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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Since the end of the 2012-2013 school year in June, Lehighton Area School District has been working on long-term projects at two of its elementary schools East Penn and Mahoning. As soon as the school year was over, the staff removed everything from each room, color-coded it all, and stored it in the respective all-purpose room of each school. Once everything was safely stored away, the asbestos abatement projects began. Everything is expected to be back in order for the first day of school for LASD students on Tuesday, Sept. 3 the day after Labor Day.

The new school year is right around the corner and the Lehighton Area School District is almost ready for the new year.

Since the end of the 2012-2013 school year in June, LASD has been working on long-term projects at two of its elementary schools East Penn and Mahoning.

The East Penn Elementary School project will include a new ground-source geothermal HVAC system, installation of energy efficient lighting, and building thermal envelope upgrades. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by 1,131,270 kBTU annually.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Contractors have until 2 p.m. Aug. 12 to submit bids to put a pole building at American Fire Co. No. 1, 26 E. Patterson St. in Lansford.

A mandatory prebid meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the site.

The bids must be in a sealed envelope marked "A Proposed Pole Building at the American Fire Company #1 of Lansford Site" and "Attention: Rose Mary Cannon," and sent to the borough hall, 1 E. Ridge St., Lansford, PA 18232.

The bids will be opened and read publicly at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at borough hall.

Monday, July 29, 2013
Performers pictured from left are Salvation Army Old & Bolder group members Deb Althouse of Tamaqua, Barbara Smyrl of McAdoo, Georgine Snyder of Hometown, Fran Golder of Summit Hill and Jenn Snyder of Summit Hill. In front is audience participant Kevin Killian - pretending to drive a sports car during one of the interactive parts of the show at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Older and Bolder Senior Group were the main attraction during their free showing of Summer Short Play held Sunday at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. The series of short plays involved learning experiences, as well as got the audience involved via a variety of interactive games. Tamaqua Area Community Theatre instructor Zane Bachert directed the performance.

Monday, July 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Enjoying funnel cake at Men of Marian picnic John Burns, 13, watches as picnic volunteer Renee Srinivasan puts powdered sugar on his funnel cake.

Intermittent rain didn't stop thousands of visitors from taking part in the Men of Marian's 43rd annual Community Summer Picnic held over the weekend at the Marian Catholic High School in Hometown.

The three-day event consisted of free entertainment, large flea market, games, kids activities, food and more. Margie Myers of Jim Thorpe enjoys a dance with Carl Ache of Lake Harmony during the Men of Marian Summer Picnic held over the weekend at the school.

Monday, July 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

On and off rain showers Saturday evening didn't prevent hundreds of visitors from taking part in the Tuscarora Fire Company's one day community party. The event consisted of free entertainment, bounce house, games, activities, food and so on. Waiting for the rain to stop are Sarah Cool of Hometown with family members , from front left, Flynn Coleman, 4; Declan Coleman, 6; and Keagan Coleman, 6.

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term after entering guilty pleas in three pending cases last week.

Michael Fisher, 26, of Lehighton, was sentenced to a total of one day less one year to one day less two years by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Monday, July 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jesse Green, right, with his son, Donovan. Green, of Mahoning Township, was missing since July 21. He was found during the weekend in Flagstaff, Ariz. after reportedly phoning his parents from a Wal-Mart there.

A Mahoning Township man, missing since July 21, has been located in Flagstaff, Ariz., according to Mahoning Township Police.

Jesse Green, 52, reportedly drove to Arizona because he was "stressed," said Officer in Charge Audie Mertz of the Mahoning Township Police Department.

Mertz said Green called his parents from a Wal-Mart in Flagstaff and said he was OK.

Mahoning Police contacted the police department in Flagstaff and they located Green at the Wal-Mart.

Monday, July 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The female driver of this Ford Thunderbird escaped serious injury Sunday afternoon after losing control on the Hometown Hill (SR309) and driving her car into the woods. Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell investigates the crash. The car, traveling south, sustained major damage to the axles and avoided going over the bank by about 10 feet. The name of the woman wasn't available as of press time. Tamaqua Police are investigating. Tamaqua and Hometown Fire Police assisted on scene.

Monday, July 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Eagle Scout Mason Everett presents the mentor pin to his grandfather, Carl Everett.

On Friday, Mason Everett, a member of Boy Scout Troop 82 of Lehighton, was honored at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton.

Mason's Eagle Scout Service Project consisted of fabricating five bat houses and placing them in Lehighton and Franklin Township. Overall, his project spanned 125 hours.

Master of Ceremonies Duane Reichard said the purpose of the evening was to honor Everett for attaining Scouting's highest rank, the Eagle Scout award.

Monday, July 29, 2013

A "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" hike will occur at 1 p.m. on July 31.

The trail is 4.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This trail will take you through many diverse habitats and runs along Locust Creek. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with pets and other people.

Meet at the upper beach parking lot at Tuscarora. For more information, contact Robin at (570) 467-2506. Shine only.