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Monday, August 1, 2011

In order to learn more about the process of deep drilling to obtain natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, the newly formed Schuylkill County Marcellus Shale Task Force had as their guest at their meeting, Lieutenant Governor Jim Cowley, who heads the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, to advise them on how to proceed.

Monday, August 1, 2011
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Country music fans enjoyed listening to the popular Lehigh Valley-basedCrazy Heart Sunday evening at the bandstand in Palmerton Borough Park. Several audience members joined in the festivities by line dancing to their favorite country tunes. The Palmerton Concourse Club sponsors concerts in the park on Sundays at 7 p.m. from mid-June through mid-August. The Hazleton Band will entertain at the bandstand on Sunday, August 7.

Monday, August 1, 2011
PHOTO COURTESY of KELLY BOERNER West Penn firefighters, while responding to the fire, mentioned that they could see the orange glow from SR-443.

A West Penn family was lucky to survive a fast-moving garage fire that claimed their attached ranch home and everything in it early Saturday morning.

Around 3:45 a.m., firefighters from surrounding fire departments converged on the property at 38 Apple Jack Lane, located off Roads End and Strauss Valley Road. Despite a rapid response from firefighters, the home was destroyed.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Two Russian bankers, Erzhan M. Buzurbaev and Georgi A. Shalamov, spent time at the Citizens National Bank of Slatington and received a crash course of approving or rejecting loan requests. Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Francis Burbridge told the two visitors what type of information should be obtained on credit applications, how banks should decide if a lender is capable of repaying a loan, and the important role credit checks play in determining loan approval.

Monday, August 1, 2011

2Does getting vaccinated against flu early in the season pose a risk that immunity may wane before the end of the season? No. Flu vaccination provides protection against the influenza strains contained in the seasonal vaccine for the entire season. Vaccination can begin as soon as vaccine becomes available.

Monday, August 1, 2011
Illustration by David Rowe/TIMES NEWS

The bad news is that although it's Aug. 1, the sun is shining, the cool blue water of the swimming pool beckons and the savory fragrance of burgers on the grill wafts on the breeze, the seasonal flu is lying in wait, gearing up for a winter ambush.

The good news is that as much as sun block and mosquito repellent ward off sunburns and bug bites, a flu shot can protect against the fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache and all-over-achy misery of the flu.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Civil War history comes alive at Eckley Miners' Village at Living History Weekend: Civil War History, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine).

Civil War re-enactors make the momentous 1861-1865 era a near-reality. Visitors will step back 150 years and experience first hand the life of the Civil War soldier through battles and skirmishes, living history scenarios, camp life displays, period craftsmen, infantry and artillery firing and drilling demonstrations and home front displays. And there will also be plenty of great food to enjoy.

Monday, August 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Coral Johnson, Counselor with St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network's smoking cessation program.

Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, other woes, not to mention expensive: A $6 pack of cigarettes a day adds up to $2,191.44 a year.

But nicotine is largely recognized as an addictive substance, making quitting smoking or using snuff, chewing tobacco a tough row to hoe.

Monday, August 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This weekend's hot weather kept many people indoors. Pictured are ducks located along Catawissa Road in Lewistown Valley enjoying the cooler shade of a nearby tree.

Monday, August 1, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Police Officer Tim Wuttke received a commendation on his quick thinking at Ametek which may have avoided a disaster. Wuttke stopped a tractor trailer from leaving the plant with the harmful acid contained in the trailer. Although the driver was agitated, Wuttke's quick thinking, investigative persistence and determination, provided a disaster from becoming community widespread. He is receiving the letter from Mayor Tony Walck.