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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

"Bugs, Baboons, and Story Tunes" was presented by singer and guitarist/banjoist Tom Sieling at the ending celebration to the Palmerton Area Library's summer reading program. Sieling got the kids up, singing and very involved with the many humorous, very participatory (sometimes even a bit athletic) songs for kids that engaged everyone in the room ... adults included. Songs like "Wheels on the Bus," "My Blue Whale Pleased Me" and "My Bonnie" required lots of arms, legs, hands and heads moving. And the kids loved it.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Susan Solt

The Governor's Institute on Financial Education, a program offered by the Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education, awarded Panther Valley High School teacher Susan Solt the Ripple Effect Award for integrating financial concepts into her lesson plans.

Solt is one of five teachers who received the award this year.

At Panther Valley, Solt teaches personal finance, accounting and business to students in grades 10-12. Her personal finance class has become a graduation requirement for all students.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Montour County, has agreed to pay the United States $1.3 million to resolve allegations that it erroneously submitted improper claims to the Medicare program.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

To help young and old beat the heat, the Lansford Pool has reduced the rate for daily admission Thursday, Aug. 3 and Friday Aug. 4. Adults pay $3 and the children up to 17 years, pay $1.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Lehighton Community Block Party will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 at the corner of Third and Coal streets, Lehighton.

This year's event will host a Soap Box Derby Race on Aug. 6; the first race starts at noon.

Registration forms and rules are available at www.ssppschool.org.

There will also be a Lehighton Idol Contest for singers 18 years and older, with cash prizes. An entry form is available on the website.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
AP PHOTOs Firefighters spray water on an industrial fire Tuesday at Nicos Polymers Group recycling plant in Plainfield Township, near Nazareth. Several local fire departments were dispatched to the scene.

A blaze that raged at a recycling plant in Plainfield Township, Northampton County, for nearly 24 hours before being declared out Tuesday was fought by volunteers from about 75 fire departments.

The fire broke out at about 4:45 a.m. at the Nicos Polymers Group on Bangor Road (Route 191).

It was officially declared out at 3:34 a.m. today, but crews were still on the scene at 7 a.m.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Justin McDemus, 6, Pottsville, participates in a carrot picking at the Farming For a Day stand hosted by the Tri-Valley FFA.

Thousands of visitors are packing the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds this week to enjoy the week-long of events, vendors, games, rides, food, programs and activities.

Some attractions are first-ever truck pull, farm picnic, horse shows, bands, 4-H livestock sale, AG Museum, racing pigs, wildlife show, and much more.

The Schuylkill Fair, located in Summit Station, runs until August 6.

For more information about the fair, visit www.schuylkillfair.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Andrew Stephen Coniglio, 11, right, and sister Autumn, 8, participate in a stacking cups activity while father Andrew Coniglio, special process technician, looks on.

Employees of Silberline Manufacturing Company Inc. welcomed 35 daughters, sons, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of current Silberline employees recently to the Corporate Office in Hometown in recognition of the national 'Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day."

The day's theme was "Invent the Future." The day's event began with refreshments and a quick background tour provided by Michael Meuller, Managing Director-Americas.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Lehighton man went on trial Tuesday in Carbon County court on charges of indecent assault and related counts.

Robert Henning II, 28, faces three counts of indecent assault, one being a felony, and one count each of corruption of a minor and indecent exposure.

The jury panel of seven women and five men heard testimony Tuesday from the 15-year-old female victim. The panel also heard several other Commonwealth witnesses called by Assistant District Attorney Michael S. Greek.

The trial is expected to conclude today.

Seven year period

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MetroAction was recently awarded a $100,000 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund grant through the United States Department of the Treasury to increase small business training opportunities and improve access to small business financing.