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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.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Funds for seven projects to be undertaken by the Schuylkill County Affordable Trust Fund were approved by the county commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The Schuylkill County Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, awarded $10,000, to form a partnership between the county court system, county bar association and Schuylkill Community Action for financial and budget counseling and negotiation with lenders to avert mortgage foreclosure.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A large crowd attended the annual St. John's Lutheran Church's Strawberry Social in Jim Thorpe. Aaron Bedford, seated at left, of Jim Thorpe, obviously didn't want to leave his family of dogs home alone. Besides, in a "Social" meant to socialize? Bedford holds nine-year- old Princess, a pug-pomeranian mix, keeps a close eye on three of her litter of five puppies as the 15 day olds are held by, kneeling, l-r, Ava Ruff, and Taylor Craig and seated rear, Sydney McArdle.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Special Olympics PA Carbon County is co-hosting a Family Fun Day this Sunday and is in need of volunteers.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. Volunteers are needed starting around 9:30 a.m. and throughout the day.

Volunteers are needed to hand out raffle and Chinese auction tickets, run three different games/contests and work the hot dog/nacho stand.

Anyone who would like to volunteer can email Victor Shivone at vshivone@gmail.com.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center are holding a free open stage event tonight at the center, 125 Pine Street.

They encourage all ages and levels of talent to participate.

Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m., and the show lasts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is not a karaoke event, and performers are asked bring their own instruments with one mic being provided.

Members recommend small amps and small drum kit and to bring nothing bigger than 2 x 12 combo and or five piece drum kit with high hat & cymbals.

For more information, visit www.TACP.info

Thursday, June 27, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Cassidy Akers, 22, of Lehighton, was traveling eastbound on Route 248 near Bowmanstown at around 8:35 a.m. today when it lost control, causing the front left side of the vehicle to strike a barrier and overturn. Akers was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest campus, with unknown injuries. The accident caused disabling damage to the vehicle. Assisting at the scene were Lehighton State Police, Palmerton Police Department, Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company, Parryville Volunteer Fire Company, Palmerton Ambulance, and Lehighton ALS.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Weatherly Area High School Alumni Association (WAHSAA) Board of Directors met on Thursday, June 20, in the First Presbyterian Church. There were 11 members in attendance.

President Todd Gimbi was in charge of the meeting.

Election of officers was held. Officers are as follows: President Gimbi, Vice President Betty Henry, Chairperson of the Board Celine Gerhart, Recording Secretary Yvonne Felker, Treasurer Susan Gerhard, Membership Secretary Gimbi, and Corresponding/Publicity Secretary Sarah Hamm.

Officers will be elected each year.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Phil and Barbara Scherer, the current franchisees, have owned and operated the Convenient Food Mart in Palmerton since July 1993. The store reopened at its current site in August 2008.

Twenty years in business certainly qualifies as a true watershed moment.

That's how long Barbara and Phil Scherer, the current franchisees, have owned the Convenient Food Mart in Palmerton.

In honor of its milestone, the store will kick off a monthlong celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday, with an appearance by the radio station KRZ, complete with free giveaways; beer tasting at the Beer Zone; and a free cup of coffee at the 24/7 Laundromat for customers who utilize its services that day.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Replay participants and caregivers walk with cancer survivors during the survivor lap at the Tamaqua Area Relay for Life, held last weekend in Lansford Stadium.