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Saturday, August 10, 2013

To learn more about the merger of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce (GLVCC), a luncheon meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Bert's Steakhouse, 416 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

Gina Martens, Vice President-Media Relations for the GLVCC, will tell Palmerton area businesses and individuals of the many benefits they will receive as a result of the recent merger.

For further information, call the Palmerton Chamber office at 610-824-6954 or visit at 410 Delaware Ave. where you are always welcomed.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Tia Tyson, 10, and Toby Tyson, 7, of Lehighton, pose with their breeding goats, Miley and Lilly, at the Carbon County Fair in Palmerton.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Veteran Tour de Shore riders, Mary Seelig, Mike Dugan, Ammon Hontz and Todd Truskey.

With the luck of the Irish on their side and months of hard training behind them, area residents completed the Irish Pub Tour de Shore, a 65-mile charity bike ride on July 28.

The Irish Pub Tour de Shore raises money for children in need and for the families of fallen police officers. It was founded by the owners of The Irish Pub, Cathy Burke and Mark O'Connor who wanted to use the pub's two locations in a manner that would give back to the community.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters extinguish a car fire at the intersection of Route 309 and Mauch Chunk Street at about 7 p.m. yesterday.

Traffic was backed up through Tamaqua yesterday as firefighters worked to extinguish a car fire at a major intersection.

Emergency personnel responded to the busy intersection of Mauch Chunk Street and Pine Street (SR309) just before 7 p.m. after occupants of a green Dodge Stratus noticed smoke coming from the hood.

After seeing this, they pulled their vehicle into the parking lot of Hess Windows and Tamaqua Tobacco Outlet.

Witnesses said the two male occupants then ran across the street to the American Hose Company and told firefighters their car was on fire.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday set salaries for its superintendent, business manager and solicitor.

Superintendent Rosemary Porembo will be paid $107,120 for the 2013-2014 year. The amount reflects a pay freeze. School Director Roy Angst cast the sole "no" vote.

Business Manager Kenneth Marx Jr. will be paid $75,480.46 for the 2013-2014 year. Again, the amount reflects a pay freeze, and again, Angst voted no.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The beach at Beltzville State Park in Lehighton has been reopened to swimmers wishing to take a dip.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened the beach Friday afternoon after water sample tests revealed that the bacteria levels in the water were again safe for swimming.

The lake has been closed to swimmers since Tuesday evening, after water samples revealed high bacteria counts in the lake.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jim Thorpe Community Watch and Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch are joining forces to discuss the viability in coordinating a Carbon County Community Watch.

With the idea of "neighbor helping neighbor," the two groups will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School to address the matter.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
A newly purchased SUV sits in the rear driveway of a Summit Hill home after catching fire yesterday. An adjacent garage and car were also damaged from high temperatures.

Firefighters and police were called to the rear of 109 East Amidon Street in Summit Hill around 10 a.m. Friday after the owner of a newly purchased SUV called 911 to report his new vehicle was on fire.

"The vehicle was fully engulfed when we arrived," said Summit Hill Police Chief Joe Fittos Jr.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Sign on the Gehring Farm barn reads 1887. The barn once housed cows and horses, now it serves as a warehouse for old farm equipment. Note where the roof was raised on the upper left side of the barn.

Marvin Gehring was heartbroken last week as he was preparing to leave the homestead that his great-grandfather settled in the 1870s, a farm that had remained in his family until a little over 40 years ago when it was taken by the state of Pennsylvania under eminent domain to create Mauch Chunk Lake, the surrounding watershed, and Mauch Chunk Lake Park.