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Monday, September 16, 2013

Zion United Church of Christ, a landmark structure at Second and Iron street whose clock towers dominate the Lehighton landscape, currently stands veiled in scaffolding as workers renovate its masonry and fenestration.

The church, built in several phases a century ago, is likewise being renovated in several phases. Restoration of the side of the building facing Iron Street was completed a year and a half ago.

The current renovation began in July and is anticipated to be completed by November. The final phase, to renovate the clock tower, has not been scheduled.

Monday, September 16, 2013
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Linda Yulanavage, Executive Director, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, and Dale Freudenberger, President, Tamaqua Historical Society, place flowers at the Tamaqua Train Station in honor of the late Ken Smulligan. Smulligan, a member and past president of Tamaqua Borough Council. Smulligan played a key role in the restoration of the historic station. He died unexpectedly last Monday at the age of 66.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation is hosting a new member orientation and Business After Hours Mixer, hosted by the Carbon County Art League from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the CCEDC office, 137 South St., Lehighton. New member orientation is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the Carbon County Art League Mixer is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 16, 2013
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Anthropologist Matt Bielecki displays a model of the Taung Child fossil as he discusses early mankind's evolution with, l-r, Michael Schirra, Howard Tokosh, andMischele Williams. Bielecki gave a presentation, Humanity Unearthed on Saturday, at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

Monday, September 16, 2013
Daniel M. Miorelli

A Tamaqua man, a former member of the Tamaqua school board, has died of complications after falling off a tractor in Lansford.

Daniel M. Miorelli, 54, of 163 Owl Creek Road, died at 3:55 a.m. on Saturday at St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill.

According to the coroner, Miorelli fell from the back of a trailer just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 99 Riley St. in Lansford, where he was employed. The injury resulted in a fractured left hip.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Feed the People is serving its community dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. All are welcome. For more information call (570) 657-1480.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Denise Smith, vice president of development, The State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, discusses the venue's plans for the 2013-14 season with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Have a passion for the arts?

If so, then The State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton is certain to evoke those intense emotions.

Denise Smith, vice president of development, explained the venue's program for the 2013-14 season recently to members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

"It's an absolute wonderful gem in the Lehigh Valley," Smith said. "It's amazing the power of what the arts do in terms of economic development."

Smith said the Theatre was built in 1910. It became "The State Theatre for the Arts in 1926.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Carbon County prospective jurors were introduced to a new jury selection process on Monday, and it has caused longer service time.

Mandated by the higher state courts, jurors must now answer a questionnaire given to them when they are called for service. After they complete the questionnaire, it is returned to the jury commissioners' office and copies are given to attorneys participating in the case for review.

What used to be completed in a day, now forces the process into another day for prospective jurors.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom "Oakie" Schlorf, left, stands with fellow Tamaqua firefighters during a recent South Ward event in Tamaqua, where he was honored for his many year's of dedication and support to the South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua Fire Department and South Ward Playground.

Thomas (Oakie) Schlorf, 53, Tamaqua, was short on words as members of the South Ward Playground Association honored and recognized him for many years of volunteerism and committment at both the South Ward Fire Company and South Ward Playground.

The honor was announced during Wednesday's Sept. 11 service held at the playground.

Schlorf, a firefighter since 1974, served as South Ward Fire Company Fire Chief from 1984 to 2010 and Tamaqua's Fire Chief from 2001-2010.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Civil War in Syria is a perplexing problem for the U.S. and its allies. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost or displaced since the uprising began in 2011 and now the aura of chemical weapons has engulfed the international community. President Obama's own strategy regarding the Syrian conflict also has demonstrated a level of incompetence that poses a danger to U.S. national security.