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Monday, July 1, 2013

HARRISBURG, June 27, 2013 - - State Sen. John Yudichak on Thursday applauded the announcement that a $1.6 million expansion project by Technical Process and Engineering, Inc. (TPE) will result in 34 new and retained jobs in Carbon County.

TPE is planning to add a 6,000 square-foot expansion to its existing 22,000 square-foot facility in Lehighton.

Monday, July 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rochan Dykes performs Poi, which involves circular movements of foam and string.

Intermittent rain storms didn't stop just under 1,000 visitors from enjoying the music, community arts and other activities during the second annual Summit Hill Hootenanny held Sunday at Ludlow Park.

The event consisted of folk music, workshops, crafters, food, museum tours and more.

"We definitely had a serious amount of rain," said event organizer Sara Ruch, who also serves as the Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership's project manager. "That didn't stop the fans as just under a thousand visitors stuck it out throughout the day."

Monday, July 1, 2013

Pennsylvania State Police at Fern Ridge are requesting assistance in identifying a female in the photo, left. She is a suspect in a burglary which occurred on June 28, at approximately 1 p.m. at 314 Lilac Lane, Jackson Township, Monroe County. The female was observed exiting a gold/tan sedan and then entering the residence. Anyone who may have information that would assist in identifying the suspect is asked to contact PSP Fern Ridge at (570) 646-2271.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The inside of the visitor's center at Beltzville State Park was not as it normally should be. Rows of long tables were lined against the wall, displaying a scattering of soft feathers from various birds of prey.

A wall display showed animal pelts and a dream catcher created by Indians, and various animals representing the Pennsylvania wilderness were prominently displayed above the heads of curious children.

It was the first day of Touch 'N Grow, an environmental awareness program for children ages four and five that has been running at Beltzville since 1985.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic (ANGMA) will present numerous brands of band and popular music in concert Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

ANGMA was originally formed in 1942 in Rapid City, South Dakota as the 53rd Army Air Forces Band. Federal recognition was extended to the band in 1949.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Street paving

The Jim Thorpe 2013 street paving project will begin on Tuesday, July 2, at 7 a.m. Raindate is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3. Streets which will be done are Main Street, Canal Street and Germantown Road. Please make your plans accordingly and expect delays.

Girl Scout weekend camp

Girl Scouts in the heart of Pennsylvania Service Unit 309, will be hosting summer weekend camp Aug. 2-4. The Camp Evergreen theme this year is "Once Upon A Camp." There will be hiking, cooking out, nature study, arts and crafts and much more.

Monday, July 1, 2013

State senators David G. Argall, John Yudichak and Lisa Boscola, and state representatives Doyle Heffley and Jerry Knowles have weighed in on the new $28.375 billion state budget. All five released prepared statements saying they believe the spending plan is a good one.

The 2013-2014 budget was approved Sunday by a bipartisan vote of 33 to 17.

"I'm pleased to see us pass the third-in-a-row on-time state budget that continues to hold the line on state taxes," Argall said.

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Harrisburg man, who last April was found guilty by a jury of robbing two banks in Schuylkill County, was sentenced to a long term in a state correctional facility. Three McAdoo men were among eight sentenced for criminal charges by county judges.

Kevin E. Smith, Harrisburg, was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin on two robbery charges to serve 42 to 84 months in a state prison and make restitution of $13,414.21 to the Halifax Bank in Tower City and $6,714.89 to the Miners Bank in Tremont. He was cited by state police.

Monday, July 1, 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 Anthony Vaccaro.