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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Reaction to the proposal by State Rep. Mario Scavello to place more restrictions on public smoking is varied.

Dan Hugos, president of the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency, believes Scavello is on the right track.

"At a minimum, financial common sense says we have to reduce the amount of money spent by the public on healthcare, so we have to face the issues fair and square. In the case of second-hand smoke, as taxpayers we pay for public exposure to someone else's unhealthy habit, and that costs the government untold billions," he said.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
special to the TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning firefighters work with portable reservoirs during a certification program held at the KME plant in Nesquehoning on July 13 and 14. Eleven firefighters completed skill stations testing.

The firefighters in Nesquehoning took some heat last weekend and attended a weekend training program at KME in Nesquehoning.

With high humidity and soaring temperatures the volunteers braved the elements.

In 2012, KME was certified by the PA State Fire Academy as an approved certification testing facility. Nesquehoning is on their way for National Certification once again.

On Saturday, an HACC local level Instructor presented a review program providing an overview of the required skills necessary to successfully complete the driver\operator\ pumper state certification.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Kaitlin Fronheiser, 21, of 10 W. Tenth St., Jim Thorpe, was cited by Lehighton police for public drunkenness on July 11 after a concerned citizen contacted police at 1:45 p.m. about an unresponsive woman lying on the sidewalk in the 100 block of South First Street.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A decision on whether a Lower Towamensing Township couple may subdivide a five-acre lot could finally be made.

The township's Zoning Hearing Board will hold a continued public hearing for Harry and Elaine Eckhart's request for a variance at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Eckharts appeared last month before the zoners in search of a variance from Section 500.1 of the zoning ordinance to subdivide out a five acre lot at 5260 Little Gap Road, Kunkletown.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

PennDOT is seeking motorists' input on highway safety, traffic safety enforcement and driving behaviors through an online survey at www.JustDrivePA.com.

"Our top priority is safety, and it's valuable to see the public's opinions on traffic safety laws, their behaviors, and how we communicate with them," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "Using this information, we can get a glimpse of whether people are aware of our safety efforts, as well as their perception of consequences for unsafe behaviors."

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Rob Evans, also known as "The Donut Man," will perform at the Bowman Park Junior Camp closing on Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

Donut Man concerts are a blend of Bible songs, stories and lots of audience participation. Evans uses these performances to present the Gospel and the basic elements of Christian faith to young children and their families.

Children are brought from the audience to help the Donut Man tell his stories and to do the hand motions that go with the songs. Duncan the Talking Donut will also pop out of his bakery box to sing a "whole" song.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Susan Cook, 15, is one of the many volunteers helping at the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company 33rd annual block party. She helps by selling candy, a very popular area.

Everything is in place for the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company's 33rd annual block party.

The event opened Friday night with its annual fish fry. The block party will continue Saturday and Sunday.

More than 200 fish dinners were prepared for the crowd which began lining up at 4 p.m.

Since the fire hall is air-conditioned, the crowd started to arrive as the doors opened.

Each day there will be special events, live entertainment and plenty of food and activities.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The fall line-up at Penn's Peak has become a bit busier.

Six new concerts have been announced for the venue. Tickets for all six are available to Penn's Peak Sneak Peak Club members.

For three of the concerts, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. today. Tickets for the other three concerts go on sale to the general public next Saturday.

Here's the new additions:

Ÿ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Coal Country Express, Friday, Sept. 27. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show. Tickets go on sale this morning.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Judy Moon, right, register of wills for Carbon County and a member of the Nesquehoning Womans' Club, presents a certificate to Nancy Carlson, president of the Lehighton Woman's Club, for the club's 100 year anniversary on behalf of Senator John Yudichak. The presentation took place at the Lehighton Women's Club summer picnic held recently.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free community picnic dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

The church is located at 40 Church Road, just off Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at (570) 325-9151.