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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Riley Unger, 8, uses a baton while she dances with friends at the St. Jerome's Summer Festival held in Tamaqua. Visitors were treated to free entertainment during the event.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during yesterday's check presentation to St. Luke's Hospital, Miners Campus in Coaldale by Ametek are, l-r, Michelle Achenbach, Human Resources Director, Ametek; Sherry Sinclair, Human Resources Manager, Ametek; and Chad Hammerly, Plant Manager, Ametek; Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus; and Matthew Radzom, Practice Administrator, St. Luke's Urgent Care Center in Jim Thorpe.

AMETEK administrators were given a recent tour of expansion and improvement work at St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus in Coaldale.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members and volunteers with the Tamaqua Community Arts Center have added a new addition to their staff of volunteers.

Deidre Mashack, a resident of Tamaqua and Reading native, is offering her artistic services over the next two years at the center.

Mashack serves on occassion as assistant center director.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Borough employees Karen Davison, Michelle Barron, Donna White and Edie Moyer welcome Joe Snedeker, as the WNEP meteorologist travels through Tamaqua as part of his Go Joe 16 campaign.

Tamaqua's infamous East Broad Street bridge detour was confusing enough to briefly send a promotional bicyclist and his crew in the wrong direction early Tuesday.

At 10:20 a.m., WNEP-TV meteorologist Joe Snedeker entered Tamaqua from Coaldale via US209, led by a WNEP van, part of the Go Joe 16 fundraiser for a religious-affiliated Scranton rehabilitation center.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A strong argument presented by Chief Public Defender Michael J. Stine to the court saved Crystal Fegley, 33, of 109 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, from being sent to a state correctional institution.

Fegley appeared Tuesday before Judge James P. Goodman in Schuylkill County court for sentencing. She had been found guilty by a jury of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

The district attorney was asking for a sentence to be served in a state correctional facility while Stine was seeking a house arrest probation sentence.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Nancy Hertzog/Special to the TImes News Bowmanstown-Parryville Education Lion Larry Engle, left, and Lyle Augustine, right, of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute, stand with Alexandria Quinn, second from left, and Kelly Higgins, second from right. The two recent girls were given $300 scholarships from the Lions Club.

The Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions awarded scholarships to two students during a meeting at the Bowmanstown Fire Company.

Alexandria Quinn, daughter of Steven and Nancy Quinn, is a Palmerton graduate. She was a member of Student Council, treasurer of the National Honor Society. treasurer of the Leo (youth Lions) Club, treasurer of the Yearbook, Environmental Club and student forum.

She took all honors classes and plans to attend Moravian College to study nursing.

Kelly Higgens is the daughter of Evelyn Higgens.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Charles X. Block owner Ralph Richards, left, and manager Richard Gibson, right, receive a House citation from Representative Jerry Knowles in recognition of Charles X. Block's 90-year annivesary. Charles X. Block is an apparel store in Tamaqua.

State Rep. Jerry Knowles presented Charles X. Block of Tamaqua with a House of Representative Citation upon their celebration of their 90th anniversary.

Charles X. Block was established by Charles X. Block and operated by his son, Ted, from 1963 until 2011, when it was purchased by Ralph and Jeannette Richards.

The business offers a wide array of apparel and services, including men's suits, tuxedos, rentals, clothing alterations, bridal wear restoration, personalized vinyl banners and shoe resoling.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A free "Pennsylvanian's Opinions About the States' Water Resources" webinar will be held on July 31, from noon to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

To view the webinar, visit https://meeting.psu.edu/water1.

Recorded versions of each webinar are posted at http://extension.psu.edu/water/webinar-series/past-webinars for those who cannot log on for the live version.

To register or learn more about future or recorded webinars, visit http://water.cas.psu.edu/webinars.htm.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying themselves during Maddyfest on the Lansford Fire Company's inflatable fire safety house are Nick Coniglio, 9; Gavin Pavlik, 7; Hunter Kulaga, 7; Haley Kulaga, 7; Jacob Coniglio, 10; Connor Snyder, 8; Armani Coniglio, 10; and Caitlyn Kovatch, 6.

Family, friends and community members came together over the weekend at the Lansford Little League field during the first annual Maddyfest held to raise funds for fire prevention programs and to remember Madison Arner, 7, who passed away following an electrical fire that destroyed her family's McAdoo home last month.

Event organizers Mindy Turrano, Jenn Hoffman, Nicole Giantesano and Yvonne Stoffey stated their appreciation to numerous organizations that helped put the event together or provided support.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Lehighton Area High School yearbooks have arrived. Pickup times for anyone who ordered a book is Monday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, July 30, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Distribution will be from the refreshment stand in the high school foyer.