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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Special to the Times News

Members of the Tamaqua LEO Club spent a number of hours this week pulling weeds and picking up litter at the Tamaqua Depot Square Park and train station parking lot in preparation for Saturday's Charity Starts at Home Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday's Summerfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The LEOs will also be operating a dunk tank competition during the Summerfest to raise donations for charitable causes.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Sam Patel, owner of Lehighton Tobacco Outlet, stands behind the counter at his business, located at 101 N. First St., Lehighton.

There's a new business in downtown Lehighton.

The Lehighton Tobacco Outlet at 101 N. First St. officially opened on April 12.

Owner Sam Patel said the store has the largest inventory of cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products in the area.

In addition, the Lehighton Tobacco Outlet sells electric rolling machines for cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays, pipes, pipe tobaccos, pouches, canned tobacco, incense, and smoke odor candles.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Two Monroe County residents were jailed earlier this week on various drug charges.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Saturday, June 11, police stopped a tractor-trailer rig along SR115 at the Interstate 80 exit, in Tobyhanna Township. The rig was operated by Chase Argot, 28, and his passenger was the rig owner, James Bidwell, 44, both of Pocono Lake. Police said the rig was stopped because officers had outstanding warrants for Argot and Bidwell for drug trafficking offenses.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
TIMES NEWS file photo

State lawmakers on Monday took another step to ban the possession and sale of a synthetic stimulant known as bath salts, in addition to other so-called designer drugs, synthetic marijuana and a hallucinogen called 2-Ce. The proposed legislation calls for fines of up to $15,000 and jail time for violators.

The state House of Representatives unanimously approved the legislation, Senate Bill 1006. The proposed bill now heads back to the Senate for final approval, then to Gov. Tom Corbett, who is expected to sign it into law.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Dr. Ghyslyn T. Laviolette

Ghyslyn T. Laviolette of Boulder, Colo., daughter of Carol A. Addy and Charles Laviolette of Lehighton, graduated from the Morgridge College of Education at The University of Denver on Friday, June 3.

Dr. Laviolette is a 1990 graduate of Lehighton Area High School. She completed her undergraduate work at Penn State University, where she earned a bachelor of arts in psychology in 1994.

During her senior year at Penn State, Laviolette was a sibling coach for the Fast Track Project.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News

Members of the Coaldale Veterans of Foreign Wars, V.F.W., Post 6982 Auxiliary held their installation of officers recently at their post. The installing officer was 60-year member Elsie D. Rita, who served as Past President and District President. Pictured from left are Coaldale VFW Historian and trustee Paula Blasko, Sr. Vice President and secretary Stacy Fortin, President Faith Richards, Installing Officer Elsie D. Rita, Jr. Vice President Ruthanne Kehl and trustee Charlotte Bubon. Not pictured are outgoing President Mary Ann Bubon, outgoing Jr.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/times news Tamaqua Evangelical Lutheran Church volunteers Alexander Barron, 8, Tim Stahl, Elizabeth Stahl, 10, and outreach chairperson Fran Stahl and Bob Jones.

Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua, in cooperation with Trinity Lutheran Assemblies and the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton, have been working to fill five gallon buckets with cleanup supplies for families and victims devastated by flooding in the United States.

The churches are taking donations of items including bleach, scouring pads, sponges, cleaning towels, Easy Wipes, dry laundry detergent, dish soap, clothesline, clothespins, dust masks, latex and non-latex work gloves, heavy duty trash bags, insect repellent and much more.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Change is in the air in the Northern Lehigh School District, as two administrators have accepted positions outside the district.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to accept the resignation of high school principal Aileen Yadush, who has accepted a position as high school principal in the Northwestern Lehigh School District. It becomes effective the end of the work day June 30, 2011.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news Ronald J. Sheehan, Executive Director of the Asa Packer Mansion Museum in Jim Thorpe looks over the recently discovered "Trompe-l'œil" which is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions while the wall surface is perfectly flat.

Work being done in the Asa Packer Mansion Museum in Jim Thorpe recently revealed a hidden historic treasure, something that had not seen the light of day for well over 100 years.

Ironically it was discovered exactly 132 years after the death of the man who had the house constructed – Asa Packer.

Discovered beneath wall paper, which was put up between 1886 and 1893, is the original wall covering from the home's construction. But this was not just some old wall paper.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The construction of a new ambulance garage in Summit Hill got the approval last night of borough council.

The council voted 5-0 to approve a reverse subdivision and land development plan for a proposal by the Lehighton Ambulance Association to construct a garage on a vacant lot along East Ludlow Street.

Plans for the project were presented to council by the ambulance association's engineer, Greg Hass.

Hass said the plans call for combining three lots into one. A 3,800-square-foot building will be centered on the site.