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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The 77th Annual St. Joseph Parish Festival, sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 15-17, on the church grounds at the western end of Ludlow Street in that community.

The festival hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday and 5-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, ending with the traditional huge fireworks display that closes the celebration.

On Friday, entertainment will be provided by "A Dog's Life" from 7-10 o'clock.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
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Gone Fishing, No Sewer. This is what fire victim Kevin Kellner spray painted on the side of his house, 5 South Lehigh St., as a farewell and comical gesture after losing it to a massive fire that destroyed his and three other homes Tuesday morning. "No Sewer" refers to recent requirements by the Tamaqua Borough and DEP that require all sewer lines not connected, aka wildcats, to the borough's main sewer line. These connections are to be connected at the owner's expense. All the homes destroyed by Tuesday's fire were originally required to get the connection done.

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Pictured enjoying yesterday's sunny outdoor weather by playing dodge ball outside Tamaqua High Rise are members of the Tamaqua Youth Ministries.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
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Officials with the Tamaqua Borough, fire department and Schuylkill Communications will spend a couple hours today testing the horns, sirens and pull boxes, starting at 3 p.m. Residents shouldn't be alarmed and are asked to be patient and understanding as the siren whistles go off. Pictured is the fire horn on top of the Tamaqua American Hose Company.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Lehighton man alleged to have assaulted his infant son has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Adam Cebrosky, 23, of 210 Creekside Manor Drive, was scheduled to have the hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Instead, Cebrosky signed a stipulation for a guilty plea on one count each of simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child. His next court appearance will be before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas on Aug. 18.

Cebrosky remains free in lieu of $5,000 unsecured bail.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Japanese knotweed can be seen all over our area, especially on river banks and along train tracks and roads. Pictured is a large growth adjacent to the Boyer's Food Market in Tamaqua.

Japanese knotweed isn't your average Pennsylvania weed.

The weed can be seen all over our area, especially on river banks and along train tracks and roads. Local homeowners and municipalities find it hard to control the growth of the invasive weed as normal herbicides don't work effectively to kill this pesky weed. Its invasive root system and strong growth limit plant diversity and damage foundations, buildings, flood defenses, roads, paving, retaining walls and architectural sites. It can also reduce the capacity of channels in flood defences to carry water.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Area residents were among 53 who were arraigned this week at the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trails. They were:

James F. McGill, 58, of Sixth Street, Kelayres, Kline Township, charged by Trooper Edward Lizewski with identity theft, theft, withdrawals with a ATM card belonging to another person and two counts of access device fraud.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rob Evans, "The Donut Man," will be playing at the Bowman Park Camp, Bowmanstown at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 7. The Donut Man concert blends together Bible songs, stories and audience participation.

The concert presents the Gospel in a way that introduces young children and their families to the basic elements of the Christian faith.

Email bowmanpark@rcn.com for more information.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Thousands of residents and visiting spectators kept their eyes glued to the skies during the Fireworks Spectacular held as part of Port Carbon's 64th Annual Fourth of July Celebration. Pictured watching the show are Lori Gradwell, left, Lisa Gasper, and her daughter Emily, 9.

In addition to their Fourth of July parade and daylong of events, Port Carbon was lit up Monday night as thousands of spectators watched the night sky dazzle above them with a first-ever fireworks show held as part of Port Carbon's 64th Annual Fourth of July Celebration.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Schuylkill County filed an action in the county court seeking to close adult entertainment at the Strip Mine Cabaret in Washington Township, alleging a violation of the county zoning ordinance.

The cabaret is owned by Dutchmen Mt. Park, LLC, and is located at 670 Rock Road. It is alleged since it opened on May 16 it has been operating an adult business and providing live adult entertainment to its patrons.