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Saturday, August 6, 2011

In an effort to help fire companies and emergency response organizations of the 122nd Legislative District secure additional grant funding, State Rep. Doyle Heffley, in partnership with State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann, a Fire Company and Emergency Responder Grant Seminar instructor, is hosting a seminar to help local fire companies and emergency responders learn how to write grants.

The program will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Lehighton Annex building auditorium, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton.

Saturday, August 6, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Brian Piekarski received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Theater Owners.

Brian Piekarski, a resident of Weissport and graduate of Lehighton Area School District, received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Theater Owners.

To be eligible a student must work at a theater. Piekarski has enjoyed working at Becky's Drive In, Berlinsville, for two years.

He will be attending Philadelphia University with a major in architecture. Piekarski said he would like to work in the field of residential architecture, but his final decision when he finished college will depend in part on the economy.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The arson trial of a Lehighton man resumed Friday morning with more testimony given by Commonwealth witnesses. The defense started its part of the case in mid-afternoon but President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II recessed the trial about 3:30 p.m. and told the jury to come back at 9 a.m. Monday.

Joseph Lincen Mesa, 63, is facing two counts of arson, both felonies, filed against him by state police for allegedly setting his house at 12 Cub Lane, in Penn Forest Township, on fire during the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2009.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Vacation Bible School

The Jim Thorpe Ministerium will be sponsoring an Ecumenical Vacation Bible School the week of Aug. 8-13 at Christ U.C. Church, 4th and Center streets, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration forms have been placed at the local churches; however, if you wish to register your children, you may contact Jamie Kunkel, (570) 325-8670

Reunion planning meeting

There will be a meeting on Monday Aug. 8, at noon, at the Lions Club pavilion in Normal Square, for anyone wishing to help with the planning of a Jim Thorpe High School class reunion.

Friday, August 5, 2011
Kristen Shupp, 12, of Lehighton, displays woodburning project which earned her a blue ribbon at the Mahoning Valley 4-H Round-Up last night. She also had a blue ribbon in cake decorating.

Mahoning Valley 4-H members last night staged their annual round-up, a precursor to the Carbon County Fair, at St. John's Church in Mahoning Township.

The event had dozens of projects on display, and was highlighted by a fashion show that featured dresses, aprons, and pajamas hand-sewn by the club members.

Although ribbons were awarded in nine different categories, it was stressed that this isn't the same judging that occurs at the Carbon Fair.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Students new to Lehighton Area High School who have not as yet registered or elected courses for the next school term are asked to do so as soon as possible.

Parents should bring the students to the high school guidance office any weekday between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to complete the registration.

An appointment will then be made to see a counselor regarding course selection.

If you have any questions regarding this process, you may also call the office at (610) 377-7600.

Friday, August 5, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While large oversize truckloads are nothing new to Jim Thorpe and the area, a long oversized truck hauling a massive and heavy electrical transformer bound for Buffalo, N.Y., seemed a little out of place Thursday in that truckers usually do not hazard the hilly route out of the east side of the town heading "up" SR903 to the Poconos.

Friday, August 5, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS On hand for the presentation were (left to right) Charles Ladd, IV, Air Products; Meagan Cunningham, West Side Hammer Electric, Deborah Daniels, Air Products; Luke Cunningham, West Side Hammer Electric, and Kelly Malone, Schuylkill United Way.

Officials from Air Products and Chemicals, Hometown, recently presented the Schuylkill United Way with the proceeds from their annual spring golf tournament, a total of $17,000. "This really made a big difference for us," said Kelly Malone, the executive director of the Schuylkill County Way, who accepted the check on behalf of the organization.

The tournament was held in June, at the Mountain Valley Golf Club, in Barnesville.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Carbon officials are hoping to have the repairs completed at the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township by the end of the year.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Randall Smith, county administrator, briefly overviewed a recent mandatory prebid meeting for the project to repair the bridge after it was damaged in June when Joseph Chiariello of Albrightsville drove a large commercial truck through the bridge and hit structural beams, snapping them off. The meeting took place at the bridge on Tuesday.

Friday, August 5, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Construction crews have completed one of the final phases of the construction of the new Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Mahoning Township, installing the sign at the entrance of the sprawling new complex. Although no opening date has been set, company officials state it will be sometime in the approaching autumn.