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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Some grocery shoppers had a rare sight when they went into the Golden Key in Lehighton this morning. Strolling past them, rather nonchalantly, was a medium-size black bear. It was one of two bears which wandered into town.

The bear which passed the Golden Key was estimated to weigh about 200 pounds. It continued south on Second Street, cut through some yards to Bankway, and proceeded to the Lehigh River before it could draw too much of a crowd.

The other, estimated to be about 500 pounds, lumbered mostly through the west end and center of town.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Diane Sharpless, center, coordinator for the Carbon Animal Rescue Team (CART) shows animal oxygen masks to Dr. Mary Lombardo, left, owner of Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, and Thomas Zimmerman IV, president of the Mahoning Valley Lions Club. The Lions donated 10 mask kits to CART in honor of Dr. Lombardo's work. Sharpless said CART previously had 12 masks. The additional donation means there are now enough to equip every fire department in the county with them.

Every fire department in Carbon County can now carry animal oxygen masks on their apparatus.

Last night, Mahoning Valley Lions Club donated 10 mask kits to the Carbon Animal Rescue Team (CART) in honor of Dr. Mary Lombardo, owner of Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, in memory of her dog "Grace."

Diane Sharpless, coordinator for CART, said her team already had 12 kits. The additional masks mean that there are now enough to equip all fire departments in the county.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Individuals who are in need of community service hours are welcome to join the fair board members and volunteers on the following dates at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays: June 29, July 13, July 20, July 27 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 3, Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.

Volunteers are reminded to bring paperwork requiring verification to each session. There are a variety tasks that can be performed to prepare for this year's event.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Mark Nied, of Lehighton, enjoys time at the Tamaqua Bungalow Park with his daughter Victoria, 4, left, and niece Kira Flyzik, 6, of Coaldale.

The first few days of summer are showing their strength as temperatures hit the upper 80s. Mark Nied, of Lehighton, enjoys time at the Tamaqua Bungalow Park with his daughter Victoria, 4, left, and niece Kira Flyzik, 6, of Coaldale.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Holding back tears, Mary Hosler of Tamaqua, speaks about her fight against cancer during the survivors' ceremony at the Tamaqua Area Relay for Life, held last weekend.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Bill Keich of Center Street in Tamaqua receives two planted flower boxes from Benjamin Beckett of Highwood USA in Hometown.

Area businesses have joined with members of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, Tamaqua Safety Initiative (TSI) and Tamaqua Community Arts Center to spread seeds against blight by distributing planted flower boxes to residents in blighted areas.

Over 20 planted flower boxes were given to area residents residing in the Initiative's designated Tamaqua Safety Corridor (TSC).

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Three Pleasant Valley School District board members voted not to approve the proposed 2013-2014 coaching positions. Steve Borger, Russ Gould and James Spinola said that they did not feel they had enough information to vote "yes."

The following head coaching positions were approved by a 5-3 vote:

Ÿ Ken Piontkowski, boys' basketball head coach

Ÿ Nadia Gauronsky, girls' basketball head coach

The board approved these the following assistant coaching positions for 2013-2014:

Ÿ Paul Evans, fall varsity golf.

Ÿ Anthony Chupa, boys' varsity basketball

Thursday, June 27, 2013

"It was his choice," was the surprising comment Keith Allen Reber, 49, of 294 Meadow Drive, Schuylkill Haven, told a jury Wednesday afternoon in Schuylkill County court, as he testified in his own defense.

Reber is charged with murder, kidnapping and nine other criminal charges for the death of Bryan Robert Smith, 26, Orwigsburg, whom Reber tied to a tree during the early morning hours in a heavily wooded area in South Manheim Township. Smith was tied up for 20 hours and was found dead.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand for a presentation on Blue Mountain Ski Area's 20-year plan were, from left, Kelly Drust, vice president, Affiliate Chambers, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Marlyn Kissner, executive vice president, Affiliate Chambers, Councils, and BBRP, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Kristen Pittman, president, LeBEAM; Barbara Green, president, Blue Mountain Ski Area; Dawn Ferrante, Carbon County Economic Development Corporation executive director; Terry DeGroot, LeBEAM; and Monica McCandless, LeBEAM.

From concerts, to festivals, to a new water park, Blue Mountain Ski Area wants to be a premier entertainment destination.

Exactly how it plans to get there was shared on Tuesday as part of a networking event with the Lehigh, Bath, East Allen, and Moore (LeBEAM) Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Barbara Green, president, Blue Mountain Ski Area, gave a presentation on a 20-year plan that detailed future happenings at the ski area.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Coaldale Lions presented a $500 check recently to St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus as part of their $10,000 pledge to the hospital. Pictured during the presentation are, front l-r, Micah Gursky, Lions Club secretary and director of development, St. Luke's; Laura McElheny and Kim Sargent, vice president of patient care services of St. Luke's; back l-r, Lions Club vice president; Cip Vavra, and Lions President Robert Ames. "This donation represents the Lions Club motto of 'We Serve'," said Ames, who added that the funds will go towards the hospital's new ICU Unit.