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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ÿ Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

Ÿ Always swim with a buddy.

Ÿ Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll children in swim lessons.

Ÿ Never leave a young child unattended or in the care of another child near water.

Ÿ Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.

Ÿ Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Franklin Township Old-Timers players are, front from left, Ryan Wentz, Tony Fristick, Kevin McKeever, Larry Ahner, Denny Getz, Terry Smith, Dr. Ken Sharpe and Dave Armbruster; and back row, Dave Yeakel, Terry Straussberger, Chris Delgado, Brian Kintz, Kevin O'Donnell, Jason Barndt, Steve Sawyer, Corey Deem, Cory Scherer, Bob Kintz, Deno Smith, Donald Bloom and Jim Zurn.

"This is the best day of my life," said Anastasia "Ana" Susko of Jim Thorpe, who has a brain tumor. She made her statement on the pitching mound at the Christman field in Franklin Township as the annual Old-Timers game was about to start.

The Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Benefit Baseball Game pits the Franklin Township Old-Timers against the Jim Thorpe Old-Timers for a riotous game of slow-pitch softball that raises funds for a deserving person within the community.

The score wasn't important; it's all about the person who is selected to receive the proceeds of the game.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

It was a beautiful day in May when Lindsay Kujawa took her almost 2-year-old son, Ronin, to a party.

But what was supposed to be a fun-filled day quickly turned to horror when Ronin fell into a hot tub while his mother, who was sitting inches away, turned briefly to speak with a friend.

Kujawa, who lives in Murrieta, California, and writes a blog "Delighted Momma," flew into action instantly, scooping the child out of the water within seconds.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Frackville Area Fireworks will be held at dusk on Sunday at the Little League/Softball Complex on West High Street.

Community organizations will be set up at 5 p.m. selling food and refreshments.

The following streets will be closed at 7:30 p.m. for the display, north of West Pine Street: North Balliet Street, North Birch Street, North Nice Street, North Beech Street, North Centre Street, North Willow Street, North Second Street, North Hickory Street and North Elm Street.

The rain date will be June 30.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has named July 14-20 as "Pool Safely Pledge Week."

"Pool Safely: Simple Steps to Save Lives," a national public education campaign to reduce childhood drownings, nonfatal submersion injuries and entrapments, encourages organizations to conduct an activity on water safety, such as swim lessons, CPR training and water safety demonstrations.

The week also asks both children and adults to take the pool safely pledge.

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Nesquehoning man faces charges after police found him asleep in his vehicle, blocking an intersection.

Mahoning Township police observed a Jeep blocking an intersection with its lights out at the Carbon Plaza Mall at 11 p.m. on Feb. 27.

As the officer approached the vehicle he found the driver Troy Refsnider of Nesquehoning asleep behind the wheel with a burger from Mcdonald’s in his hand.

Refsnider was placed under arrest, and he refused a requested blood test.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Just in time for our nation's birthday, Sunny Rest Resort in Palmerton hosts its third annual "Bare Beach Beer Bash," birthday suit required.

Although the event is on year number three, large-scale news corporations have caught wind of the clothing-prohibited fest, giving the resort more exposure than they're used to.

According to Halsie Shoemaker, resort manager, she has been receiving calls from ABC News, Fox News, Huffington Post and others.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The same words keep cropping up when A. Matthew Dudish's name is mentioned: Gentleman. Nice. Respected.

Dudish, Schuylkill County's Recorder of Deeds since 1999, and active in the Republican party, died early Thursday after a monthslong battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

A lung transplant in March had offered hope for the longtime public servant.

His funeral will be held at noon Wednesday at St. Patrick's Church, Pottsville.

Friday, June 27, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mia Fantasia, left, along with her mother, Annette Fantasia, a first-grade teacher in the Palmerton Area School District, came out in support of former student and first-time published author, Vincent Tobia. He signed copies of his book, "The Dead Divide Us," at a Meet the Author event at the Palmerton Area Library. It is common for Fantasia to keep things her students have given her throughout the years, and she told Tobia that she still has a Valentine he made for her when she was his first-grade teacher.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Could fundraising coin tosses along its main thoroughfare be coming to an end in Palmerton?

Several members of borough council expressed concerns about the practice Thursday.

Council President Terry Costenbader said he believes the instances where people stand along Delaware Avenue to collect money has gotten out of hand.

"It's becoming annoying to some citizens, and it's becoming dangerous as well," Costenbader said. "It's becoming almost a weekly thing here."