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Thursday, July 24, 2014

A 30-by-40 foot tent may remain on the property at the former New Jersey Zinc Company's West Plant in Palmerton until next spring.

That decision came after the borough's zoning hearing board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to grant a variance for the project at the site on Mauch Chunk Road.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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When these young people are asked what they did over summer vacation, they can say they became artists, thanks to Paula Zelienka, the Palmerton Area Library's annual art camp teacher. From left, Gracie Everett, 9; Isabella Mujevic, 10; Kierra Pfaff, 10; Riley Cordova, 8; Hannah O'Neill, 10; Caleb Schafer, 11; Mattie Everett, 8; Olivia Smelas, 10; and Haley Smelas, 9; were instructed how to paint with acrylics, watercolor, and pen and ink. Young people will have another opportunity to work with Zelienka during the week of Aug. 4-8. Call 610-826-3424 for more information.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Keeping Sunday Holy Team will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Brodheadsville. Information was incorrect in the Chestnuthill column Wednesday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) More than 500 migrant children among the tens of thousands who have flooded the southern U.S. border are being housed in Pennsylvania, attracting a visit from some members of Congress and at least one tea-party protest.

The state Department of Public Welfare confirmed Wednesday that federal officials told them 120 children are in two temporary centers, KidsPeace in Bethlehem and the Bethany Children's Home outside of Reading in Berks County. The other 386 youngsters are staying with "sponsors" including relatives and religious groups, said spokeswoman Kait Gillis.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To ensure all members of the family know what to do in the event of an emergency, state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is bringing together various emergency management groups to provide information and answer questions during her Emergency - Be Prepared Seminar and Expo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14, at Springhouse Middle School, 1200 Springhouse Road in Allentown.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Dave Seward of Pottsville, left, and Eddie "Bluestone" Conover of Mary D, tune up a concert bass before a musically flash mobbing in downtown Tamaqua Wednesday.

An event billed as a flash mob in downtown Tamaqua went on as planned Wednesday, but for those on hand, there was just too much heat to strut their stuff.

High temperatures and humidity put a damper on flashing or mobbing, but a handful of spectators enjoyed miniconcerts of blues music presented on East and West Broad Street from 11:30 until 1 p.m.

The impromptu concert by Eddie "Bluestone" Conover and the Rockabilly Cats caught shoppers by surprise.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nesquehoning Borough Council officials want to clarify that formal action was never taken in regards to test burning at the Panther Creek Power Operating cogeneration plant.

On Wednesday, Councilman Don DeMarco addressed the issue of a statement made by Panther Creek asset manager Matthew J. Cochran in the article "Panther Creek wants to burn shredded tires," which ran in the Times News on June 30.

DeMarco disputed Cochran's statement, saying that "Nesquehoning council recently approved the plan."

Thursday, July 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Donald Smale

A hearing has been postponed for a Summit Hill man who is charged with stealing more than $23,000 from his clients who have intellectual developmental disabilities.

Donald Smale, 40, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

The case has been continued and rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1.

Smale faces charges of forgery, identity theft, access device fraud, and theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

He remains free in lieu of $5,000 unsecured bail.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Panther Valley Elementary School recently announced the end of the year award recipients.

They are as follows:

Sen. James J. Rhoades' Good Citizenship Award: Seth Berk and Kaylee Gilbert.

Nolan Ritchie Memorial Award: Madison Reph-Valentine, Abraham Cabrera, Dylan Breiner, Shaedon Tobin, Alexis Digilio, Alexis Romig.

Perfect attendance awards

Grade 1: Giovanni Arnold, MacKenzie Digilio, Kariana Newbold

Thursday, July 24, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Valerie Solt, 10 and twins, Emma and  Adriana Fugazzotto, 7, drape the Palmerton Area Library book chain around them. They are participating in the Summer Reading Book Chain Contest to see who can read the most books this summer. Adriana and Valerie's favorite books are the Junie B. Jones series. Emma's favorite is "Flat Stanley."

The Palmerton Area Library Summer Reading Book Chain Contest is in full swing.

This contest is open to everyone, from preschoolers through adults. For each book you read this summer, add a link to the growing colored paper chain.

So far over 1,500 books have been read. There are five different colors. Each color represents an age group.

The contest will continue until Sept. 1 when three lucky readers in each age category will receive prizes from the library. B104 radio station will also give away an iPad. There is still time to sign up.