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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Summer fun at the YMCA Opting for indoor activities, Leah Sharer, 10, plays ping pong with her friend Nicole Kordonias, 10, at the Tamaqua YMCA. The YMCA is air conditioned, which provides relief from the current heat wave.

Avoiding the heat, some people are opting to stay inside. Connor Veglia, 17, enjoys the air conditioning of the Tamaqua YMCA while he spends his afternoon working out.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Scott Case, 6, makes a splash as he jumps backwards into the Bungalow pool in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Weissport Council voted to adopt a parking ordinance on Monday night that allows a school to have designated parking hours for four parking spaces in front of the school.

The school requested that the four spaces be reserved for school traffic between the hours of 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, including summer months.

Council tabled opening bids for roadway seal coat.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Lehighton patrolman Bruce Broyles talks to Kate Scott, of Friends of Pep Border Collie Rescue, while petting "Sweetie". Scott said Sweetie was thrown of a truck and her organization is caring for her until she recovers.

Members from both Carbon County Friends of Animals and the Animal Shelter of Carbon County came together over the weekend to host their third annual Rockin' Rescue event at the Lehighton Park.

The event consisted of over 30 vendors, most related to pets and animal care. In addition, visitors enjoyed free music entertainment from multiple bands. Organizers estimated over 500 visitors, to include some from other states, took part in the event.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania's (BCNEPA) Customer Service Call Center has been recognized by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) for best practices in service improvement.

BCNEPA was recognized for resolving member questions on the first call and reducing the need for additional follow-up calls. From 2012 to 2013, BCNEPA's rate of first-call resolution rose 10 percent. The percentage of "world-class calls" - or calls in which customers said they were "very satisfied" - also rose 10 percent. BCNEPA's service rates meet or exceed all national industry averages.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Nineteen area properties held by the Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau were sold according to a judicial (court order) sale and will now be returned to the tax rolls. Properties were sold to the following:

Watermelon Realty, LLC, Schuylkill Haven, two properties owned by Francis M. Houser, one east of Clamtown Road, West Penn Township, for $5,100.

Watermelon Realty, LLC, Schuyhlkill Haven, property on Clamtown Road, both West Penn Township, $4,000.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kendra Kunkel, 9, left, teaches her sister Layla, 7, how to hold her breath underwater at the Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A partnership has been struck between the Carbon Chamber and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The merger was approved on Monday by the Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corp.

Carbon Chamber Executive Director Dawn Ferrante said she believes the move will result in "a really great partnership."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Carbon County Housing Authority heard bids Wednesday for the Palmer House, a 50-unit project for the elderly in Palmerton.

The total of low bids for all phases of the project was $1,848,300.

Other business included an approval of an annual contributions contract for an acquisition and rehabilitation project in Jim Thorpe and Lehighton.

The project will provide for the acquisition of property and rehabilitation of homes for 20 families in the Lehighton area and 10 families in Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Preparing their cooling center, Major Sharon Whispell puts ice into a cooler.

Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army are opening their doors to anyone wanting to get out of the heat.

"Some residents might not have working air conditioners," said Major Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army. "Anyone can come to our Tamaqua Salvation Army building to get out of this heat wave."

Cold refreshments and snacks will be provided at no charge and guests with caged or leashed pets are also permitted," added Whispell.