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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Kendra Kunkel, 9, left, teaches her sister Layla, 7, how to hold her breath underwater at the Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A partnership has been struck between the Carbon Chamber and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The merger was approved on Monday by the Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corp.

Carbon Chamber Executive Director Dawn Ferrante said she believes the move will result in "a really great partnership."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Carbon County Housing Authority heard bids Wednesday for the Palmer House, a 50-unit project for the elderly in Palmerton.

The total of low bids for all phases of the project was $1,848,300.

Other business included an approval of an annual contributions contract for an acquisition and rehabilitation project in Jim Thorpe and Lehighton.

The project will provide for the acquisition of property and rehabilitation of homes for 20 families in the Lehighton area and 10 families in Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Preparing their cooling center, Major Sharon Whispell puts ice into a cooler.

Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army are opening their doors to anyone wanting to get out of the heat.

"Some residents might not have working air conditioners," said Major Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army. "Anyone can come to our Tamaqua Salvation Army building to get out of this heat wave."

Cold refreshments and snacks will be provided at no charge and guests with caged or leashed pets are also permitted," added Whispell.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"Nature in Art" is the theme for Lehigh Gap Nature Center's first juried art exhibition to be held in the Osprey House located at 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington.

The show includes painting, drawing, printmaking, works on paper, and sculpture.

The jurors are Kay Stauffer and Anita Collins

The exhibition will be open July 27 - Aug. 9. An artists' reception will be held July 28, 3 p.m.

Admission for the public is free. Artists will be selling their work.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

As the result of a youth summit hosted by Schuylkill County Commissioners George Halcovage and Gary Hess, as well as Kay Jones of Schuylkill County's VISION program, 16 areas schools are moving forth with plans to make the county a more livable place for their generation.

The summit was hosted at the Pottsville courthouse back in March and attended by two ambassadors from each school, Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) and members of local commerce.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mount Eaton Church, Saylorsburg will host Adventure Vacation Bible School, Aug. 5-9 from 6-8:30 p.m. There is no charge.

Children in pre-K through sixth grade will enjoy dynamic storytelling, live drama, music, and crafts, games and snacks while learning about faith, God, and the Bible, and exploring the answers in God's Word.

Directions to the church may be found at www.mounteatonchurch.org, and local transportation is available.

For more information or to pre-register, contact the church office at (570) 992-7050 or office@mounteatonchurch.org.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This scene along US209 outside Middleport is a representation of both high humidity, rainy weather and quick changes in temperatures. Temperatures over the next few days are expected to reach over 90 degrees.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

With temperatures soaring into the 90s and maybe even 100 this week pets need your help to stay safe in the heat.

Dr. Mary Lombardo, veterinarian at Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, explained that there are a number of things a pet owner can do to ensure that the animal will be safe and happy, including not leaving a dog inside a hot car, using flea and tick medication to protect against disease, and bringing cats and dogs inside in the air conditioning.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Defendants who violated the terms of their probation or parole had petitions filed against then by the Carbon County Adult Probation office and were resentenced by county judges.

They included:

Felicia Bower, 25, of Nesquehoning, had a petition to revoke her parole filed by probation officer Clifford Eckhart on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.