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Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Weissport Redneck Festival is being co-sponsored by the Redneck Committee and Weissport Recreation Committee. The Beltzville Lions Club is not a sponsor. The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What do 50 middle school students, Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Lehigh Carbon Community College, the SHINE after-school program and hover crafts have in common?

The answer is the new Carbon County STEM Career Academy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Franklin Township Fire Co. is hosting a giant yard sale on Friday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the social hall to help raise funds to purchase a new tanker for the fire department. There will be household items, toys, tools, tires and furniture. Refreshments and a bake sale items will also be available.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Rush Township Bicentennial Committee will sponsor a Community Day Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Township Municipal Building, located on SR 54. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities will include a remote broadcast by Polka Joe Manjack, a Rush township resident; a township historical exhibit; business displays and give aways; a health screening compliments of St. Luke's Health Network; children's activities; and a display of vehicles from the Hometown Fire Company, the Rush Township Police Department and the township's sewer department.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Micah Gursky, TACP director, discusses the new website at a recent online open house.

The Tamaqua Area Community Partnership unveiled its new website during a learning discussion and online open house held recently at the Tamaqua High School library.

The website, www.TACP.info, offers local videos and informative resources for the Tamaqua area.

"This is the story of what our partnership is doing, and why we are doing it," Micah Gursky, partnership director, said.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Right, Doug Atherton of Effort was one of the Celebrity Baggers at Kinsley's ShopRite 17th Annual Grocer's Fight Against Cancer Day and bagged groceries for Robert Wouters of Effort. Doug says that he is well aware of what the American Cancer Society does because his father battled cancer. "Kinsley's is great for donating out of their profits for this important research.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tom Hartz Sr. Award was given to the McAdoo Fire Company following the Citizen's Fire Company block party and parade held last month. Thomas "Tom" Hartz Sr., who volunteered over 50 active years with the Citizen's Fire Company, passed away March of last year. Pictured receiving the memorial award are, from front left, McAdoo volunteer firefighters Bob Kasarda Jr., John McHugh, Gary Perna Jr., Gene McHugh Jr., Frank Holmer and Aaron Leshko.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A newly enacted Pennsylvania act may help prisons like the Carbon County Correctional Facility find relief from rising inmate medical health care.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, Robert Crampsie, county controller, reported that during the prison's medical cost containment board meeting, Act 22 of 2011 was discussed. Act 22, which went into effect on July 1, provides help with payments of inmate medical health care bills for eligible inmates.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Tyler McGeehan, center, constructed the display case in the background that holds the names of Jim Thorpe High School graduates who have served in the United States military. The project completes the requirements for Tyler to become an Eagle Scout. With Tyler is Bernie Kattner, left, of Jim Thorpe; and Kevin Jaskot, right, of Penn Forest Township. Kattner is a member of the Class of 1955 and served for four years in the U.S. Navy. Jaskot, 18, is a member of the Class of 2011 and on Tuesday morning left for Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood in St. Roberts, Mo. He will be taking Advanced Individual Training, and will become an MP with the 320th Battalion, 31 Bravo.

Brave men and women who have chosen to serve their country will always be remembered at their alma mater thanks to a future Eagle Scout.