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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
TN FILE PHOTO/DONALD R. SERFASS Reiku Master Steve Platko performs a cleansing technique on an attendee at the 2010 Tamaqua New Age Expo. Platko will return, along with many others, on Aug. 20 for the Second Tamaqua New Age Expo to take place free to the public at the Tamaqua Community Center.

The Second Annual Tamaqua New Age Expo will gather experts in the field of spirituality, cleansing and health.

The event is free to the public and will take place on Saturday, August 20, at the Tamaqua Community Center, formerly the Mohn Building, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., organized and sponsored by Tamaqua residents Damian and Kerri Quick.

The inaugural event took place last year at the same location and proved popular, prompting the organizers to plan for an even larger gathering the second time around.

Monday, August 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Police are investigating a break-in that occurred sometime over the weekend at the Lehigh Tire Company on SR-309 north of Tamaqua. Around 6 a.m. this morning, an employee opened the front door and noticed everything inside was strewn around and that a small side window was smashed. Tamaqua Police officer Matt Bynon is investigating. Tamaqua Crime Watch organization is offering a one-time $250 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the criminal.

Monday, August 8, 2011

State police have made an arrest stemming from the death of a Rush Township man that occurred about 18 months ago.

Trooper James Cuttitta said Tammy Casserly, 38, of Mahanoy City, has been charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and false reports to law enforcement authorities, in the death of Mark Ketusky, 52, of Barnesville.

Ketusky's body was found on Feb. 23, 2010, about 1:36 p.m. inside his vehicle at the Mahanoy City Little League complex, which is located at the south end of Eighth Street.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Kinsley's ShopRite, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, and the American Cancer Society of Monroe County are working together to increase awareness of cancer prevention and to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services by holding its 17th Annual Grocer's Fight Against Cancer Day on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 6 a.m.-12 a.m.

Monday, August 8, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A portion of SR895 in East Penn Township was under water Sunday after the waters of the Lizard Creek flooded the roadway.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tamaqua Area Middle School orientation begins today at 6:30 p.m. for middle school students. Parents of incoming sixth grade students and students new to the middle school are encouraged to attend. Parents are to report to the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium. Information will be presented concerning students' schedules, student activities, facilities, and discipline.

Monday, August 8, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Attorney Jason Rapa of Lehighton has been named a "Super Lawyer" by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyer magazine.

A Lehighton attorney has been named a "Super Lawyer."

Attorney Jason Rapa of Lehighton was named a "Super Lawyer" by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine.

"I was honored and surprised and very excited," Atty. Rapa said of the designation.

He attained the honor because of his consumer protection work and handling consumer bankruptcies.

The young attorney has an office at 141 S. First St., Lehighton. In November, he will have been at the Lehighton location for six years.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Members of the General George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069 in West Penn will meet tomorrow at the West Penn Community Park at 7 p.m. New members or veteran volunteers are encouraged to attend. FMI: (570) 668-1234.

Monday, August 8, 2011
DJ Kevin Schlichting, owner of Crazy K's, sings "Sweet Home Alabama," to start off the evening of karaoke singing at the Log Cabin in Coplay.

Trying to find the history of where, how and when karaoke originated is a lot like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It is generally agreed that karaoke originated in Japan somewhere around the 1970s, and quietly entered the American entertainment scene sometime in the 80's. For the most part, detailed and consistent information seems to be non-existent.