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Friday, August 5, 2011

An emergency generator for its waste water treatment plant could cost Slatington nearly $70,000.

Ten companies submitted bids to the borough on Thursday, with J.B. Electric Corp. of Minersville, turning in the apparent low bid of $69,669.

That bid was just $231 less than the next lowest proposal of $69,900 turned in by ARC Electric Construction Co. Inc. of West Hazleton.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The house at 442 Cypress St., Lehighton, that was broken into by two armed robbers early today.

Lehighton police are investigating a home invasion which occurred early this morning.

Police state two black males entered a home at 442 Cypress St. just after 5 a.m. One of the two was reported to be armed with a handgun.

Two of the residents were on the first floor of the home – a male who was asleep and a female who encountered the intruders.

County records indicate the house is listed to a Robert Rehrig.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Michael Rehrig

A local Boy Scout was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony July 31 at St. Paul's UCC, Indianland.

Michael Rehrig, of Lehigh Township, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on April 19. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 15 in Indianland.

Rehrig began his scouting activities in 1999 as a Tiger Scout with Pack 201, Indianland, and earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light before crossing over to Troop 15 in 2004.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Carbon County jury panel deliberated for about an hour and a half on Wednesday afternoon before finding a Lehighton man not guilty of all charges filed against him.

Robert Henning II, 28, was found not guilty of three counts of indecent assault and one count each of corruption of a minor and open lewdness by the panel of seven women and five men.

Henning was charged by Franklin Township Police Chief Thomas Beltz with having inappropriate contact with a young girl over an almost seven year period while she was between the ages of four and 11.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Diann Bittenbender, left, help, left Kellen Trotter and Meredith Howell, make sheep toys at the marketplace at St. Matthew's UCC's Vacation Bible School. The theme is Hometown Nazareth and the children are experiencing what it may have been like when Jesus was a boy through Bible stories, crafts and songs. Other activities at the marketplace included: making a bracelet from beads made from clay and making their own pinch pots from clay; making a rock necklace or mosaic from the rock quarry; making a money box (tzedakah) found in the synagogue; tie dying using colors from Biblical time.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Some people like to have their cake and eat it too.

Or, in the case of others, their beer and wine and drink it too.

Guests who attend the fourth annual "Best of Both Worlds" Beer & Wine Festival this Saturday at Blue Mountain Ski Area would surely attest to that.

Held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Valley Lodge, the Beer & Wine Fest will showcase local microbreweries, wineries, distinctive flavors and gracious hospitality.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Corazza, dealer principal, of Fairway Chevrolet in Hazle Township, accepts "Chevrolet's Mark of Excellence Award" from Chevrolet's zone manager Dan Ahearn. The "Mark of Excellence Award" is given toonly a few selected Chevrolet dealers in the country that achieve superior sales, service and customers satisfaction goals.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A special tribute to honor the start of the 47th anniversary of the Vietnam War will be staged in Palmerton.

Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County, the event will get under way at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the borough park.

Among those who will speak at the ceremony are Henry M. Desrosiers, DVA, Carbon County; Floyd C. Brown, Commander, VVOCC; and Ed Moyer, Commander, American Legion Post 269, Palmerton.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Federal and state funds were received by the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority, which operates the county bus system. The Schuylkill County Commissioners accepted and executed the consolidated operation assistance grant agreement for 2011-2012 season during Wednesday's work session.