887. The barn once housed cows and horses, now it serves as a warehouse for old farm equipment. Note where the roof was raised on the upper left side of the barn.

Marvin Gehring was heartbroken last week as he was preparing to leave the homestead that his great-grandfather settled in the 1870s, a farm that had remained in his family until a little over 40 years ago when it was taken by the state of Pennsylvania under eminent domain to create Mauch Chunk Lake, the surrounding watershed, and Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Area fairgoers can enjoy the Carbon County Fair one day longer than planned.

The additional day is due to inclement weather on Friday, which caused the fair committee to cancel the fair yesterday except for agricultural events. The fair will be open today and Sunday, beginning at noon.

On Saturday, the regular schedule of events will be held, which includes an antique field stock tractor pull at 4 p.m. in the arena; and a country spectular event throughout the day on the main stage.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A new bench was dedicated to volunteer Claire Heiney for her 14 years of service to the Carbon County Fair. She was misidentified in a newspaper story in the Wednesday, Aug. 7 issue of the TIMES NEWS. Heiney also was recognized by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for her volunteer service to the fair.

Also Judy Shutack was named a Volunteer of the Year at the Carbon County Fair. She was also wrongly identified in a story about the opening ceremony of the Carbon County Fair.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the errors.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

District 14-U recently held a Banner Exchange in Milford when District Governor Liz McElwee, left, a member of the West Penn Lions Club, received the District Governor Banner from immediate Past District Governor Sharon Kimmel, a member of the Milford Lions Club. The banner will be in McElwee's possession until June 30, 2014. The exchange was hosted by the Milford Lions Club.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bob Kuntz holds a sample of the keepsake slate for which orders will be taken at the kickoff.

The kickoff of the year-long celebration of Slatington's 150th anniversary is getting close.

The events committee for the borough's anniversary committe said volunteers are needed for the Aug. 24 kickoff for various jobs, including manning stands, ticket sales and taking borrowed chairs to the site.

At this week's meeting, the committee began finalizing plans.

The kickoff celebration will begin at 4 p.m., but volunteers are needed beginning at 9 a.m.

Needed are more crafters.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A dream begun six years ago, for a regional community center to serve the area from the heart of Tamaqua, has come true.

Now the final housekeeping detail is to retire the mortgage for nine additional rooms on the second floor.

The rooms are providing a venue for much-needed activities and events, so the act of satisfying the mortgage is tantamount to making an investment in the community, Salvation Army officials explained.

The fully handicapped-accessible center has quickly become a hub of regional activity.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School teacher Sherry L. Hoffman has written and published a book about "bucket filling." Entitled "A to Z Character Education for the Classroom," the book presents bucket filling activities for children, teachers, and parents. Pictured at a recent book-signing event are, from left, Hoffman; her daughter, Jocelyn; and her husband, Jared.

Her passion for reading and writing partnered with a sincere goal to make a difference in the world by teaching about empathy and kindness inspired Lehighton Area Middle School teacher Sherry L. Hoffman to write a book about something called "bucket filling."

The title of Hoffman's labor of love is "A to Z Character Education for the Classroom."

Hoffman first learned about bucket filling in 2011 when her daughter was a kindergarten student at Franklin Elementary School.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Fair had six bicycles to give away and this year the lucky winners who can pedal off into the sunset are: left to right, Ethan Zettlemoyer (Boy ages 0-3), Cy Maynard (Boy ages 4-8), Morgan Myers (Girl ages 4-8), Isaiah Zettlemoyer (Boy ages 9-12), and Mikayla Wilkins (Girl ages 9-12).

Friday, August 9, 2013
Dawn Willis

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Lansford woman who failed to appear for a preliminary hearing.

Dawn Willis, 34, is facing shoplifting and drug related charges.

Mahoning Township Police said the charges stem from April 2, when Willis was detained by Wal-Mart Loss Prevention personnel as she attempted to leave the Mahoning Township store with a shopping cart full of merchandise.

Police said Willis failed to purchase any of the items valued at $331.69.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Delano Fire Company will be hosting its annual apparatus parade Saturday in Delano. Judging is from 4 to 6 p.m, with start time at 6 p.m. The parade is held in conjunction to their community block party today and Saturday at the fire company.