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Saturday, August 3, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Paper Play 1321, a mural sized 96" x 144" is rich in muted earth tones with strong blacks and a touch of red reminiscent of the paintings of Franz Kline. The work of South Korean artists Jeonghan and Choonhyang Yun while relaxing, has a Zen quality and texture that increasingly draws you into the image. Left to right: Michelle Neifert - assistant director of the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, Anita Shapolsky, and artists Choonhyang Yun, and Jeonghan Yun.

Jeonghan Yun and Choonhyang Yun's Trees Make Art is a delicate and sophisticated fusion of Asian and Western papermaking techniques refined to create Zen paintings of handmade dyed paper. These works call the viewer into an intimate connection with the timeless essence of the natural world.

Each piece is constructed of hand-rendered paper incorporating a variety of colors and textures. Traditional Asian papermaking techniques are utilized, involving the peeling, grinding, steaming and dying of the paper mulberry tree, known in South Korea as the Dak tree.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Commonwealth Court has again denied a request by the Pennsylvania State Association of Jury Commissioners to block county commissioners from abolishing the offices of jury commissioners.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upheld Act 4 of 2013, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett on May 6. The Pennsylvania State Association of Jury Commissioners argued that the new law violated their First Amendment right as candidates for the office of jury commissioner.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Luzerne County man was sentenced to serve a total of 10-and-a-half to 21 years in state prison on Friday after pleading guilty to his part in an assault incident in which the victim was stabbed multiple times.

Kevin Marshal Brandwein, 24, of Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced to the long prison term by Judge Steven R. Serfass after entering guilty pleas in three pending cases. He pleaded to one count each of aggravated assault, simple assault, criminal conspiracy-aggravated assault, and aggravated harassment by a prisoner. All but the simple assault counts are felonies.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
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A softball lies on the new softball field that was constructed in Rush Township. The field gives the Tamaqua Area Girls Youth Softball Association a place to call home

Saturday, August 3, 2013

An electronic recycling event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Bowmanstown Borough garage, 411 Spring St., Bowmanstown.

The program is being coordinated by Bowmanstown Borough and the Carbon Builders Association.

Most electronics can be dropped off at no charge at the site location.

The event is sponsored by Advanced Green Solutions Inc., 40 Third St., Walnutport.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Fire Chief Mark Ebbert shows his appreciation to Police Chief Audie Mertz who arranged the use of the township police car for rescue training for the township's volunteer firefighters.

Even after consigned to being scrapped, a police cruiser provided a service one more time.

A Mahoning Township police car recently had reached the end of its usable service and was to be sent to the scrap yard.

Fire Chief Mark Ebbert approached acting Police Chief Audie Mertz and asked if the police car could be used for training before its disposal.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Walnutport man pleaded guilty on Friday morning in Carbon County court to one count of simple assault stemming from a shooting incident that occurred more than three years ago.

Thomas Henry Smith, 55, was charged by Jim Thorpe police for the incident that occurred on March 1, 2010, at the home of Jace J. Gill, of 11 Lehigh Gorge Drive, in the Leisureland section of the borough. In a plea bargain, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person were dropped.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Haylee Seiwell, Kingston "When you go in the ocean, watch out for jelly fish and baby crabs."

If you could give your Mom or Dad advice, what would it be?

Friday, August 2, 2013

One bright spot of an otherwise gloomy day at the Palmerton Sidewalk Sale was Alex's Lemonade Stand, hosted by Tyler Hager, right, 8, of Palmerton, at Hager Furniture Company in Palmerton on Thursday. Pictured with Tyler are relatives Cassie Hager, 6, of Lehighton, and Bobby Hager, of Bethlehem. Tyler's stand will be open at Hager Furniture, 242 Delaware Ave., until 6 p.m. this evening as well. Tyler is hosting the lemonade stand to help raise money for pediatric cancer.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Dr. Douglas Arnold, the recently retired Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent, was cleaning out his office when he came across an obituary he had saved. He was struck anew at the coincidences of life he had felt back in 2008 when he first saw the obituary for Robert R. Koehler, formerly of Saylorsburg.

Bertha (Romascavage) Koehler gave birth to Robert on June 2, 1952 at Monroe County General Hospital (now Pocono Medical Center) in East Stroudsburg.

Grace (Bond) Arnold, delivered a baby girl, Cynthia Arnold, also on June 2 at the same hospital.