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Monday, June 16, 2014

Organizers of the "Dear Tamaqua Project" will be at the Tamaqua ABC Hi Rise from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday to provide information about the project, as well as assist anyone who wishes to participate.

Monday, June 16, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS Anna Marie Fiducia

Anna Marie Fiducia, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, has been selected by Oplinger-Hower, Unit 899, of the American Legion Auxiliary in Walnutport, to attend Keystone Girls State.

This experience in government will be held at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, June 22-28, and is the 69th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. About 200 girls are brought together through sponsorship of local auxiliary units and other organizations to study government on city, county and state levels.

Monday, June 16, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  "The Jesus Guy" has returned to Tamaqua. How long he stays and where he goes next is uncertain, he says, depending on where the Lord leads him.

The famous nomad is back.

"The Jesus Guy" arrived in Tamaqua early Sunday, where he was first spotted walking down the Hometown Hill.

He has no shoes and no money, but he owns a Bible and a robe.

"I walked from Mahanoy City this morning," he said as he entered town.

It's not his second coming. Actually, it's his fourth or fifth. The last time he visited Tamaqua was on Jan. 27, 2009, when he entered town before a snowstorm, then disappeared.

So where has he been?

Monday, June 16, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Sam Shafer enjoyed playing at the picnic, especially after he had his face painted to look like a tiger. He is the son of Ben and Lisa Shafer, Hometown.

The annual Air Products Community Picnic was held Friday afternoon. The event was also a mixer for the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, June 16, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Richard Beltz and his daughter Emily, Still Creek, boarded the train as part of their Father's Day celebration. Car Attendant James Danner took their tickets and helped Emily climb the steps.

From the two-horse-power Leiby's Wagon to the 455 horse power engine under the hood of a 1970 candy apple GTO, many modes of transportation were on display during Tamaqua's Summerfest celebration Sunday.

One mode of transportation vital to the history of the region was the showpiece of the day the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern train which toted passengers to New Ringgold or the historic High Bridge area. The excursions were part of the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, which is part of Reading Blue Mountain and Northern.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Alex E. "Al" Dietz, 92, of Pottsville, passed away Friday at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street, according to an obituary in the Pottsville Republican Herald today.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A candlelight vigil Saturday drew more than 60 to Tamaqua Depot Square Park for a ceremony to celebrate the life a murder victim and offer support.

Friends and family of Angela Steigerwalt gathered for a balloon launch, readings, candlelight tribute, prayer, and a chance to share intimate memories of the Tamaqua woman murdered in Allentown Feb. 1.

"She was special," said Gina Hunsicker, Jim Thorpe, who, with daughter Gabi, organized the event. Both were close friends of Steigerwalt.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio host with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.

Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning. A statement issued by the family says he died at 3:23 a.m. on Father's Day morning surrounded by family and friends at a Washington state hospital.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Allentown Bomb Squad was on scene this morning at 8 Sixth Avenue in Nesquehoning where a suspicious package was found.

According to reports from the scanner and the scene, the resident of the home awoke this morning to find tires slashed on two cars and a suspicious package on the porch with the word “tick tock” written on it.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

An agency housing troubled teenagers in Penn Forest Township says it's not getting enough money from the Jim Thorpe Area School District to continue to operate its on-site classes. If the district won't ante up more cash, the agency says it would be forced to enroll its clients in the school district.

That possibility has parents upset.

The school board has scheduled a public informational meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium.