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Saturday, September 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A plaque was presented during the opening ceremony of the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival on Friday to the family of David Dailey Sr. for his many years of dedicated service. Pictured are, from left, granddaughter Meghan Dailey, son David Dailey Jr., wife Eileen Dailey, son Jim Dailey, festival committee secretary Jane Stroup, and festival chairwoman Susan Arner.

Hard working, dedicated, and a strong sense of humor.

David Dailey Sr. has embodied those traits for as long as anyone can remember.

Unfortunately, times have changed, and at present, Dailey, of Palmerton, is dealing with dementia.

But, that didn't stop him from being recognized for all of his contributions to the community.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Traffic signals like this one in Tamaqua can prove to be  confusing for motorists and pedestrians alike. The  pedestrian crossing signal says it's safe to go, but turning  traffic has a green light.

No driver wants to hit a pedestrian, just as no pedestrian wants to be hit by a vehicle.

Trying to avoid such situations can sometimes be tricky, especially with confusing traffic signals.

In most municipalities, the bulk of traffic signals have buttons for pedestrians to push when they want to cross the street.

However, the majority of these signals do not stop traffic in all directions, leading to some confusion for motorists and pedestrians alike.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
AP Photo/The Tribune-Democrat, Todd Berkey

A praying mantis sits on a sunflower in a garden in Johnstown. If you look closely in your yard or garden, you might be able to find all sorts of insects. What's blooming in your garden? Send us photos by uploading to our "submit a photo" link on at tnonline.com

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Tamaqua Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The meeting will be held in the Tamaqua Elementary School Library and is also open to parents of students at Rush Elementary School.

Fifth-grade parents will also meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

This week, Reps. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, and Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne, participated in a tour of KME in Nesquehoning.

KME is one of the largest employers in Carbon County, employing nearly 1,000 people.

During the tour, they discussed employment opportunities with company officials who said they have a great need for qualified workers, including mechanics, welders and fabricators.

The expansion of this company shows that manufacturing remains key to Pennsylvania's 21st century economy, and a great option for the workers of the future.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

By 4-3 vote, Tamaqua Borough Council rejected a three-year-old dredge dumping agreement with Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., Pottsville.

With the vote, the board sent a resounding anti-dumping message to the mining firm, industry backers and regulators in the Department of Environmental Protection.

By providing for $1-per-ton of dredge dumped into the Springdale Pit, the controversial agreement had the potential to bring up to $700,000 to the borough.

Critics called the funds "blood money" due to the potential harmful effects of dredge dumping and hauling.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS This is the Boyer's Market store in Tamaqua. The Boyer's Market chain of grocery stores recently won a national award.

Boyer's Food Markets, an independent grocer with 17 locations throughout northeastern Pennsylvania, was recently awarded the top national marketing honor in its category, based on size and sales volume, during Supervalu's national sales show in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

"We're excited to earn the Master Marketer award from Supervalu," said Dean Walker, president of Boyer's Food Markets. "It speaks well of our entire Boyer's team and our efforts to communicate the benefits of shopping at Boyer's to consumers."

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS  A fundraiser is being staged for Jacqueline Ahearn-Snyder, of Bethlehem, who is in need of assistance after she and her daughter were struck head-on in a crash by a driver who was under the influence back in June. Pictured are Ahearn-Snyder and her two children, Joseph and Jocelyn.

As a behavioral health nurse, Jacqueline Ahearn-Snyder knows what it's like to dedicate her life to help people in need.

Now, the tables have been turned, and Ahearn-Snyder is in need of assistance after she and her daughter were struck head-on in a crash by a driver who was under the influence back in June.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Emergency personnel are seen on the northbound lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Friday afternoon following a fatal crash. Traffic was detoured for hours following the collision.

A Levittown woman was killed as the result of a crash Friday afternoon on the Pennsylvania Turnpike; while a second vehicle is being sought.

Andrew Kehm, chief deputy coroner in Lehigh County, identified the woman as Maria C. Gervasio, 23.

Kehm said that Rebecca Saborsky, deputy coroner, pronounced Gervasio dead at 4:44 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday in order to determine the cause of death.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman is dead as the result of a crash Friday afternoon on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The crash occurred just after 4 p.m. at the 60.2 mile marker in the northbound lanes in Lehigh County.

We'll update as information becomes available.