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Monday, August 8, 2011

Members of the General George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069 in West Penn will meet tomorrow at the West Penn Community Park at 7 p.m. New members or veteran volunteers are encouraged to attend. FMI: (570) 668-1234.

Monday, August 8, 2011
DJ Kevin Schlichting, owner of Crazy K's, sings "Sweet Home Alabama," to start off the evening of karaoke singing at the Log Cabin in Coplay.

Trying to find the history of where, how and when karaoke originated is a lot like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It is generally agreed that karaoke originated in Japan somewhere around the 1970s, and quietly entered the American entertainment scene sometime in the 80's. For the most part, detailed and consistent information seems to be non-existent.

Monday, August 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Road construction in Tamaqua today caused headaches for drivers as traffic was backed up on SR-309 while contractors closed one northbound lane of SR-309 to run electrical lines under the road as part of PennDOT's Tamaqua Central Business District Improvement Project, which is expected to last a few more months.

Monday, August 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rush Township Police are investigating a break in that occurred over the weekend at the Marybeth Leitzel, State Farm Insurance Agency on Dennison Street, near the top of the Hometown Hill, SR-309, in Hometown. Lehigh Tire, located at the bottom of the Hometown Hill, was also broken into some time over the weekend. Tamaqua and Rush Township Police are working together during the investigation. Pictured is Rush Township Police Corporal Duane Fredericks preparing his crime investigation kit.

Monday, August 8, 2011

CONCERN Treatment Unit for Boys, 560 Country Club Rd., Lehighton, will be holding a memorial service at for Keion Gooding who was tragically taken on July 14, 2011.

Members of the Lehighton Basketball Team 2010-2011, coaches, cheerleaders and parents are welcomed to attend.

The service will be conducted by Keith House, director of Student Ministries at Christ Evangelical Free Church. The service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Treatment Unit. Light refreshments will be served. Call 570-386-2990 to confrim attendance.

Monday, August 8, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These two benches along a bank of the Lizard Creek in East Penn Township will not be used anytime soon.

Monday, August 8, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the East Penn fire company pump out the basement of a home at 3236 Lizard Creek road.

Monday, August 8, 2011
Kim Semmel, owner and director of Dance with Kim, looks on as her daughter Brittany practices a dance move. Dance with Kim will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

For 25 years, Dance with Kim in Lehighton has been teaching students the art of dance, as well as other important life skills.

The teaching philosophy at Dance with Kim goes beyond producing great dancers and aims to produce great people. The staff teaches students respect, dedication, positive attitudes and a strong work ethic.

The dance studio, owned and directed by Kim Semmel of Lehighton, has a staff of eight women that teach classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, mommy and me and zumba. The studio also boasts a successful competition team.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The fields are rough but they can be fixed said Supervisor Penny Kleintop at the Aug. 4 Towamensing supervisors' meeting. The fields being discussed are the land purchased for a new municipal building. soccer fields, at least on a temporary basis, will be built.

Supervisor Rodney George said he could plow and plant grass on the property to smooth it out for the spring soccer season.

Monday, August 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hundreds of thrifty shoppers found bargains as volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army helped them find what they needed during the Salvation Army's community indoor sale held over the weekend. Volunteers are needed for their next large community sale. For more information, call (570) 668-0410.

Hundreds of thrifty shoppers found bargains as volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army helped them find what they needed during the Salvation Army's community indoor sale held over the weekend. Volunteers are needed for their next large community sale. For more information, call (570) 668-0410.