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Saturday, August 13, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Donna Crum poses with Sampson who was rescued from a shelter in Illinois. Crum met the rescue crew in Bloomsburg and drove Sampson to Stroudsburg, where he was met by another crew and continued on to meet his new family on Long Island. Sampson happily arrived in time for Christmas.

Donna Crum said her 3-year-old granddaughter drew a picture in pre-school with a caption that read, "When I grow up I want to help animals."

Crum, who has 20 years of experience rescuing and volunteering with animals, is visibly moved by her granddaughter's statement.

During a recent interview, that was Crum's only weak moment.

When it comes to animals and animal rescue, she takes a no-nonsense approach. Crum punctuates her statements with experience and conviction. She's all about the animal and her actions back up the words.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Larry Neff/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A van belonging to the Reading Bomb Squad is parked near the Nunemacher residence in West Penn Township. The squad was summoned after four hand grenades were found in a plastic bucket inside the garage. The bomb squad detonated the grenades without incidence.

Four World War II style, pineapple hand grenades, with pins intact, were found in a pail inside a West Penn Township garage yesterday morning.

A five-member bomb squad, and an ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) agent, dispatched to the scene from Reading, took the grenades from the building to a site near Lizard Creek and detonated them.

Lt. David Shilling of the bomb squad said the grenades were destroyed locally because it was deemed too dangerous to transport them.

"We didn't want to transport them not knowing if they were live or not," said Shilling.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
RON RABENOLD/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS David Heintzelman prepares the recipe perfected by his father from over 60 years ago.

With more than 100 years in business, the Heintzelman Meat Market has developed and perfected many long-standing traditions.

Monday was always slaughter day and Tuesday has been sausage and bologna day. And though he's 'retired,' David Heintzelman is still making his father's recipe for their trademark bologna for over 60 years now.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

READING, Pa. (AP) – With high unemployment, the stock market's dramatic swings and fear of another recession weighing heavily on people's minds, many might have forgotten about another, more helpless group suffering from the ailing economy: pets.

Harry D. Brown III, executive director of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, said Thursday that in all of 2007 there were 872 dogs and 1,919 cats surrendered to the Cumru Township shelter.

To date this year, the shelter has taken in 1,513 dogs and 3,073 cats.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Beth Hodges, Pen Argyl "It wouldn't bother me either way. I guess they're entitled to a day off besides Sundays and holidays."

Are you in favor of the U.S. Postal Department eliminating Saturday delivery? Why or why not?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Following the monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning VFW at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, a special UVO meeting will be held. There are important matters to discuss so it is imperative that all attend.

The meeting is at the VFW club headquarters.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Historical Society has placed old photos on the walls of the meeting room of Summit Hill Borough Hall. The photos depict many historical settings, including the Switchback, which has been deemed the nation's first roller coaster. Old pictures of Summit Hill street scenes are included. John O'Gurek, vice president of council, looks over one of the photos.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District has announced a slight increase in the cost of school lunches for the 2011-2012 school year. The increase is mandatory, according to Foodservice Director Kristin Melnick, "in response to a change under section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, which requires schools participating in the School Nutrition Programs to price their paid meals to ensure reimbursement received for free or reduced price meals is not offsetting the cost to produce a paid meal."

Saturday, August 13, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The wooden Jeep-shaped playset was engraved with "In Memory of Bert Osenbach" on one side and "35 Years Service West Penn Township Lions Club" on the other.

A new wooden children's playset, in the shape of a Jeep, was dedicated to the late Bert Osenbach at the West Penn Community Park children's playground.

Given for his more than 35 years of service to his community, the dedication was made during the West Penn Lion's Club Senior Fun Day held recently at the park.

Osenbach who, joined the West Penn Lions Club in 1975, served on the Park Commission from 1994 until his passing last year. He was previously awarded the "Melvin Jones Award" for his outstanding commitment to the Lions Club.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A 192-pound middleweight hog, raised by Scott Seltzer of Lehighton R. 4, was judged as grand champion of the 4-H Market Hog Show at the Carbon County Fair in Lehighton. The heavyweight hog, raised by Theresa Steigerwalt of Lehighton R. 4, was given the reserve championship. Miss Steigerwalt's hog weighed 213 pounds. Matthew Gower of Lehighton R. 1 raised a 185-pound hog for the lightweight judging and won first place. In the judging of dairy cattle, Carl Miller of Tamaqua R. 3 exhibited the grand champion.