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Monday, July 8, 2013

The 150th anniversary celebration for Slatington will begin with a kickoff on Aug. 24 of this year, and end with a parade on Aug. 16, 2014. A meeting was held recently to finalize plans for the two events.

The kickoff will be at the Seventh Street Park near the covered bridge over Trout Creek. Charter certificates will be handed out at the event for those who participated in the fundraising and become charter members.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, the flag will fly at the park in memory of the late Michael J. Leonzi Sr.

Monday, July 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Civil War reenactors line the hills of Gettyburg during one of the many reenacted battles held over the weekend.

An estimated 13,000 civil war reenactors from all 50 states and more than a dozen foreign countries were camped out on the Adams County hillsides in Gettsyburg as a record setting attendance of about 100,000 spectators were on-hand during the 150 anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg held Thursday to Sunday.

The four-day event included numerous battle reenactments involving some 140 cannons and 400 horses representing.

Monday, July 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Fire apparatus on display A Middleport fire truck leads the annual fire apparatus parade in Middleport, Friday.

Volunteer firefighters with the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport were joined with numerous other fire companies during the annual fire truck parade Friday evening. The parade stretched from Middleport, Brockton and New Philadelphia. Tuscarora's brush truck follows the lead truck in the parade.

Monday, July 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Matthew Holmberg, a Tamaqua native, plays the tuba during the performance by the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic.

The Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic (ANGMA) performed for an energetic crowd recently at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

"Without a doubt, this was one of our most receptive audiences," said Master Sergeant Richard Fitz, who serves as First Sergeant for the band.

During the performance, aduience members would either stand, applaud or sing along to the songs played.

"I would describe the show as both amazing and emotional," said Leona Rega, coordinator, Tamaqua Community Arts Center. "We are extremely grateful for their performance."

Monday, July 8, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Colorful fireworks light the sky over Jim Thorpe during the communty's annual fireworks

display as part of the Stay-at-Home Festival held in Jim Thorpe on Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304.

Monday, July 8, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Timea Schmidt is the owner of the recently-opened Love Your Closet, located at 316 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.

Ready to schedule that in-home closet design consultation?

If so, then Love Your Closet, at 316 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, has the credentials to achieve that task.

The business specializes in alterations, custom-tailoring, one of a kind clothing, draperies, and home decor, according to owner Timea Schmidt.

Originally from Hungary, Schmidt has 20 years of experience. She went to school and initially worked over in Hungary, before she moved to New York, where she worked for a custom-tailoring place and had her own private clients.

Monday, July 8, 2013

A former Carbon County resident, who spent time in the county prison for assaulting his mother, is facing attempted murder and related charges in Bucks County.

Dale Wakefield Jr., 21, has been accused by police with stabbing a homeless man more than 70 times. The attack is believed to have occurred last Wednesday night.

According to the Bucks County Courier Times, Wakefield fled the state but was located at a motel in Baltimore and arrested. Police are going to extradite him back to Pennsylvania.

Monday, July 8, 2013

BET Lehigh Real Estate, LLC and BET Associates IV, of Horsham, Montgomery County, which purchased from Lehigh Coal and Navigation Coal Company coal lands in Schuylkill and Carbon counties, has challenged the claim by the Tamaqua Area School District it owns delinquent school tax on its holdings in Schuylkill County.

A defense response was filed in the county court to have a lien sought by the school district dismissed. The district sought to have a lien placed against the company in the amount of $80,147.50.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Nesquehoning Conservation club will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. All members are encouraged to attend.