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Monday, June 27, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Historical Society and Tamaqua Art Gallery announced David Kern, Tamaqua, as the winner of their I Spy in the Sky Contest. Tamaqua photographer Joe Matukonis, of Photos by Owl Creek Joe, spent a few weeks walking around Tamaqua, looking upward and snapping shots of the beautiful architectural details for the contest. These photographs were the basis for the Chamber's I Spy Contest, which was sponsored by the historical society and art center. Pictured from left are Matukonis, winner David Kern and Society president Dale Freudenberger.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Paper balloons will be on sale at the Jim Thorpe Market from July 1 to July 16 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) Light The Night Walk, a fundraiser to support patients with blood cancers.

Jim Thorpe Market wants to help out the community and support cancer patients.

Each paper balloon will be $1, but patrons can donate more if they wish. The market will be giving 100 percent of the profits from the paper balloons to the society.

Monday, June 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The Franklin Township Lions Club recently held its installation of officers. They include, seated l-r, Elaine Correll, tail twister; Art Berger, board member; standing l-r, Ed Dudley, past district governor; Ray Haydt, new member; Richard Schirer, director, and Scott Dudley, director.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Many campaign-driven bicycle riders will be arriving in Tamaqua around 6 p.m. tomorrow as they finish one of the last stretches of the Rotary's four-day Schuylkill County bike tour, called 'Rotary Pedals Out Polio'.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Ten area residents were among 42 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

James H. Smith, 63, of 11 Walnut St., Barnesville, on two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) was sentenced to serve two to 10 years in a state correctional institution. He was ordered to report to the county sheriff's office for transportation to the state facility on Saturday, July 16. at 9 a. m.

Monday, June 27, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS This house at 238 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has neighbors up in arms and the borough code enforcement officer at wit's end.

Lansford council is waiting to see what comes of an upcoming district court hearing concerning a property owner who is apparently taking his house apart and dumping the debris in his overgrown back yard.

Code Enforcement Officer Katharyn Labosky described the property, at 238 E. Bertsch St., to council on Wednesday.

"The individual up there has decided to dismantle his house, piece by piece, for whatever reason," she said. The debris "is all stacked in the back yard. the grass is up to the shoulders of a six-foot man. The neighbors are living next door to a landfill."

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Local youth and employees donated $750 dollars to the LVHN 'Stop Texting" campaign after learning about the serious dangers of texting while driving. Pictured from back left are youth organizers Brendan McGowann, Anthony Pilla, Taylor Mele, Abby Pilla, Emily Pilla and Jordan Weber. In front, from left, are Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce executive director Linda Yulanavage, LVHN Annual Giving director Heather Ennis and Skipper Dippers owner Joe Pilla.

"Pull over. Stop texting and driving."

That is the message local youth are trying to spread to teach drivers, young and old, the real dangers of texting while driving.

They are working together with Skipper Dippers Dairy Bar and Grill in Hometown and the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) via the network's 'Stop Texting' campaign.

After hearing about statistics regarding texting and driving, Anthony Pilla, Taylor Mele and fellow Skipper Dippers employees decided to find ways to spread awareness to the dangers of texting and driving.

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Matthew Schweitzer, 16, son of Stephen and Debbie Schweitzer of Lehighton, presents proceeds from a benefit concert to Carolyn Long, coordinator of the Lehighton Food Pantry.

A Lehighton teenager recently presented a check of $1,575 to the Lehighton Food Pantry to complete his senior project.

Matthew Schweitzer, 16, son of Stephen and Debbie Schweitzer of Lehighton, held a benefit concert on March 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Luther Hall, which featured members of the Praise Band from the church. Matthew, who plays the bass guitar, participated in the concert. He will be a junior at Lehighton Area High School in the fall.

Saturday, June 25, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Slatington Lions Club who were on hand during the installation of officers on Tuesday were Dale Benninger, Pete Papay, Tommy Nicholson, Lloyd Hopkins, Doug Heckman, Ted Harlan, Ted Kistler, Jim Layland, Fred Phillips, Herman Schiffer, Ed Hartman, Jeff Weidner, Claude Fenstermaker, Dan Evans, Matt Guesto, and Steve Walden.