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Friday, August 16, 2013

A community picnic will be held in Bowmanstown this Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the borough.

The picnic will take place Sunday, Aug. 18 from 4-8 p.m.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be provided. Those in attendance are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.

During the picnic, the borough will hold a dedication ceremony to honor Oliver J. Solt and Forrest "Foffie" Beers.

The new pavilion will be named after Solt, who is 100 years old, while the Bowmanstown ball field will be named after Beers.

Friday, August 16, 2013

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Authorities say a 10-year-old girl abducted in Pennsylvania, triggering an Amber Alert, has been found safe and her alleged abductor is in custody in upstate New York.

Police in Pennsylvania tell WSYR-TV that Peter Tarbox, of Gordon, Pa., was taken into custody Thursday night in the town of Gouverneur in St. Lawrence County. It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.

The Amber Alert, issued earlier for a green Saab believed to be heading toward the town of Norwood, has been canceled.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Palmerton has a need for an emergency generator at its Sixth Street Pump House.

To that end, the borough's Municipal Authority will accept bids for its installation, as well as associated site improvements, until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the generator is necessary "so that if there's a long-term power outage, we would be covered."

"We discussed it for quite a while," Danielson said. "We really just decided that we need to eliminate the risk of having a long down period."

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network is hosting an evening of music and fellowship at the Tamaqua Train Station Aug 17 starting at 6 p.m.

Musicians representing congregations in the area will present a program of inspirational songs similar to the Chamber of Commerce's Summer Community Concerts at the station. Messages will be mixed with the music and free ice cream will be distributed near the end of the program.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Diocese of Allentown's Office of Marriage and Family Life Formation is sponsoring a daylong conference on "Raising Awareness of the Effects of Pornography in Our Culture."

The conference will be held Saturday, September 7 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bethlehem from 9 a.m-3:30 p.m.

The conference speaker is Doctor Peter Kleponis of Comprehensive Counseling Services and the Institute for Marital Healing in West Conshohocken.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A successful fundraiser for 20-year-old cancer victim Aaron Pratt was held recently at Beltzville Bar & Grill.

The event was hosted by the Claddagh Keepers Giving Circle of Friends. Jeff Burger, owner of the restaurant, donated proceeds from his sales, while employees donated tips.

There was a DJ and dancing, hula hoop contests, limbo contests, and a basket raffle as well.

Jenn Mangold, a member of the Claddagh Keepers and neice of the owner, said the total raised was $1,375.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A number of Jim Thorpe business owners again asked the Carbon County commissioners to drop the county's weekend parking lot fee.

During the board's meeting on Thursday, Dan Hugos of Amazing Jim Thorpe, Betty Lou McBride of the Old Jail Museum, Thomas Lux of the Mauch Chunk 5&10, and Michael Guy of Rainbow's End, approached the board to again see if the county would reconsider the $10 fee because, the group said, it is hurting business in the town.

Friday, August 16, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

State Rep. Julie Harhart made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Slatington on the latest topics in Harrisburg. Rotary Club of Slatington members include, from left, Rotarians Nick Smith, Gary Fedorcha, Harhart, Ryan Van Norman, Charlie Breidinger, Tim Stillman and Rev. Dave Mohr.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Pleasant Valley School District announces that there will be a Pleasant Valley Elementary clothing swap at the PVE cafeteria on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

In other business, the board approved:

Ÿ hiring Leticia Dipipi as a long-term substitute for Kristina Bowerman, sixth-grade reading specialist at $40,900, prorated;

Ÿ hiring part-time, Karen Marks, Patrick Maurath, Jessica Scott as replacement paraprofessional associates for 2013-2014 school year at PVI for $20,331 prorated annual salary

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS National Association of Realtors recently presented a check of $15,000 that will fund a study to revitalize downtown Lehighton. From left are, Jennifer Shackley, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors; Jim Zurn, president of the Carbon County Association of Realtors; Holly Moskerintz of the National Association of Realtors, Washington D.C; Kathy Henderson, association executive; and representatives of Lehighton Council, Scott Rehrig, vice president; and Grant Hunsicker, president.

A $15,000 Smart Growth Grant from the National Association of Realtors recently was awarded to the Borough of Lehighton. The grant is funding a study focusing on revitalizing the downtown business district in the borough.

The study is being sponsored by the Carbon County Association of Realtors, working with the borough.

As part of the project, consultants Doug Loescher, City Strategies Group, and Teresa Lynch, senior program officer with the National Trust Main Street Center, will provide a written report on their findings in approximately six weeks.