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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from several Carbon County communities respondedto a dwelling fire late Monday afternoon in Lansford. The fire was reported just before 6 p.m. at 246 West Patterson St. Flames and smoke were showing through the second-floor windows. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stanley Zabo of Lansford complained about debris on his neighbor's property in a unique manner.

He attended a meeting of Lansford Borough Council and presented a jar containing a brown garden-type snake. He said the snake "nearly bit my young daughter."

Another neighbor, Martin Janis, said the property of which Zabo was complaining was also infested with rats. Janis substantiated the snake story.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWs

New Pleasant Valley Elementary School principal Erica Greer and a few students rang the school bell, a long-standing tradition on the first day of school. Greer says that there are 1,375 students enrolled in kindergarten through third grade. She is excited about her new job, saying she began teaching first grade at Pleasant Valley Elementary 11 years ago and has now come full circle. Kindergarten a.m. and p.m. students and their parents spent the first dayin orientation.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Terri Williams, of Lansford, on right, purchases a Zoostock T-shirt on Monday. Proceeds benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Making the sale is Darlene Hentosh.

The drop was farther than he expected and the water temperature was initially cool, but John "Shimmy" Shemansik had been through worse.

A 16-year cancer survivor, the Summit Hill resident was the first volunteer in the dunk tank Monday during the 16th annual Zoostock in Lansford.

Held at the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar, the event raises money for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Two people were killed in this crash early Sunday morning in Franklin Township.

The Carbon County Coroner's office released the names of two people killed in an early-morning crash Sunday in Franklin Township.

Christopher Mattera, 23, and Brian McGovern, 25, both of Wilmington, Delaware, were pronounced dead at the scene by Carbon County deputy coroner Robert Miller.

Autopsies on both were scheduled for today.

Police said at 2 a.m. a Jeep Cherokee was going east on Forest Street, just past the entrance of the former Kriss Pines Trout Hatchery.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Caryn Aybar, New York, browses through books at the new Penn-Kidder Library Center.

One day a couple of years ago, Barbara Franzosa sat in a restaurant in Pine Point Plaza in Albrightsville and mentioned to the owner how much she missed the public library near her former home.

"Two people at other tables said we miss our libraries, too. So I said, well, should we try to start one? And they said yes," she said.

On Saturday, after much planning and hard work, the Penn-Kidder Library Center opened in its new home in the plaza on Route 903 near the intersection with Route 534.

"This is like a dream come true," Franzosa said.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS John Forshee, better known as "Farmer John" and his faithful farmyard friend, Smudge, share a hug during one of the many daily presentations at the West End Fair Barnyard Express. Farmer John takes his mobile education farm center from fair to fair and schools across the country. He talks to children about barnyard animals and brings live animals to the stage like a goat, pig, a miniature horse, a calf and a sheep. He talks about the many farm chores and wonderful array of products that come from a farm in an educational but funny way. He was as much of a hit with the adults as he was with the kids.

Above, John Forshee, better known as "Farmer John" and his faithful farmyard friend, Smudge, share a hug during one of the many daily presentations at the West End Fair Barnyard Express. Farmer John takes his mobile education farm center from fair to fair and schools across the country. He talks to children about barnyard animals and brings live animals to the stage like a goat, pig, a miniature horse, a calf and a sheep. He talks about the many farm chores and wonderful array of products that come from a farm in an educational but funny way.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Jackie, holding Priscilla, and George Frederick of Fleetwood pose in front of their resto-mod 1938 Chevy Sedan and say this is their eighth or ninth year attending the annual Slatington Lions Club Car Show.

Despite threats of rain, the 26th Annual Slatington Lions Club Car Show went off without a hitch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with an awards ceremony afterward, at the Slatington Airport along Route 873.

While a few visitors were heard saying they had not brought their classic or antique car to the show because of predictions of thunderstorms, organizers said the actual number of show cars was down just slightly from past years, at about 400.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Corbett

HARRISBURG (AP) Common ground is scarce in the Pennsylvania governor's race, the only statewide election contest in 2014.

Republican incumbent Tom Corbett is battling chronically weak polling numbers despite first-term accomplishments that include erasing a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall without major tax increases and signing a transportation-improvement program that has jump-started highway and bridge projects stalled for years.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Richard Gross works on custom license plates Sunday afternoon during the Weissport Redneck Festival.

Toilets racing in the streets would be a strange sight for many small towns, but not in Weissport.

The seventh annual Weissport Redneck Festival wrapped up its traditional three-day stint Sunday in the borough's park.

Coordinator Duane Dellecker said the event was another success in 2014, despite concerns that traffic flow and parking would be a problem due to work on the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge routing southbound vehicles through Weissport.