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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Special Olympics PA, Carbon County, is currently training its Bocce athletes every Saturday at the Palmerton Area High School tennis courts.

They are in need of several volunteers to help with set up of the courts, score keeping, and so forth. Volunteers should arrive about 8:30 a.m. to set up the courts and prepare before the athletes arrive at 9 a.m.

Bocce practice will run until noon and be held every Saturday through Oct. 20.

Anyone who would like to volunteer may call or email Sheri Anthony at (610) 737-0469, or

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lehighton Area Middle School (grades 5 thru 8) will begin classes on Monday, August 27, 2012, Dr. Mark McGalla, principal, announced.

On Monday, all Middle School students will report to the school located at 301 Beaver Run Road between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m. Class will start at 7:30 a.m. Dismissal will begin at 2:14 p.m.

Lunch will be served on the first day at a cost of $2.20.

Handbook/Planners which provide information pertaining to school policies and regulations will be given to every student on the first day.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A tree on a power line caused a widespread electrical outage in Lehighton this morning.

Brenda Koons, borough secretary, said the outage affected the south side of the borough.

The tree was on the line on Bridge Street.

The outage affected traffic signals along Route 443, including one at west entrance of the McCall Bridge (Route 209 and 443). Lehighton Fire Police were summoned to assist with traffic control at the intersection.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Visitors view exhibits throughout the Summit Hill Historical Society Museum during the grand opening, which took place on Sunday during the Hootenanny. Door prizes were given away each hour to lucky visitors.

More than 400 people celebrated the grand reopening of the Summit Hill Historical Society's museum at 134 W. Ludlow Street at the site of the former McFadden's store by visiting the exhibits and learning about local history.

"We were very pleased with the crowd," said historian Carol Miller. "People seemed to enjoy themselves and many purchased copies of Lee's (Mantz) book about the history of Summit Hill."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Carbon County residents can learn about the benefits of composting and enjoy s'mores at the same time this weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Carbon County Master Gardeners, a service group of the Penn State Extension; and Mauch Chunk Lake Park, will team up to host a Composting and Campfire Concert at the park. The event, which is free to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., at the picnic area around the camp store.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A stagnant pool of water on Stadium Hill in Tamaqua. Water pockets like this are able breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has added the borough of Tamaqua to the growing list of Schuylkill County municipalities infected with the West Nile virus. Other affected Schuylkill County communities are Ringtown, Cressona, Pine Grove and Schuylkill Haven.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

An area resident was one of two sentenced by Schuylkill County judges on criminal charges.

Franklin J. Kunkel III, 21, Quakake, Rush Township, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy, retail theft from Walmart Store, Hometown, and receiving multiple electronic items stolen from the store last Dec. 8.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The inter-borough bridge, linking the Mauch Chunks, long considered as one of the worse "death traps" in the Pennsylvania State Highway Department's system, will be rebuilt. The Public Utility Commission today condemned the existing structure as "dangerous and grossly inadequate." The announcement was received with enthusiasm here today, particularly among citizens who in years past and in more recent months have vigorously pursued a campaign to have the bridge condemned.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Local bottle collector Bob Perrin (center with tall hat) displays a unique turtle ink bottle from TW Renshaw and a photograph of Arner's Store, two rare items he and local photo collector Joe Slakoper (missing from photo) donated on Sunday afternoon in memory of local historian Lee Mantz. Surrounding Perrin (left to right) are Summit Hill Historical Society Treasurer Louis Vermillion, President Harry Miller, Mary Ann Mantz (back to camera), Lyle Mantz, Bob Crampsie, Nicole Giantesano, Renee Mantz and Kassandra Mantz.

Local collectors Bob Perrin and Joe Slakoper wanted to do something special in memory of their friend and colleague Lee Mantz who died in a tragic accident last Sunday so they contacted the family and Summit Hill Historical Society President Harry Miller and asked if they could make a special donation to the museum in his memory on Sunday during the Hootenanny.