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Friday, August 1, 2014

Where does a 4 1/2 foot boa constrictor sleep? In the case of a Summit Hill man, nap time is in the dashboard of a 1996 Pontiac.

The car, owned by Joseph Kupec, became the home of the snake after Kupec and two other Summit Hill residents purchased it for $225 from a farmer's market in Quakertown.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The annual giveaway at the Lutheran Church of St. John in-the-Heights, Jim Thorpe, begins Thursday and will continue through Aug. 23.

The giveaway includes free clothing, shoes, boots, winter coats, dress suits, linens, baby items, and small household items.

The hours will be as follows:

Ÿ 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21

Ÿ 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 8, Aug. 15 and Aug. 22

Ÿ 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 9, Aug. 16 and Aug. 23

Friday, August 1, 2014

St. Matthew's Evangelical Church is hosting a blood drive in memory of three individuals Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 222 Church St., Lehighton.

The event, sponsored by Miller-Keystone Blood Center, honors the late Linda Muffley, and Dylan and Gavin Crum.

Gavin 14, of Lehighton, lost a battle with Leukemia on Nov. 27, 2012.

Dylan, 15, succumbed to cancer in 2010.

Muffley, the Crums' aunt, passed away in February. She was a member of St. Matthew's, sang on the parish choir, and served on the church council and the cemetery board.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Carbon County Commissioners are looking at ways to help lifeguards get certified.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said the board is looking at ways to help solve the issue of a lack of lifeguards at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

One way the county is looking at is partnering with area community pools to hold lifeguard training courses at a reduced cost, or reimbursing the cost for training.

Currently, the lifeguards must cover the $300 fee for certification and the $125 biennial recertification fee.

Friday, August 1, 2014

At a special personnel meeting on July 31, Towamensing Township supervisors voted to terminate secretary Lora Nothstein. She had been suspended without pay on July 23. She also has been removed from the position of chief pension officer. No reason was given at this time.

Assistant secretary Brenda Drew has taken over both positions. Her pay rate will continue at $12 per hour, which is what she was getting in the assistant position.

The vote to remove Nothstein was unanimous, with Supervisor Tom Newman absent.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The bridge currently under construction over the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe will be named for Sgt. Andrew J. Baddick, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudicak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) said today.

Baddick died on Sept. 23, 2003, while trying to save a fellow soldier from his submerged military vehicle in Iraq. The designation is a result of Act 124 of 2014, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tourism is a priority in Carbon County.

That's why county officials created the tourism grant fund after they implemented the 3 percent hotel tax in February 2007.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved the release of funds under a memorandum of understanding between Carbon County and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau that supports the grant initiatives in Carbon County.

The memorandum authorizes the release of $60,000 from the Hotel Room Excise Tax fund for the county's tourism grant.

Friday, August 1, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Front, Palmerton Councilwoman Holly Sell and her two sons, Hunter, 5 and Noah, 8, stop by Mata and Gary Curran's Tastefully Simple display during Palmerton's Sidewalk Sale.

Palmerton has always been known for its pleasant small town ambience.

It's kind of like the television show "Cheers," about a bar where you go and everyone knows your name.

One of the ways Palmerton keeps that ambience alive is by holding its annual townwide Sidewalk Sale, which started Thursday and will continue Friday and Saturday.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Don't look now, but summer is almost over.

Why not preserve scenes of summer with photos?

Submit your photos of people or pets enjoying summer weather or scenes of summer to tnonline.com and we'll enter your name in a drawing for a family pack of four Lehigh Valley IronPigs tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 16, game.

The Pigs will play the Buffalo Bisons at 6:35 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Here's a bonus: It's Pirate and Princess Night with pillowcase giveaways and there will be fireworks after the game.

Friday, August 1, 2014
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Erin McGinley displays her quilt, which she completed as a member of the 4-H quilting group.

The Mahoning Valley 4-H Community Club recently held its annual club roundup at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mahoning Township.

Roundup is a chance for 4-H members to gather and display their projects for the year. Projects are judged by 4-H and community leaders during roundup, then presented and judged at the Carbon County Fair.

"It's a time to recognize each other and what we've done," said club president Erin McGinley. "It gives us a chance to have our projects judged before the fair, so we can make any final changes and improve our projects."