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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A fishing boat lies on its side on the New Orleans shore following Hurricane Gustav and Ike.

(Editor's Note: Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans late last night as a Category 1 storm on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005, and only one week before the anniversaries of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which pounded the gulf coast in 2008. This is a first-person account by TIMES NEWS reporter Andrew Leibenguth, who volunteered as a national disaster responder and shelter manager with the American Red Cross during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weissport's popular Redneck Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Weissport Park in the center of the town.

The festivities, including the Redneck games, contests, food vendors and live entertainment, will be from noon to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from the event benefit youth recreation in Weissport. The event is sponsored by the Weissport Recreation Committee.

The event will open on Saturday morning with the dedication of the new gazebo in the borough park and to thank the sponsors who helped support the event.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum in Lansford will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a variety of fun and educational activities each day. The main day will be Sunday September 2 in conjunction with the Old Time Miners Picnic beginning at 11 a.m.. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. The Old Fashioned Miners Picnic features a variety of great homemade ethnic foods and desserts that the coal region is famous for. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and great foods. Seating will be available in the picnic pavilion. Take outs are also available.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Parryville United Methodist Church, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will host a free luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Please note that this monthly luncheon has been changed this month to the fourth Saturday, rather than the last Saturday of the month. This change is for the month of September only.

The regular schedule of the last Saturday of the month will resume in October, barring any major holidays.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Anyone interested in learning more about Girl Scouting in the Tamaqua-Panther Valley area is welcome to attend a meeting this Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Greenwood and Mauch Chunk Streets, Tamaqua.

In addition to learning more about scouting, there will also be the opportunity to sign up for Girl Scout Service Unit 310.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Montgomery County man was given a county prison term on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court after pleading guilty to a bomb threat and related count. He was one of 16 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Kidder incident

Timothy Francis Duggan Jr., 29, of Norristown, was sentenced to serve six to 12 months on charges of bomb threat and false alarms. He was arrested by Kidder Township police for phoning in a bomb threat to the Boulder View Tavern, Lake Harmony, on March 24.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kahla, 6, Travis, 4 and their mom, Cheryl Wargo, of Summit Hill, get ready for a carousel ride at the West End Fair. The fair has been enjoying a week of perfect weather. It continues through Saturday.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Runners in the 5th annual Palmerton 5K for Diabetes begin the race on Third Street. There were 96 runners and walkers in this year's event, which raised $2,600.

More than 100 people gathered in Palmerton Borough Park this weekend to support the American Diabetes Association during the fifth annual Palmerton 5K for Diabetes. The event raised $2,600 for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Onlookers and supporters cheered as 96 runners and walkers began their race down Third Street and Lafayette Avenue in Palmerton. Many participants had taken part in the race before and are active supporters of the ADA.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mahoning Valley Fire Company's new 2013 KME pumper will be dedicated on Sept. 15.

Fire company officials said the festivities will begin at 2 p.m. "with an old fashion carnival atmosphere." The official dedication be occur at about 5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Clarence "Topsy" Derby and his wife, Nancy, are dwarfed by a huge scarecrow displayed by Old Homestead Tree Farm at the West End Fair in Gilbert.

By tomorrow morning, Hurricane Isaac is anticipated to have made landfall in the United States.

It's uncertain whether the storm will travel fast enough, though, to impact the West End Fair in Gilbert.

The National Weather Service seems to think the remnants of the storm won't arrive until possibly Sunday, when the fair is over. The fair, which opened this past Sunday, continues through Saturday.

A meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., writes on the forecast discussion: