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Thursday, July 7, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Adam Thieling, NCC student and part-time employee of Chestnuthill Township, Bernie Kozen, Director of West End Park and Open Space Commission and Dave Fleetwood, Chestnuthill Twp. supervisor, are cutting down trees and clearing brush at the future site of the West End Regional Park walking trails, pavilion and small parking lot. They hoping for more volunteers to help them on the project.

The first phase of the West End Regional Park is now in progress.

A handful of volunteers have begun cutting brush and clearing trees so a bid can be released to make walking trails, erect a pavilion and small parking lot on land acquired off Evergreen Hollow Road on Merwine-Hilltop Road in Brodheadsville.

In 2002, Chestnuthill, Ross, Eldred and Polk townships acquired 244 acres from Nettie Romascavage to create the West End Regional Park.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Carbon County Fair is seeking crafters and display vendors for the fair to be held Aug. 10-14 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton. Vendors selling craft items are encouraged to participate, as there will be a specially designated craft tent. All food vendor spaces are filled at this time.

A vendor's midway decorating contest, "Going Hog Wild at the Barnyard Boogie," will be held this year, with an opportunity to win free or partially funded space at next year's event.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board placed 40 teacher aides into a furlough pool, due to the transfer of programs or classes and elimination of positions currently funded by nonappropriated or reduced grants. The action was taken at a recent meeting held at the Maple Avenue Campus in Marlin, Norwegian Township. At a previous meeting, 27 professional and non-professional staff members were furloughed.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The 41st Annual Men of Marian Summer Picnic will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 29-31. The three-day picnic/festival will be set up on the school grounds.

Festivities will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. with music provided by "Kartune." The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday and feature entertainment from the country band "Crazy Heart." Sunday's event will begin at 4 p.m. with music from the ever-popular "Remember When."

A huge flea market will again be a part of the picnic.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Schuylkill County commissioners called the report submitted by Children and Youth Services Agency "heartbreaking," when it was reported 45 children entered placements during the second quarter of the fiscal year.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

In the mood for yet another outdoor excursion?

If so, then plan to attend the annual Summer Picnic Meet at the Walnutport Canal Pavilion from 5:30-8 p.m. July 13.

Organized by members of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, the picnic is free, and guests are welcome to bring their family.

Registration is required. The registration deadline is Friday.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The 77th Annual St. Joseph Parish Festival, sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 15-17, on the church grounds at the western end of Ludlow Street in that community.

The festival hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday and 5-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, ending with the traditional huge fireworks display that closes the celebration.

On Friday, entertainment will be provided by "A Dog's Life" from 7-10 o'clock.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Gone Fishing, No Sewer. This is what fire victim Kevin Kellner spray painted on the side of his house, 5 South Lehigh St., as a farewell and comical gesture after losing it to a massive fire that destroyed his and three other homes Tuesday morning. "No Sewer" refers to recent requirements by the Tamaqua Borough and DEP that require all sewer lines not connected, aka wildcats, to the borough's main sewer line. These connections are to be connected at the owner's expense. All the homes destroyed by Tuesday's fire were originally required to get the connection done.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured enjoying yesterday's sunny outdoor weather by playing dodge ball outside Tamaqua High Rise are members of the Tamaqua Youth Ministries.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Officials with the Tamaqua Borough, fire department and Schuylkill Communications will spend a couple hours today testing the horns, sirens and pull boxes, starting at 3 p.m. Residents shouldn't be alarmed and are asked to be patient and understanding as the siren whistles go off. Pictured is the fire horn on top of the Tamaqua American Hose Company.