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Monday, September 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Performing inside due to weather were members of the March Forth Quartet. L-r are Davd Bleam, Susandra Bleam, Holly Koch and Floyd Foster.

Friends and neighbors came together to celebrate faith and community recently along a section of SR309 in West Penn Township over the weekend.

The event, free and open to the public, encouraged anyone to simply stop by and enjoy time with your fellow man or woman.

Hosting the community event were the Bleam family of the block of 1200 block of West Penn Pike.

"You don't see this type of thing anymore," said guest Mike Heffelfinger of Hometown. "This is how people treated each other way back when."

Monday, September 23, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

Monday, September 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS From left are band drum majors Jared Sharpe and Sam Postupack of Tamaqua's Raider Marching Band; Luke Nosal, Alanna Dent, Alicia Day and Autumn Williams of Bangor's Marching Band; Jacob Hylton and Emily Kimmel of Tri-Valley's Marching Band; Madeline Dowd and Elizabeth Shappell of Nativity BVM Marching Band; Lily Leahy and Jennifer Jackowiak of Mahanoy Area Marching Band; Nicole Krusnoski of Minersville Marching Band; Chris Swantek of Shenandoah Marching Band; Allyssa Kovich and Autumn Minnich of Pottsville Marching Band; and Nicolas Gerber and Miranda Kleckner of Annville-Cleona Marching Band.

Despite being moved inside due to heavy rain, spectators were able to enjoy instrument and marching performances by 12 high school bands during the Land of Running Water band adjudication.

The event was held at Tamaqua Area High School.

Bangor Marching Band took the lead, placing first in overall high drim major, overall high woodwinds, overall high brass, overall high percussion and overall high band front.

Southern Lehigh and Wilson tied on the audience appeal category.

Monday, September 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Entertaining a crowd under a tent during the festival are performers, l-r, Pat McGeehan, Dave Lucas, Jillian Lucas and Shawn McCarty. The group is a mixture of performers from Coal County Express and Free Range Folk.

The seventh annual Heritage Festival was held Saturday at the scenic Mauch Chunk Lake Park located in Jim Thorpe.

The yearly festivals pays tribute to local coal mining heritage and include a number of bluegrass performances throughout the day and evening.

Rain didn't stop spectators and performers from having a great time, as both chose to gather under a tent during the rain.

In addition, a number of food vendors, crafters, and historical displays were featured. Children also enjoyed pumpkin painting and hayrides along the historic Switchback Trail.

Monday, September 23, 2013

At 9 a.m. today, the results were revealed for Honda's Project-Drive In, a promotion to provide nine drive-in movie theaters with a free digital movie projector.

The Mahoning Drive-In was not among the winners.

As a result, it appears that this might have been the last year for movies at the local facility.

The winners of the final four projectors through Project Drive-In were:

Ÿ Stateline Drive-In, Elizabethton, Tenn.

Ÿ Starlite Drive-In, Cadet, Mo.

Ÿ Monetta Drive-In, Monetta, S.C.

Ÿ Ocala Drive-In, Ocala, Fla.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. James Neff and six children, whose home at 454 North Second St. Lehighton, was destroyed by fire late Saturday night, are residing with Mrs. Neff's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Stuckley, North Second Street, Lehighton.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A McAdoo man failed to appear for his preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, this week, but the magistrate allowed the case to proceed, deciding there was enough evidence for a court trial.

Patrick B. McCarthy, 30, of 722 S. Kennedy Dr., was scheduled to appear before Bayer on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were filed by Kline Township Police Chief John Petrilla following a May 9 incident.

A number of defendants elected to waive their rights to preliminary hearings.

Monday, September 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Multiple police vehicles from Tamaqua and surrounding departments sit outside the Tamaqua Police Station following an armed robbery at the Turkey Hill Minit Mark in Tamaqua.

A 16-year-old boy, wearing a trench coat, black ski mask and armed with a long knife, was apprehended by area police just before 3 o'clock this morning after allegedly holding up the Turkey Hill Minit Mart on East Broad Street in Tamaqua.

Police were called to the mart at 2:31 a.m. for a report of an armed robbery involving a large blade knife. Shortly after, police from Tamaqua and surrounding departments gave chase to the suspect along Spruce and Center streets and areas in between.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tamaqua Transfer Station, located along Sewage Plant Road, will be participating in the Schuylkill County Fall Cleanup and Recycling event this week.

The plant will be accepting items Monday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 27 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7 a.m. to noon. Items it will be accepting, some with a fee, are as follows:

Electronics - Television sets, microwaves, computer systems with no charge. Computer systems includes one monitor, one hard drive, printer and or scanner and peripheral, single monitor, hard drive, printer, etc.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:West End Fair mower winner The winner of a lawn mower awarded by Charles S. Snyder Inc. of West Penn Township at the West End Fair was Keith Weitknet. Congratulating him are Ann Fogel, left, and Nancy Knadler, both in sales for Charles S. Snyder.